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3 August 1809, Willtown, South Carolina. Written by “a Sittezan of South Carolina … placed in a State of common Mediocraty,” who has invented a bridge which “may be distroyed whilest an Ennemy is passing, and the opperator … may be at the Distance of from one to four miles from the scene of action,” at a cost that “would not Exceed $50.” The bridge can be erected “in Ten or 20 minuets, and if...
The inclosed Papers from Governor Claiborne were sent to the Secretary of State who returned them yesterday, with a request that the Letter of the 29th July and its inclosures might be sent to you. I have thought that it would not be amiss to send that of the 30th also. With Sentiments of the most Respectful Attachment I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Humble Servant RC ( DLC ). Claiborne’s 29...
Mr Jones of the Treasury informed me yesterday that Mr Gallatin wished me to send to you or to himself, copies of the Letters written to Mr Pinkney in the beginning of Decr 1808, enclosing Mr Campbell Report on our foreign Relations, and also a copy of Mr Pinkneys Letter giving an account of his Interview with Canning between the 10th & 23d Jany 1809. In compliance with this wish, I have now...
I have been honored with your Letter of the 29th of last Month. I regret very much that I have it not in my power to throw some light on the characters of the Gentlemen who are placed in nomination before you for the Legislative Council of the Mississippi Territory. Mr Shields is the only one of them of whom I have any recollection and with him my acquaintance was very slight. He is a young...
I have the honor to inclose a Letter from Mr Daschkoff and an Exequatur made out in compliance with it. It is said that Mr Jackson has arrived at Annapolis. Mr Erskine got here this Morning, and Mr Smith this moment alighted from the Stage. With perfect Respect & Esteem I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Most Obt Sert RC ( DLC ). André de Daschkoff to Robert Smith, 29 Aug. 1809 ( DNA : RG 59,...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 2d Inst. I shall, as it appears to be your wish, send Judge Spriggs Letter to Mr Rodney. Mr Gallatin has seen Mr Grymes Letter; but does not consider it necessary to remodel his Instructions to the Collectors: The Secretary of State will I beleive write to Mr Grymes to recover Costs in all Cases where it can yet be done, from the owners of the...
I was very much surprised this Morning when Mr Smith told me you had not received Genl. Turreau’s Letters—relating to a Vessel which is building at Baltimore, as he says “for the revolted Blacks of St Domingo”—for I was fully persuaded that I put them under Cover to you with the Laws of the last Session which you wrote for. I yet hope that this will turn out to be the case, for I cannot find...
I am requested by Mr Smith to forward to you the inclosed Papers which I have this Moment received from him. He also desires me to say that he accompanies Mrs Smith to Bath, and will be there on Sunday next. The Memoire of Moreau de Lislet is not in this Dept. I wrote to Mr Rodney for it so far back as the 10th June—at the request of Mr Jefferson and as I have not heared from him in reply, I...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 26th Ult: and immediately called on Mr Bradley, who promised to direct that the Letter for Mr Haumont should be sent on to Savanna. Of the inclosed communications from Governor Holmes and Mr Robertson, we have taken Copies for the Secretary of State as the Mail goes to Bath on Tuesday. I beg to be presented to Mrs Madison and to assure you of the...
I have the Honor to forward to you some English News Papers received at this office on Saturday. They were directed to the Secretary of State by Mr. Pinkney, and forwarded from New York by Mr Erwing. We received no Letter either from Mr Pinkney or Mr Erwing. It is stated however, in the News Papers that the latter is coming on from New York with Dispatches. There are private Letters in Town...
Yesterdays Mail brought on the Dispatches from Mr Pinkney which had been entrusted to Mr Erwing. They were forwar[d]ed by the latter from Phia. The inclosed is a Copy of the last and only important Letter from Mr Pinkney. From his other communications it appeared, so well as I can recollect (from the very hasty perusal I gave them, before they were put up for the Bath Mail which closed...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 10th Inst. yesterday. Th[…] Mr Erwing was with us; but he went on to Alexandria in the afternoon, where he intended to take a Carriage for the purpose of going to Montpelier. He took with him the Letter he had for you, expecting to be at your House nearly as soon as the Mail which lea⟨v⟩es this today. I return agreeably to your directions the Copy...
