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The warm interest which you have always manifested, in the advancement of literature, has induced me to intrude upon your valuable time, & to solicit your attention for a moment, to a subject, connected in its nature, with the history of our country. M r Sanderson of Philadelphia, having with laudable zeal, commenced publishing a biography, of the signers of American Independence, to enlighten...
I have the honor of enclosing a letter of the 10th, received from the Honble Aaron Hill of Boston, covering a copy of one dated the 3d (instead of the 2d,) from the British Captain Mounsey to the Selectmen of Camden, and of another of the 30th of October from Major General King, & also a letter & statement of the 4th from Colo Foot to Mr Hill, on the subject of the late events at Camden; all...
I am just informed of the death of Mr. Lovell, naval officer of this port, & think that our friend the Honble Jonathan Loring Austin would fill the place in a manner that will meet the entire approbation of Government & that will be honorable to himself. Mr Austin has been Secretary, & also Treasurer of this Commonwealth, & in both houses of the Legislature, has a compleat knowledge of...
I am honored by your letter of the 5th, & thank You for the communications it contains. Your system of policy, a vigorous preparation for war, appears to be wise & secure. If Britain is, as she seems to be, so mad as to indulge all her vindictive feelings & visionary pursuits in regard to this Country, we shall then be prepared to meet her on martial ground, & have every prospect, under Divine...
The subject of this letter, is the celebration of the 4th of July at Lexington; a fete which I hope will be honored by your company. The crisis appears to require every measure for animating the friends of our Independence. In this quarter they are sensible of it, & are making every exertion for honoring the day. Your ideas on this subject, as communicated by accident, always struck my mind...
The unparalleled events of Europe are deeply interesting to this Country, & are unfathomable in regard to their results, to those who are not informed of the affairs of the cabinet. On these I wish for information, so far & no farther than you can communicate it with propriety, in confidence: & whether they will require an earlier meeting of Congress, or of the Senate, than that already...
The petition enclosed, I have this moment received with the request of the subscribers “to forward it to the President of the United States.” General Boyd’s character as a brave experienced soldier, an uniform & a firm republican, & a zealous friend to the existing Government, has often directed the anathemas of its foes against him, & every insidious measure to wound & injure him. Of these...
Executive Officers in this quarter have at different times expressed their chagrin, at the success of the enemies of the national Government, in sapping it’s confidence in some of our most meritorious officers. While these are impenetrable to the lures, wiles, & threats of the malcontents, the latter unite in denouncing the former; who are disheartened when they have the least reason to...
Enclosed are recommenda⟨tions⟩ of Doctor Elnathan Judson, for the office of Surgeon’s mate in the 40th Regiment of infantry, commanded by Colo Joseph Loring. The father of this young Gentleman I know, his character is truly respectable, & he is firmly attached to the existing Government of the U States. The recommendations of his son are such, as I presume can leave not a doubt of his...
In the last battle which was fought by our army, before it went into winter quarters, Captain David Townsend lost his leg. This young Gentleman is the eldest son of Doctor David Townsend, was educated at Harvard University, has an excellent private character, is a gallant officer, & has great eclat for his bravery & good conduct on that occasion. Indeed his fame in general as an officer & a...
Enclosed is a letter which I have received from Colo. DeLacroix at Baltimore, of the 14th instant. I saw in august last a regiment under the command of Colo Hawkins which he informed me would reinlist almost to a man, having been inlisted for a year which expired in September or october last. That regiment, I was also informed, consisted of about a thousand men, was disciplined by Colo...
§ From Elbridge Gerry. 7 April 1814, Washington. “I have the Honor of enclosing another letter from B General Boyd, on the subject of his rank. I do this, to comply with his manifest wish & expectation, in writing to me on the subject.” RC and enclosure ( DLC ). RC 1 p. The enclosure (3 pp.) was Brig. Gen. John P. Boyd to Gerry, 24 Mar. 1814, stating Boyd’s belief that his merits and...
§ From Elbridge Gerry. 9 March 1814, Washington. “Lieutenant Walter Coles, of the Cavalry, expresses a wish to be appointed a Captain in the new corps to be raised & apportioned amongst the States. I have sent his letter, containing other subjects, to Mrs Gerry, but think it was the rifle corps. Mr Coles I know, & have heard much of him by the Massachusetts Officers, & they all agree, that he...
I think it necessary to communicate in toto, General Boyd’s letter to me of the 22d of Feby, & also Doctor Eustis’ of the 14th, on the subject of promotions over the General. Some part of the former, indicates an intention to have confined the letter to my own inspection; but I prefer your perusal of both, confidentially. I can give no opinion on the subject, & submit it implicitly to your...
§ Elbridge Gerry to Dolley Madison. 3 March 1814, “Senate Chamber.” “Mr Gerry presents his best respects to Mrs. Madison, & sends a letter this momen⟨t⟩ received from their honest friend at Lynn to herself & a letter accompanying it to himself. The latter contains a paragraph respecting small fishing boats, restrained by the embargo law so as to be useless to their needy owners; to be...
