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[ Annapolis, 23 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Jas. Buchanan. Marb[ois] will send wines addressed to him—send to Charlville with line to Key—Pitt in.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 23 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “TMR. Garden seeds—Pitt still in and parliament not dissolved—Luzerne going—Marb[ois] charg[é] d’aff[aires].” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 23 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Colo. Senf. List of our curiosities.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 24 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “McLurg. Ballons—28. [ i.e., postscript of 28 Apr. ] adjournment of Congr.—Eng. news to Mar. 25 ut infra.” Not found, but the phrase “ut infra” in the entry in SJL for the present letter which occurs above that for the letter to Randolph of 28 Apr. 1784, q.v., and the corresponding phrase “ut supra” in the entry for the letter to Turpin of the...
[ Annapolis, 25 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Curson. Bannister’s imposture—expect remittance—inclosed Mazzei’s letter to Lynch to find conveiance.” Neither letter nor enclosure found, but see John Banister to TJ, 15 Apr. 1784 and references there.]
[ Annapolis, 25 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Jos. Jones. Interest on British debts—report on Western territory—Norfolk—Patowm[ac] and Ohio. 28. [ i.e., postscript of 28 Apr. ] Eng. news to Mar. 20. infra.” Not found.]
My last to you was of the 16th. of March, as was the latest I have received from you. By the proposition to bound our country to the Westward I meant no more than passing an act declaring that that should be our boundary from the moment the people of the Western country and Congress should agree to it. The act of Congress now inclosed to you will shew you that they have agreed to it, because...
[ Annapolis, 26 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Boinod & Gaillard. Machiavelli—Veneroni gram—Baretti dict. Boyer gram—Vocabol. port. dal Conti.” Not found.]
It is always with reluctance that I trespass on the time of a person whose every moment I know to be usefully emploied. The subject however of the inclosed papers having heretofore occupied your attention and the report you made to Congress being lost so that those who have attended the present year only cannot have the benefit of your then communications, I cannot withstand the desire of...
[ Annapolis, 27 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Govr. Post delays—not stopped here—Genl. W’s postage—M[ercer]’s letter of Apr. 10.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 27 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Genl. Sullivan. Acknol. receipt his letters—glad of further information on Moose-correspondence—Western territory—adjournment Congr.” Not found. The letters of Sullivan acknowledged by this were those of 12 Mch. (received 13 Apr.) and 3 Apr. (received 23 Apr.).]
[ Annapolis, 27 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Genl. Whipple. Acknol. receipt his letter [of 15 Mch.]—glad of further information on Moose—Western territory—adjournment Congr.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 28 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “Dr. Currie. Ballons—adjournment Congr.—settle near Monticello.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 28 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “P. Mazzei. My proceedings in his affairs—adjournment Congr.—will bear testimony if he can fix particular point—correspond.—communicated de Rieux’s arrival at Chas. T. and letter to me.” Not found. Derieux’s letter is that of 22 Feb. 1784, q.v.]
[ Annapolis, 28 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “E. Pendleton. Lottery tickets—Trumbull’s proclamation—Western territory—adjournment of Congress—committee states—requisitions—Luz[erne]. Marb[ois]—Eng. news to Mar. 25.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 28 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “E. Rand. Deane’s pamphlet. Western report. land office ordinance—requisitions—business before Congr.—Luzerne, Marb[ois].—London news to Mar. 25. viz. Pitt in—illumination of London. addresses in support—majority in H.C. reduced to 12.—parliament will be dissolved—a M.S. copy of his defence of Western right if it is not to be published.” Not found.]
Supposing you may not have received intelligence to be relied on as to the reality and extent of the late discovery of traversing the air in ballons, and having lately perused a book in which every thing is brought together on that subject so as low down as Decemb. last, I will give you a detail of it. I will state the several experiments, with the most interesting circumstances attending...
I do myself the honor of inclosing you an act of Congress on the subject of Western territory as passed a few days ago. The Ordinance for opening the land office so soon as our purchases are made from the Indians is not yet passed. I also inclose a copy of the estimate and requisitions of the year as they passed Congress. This however you will shortly receive from the President officially....
Whether Congress will keep ministers abroad is still undecided. A disposition however seems to prevail to add to the present commission for negociating foreign treaties of amity and commerce. One of our own delegates and one other gentleman have proposed the mission to
Some Thoughts on a Coinage, and the Money Unit for the U.S. Transition from money to weights. Transition from weights to measures. Transition from measures to time. I find new dollars of 1774,80,81 (qu. Mexico Pillar) weigh 18 dwt. 9 grs.=441 grs. If of this there be but 365 grs. pure silver, the alloy would be of 2.1 oz. in the ℔. instead of 19 dwt. the common Spanish alloy, which is 1 dwt....
Notes on the establishment of a Money Unit, and of a Coinage for the United States. In fixing the Unit of money, these circumstances are of principal importance. I. That it be of convenient size to be applied as a measure to the common money transactions of life. II. That it’s parts and multiples be in an easy proportion to each other, so as to facilitate the money arithmetic. III. That the...
Whether the parts of the Unit had better be a measure of the [curre]nt money of account or of the dollar. Obj. Easy to make any coin circulate at it’s value. Ans. Still it is a duty to make it’s introduction easy as we can to the people. Obj. The dollar is no money of account. No merchant keeps his books in dollars. Therefore the adoption of the dollar as the Unit will not save him the trouble...
