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Circumstances induce me to attempt the publication of the courses of analytical trigonometry which I had planed in 1806 and used at the Military Academy of West point, and adapted peculiarly to the habitual mode and order of studying elementary mathematics in this country. Supposing the Knowledge of the most elementary Books of Euclid, and the simplest Algebra, till quadratic equations...
In taking the Liberty to address to You herewith Copies of my Reports upon Weights and measures, I again make use of the priviledge, which I have often assumed to continue to give You some account of my employment of my time. The object of the present is most likely not without some Interest for You, the manner in which I have treated the subject is in many respects new, and I hope however...
Your favor of the 5 th inst t has again highly obliged me by the kind interest you always take in what concerns me and Your subscription to my trigonometry if I can bring it to light in which the book sellers here are not very liberal in lending a hand, so that perhaps I may have to send it to a friend in London for publication. Upon Your account of the Professors of Virginia University and...
Some years ago I have taken the Liberty to offer to Your Excellency my services for the University of Virginia, establishing under your auspices, and you did me the honor to answer, that the state of forwardness of the Institution was not yet such as to allow an answer of a deciding nature; upon the information that the University will soon begin operations I take the Liberty herewith to renew...
As upon an advertisement of the University of North Carolina to get a Professor of Mathematics I have tendered my services for that place; I took the Liberty to make Use of the Kindness which You have allways pleased to shew me by referring to Your testimony upon me, it is my duty to inform You of the Liberty which I have taken, and to recomand me merely in the continuance of Your Kind...
The confidence with which You have honored me in time by the truth You placed in me for the execution of the intended Survey of the Coast of the Un. St: prompts me to take the Liberty to present You here with a Copy of the papers which have been occasioned by it, in the short time I was allowed to work in this Your interesting Project. since 1819. they had remained in the obscurity of the...
Informed that the Institution of Learning to be established in Virginia, in the Conditions of which Your Excellency has a share, will soon come into Activity; I take the Liberty to address myself to You with the Offer, to take upon me the Branch of Mathematics, or that of natural Philosophy, if any one of them should not yet be filled. I have heretofore taught Mathematics at the military...
Les Etats Unis d’Amerique, par la position floris, sante & paisible dont ils jouissent, contrastent tellement avec une grande partie des états Européens, dans leur position actuelle, que les Citoyens paisibles & industrieux de ces derniers, que ne trouvent leur bonheur, que dans la prospérité publique & le bien-etre de leurs familles, reposent avec plaisir leurs regards sur le monde nouveau,...
The favorable Recollection which Your Excellency is so kind to honor me with, in her letter of the 25 th ult o is an Object of the greatest Satisfaction to me, I am sorry that the circumstances deprive me yet of the opportunity to shew actively: how much I am, in all Situations, disposed to every exertion, towards deserving the approbation of men, who will be so kind to cast an indulgent...
With the present I take the Liberty to present to You two Copies of my Elements of Geometry which I wrote during my short stay at Richmond since I had the pleasure to communicate to You my former work on astronomical subjects. I should be very happy to see my now several elementary works of Mathematic introduced in Virginia, they appear to be much approved generally, and particularly by the...
Allow me to have the honor to present You with the present again with a new publication of mine intended to diffuse interest for a science the general utility of which is as universally acknowledged as it is desirable to extend it in this country. A popular exposition of the system of the Universe, which I should feel happy if my desire of rendering this study agreeable had the success that...
Excuse the liberty which I take to interrupt You again with the communication of a publication of mine the enclosed elements of Arithmetic which I have employed a few leasure days, in my unoccupied state to publish, upon desire of some persons that a better principled schoolbook might be published. About 250 Copies being made on better paper as the one here joined, may serve for persons not...
Permit me with the present to present to You a Copy of my logarithmic and trigonometric Tables, which just now appear in the public, to which I made the Introduction in, 5 languages, as the intermediate titles shew, that they may acquire more general course; the numbers being the same for all, this extension appeared to me proper, so that each of the 4 living languages might have the book in...
Your favor of the 2d. inst gave me great satisfaction, I thank to you very much for your kindness of recommending me for the Professorship vacant at the Virginia University. I have since written to Mr: Joseph C: Cabell, Rector of it, in more detail, as by the Prospectus the place is to be filled by the 1.st Septr. I delayed troubling you again upon it, to try if possible to save from...
General List of Mathematical Instruments and Books, destined for the survey of the Coast of the United States , delivered into the custody of Robert Patterson Esq e Director of the Mint in Philadelphia , by F. R. Hassler , after his return from the mission for this object; in November 1815.— N o  1. One Theodolite of two feet diameter, of very improved construction, silver arch readings by...
M rs Hassler told me You had mentioned her last Summer that it was desired a good Watchmaker would establish himself in the neighbourhood of President Jefferson . She made then the offer to a new arived Swiss who declined. In Elisabethtown is a Swiss gentleman, with whom I got ack acquainted in London on his passage here, where he was made prisoner of war with all his family, being taken on...
The Kind interest which You have always taken in the Work of the Coast Survey, occasiones me to communicate to You herewith a Copy of the principal Documents relating to that work, which it has become necessary for me to print on account of the violent attack made upon me, and my character by the 4th Auditor under whose hands the transfer of the work to the Navy Department has brought the...