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Whereas his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, as the common friend of the United States and Great Britain, has offered them his mediation, with a view to the restoration of Peace and the establishment of permanent harmony between them; and the invitation having been accepted on the part of the United States in contemplation of a like acceptance on the part of Great Britain: Now...
I have this moment received your’s of 3d. instt., an answer to which has been anticipated by my two last letters. I am urging the Captain of the Peacock, and still hope that he will be ready to sail the day after to morrow. I almost envy you the happy time which you will spend this summer in Orange, and which will not, I hope, be disturbed by any untoward change in our affairs. I think that,...
17 March 1812, Treasury Department. Encloses a letter from Winslow Lewis [not found] “proposing to sell his patent right for lighting the Light-Houses in the United States, and also to fit up all the said houses with the proper apparatus, for 24,000 Dollars.” That sum would include “his compensation and personal expenses; the purchase of the apparatus and expenses, other than his own, to be...
7 January 1813. “I enclose the usual account of the contingent expences of Govt.—which is sent by yourself to each house of Congress. The triplicate remains with you.” RC and enclosure ( DLC ); enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; DNA : RG 46, President’s Messages, 12A-E2). RC 1 p.; docketed by JM. For enclosure, see n. 1. JM transmitted the message in a letter...
You will perceive by the enclosed letters from Collector Dearborn, that the information given by E. Mix has enabled him to seize two vessels bound to Halifax with provisions and to arrest several of the merchants concerned. E. Mix has arrived here & was in fact obliged to leave Boston. He states that he has not one cent & by the enclosed letter asks for some compensation. As his information...
Memoranda Mr Armstrong’s letter 1. Preference to be given to contracts for supplying the army with provisions. This is so indubitable that how any hesitation on the subject could take place is not easily understood. That branch of military expenditure is the only one (pay excepted) which is well administered & under a good accountability. If it was practicable to extend the same system (of...
I enclose two letters from Europe, one from La Fayette , who desired that I should bear witness to his constant endeavours, under all circumstances, in support of the cause of liberty, and to his undiminished affection for his American friends & particularly for yourself. I was much gratified by the receipt of your kind letter of March last brought by M r Ticknor . Your usual partiality to me...
The depreciation of the Russian Ruble, which had formerly been valued in our custom houses at about 55 cents, induced last spring an application from several collectors to the Treasury. The Comptroller, from the materials in his possession, judged that the ruble could not be worth less than 44 cents and gave instructions accordingly. In the course of the summer and on the arrival of the first...
I have the honour to enclose the copy of a letter written this day to the Secretaries for the War and Navy department, which gives a general view of our fiscal situation for this year, and regulates the sums which in conformity therewith may be monthly drawn during the residue of the year 1813, for the service of each of those departments respectively. I have the honour to be with the highest...
The exchange of places which you suggested would, in my opinion, have a most salutary effect on the conduct of the war: but, on mature reflection, I apprehend that it would not satisfy public opinion and would be more liable to criticism than almost any other course that could be adopted. Respectfully Your’s RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM. The details of this proposed change have not been found,...
It appears doubtful whether the contemplated light house near Presquisle on Lake Erie can be erected under the act of cession of the State of Pennsylvania passed on 2d instt. The act has an express provision that neither the jurisdiction or right of soil is ceded, but only the occupancy and use thereof for the purpose of erecting the light house. The acts of Congress of March 2d 1795 & August...
Page 2 d Strike out Ohio —No board was established there, because there were not any previous Spanish or French claims, in the State of Ohio Yet the Governor of the North West Territory which included both that State & Indiana had at an early earlier period been appointed sole Commiss r for that purpose (by act of
It having been understood last autumn that a number of intruders had settled on the public lands in Madison County (Bend of Tennessee) Mississippi Territory Mr Thomas Freeman was instructed by direction of the President to notify those persons that unless they signed declarations that they had no claim to the land & obtained permissions to remain as tenants at will, they would be removed by...
Mr Harrison states that the swords purchased by Mr Livingston for the State of Virginia cost 257 dollars & 22/100. In order to close the business, the easiest mode would be that you should write to Govr. Tyler to remit that sum to the Treasurer of the United States on account of Mr Livingston; which paymt. being passed to his credit will balance that item in his accounts. Govr. Tyler may, I...
Govr. Tompkins, at the request of the general Govt., called into service detachments of militia to assist in carrying the embargo into effect along the lakes. He also organised at the request of Gen. Dearborne & Wilkinson the regulars on the same service. In fact he alone did all that was done on that occasion & even advanced money. I understand that his accounts are suspended because he...
On enquiring respecting a proper situation in a mercantile house for your nephew, and after consulting with some friends, I find that in order to make a proper selection, some information is wanted as to his particular object and as to his acquirements. Exclusively of retailers, West India & coasting traders &ca., there are two distinct species of Merchants on a large scale vizt. importers of...
Last Washington mail brought me the enclosed letter (returned) from Gen. John Smith of New York. Mr. Astor has never spoken to me on the subject. It would please me that he should be gratified in that respect. It will promote the filling of subscriptions, and he has a fair claim to that honorific distinction. In April 1813, when the federalists of New York refused to subscribe to the 16...