Not being learned in the laws of Pennsylvania I am incertain what will be the event if a prosecution of Scandalum magnatum should be instituted against Claypole for publishing in his gazette of Apr. 27. as an act of Congress a paper which certainly was no act of theirs, and which contained a principle or two not quite within the level of their politics. I mean a pretended act for dividing the...
Having waited thus long in the vain hope of procuring a private and confidential conveyance for the papers you left in my care, I am obliged at length to trust them to the post, lest a longer detention of them should prove inconvenient. I hope they will pass safely. The desire of establishing a correspondence, which I am sure will be useful to me, induces me to consider as an invitation to it...
375I. On Tobacco Culture, 4 May 1784 (Jefferson Papers)
In Virginia two species of tobacco are cultivated, very distinct from each other. They are called Oroonoko and Sweetscented. The first is the hardiest and of the greatest produce; the last of the most delicate flavour. I think it used to sell about an eighth higher than the Oroonoko. All other names given to our tobaccoes are arbitrary and particular; every plant of tobacco going from Virginia...
The friends of Petersburg, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Alexandria may possibly unite to prevent exclusive privileges being given to Norfolk. These collected would form about an eighth part of the legislature and perhaps adding to them their accidental connections and influence they may make one fourth of the legislature. All the country below these which compose one third of the legislature...
The English foot is to the Parisian as 1000:1068 The English foot is such that a pendulum which vibrates in a second is 3f.3.2I. long The English mile is 1760 yards = 5280 feet An acre is 208.7 feet square. There are 640 acres in a square mile. The English use two kinds of pounds, viz the Avoirdupois and the Troy pound. by the former they weigh heavy coarse commodities by the latter they weigh...
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Chevr. D’Anm. Qu. if Cazeau left the money—countermand kettles—invitation to breakfast and dine—requisitions, Western territory Commercial resolutions.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Mrs. Carr. Consign P.C. [Peter Carr] to Mr. Madison. Dabney also. Invitation to pass hot season at Monticello.” Not found, but see TJ to Madison, 8 May 1784. ]
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Dudley. That I have sent on 2d. pr. spectacles to Virga.-he may expect the 1st or the money in a fortnight.” Not found, but see TJ to Madison , this date, and Madison to TJ, 15 May . While TJ does not give the first name of Dudley in this entry or in the letter to Madison of this date, there can be little doubt that the maker of the spectacles was...
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Mrs. Eppes. Valedictory—inclosed one to Polly.” Neither the letter nor its enclosure has been found.]
I received by the last post your favour of the 27th. Ult. and am obliged for the communications therein. The ferment on the subject of your society seems just becoming general. They write us from Virginia that it works high there, and that the division is precisely into civil and military. We will not presume to send foreign news from Annapolis to Philadelphia. Congress expect to adjourn on...
The duty of correspondence for the Month being devolved on me, and no authentic intelligence from abroad having been received, I have it in my power to communicate to you only what we get through the channel of the public papers. The inclosed will present to you some of the late debates of the H. of Commons, their addresses to the king and his answers. These seem to exclude the prospect of...
Since my letter of this morning the post has arrived and brought us a letter from Dr. Franklin of Mar. 9. He had received a letter from Congress informing him of the reasons of delaying our ratification. He apprehends no difficulty from this circumstance, and the rather as he had received a letter from Mr. Hartley dated Mar. 2. (the day before the exchange should have taken place) desiring he...
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “F. Hopkinson. Subterraneous city in Siberia.” Not found, but see Madison to TJ, 25 Apr. 1784 .]
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . An entry in SJL of this date indicates that in his letter to Elizabeth Wayles Eppes TJ “inclosed one to Polly.” Neither the letter to Mrs. Eppes nor that to Polly has been found.]
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “J. Key. To send Jame.” Not found. This letter was enclosed in TJ’s second letter to Short of this date.]
The inclosed resolutions on the subject of commerce are the only things of consequence passed since my last. You will be surprised to receive another pair of spectacles. The paper with them will explain the error. If you can dispose of the supernumerary pair do so, and I will remit the money to Dudley; if you cannot, return them by the next post and I will return them to him. Congress is now...
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Short. In cypher.” Not found.]
Since the departure of the post an event has taken place which obliges me to send this by express in hopes of overtaking him at Marlborough. Congress have to day added me to the commission for negotiating treaties of commerce with the European powers. This was hastened by the receipt of a letter by this day’s post from Dr. Franklin which gives reason to beleive that Mr. Jay is on his passage...
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Mrs. Skipwith. Valedictory.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL immediately below the preceding reads: “H. Skipwith. Do. [valedictory]. Invitation to pass the hot months at Monticello.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 7 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Sp. H.D. [John Tyler]. Inclosed requisitions and report Western territory—business before Congr.—adjournment—parliament will be dissolved.” Letter and enclosures not found.]
[ Annapolis, 8 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “C. Bellini. Valedictory.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 8 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Govr. Valedictory-tender of service to state.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 8 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “Jas. Madison. Wms.bg. Diary of weather enclosed. Tender of service to College—valedictory.” Letter and enclosure not found.]
I will now take up the several enquiries contained in your letter of Apr. 25. which came to hand yesterday. ‘Will it not be good policy to suspend further treaties of commerce till measures shall have taken place in America, which may correct the idea in Europe of impotency in the federal government in matters of commerce?’ Congress think such measures requisite, and have accordingly...
[ Annapolis, 8 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “P. Mazzei. Valedict.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 8 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “McLurg. Jay’s appointment to F. O.—if should not accept Colo. Monroe will renew nomination.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 9 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “G. Gilmer. Valedictory.” Not found.]