I am much mortified that my Letter of the 13th Inst: and more particularly, that the Papers which were under cover with it did not go on by the Mail of that day. I had sent to the Post office to let them know that we were preparing Despatches for you and the Governor of the Mississippi Territory and to enquire when the Mail would close. I expected that they would of course detain the Mail if...
I had the Honor yesterday to receive your Letter of the 16th. and have this Morning been unsuccessfully employed in looking over Mr Bowdoin’s, Genl Armstrong’s, and Mr Skipwiths file, for the Paper a Copy of which you want. I shall renew the search tomorrow. We have no Parisian file in the office and as neither Mr Brent nor myself have any recollection of this Paper I have thought that you may...
I had the Honor to write to you the day before yesterday to say that I had not been able to find the Paper transmitted from Paris previous to the Departure of Mr Bowdoin from that Place, a Copy of which you directed to be sent to you. I have continued the search thro: the files of Mr Bowdoin, Genl Armstrong, Mr Skipwith & Mr Barnet; but have not been so fortunate as to find any traces of this...
The inclosed are Copies of Letters from Governor Holmes and Mr Robinson relative to the affairs of West Florida. The originals were sent to the Secretary of State. We yesterday recieved from Mrs Skipwith two large Books entitled “Official Register” commencing in 1797 and ending in 1808. These are I presume the Books about which Genl Armstrong and Mr Barnet have written to this Dept. With the...
I received this Morning the Letter you did me the Honor to write to me on the 24th Int. I shall attend to the instructions it contains some of them are already acted on. Freemans commission (for which Mr Pleasonton had a Blank[)] is sent to the Treasury—from whence, I presume it will go to him with his Instructions. I inclose a Copy of a Letter received yesterday from Mr Shaler and am with...
I had the Honor by the last Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 24th. Inst. and to inform you that a Commission for Mr Freeman as Surveyor of the Public Lands South of Tennessee had been sent to the Treasury. The Papers for Mr Poinset have been made out agreeably to your direction and sent to the Secy of State who is now at Baltimore for his Signature. Mr P. will get to...
I received this Morning the Letter which you did me the Honor to write to me on the 30th Ult. and shall before next Mail look thro: the Registers left here by Mrs Skipwith for the purpose of ascertaining whether they contain any entries or Copies corresponding to the Papers you have asked for. Our Records do not shew that any delegated Power has been given by the President under the Law of...
Agreeably to your request I have looked thro: the Registers sent here from Paris and do not find that they contain any thing in relation to the Paper you want. They are a strange compound of Public & Private Papers—tho their general Character is I think decidedly official. I understood from Mr Skipwith when he was here, that he had directed them to be sent to the Dept of State 1st Because he...
I have the Honor to send you inclosed the proceeds of your Check in my favor—in such notes as you requested that is to say— 6 of 50 = 300. 10 – 20 = 200 10 – 10 = 100— 600 in all. The Eastern end of the City is represented to be sickly; but the West end and George Town are not at all so. On Saturday we received from Mr Pinkney a Packet of News Papers; but no Letters. The News Papers you will...
I have the Honor to forward to you by this Mail a copy of a Letter received yesterday from Mr Robertson, and also copies of a letter from Mr Pinkney and its inclosures. The originals have all been sent to the Secretary of State. I retained for you the Quarterly Review and Cobbets Register, which came with Mr Pinkneys Letter. You will receive them by the Mail which takes this. I was very happy...
J Graham has the Honor to inform the President that a Letter has this Moment been received from Mr Pinkney dated 31st July—to say that the Bills in favor of Brown for £8,400 Stg had been paid. The Baring’s have received the Money on account of the UStates. Mr P. gives no news of any kind. Mr Maury writes under date 10th Augt that American Produce was very abundant at Liverpool and falling in...
J Graham has the Honor, by direction of the Secretary of State, to forward to the President the inclosed Letter from General Armstrong and to inform him that it is the same which he lately sent to this Department unopened. RC ( DLC ). Graham probably forwarded the original of Armstrong’s 5 May 1810 dispatch to Robert Smith ( DNA : RG 59, DD , France). A duplicate had reached Washington in...