It being provided by the 7th Section of the Act entitled “an Act to regulate the laying out and making a road from Cumberland in the State of Maryland to the State of Ohio” (8th Vol. page 34) that the President should lay before Congress an annual statement of the proceedings under the act, I have addressed to you the enclosed letter which together with the documents accompanying it may, I...
1. Organise regularly the encampment at Albany by marching there all the recruits, those intended for Niagara excepted 2. Invite offers of volunteers every where, but not giving orders to march (those intended for Niagara excepted) until the number in most places be ascertained, and it be known whether the changes in England will produce immediate peace The inviting offers as aforesaid through...
Is not the within important? And Might not the Navy dept. give immediate authority to Capt. Chauncey? RC and enclosure ( NHi : Gallatin Papers). RC undated; date assigned here on the basis of JM’s reply of the same day. For enclosure, see n. 1. The enclosure was a 24 Aug. 1812 letter written from New York by John Armstrong to Gallatin (2 pp.). Armstrong relayed the substance of a conversation...
President’s message 3d Paragraph. If in any instance &a.—The generality of the expression may encourage the idea that the renewal of the non-intercourse may not have been legal, or suggest that the want of strict legal authority was felt in other & more important points than that which alone we had considered as doubtful. I would therefore prefer to say—“If in permitting British vessels to...
24 January 1811, Treasury Department. On the subject of the Senate resolution of 21 Jan. 1811, reports that the treasury has no documents showing the amount of British or French property confiscated under the Nonintercourse Act of 1809 and the act of 1 May 1810. A circular letter was written on 22 Jan. to the several district attorneys to obtain this information. Encloses a letter from the...
I received yours, of 7th only by yesterday’s mail. What I can do at this time here with respect to money is nearly completed. But I had intended before my return to Washington, to go to Albany in order to see Gen. Dearborn & Govr. Tompkins together and to be able to give you a better account of the situation & prospect of our affairs there. It is also necessary that I should spend one week...
Memorandum respecting the suit instituted by E. Livingston , against Th s Jefferson late President of the United States , for damage & a & a in the Batture case I. The law authorised the President to remove E. Livingston II. The decree of the territorial Court in favour of Livingston did not preclude the President from the right of exercising the general powers vested in him
Amongst the offers of persons wishing to go to the United States & to enter their service, one only has appeared to me worthy of attention & to deserve to be submitted to the decision of Government. Mr. LeSueur, whose letter explaining his views is enclosed, is a civil Engineer of reputation, who has executed with much correctness various extensive trigonometrical operations, & whose Services...
I have received the papers for Mr Poinsett and delivered them to him. We have found a vessel which will sail for Rio Janeiro in two or three weeks; it is the only one bound to Brasils & there is none for La Plata even if it was advisable to go directly there. Every circumstance corroborates the opinion that England will try to govern the Spanish colonies through a nominal Spanish regency, and...
I have received your’s of the 28th. Your return here still appears to me necessary. On the effect of the refusal of the B. Govt. to ratify Mr E.’s agreement, on the revival of the non intercourse, you can alone decide, as there may be a difference of opinion on the Subject. Mr Erskine announces this day officially to the Secy. of State that refusal; & if according to law the non intercourse is...
The enclosed memorandum contains the substance of all the information I possess respecting the lands in Tenessee, which is connected with the late proceedings on the part of North Carolina. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. Memorandum—Lands in Tenessee By act of cession of N. Carolina to U. States of year 1790; reservation is made of land sufficient to satisfy military land bounties, & all...
It is necessary to open immediately the loan as we have not money enough to last us more than one month. I enclose for your signature the usual authority. The terms which it is intended to offer are to give for every 100 dollars loaned, six per cent stock to that amount & in addition thereto an annuity of one dollar a year for thirteen years. That annuity is equivalent to a premium of about 8½...
Letter not found. Ca. 2 October 1809. Offered for sale in Parke-Bernet Catalogue No. 1516 (1954), item 274, which describes the letter as a ten-line note regarding the “claim of Govr. Harrison for an annual compensation … respectfully submitted to the President,” docketed at the top “Vincennes, August 30th, 1809,” and endorsed by JM, “Approved.” Also mentioned in Gallatin to William Henry...
The situation of the arrears due on the Direct Tax and Internal Revenues, in the districts in which the Office of Supervisor has been continued, is exhibited in the enclosed Statement. The following arrangements are respectfully submitted, to take effect from and after the end of the present year, viz: 1. That the Offices of Acting Supervisor be abolished in the States of Massachusetts,...
At Mr Astor’s request I enclose a letter which he read to me. I gave him no opinion on the contents. But he desired me to request that if it was not thought proper to give to the person he means to send a recommendatory letter for Mr Adams, the enclosed might be considered as private and not be sent to the Department of State. I have not yet received the papers for Mr Poinsett; but there...
8 February 1811, Treasury Department. Transmits in compliance with the Senate resolution of 7 Feb. a copy of George W. Erving’s account in relation to awards under article 7 of the British treaty. A commission of 2½ percent is being charged on £217,009 3 s . 9 d ., this being the amount Erving received for claimants who had not appointed agents to prosecute their claims and receive the awards....