I was arrested in my intention to have left my family in time to have met the Senate on the first day of their Session, by the sudden & severe illness of Mrs Gerry & two children; & after their recovery, did not conceive that the political campaign would open before the newyear, & concluded it best to remain here & avoid the extreme bad roads. The Publick are anxiously waiting the result of...
I have received by the last Post the letters enclosed from Mr Carlton a member of the Council of this State whilst I was in the Chair, & from Mr Wood, a member of the House of Representatives of the UStates, recommending for Office Samuel Parker Esqr. Altho I have no recollection of this Gentleman, the opinions of those first mentioned would confirm my own in regard to him, they being...
I have the honor to transmit a letter received from Jacob Gerrish Esq of Newbury Port of the 16th instant, with the statements therein enclosed. As they relate to supplies for the enemy, I have no doubt thereof; & it is much to be regretted that your wise proposition for laying an embargo last session was not adopted. With the highest esteem & respect, I have the Honor to remain, Sir, yours...
I had the cordial satisfaction by our friend Mr Cutts of hearing, that your health was restored in so great a degree, as to enable you to mount a gay saddle horse, & to veiw your Plantation; also that your Lady & his were well. God be praised for all his mercies! I hope you will all enjoy, long enjoy, health & happiness. The arrival of a minister from Sweden is announced, & I presume will...
By the request of Mr Wyer, lately appointed a Consul of the U States to Riga, I have the pleasure of introducing you to this Gentleman, who proposes soon to embark for Russia. Mr Wyer is governed by those principles of integrity & honor, & is possessed of such liberality & candor as cannot fail to meet your approbation & friendship. Permit me, With Mrs Gerry & my family, to express, in terms...
Being informed, Dear Sir, by my friend General Bloomfield, that he proposes soon to pay his respects to you, permit me to introduce him to your acquaintance as a firm & important friend to the existing Government, an inflexible Patriot, & an influential Character in his own State, as well as in other parts of the Union. The General for a number of years filled with great dignity & energy, the...
My eldest Son will have the honor of presenting this. He is on a visit to his friends & relations at Pittsylvania , & it would have been impossible for him to have passed near to Monticello , with out manifesting that reverence & respect which he has always entertained for the friend & father of his Country. In presenting himself him to yourself & family, I am favored with an opportunity of...
Your very friendly letter of the 19th of June has given me great pleasure. The preference you express for the office holden by me, to the first office of the Government, is correspondent with your veiw of the same subject, when you was elected at to the former place. The latter you then justly considered as a “station of splendid misery .” My opinion on both these points is perfectly...
Here I am, my dear Sir, by the partiality of my friends, & discomfiture of my political enemies; again in the vortex of national politicks. My line of duty is plain & easy, & I shall endeavour to adhere to it. But I must confess, that I am much disappointed in a very pleasing anticipation, an interveiw at the seat of government with my ancient & highly respected friend of Monticello ; for I am...
I must apologize my dear Sir, for the troublesome request which I made; & for your ready compliance with it on the 2d of April in your letter which I had the honor of receiving, I must request your acceptance of my cordial Thanks. I recollect the epoch of 1789, & that about that period I gave mortal offence to the Count Mouchet, for declaring in Congress, that the French nation was indebted to...
I addressed a line to you yesterday, with a bound collection of Edes’ Gazettes printed in 1775 & 6, to the care of Mr. Marston. I now am honored by yours of the 2d & 9th instant, & am much obliged to you, for their impressive & instruct i ve contents. You are the only friend, & almost the only person of the United States, who is capable of giving full information on the subject of our...
I have received from Benjn Austin Esqr, for your perusal, a collection of News papers, printed by Benjn Edes of Watertown, between the 5th June 1775 & the 9th of Decr 1776; & have committed them to the care of Mr Marston. The privateering act which I formerly mentioned, is printed in the Gazette of the 13th of Novr 1775. I shall probably be absent at the time you may wish to return this book...
I have received a number of applications since the 4th instant, but have declined to comply with their objects, recommendations for various offices. But I cannot justify to my own mind, such a strict adherence to a rule prescribed by & for myself, as to conceal from the Supreme Executive, the high standing which the Honble Richard Cutts has in the estimation of the friends of the union &...
The enclosed petition I have the honor to transmit. It should have been directed to the supreme Executive, & affords me an opportunity of renewing my assurances of perfect esteem & respect, & of my remaining Yours most sincerely The petitioners I have reason to believe, are firm supporters of the national Government RC ( MdHi ). Enclosure not found, but a docket on the cover of the letter...
Enclosed are two letters marked A,B, & four documents numbered from 1 to 4 inclusively, which Capt Selman agreably to my request, on the subject of our first naval enterprizes, has transmitted to me for your perusal. They are intended as records for your files of application. I have also received & included in this packet, a letter from B Austin Esq in regard to the same subject. I shall be...