The Packet for the Secretary ⟨o⟩f State containing the Letters which I supposed you would wish to read, is left open—and put under Cover to you. I have supposed that this would be the most convenient arrangment. Should you prefer any other you will be pleased to let me know. Mr Barlow left us yesterday intending to Lodge at Marlbro: and to get to Annapolis early today. We have furnished him...
The Letter which you did me the Honor to write to me on the 10th Inst. I received yesterday, together with those which it covered. I have now the pleasure to return Mr. Adams’s (Letter) de cyphered: with the other I can as yet do nothing. I will make an effort before the departure of your next Mail to find out generally its objects; but I am by no means confident that I shall be able to do...
Not being able to hear of any one here who understood the Portuguese Language—I have endeavoured myself to find out what was the object of the writer of the Letter you sent me. It seems to be to induce you to enter into an alliance with England against France: and to propose to all the Nations “of Asia, Africa, Europe and America” to make common cause against her—to forbid all commerce or...
Mr Hamilton arrived last Night with the Despatches by the “John Adams.” By the advice of his Father I have decided that he should go on with them to you—thinking it probable that you might wish to make some enquiries of him on subjects not touched on in the Letters. It was my intention not to have opened any of the Despatches but I thought it right to inform the Heads of Departments who were...
I should have answered by the last Mail, the Letter you did me the Honor to write me, expressing a hope that my Health was returning; had I not been so sick on the day of its departure that I could not sit up. In consequence of a powerful dose of medicine, I am some what better, and have begun again to take Bark tho: I very much doubt whether my Stomach is properly prepared for it. The City is...
Finding myself better today than I have been since I was last taken sick I rode to the Office this Morning and found on my Desk the Letter you did me the Honor to write to me on the 16th. I immediately sent to the Bank and have been enabled to get Virginia Notes for the amount of the Check excepting $100 which is sent in a note of the Bank of Columbia. I was some what at a loss whether you...
I had the Honor by the last Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 16th Inst. covering a Check for $1200—and requesting that I would remit you the amount in Virginia Notes one half by the last Mail and one half by this. In compliance with this request I had the Honor to send you by the last Mail (18th Inst) $200 in notes of the B of Virginia that were not cut, and the one half...
In corroboration of what is stated in this Letter, it may not be improper to remark to the President that a Gentleman who was recently in this City from Caracas (Mr Picornell) stated to Mr Thos Brent that Mr Scott was held in some measure as a Prisoner and not permitted to carry on any corresp[ond]ence. This if true, accounts for the circumstance of no Letter having been received from him. I...
The inclosed Paper was put into my hands yesterday by a Friend who called my attention to the Letter from Genl Turreau which it contains. There were parts of this Letter which did not appear new to me. I have examined our files and do not find such a Letter upon them. I have therefore supposed that this is probably a translation of the Letter from Genl Turreau which was returned to him on...
Altho you will doubtless receive from the Secretary of the Navy intelligence of the Glorious victory gained by our Fleet on Lake Erie yet I cannot deny myself the pleasure of sending the inclosed Paper as it affords me an opportunity of offering my Congratulations on an event so honorable to our arms and so important to our future movements in that quarter. I do not write to the Secretary of...
As the inclosed Letters from Mr Adams and Mr Beasley are some what interesting I do myself the Honor to put them under cover to you thinking that it will not be inconvenient to you to forward them to the Secretary of State who is, as I learn by a late Letter from him, yet at his Seat in Virginia. I also forward to you by this Mail a number of English news Papers which were received yesterday...
The inclosed Letters were received this Morning. As they relate to an interesting subject and one that may require immediate attention I have thought it my Duty to forward them to you, without waiting for the return of the Secretary of State. You will of course receive by this Mail from the war office, the official Report of our having got possession of Malden which was abandoned by the Enemy....
Mr Baker called this morng and left the enclosed memo. His intention is to send off his Messenger this Eveng unless Mr Monroe should wish to write in which case he will detain him until tomorrow. I doubt from what he says whether the British vessels now in our Ports will consider themselves as under any obligation to refrain from capturing our vessels after they get to Sea. Mr B intimates that...
