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Let the Land rejoice, for you have bought Louisiana for a Song. never was a happier moment Seized, for concluding so Glorious a Negotiation: I took the Liberty to write you about a Week ago; in that letter I introduced Colonel Wm: Smith to your Future Notice, when the necessary appointment of Officers for your new acquisition shall take place, though I mention’d him, & gave my Reasons for it,...
Wednesday Noon Our Whigg Printer sent me your Message to Congress; he delivered it to The public in a seperate publication; I read it Greedily; It has fix’d your Fame upon an everlasting Foundation.—I am not surprized I did not receive an Answer to my two last Letters ; for however you might be disposed to listen to my Recomendations, you could say nothing conclusive until the Louisiana...
I am charm’d with your instituting Gunn Boats; for I believe them to be the properest Defence for large Harbours that has hitherto been imagin’d; these, Cooperating with small Batteries of Heavy Guns, upon the projecting Heights near the Water, are much better, & infinitely less expensive than Fix’d, and large Fortifications; the French, who are the best Judges, of Artillery and Engineering of...