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Disapproving of the selection for appointment to office from the members of the house of representatives in Congress, for reasons which have hitherto been satisfactory to my mind, the scenes I have witnessed here have not diminished the force of the objections which offer against that mode of selection. From a late application, made to me as a representative in that body, from Penna., in...
If the liberty so frequently taken in addressing you privately, on subjects of national concern, had proceeded from vanity or selfishness, I could not indulge a hope that they would meet with a favorable reception. But an earnest desire to promote the public welfare governing all my communications I am again encouraged to address a few observations to you on the subject of our present fiscal...
I have the honor to submit for your consideration, a draft of the instructions prepared to be sent to the Commissioners appointed to treat with the Chickasaw Indians. I have the honor to be, most respectfully, Sir, your Obt. Servant. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
Such frequent obtrusion, on your notice, may be deemed equally presuming & impertinent. Rectitude of intention towards you & the public can alone plead in my vindication. Your candor will induce you to meet that motive with indulgence. On a former occasion I took the liberty of intimating that the responsibility, of any present adjournment of the two houses of Congress, should rest wholly on...
Relying upon your benevolence and the honesty of my own intentions, I take courage to address you again. When I requested your opinions on the expediency of receding Georgetown to Maryland, I frankly confess, it was with the design of influencing public sentiment, in case of recieving a favorable answer. I feel so warmly interested in this good cause, that I omit no means that are honourable,...
Where integrity of motive is apparent it merits indulgence; & will plead for any impropriety which anxiety to promote the public welfare may undesignedly occasion. In a government, with powers & interests so divided & blended frequent & candid communication of views & intentions becomes indispensable, to the exercise of these with unity & efficacy. Where a great national crisis calls for...
Permit me to apologize for the liberty thus taken in addressing you on a subject of considerable importance—which requires a prompt decision provided you feel duly authorized to apply the remedy. Great abuses exist in the management of the militia of Penna. Whether these arise from defects in the laws—in the orders given for their execution, or, in the improper construction of either—must be...
A project of finance, addressed to you in this days Intr. induces me to offer a few observations upon that project & the plan already submitted. The project there offered adopts in part the plan formerly proposed. But it connects with it an extensive banking operation, from whose beneficent influences it calculates on providing for the national expenditures, in times of public pressure—on...
The aim of the present address, will, I trust, be a sufficient apology for the intrusion. If the scheme it proposes shall be deemed either dangerous or impracticable, it will only subject you to the trouble of perusing it. It has always been the opinion of the subscriber—that the measures of our government should be calculated to afford security to the basis on which it ought to rest—the free...
They Sirwayrs is to be [here] to serway your Land soon and will want there cash which I have not for them. You may send it by Mr Harrison seald up in a Letter to me half Joes or Pensilvania mony will sute best for them. I beleve no Person interfares with you—I shall have the hole Runout before the Sirwayr coms on the spot I have bin unwell or I would have had it don befor now I shall have that...