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That those, to whom the management of public affairs is confided, should be called from their deliberation, to listen to the opinions of popular meetings, will seldom, we think, be found warranted by discretion or compatible with the good order of society—But at a period like this, when our enemies boast of finding among ourselves the support of their purposes, we presume, that sincere...
The late Secretary of State having neglected to send on a seal for the General Court of this Territory and as it was impossible to do without one I employed Mr. Small of this place to supply the deficiency. He has executed his task extremely well & his charge (30 Dollars) I think very reasonable. As disbursements of this kind for the Territories have usually been made through your office I...
A few days ago I received the petition herewith enclosed from Kaskaskias with a request from the Subscribers that I would forward it to you with such remarks as I thought necessary to make. Altho’ the present alarm of these citizens is not without foundation—I can hardly suppose it probable that the Delaware Nation generally have any disposition to make war upon us—I have been at great pains...
19 January 1802, Vincennes. Believes the president should know that members of the local court, having some time ago assumed the right to grant land titles, had granted themselves rights to all formerly reserved territory extending for several square miles and excluding only the land immediately surrounding Vincennes. “The authors of this ridiculous transaction” had abandoned the claim, but it...
The mail which will carry this letter is the first from this place—since the month of March last—Or I should before have done myself the honour to write to you—altho I had nothing material to communicate. This barrenness of events still continues, with the exception of such as come under my notice as Superintendant of Indian affairs & these as has been the custom will be detailed to the...
When I had the honour to see you in Philadelphia in the Spring of the year 1800 you were pleased to recommend to me a plan for a Town which you supposed would exempt its inhabitants in a great degree from those dreadful pestilences which have become so common in the large cities of the United States. As the laws of this Territory have given to the Governor the power to designate the seats of...
The undersigned beg leave to recommend to the President of the United States John Rice Jones Esquire the present Attorney General as a proper person to fill the appointment of a Judge of the Territory. Mr Jones has been regularly bred to the Bar and has resided as a practising Attorney in the said Territory for many years which has given him an opportunity of being acquainted with the Local...
In the month of May last I received the letter you did me the honour to write by Mr. Parke and at that time I also received from the Department of State a renewal of my Commission as Governor of the Indiana Territory For this mark of your Confidence permit me to make you my most grateful acknowledgements—It has indeed ever been & shall Continue to be my Chief Aim to Conduct the Administration...
Mr. Augustus Choteau will have the Honor to deliver you this. A gentleman who is justly considered not only from his large fortune & superior information but from the Amiableness of his character as the first Citizen of Upper Louisiana—You will I am sure derive great pleasure from his conversation as his knowledge of this country is certainly superior to what is possessed by any other person &...
I have the honor to enclose herewith a list containing the names of the five persons whom I have selected for the Legislative Council of this Territory agreeably to the directions contained in your letter of the 28th. of April—In making this selection I have conformed as far as possible to the restrictions laid down in your letter. Four out of the five are I believe Staunch Republicans but...