Mr Monroe left Town this morning with an intention of spending a few days at his Plantation. Among the Papers which he left with me I found this morning the enclosed from mr onis. I know not whether mr monroe was apprised of its contents as I have been out of Town for a few days and only returned yesterday but it appears to me that they may be considered as important I have therefore...
The enclosed was received yesterday under Cover to mr Monroe with a Letter from mr Pinkney requesting him to forward it to you. As mr Monroe will not return until tomorrow I have thought that I should right in sending it by the mail of today. I hope that mrs Madison has entirely recovered her Health; and that you find the exercise and partial relaxation from Business, which you are permitted...
As the Secretary of State set off yesterday for Loudoun just before the arrival of Mr. Murray with important dispatches from Mr. Shaler, I have had these Dispatches copied and have now the Honor to send you the Copies. The Secty will return on Tuesday so that he will be here in time to receive your Instructions relative to the unpleasant occurrences at algiers. You will also receive by this...
We have letters from Govr. Cass of the 8th. of this Month from which it appears that the British naval officers at Malden have in several instances boarded American vessels passing that place in search of Deserters. These letters are accompanied by Depositions detailing the facts. I should have forwarded these letters to you by this mail but as the Secretary of State will be here today I...
As Mr. Monroe has not yet returned from Loudoun, and may not be here today as it is raining, I have thought that I should do right in sending you the enclosed Copy of a Letter received from Mr. Bagot, since Mr. Monroe left this, as he will doubtless wish to know your opinion upon the subject to which it relates before he answers it. I also send some Papers in Spanish which have been given to...
As the enclosed Letters from Mr Wirt and Mr Mitchell relate to a subject of some delicasy and importance I have deemed it proper to transmit them to you, more particularly as it is doubtful, from the present appearance of the weather, when Mr Monroe will get back from Virginia. The Papers alluded to by Mr Wirt as having been forwarded by Judge Tucker, have I presume been sent directly to you....
Mr Monroe has, I presume, informed you that he had returned into the Country. He was not well when he was here, and as there was little probability of his being able to do any thing immediately with Mr Bagot either in relation to the Fisheries or the Naval Armaments on the Lakes he thought it unnecessary to remain. He had several conversations with Mr Bagot on the latter subject, and thought...
I received the enclosed Letter, from Mr. Monroe this Morning. He directed that it should be shewn to Mr. G. Graham in the War Dept. and then transmitted to you. Mr. Coles left this for Boston this Morning. I have reason to think the Vessel which is to take him to Europe, will not be ready sail when he gets to Boston. I received yesterday from Mr. Gelston the Letter from the Dey of Algiers,...
I send you a Letter from Mr Adams of old date which was received yesterday. Those which it covers are of some interest and I believe you have not seen them before. I have also the pleasure to send a Letter from Mr Russell, and a Memorial from certain Merchants in Phia. relative to their claims on Denmark. Mr Forrest has returned from Baltimore and tells me that we may expect the translation of...
The enclosed Packets addressed to you were handed to me this Morning by Mr. Thomson who has, as they will inform you, a diplomatic appointment from the govt. of Buenos Ayres. He does not intimate any expectation of being received in that Character at present, but he intimates an intention of waiting, here until an answer was received from you. He also said that he was charged with the delivery...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 7th. directing me to send a Blank Commission to Mr. Dallas for the Collector at Waldsboroug. We have Blanks with your signature for such Commissions but they want the signature of the Secretary of State. As there is reason to believe that he will be here today I hope it will be in my power to forward on the Commission signed as you direct that it...
Mr. Monroe who returned last Night has seen the enclosed, and directed me to send it to you. I am sorry to say that an unexpected delay has taken place in getting the translation which we had looked for, from Baltimore It seems that the Gentleman who undertook to make it, finds an Arabic Dictionary necessary to the completion of it, and that such a thing is not to be had in Baltimore. We have...
As the Post Rider will go on from your House to Mr. Monroes I take the Liberty of putting the enclosed Packet for him under Cover, to you: and leave it open that you may see Mr Daschkoff’s Official Letter. May I ask the favor of you to send to Mr Monroe the Copies which were sent to you, of the communications from Mr Crowninshield & Judge Story relative to the Fisheries, and which you...