30 January 1810, Treasury Department. Transmits “copies of the instructions issued at several times by this Department with respect to foreign armed Ships or vessels within the waters of the United States” in response to the 18 Jan. resolution of the House of Representatives. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Enclosures 15...
Notes on President’s message sheet page 1. 1. Do the words “considerations drawn from the posture of our foreign affairs” afford a satisfactory reason for the earlier meeting of Congress? 4. The additional proofs of the repeal of French decrees are mentioned only incidentally & not as a distinct subject; and the mention of the Naples cases (subqt. to 2 Nover apparently under those decrees & at...
M r Correa , an interesting and learned Portuguese, who has lately arrived in the Constitution & is recommended to us by Barlow , Humboldt & a , has requested me to transmit to you the enclosed letter and work. He intends to pay you his respects in person this summer. You have seen from your retreat that our hopes and endeavours to preserve peace during the present European contest have at...
On my return from Washington , I found your welcome letter of Oct er 16 th which my friends here, daily expecting my return, had kept instead of forwarding it. Our opinions opinion of Bonaparte is precisely the same. In that, La Fayette ’s and every friend’s of rational liberty in France did coincide. The return of that man was generally considered by them as a curse. Notwithstanding the...
I was detained by indisposition & bad weather longer than I expected. I have found here your letter of 15th inst., and wish that you may not leave Washington as early as you had contemplated. I go there at this time only to meet with you, & will not reach it before Saturday. It is important that I should know your decision on the subject of the large British importations: I have some not...
The Senate having rejected the nominations of Hickman & Wilkinson, I beg leave to submit the following in their stead vizt. Samuel Abbott of Michigan to be Collector of the district of Michillimakinac & Inspector of the revenue for the port of Michillimakinac Denison Darling of Mississippi territory (whose nomination you had withdrawn & sent in its place that of Wilkinson) to be Collector of...
I enclose the recommendations &a. for sundry offices either vacant or where removals should take place. The pressure of more important business had prevented an earlier attention to those minor subjects, all of which have been delayed too long & most of which are earnestly urged by the respective members of the vicinities. The designations of offices and names of candidates are as followeth....
As the Charter of the Bank of the United States will expire on the 3d of March, it became necessary, until permanent arrangements should be made, to provide immediately for the collection of the revenue bonds falling due after that day. The object of primary consideration being at this critical moment to ensure as far as practicable punctuality of payment of such bonds, the only condition,...
There is not now any vacant office of Receiver of public monies in the Mississippi territory . There was a vacancy last spring which was filled before the end of the last session of Congress. The series of misfortunes experienced this year in our military land operations exceeds all anticipations made even by those who had least confidence in our inexperienced officers and undisciplined men. I...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of an Act for the relief of Arthur St. Clair, and a letter from the Comptroller of the Treasury on the same subject. The phraseology of the Act being different from that adopted in other similar cases, the authority of the President is necessary in order that the money may be paid: and the whole or part will be paid in conformity with his decision. RC ( DLC...
I omitted, in my last letter, an answer to your queries on the subject of the remittance to Baring for Todd’s expences. The exchange is now at specie par, both bills on London and specie being about nine per cent above New York bank paper. There is no prospect of either the exchange or the English Bank paper falling lower down. I have not known the true rate of exchange, after making allowance...
The claim of Govr. Harrison for an annual compensation of one hundred dollars for superintending the Indians during five years is respectfully submitted to the President for his decision RC (owned by Marshall B. Coyne, Washington, D.C., 1992). Calendared as a letter not found in PJM-PS Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (4 vols. to date;...
I never have, from personal considerations, interfered with appointments, but for once feel compelled to do it. It appears to me that Mr Eustis has a rooted aversion for my friend Chrystie. He is one of the very few for whom all unite: the New York delegation was in common with others requested to recommend jointly. However discordant on other points, all the members present, with the...
Mr. Gelston, having determined to go to Washington on the subject of the damages recovered against him in the case of the "American Eagle", has requested me to write to you in his behalf and to state the distressing situation in which he is placed. Having written to the Secretary of the Treasury, permit me to refer you to that letter. I do not perceive how he can, unless relieved by...
I have the honor to transmit two copies of the “Laws, treaties & other documents relative to the public lands” as collected and arranged pursuant to the act of Congress passed April 27, 1810. The marginal notes and index were prepared by Judge Thruston who also assisted in selecting the documents inserted in the collection. It is provided by the above mentioned act that the residue of the...
In obedience to the Resolution of the Senate of the Sixteenth instant, the Secretary of the Treasury respectfully reports to the President of the United States That exports to and imports from the ports of France have not been nor are now permitted in the execution of the Act “to interdict the commercial intercourse between the United States and Great Britain and France and their dependencies...
1 February 1811, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of the departmental correspondence respecting the act to provide for a survey of the coasts of the U.S. Reports that Mr. Hassler, “who has been designated to proceed to England in order to have the necessary instruments executed under his immediate care,” is still willing to perform the service. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative...