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I have recieved, my good old friend, your favor of Feb. 24. and rejoice to find you can still undertake distant military expeditions. it does not want much of 40. years since we were first together in the Virginia legislature. you are approaching therefore, what I have attained, the limits of the Psalmist , who says ‘the days of our years are three score years and ten.’ yet I hope it will be...
According to your request, I ruminated, as I journeyed here on your proposition for the establishment of an Agricultural Society . on my arrival here, I committed to writing what is in the inclo sed it will be a better proof of my willingness, than of my comp etence to be useful to the design. it is meant however but as a rough dra ught until it can re cieve the amendments of more skilful...
I lent you some time ago the deed & receipt of John Henderson as to the property of the younger children of Bennet Henderson , which I must ask the favor of you now to send me as it is essential to fix the time when I begin to be accountable for rents, which matter is now immediately to be settled with Cap t Meriwether and mr Wood . have you been able to collect any testimony of the age of...
A little before the reciept of your favor of Feb. 25. the inclosed letter had come to my hands, and not knowing your residence I had forwarded it to judge Stuart at Staunton with a request that he would enquire for you & send it. as soon as I recieved yours of Feb. I wrote to mr Stuart to return the other letter to me. his absence from home delayed my recieving it, & my answering your letter...
Among some queries you addressed to me some time ago, was one on the case of Josiah Philips , which happened early in the revolution. not aware that the propriety of the proceeding in that case had been questioned and reprehended, my answer was general on that query. an application from another quarter having informed me of the doubts which have been expressed on it, I have bestowed more...
I had written the inclosed letter but had not yet sent it to the post office when mr. Nelson calling, informed me you were to leave Washington on Tuesday last (the 20th.) I have thought it better therefore to inclose it to you at Montpelier. I am laboriously employed in arranging the library, to be ready for it’s delivery. And as soon as I can name the day on which I shall have finished I will...
The inclosed letter for mr Crawford was delivered to a gentleman who was going to France . hearing before his departure that mr Crawford was on his return, he sent the letter back to me. I am anxious however that M r Crawford should recieve it, and as of the date it bears. will you have the goodness to let it lie in your office with such papers as may be destined for him, and to let him on his...
In July last I took the liberty of availing my self of the protection of your cover for a letter to mr George Ticknor a young gentleman from Masschusets , with a request that you would retain it until he should arrive in Paris . I learned afterwards that this would not be till autumn: nor have I as yet heard of his actual arrival there. under this uncertainty I again take the benefit of your...
I recieved yesterday your favor of the 26. and lose no time in replying to it. if a conveyance by a coasting vessel to Norfolk or Richmond can be found it is so much the simplest that I should prefer it, notwithstand g the risk brought on by the war. but the enemy have not yet had time to spread their privateers on our coast, nor have their ships of war as yet had time to catch our swift...
I inclose you a pr of spectacle frames with their compleat set of glasses, which is one of 3. or 4. sets you were so kind as to furnish me with several years ago. it is lately only that I have called them into use. I found the glasses actually in them render a perfect vision: but on changing them for others any of the other numbers, the object is entirely confused. I know I have not mismatched...
Your favor of Jan. 25. is recieved and I have to renew my thanks to you for the map accompanying it . these proofs of friendly remembrance give additional value to the subjects which convey them. the scenes too which compose the map are become highly interesting. our first entrance on them has been peculiarly inauspicious. our men are good; but force without conduct is easily baffled. the...
I send the inclosed letters to you as one of the executors of our late friend Governor Lewis . you probably know the fate of Poor Pierney his servant who lately followed his master’s example. the 1 st letter is from him stating his account. the 2 d & 3 d are from Christopher Suverman with whom he boarded till his death. Suverman
The satisfaction you express, fellow citizens, that my endeavors have been unremitting to preserve the peace & independance of our country, & that a faithful neutrality has been observed towards all the contending powers, is highly grateful to me, and there can be no doubt that in any common times they would have saved us from the present embarrasments, thrown in the way of our national...
Yours of yesterday was recieved last night. The McGehee who is the subject of it, is an overseer of mine at a place, which on account of it’s importance to me, mr. Randolph takes care of. He employed McGehee, & solely superintends him. We consider him as extremely industrious, active, attentive, and skilful in the old practices, but prejudiced against any thing he is not used to. We have...
Before the reciept of your favor of July 14. I had recieved one from Gov r Nicholas on the same subject; had answered it and written to the President . I stated to mr Nicholas , that mr Appleton had been appointed by the old Congress on my sollicitation
Your letter of Nov. 15. came during a long absence of mine from this place , which has occasioned this delay of the answer. the MS. notes in my pamphlet on the Batture, were only corrections of the press, I believe; for I have not a copy of it. these I inserted in most of the copies I sent out, but not in all of them; and I have no others to add. it was printed by mr Serjeant in N. York , who...
Returning to the scenes of my birth & early life, to the society of those with whom I was raised, & who have been ever dear to me, I recieve, fellow citizens & neighbors, with inexpressible pleasure, the cordial welcome you are so good as to give me. long absent on duties which the history of a wonderful aera made incumbent on those called to them, the pomp, the turmoil, the bustle & splendour...
Th Jefferson returns his thanks to Doct r Benjamin Franklin Thompson for the pamphlet he has been so kind as to send him, and owes him special acknolegements for the indulgence with which he has been pleased to view the general tenor of his political life. the sentiments of the pamphlet bespeak through the whole a glow of genuine republicanism, which it is ever delightful to him to percieve,...
I have just recieved a letter of Dec. 1. from Gen l Kosciuszko , in which he says ‘I have recieved a bill of exchange of 5500 francs from mr Barnes , and I have been punctually paid by the house of mr Morton . I pray you to continue to remit to me my interest thro’ the same channel; if mr Morton will have the goodness to permit it’ This putting out of all doubt the preferable channel of...
Your favor of the 10 th by the delays of our winter post, is but just recieved and mine of the 19 th I presume reaches you about this time. they have passed each other by the way. I am sorry that your visit to us will be delayed until your return from Kentucky ; mais tout ce qui est differé n’est pas perdu ; and it will then and always be welcome. you promise also to call on us en passant....
Your favor of Apr. 7 . was recieved Apr. 22. the books never got to hand, or were heard of by me till the day before yesterday. I deferred remitting the amount in the hope of acknoleging their reciept at the same time. having to make a remittance to mr Dufief , bookseller in Philadelphia , I have included in it 68. D 75 C for you, for which I must ask the favor of you to call on him for within...
Your favor of the 9 th has been safely recieved, together with the packet of Ravensworth peas . these are now in the ground, & will abundantly supply me with seed for the next year. I will not therefore give to yourself or mr Eppes the trouble of adding to my supply. I cannot promise myself ever taking a journey so far Northwardly again, but were it to happen, I should certainly take your...
I will trouble you to send me by stage the following books: Junius , the new edition with fac similes. Franklin’s works . Duane’s edition. Pike’s journey thro’ Mexico & Techas . The Book . [concerning the Princess of Wales
The affectionate address of the Republicans of George Town on my retirement from public duty, is received with sincere pleasure. in the review of my political life, which they so indulgently take, if it be found that I have done my duty as other faithful Citizens have done, it is all the merit I claim. Our lot has been cast on an Awful period of human history. the contest which began with us...
Your preceding kindnesses in forwarding my foreign letters encourages encourage me to send you the inclosed. Madame de Stael desired it should be put under cover to our Consul at Stockholm , but I do not know who that is. this obliges me to ask the favor of you to put it under such a cover. the letter is such an one as I should be sorry should get either into French or English hands. I will...
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I have j In my letter of June 8. I mentioned the arrival from Marseilles of some wines for me at Philadelphia and Alexandria on which there would be some duties, freight & port charges to pay, which I must ask the favor of you to remit for me. the 2 boxes from Philadelphia I presume have come to hand; and I have just recieved a letter from Col o Simms
I have duly recieved your favor of Feb. 24. covering one of your pamphlets on the Torpedo. I have read it with pleasure. this was not necessary to give them favor in my eye. I am not afraid of new inventions or improvements, nor bigotted to the practices of our forefathers. it is that bigotry which keeps the Indians in a state of barbarism in the midst of the arts, would have kept us in the...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Gelston and his thanks for the pumpkin seed he has been so kind as to send him . he will with pleasure give them a trial; the pumpkin being a plant of which he endeavors every year to raise so many as to maintain all the stock on his farms from the time they come till frost, which is from 2. to 3. months. besides feeding his workhorses, cattle &...
I am thankful for the indulgence of your kind letter of Aug. 27. and happy in being now able to forward you an order on my correspondents in Richmond for the price of the horse you were so good as to let me have. I find him really valuable, and in the carriage particularly excellent, so as to be entirely contented with him. Our intelligence from abroad gives us reason to expect a long state of...
I did not recieve your letter of Jan. 27. till the 15 th inst. I immediately wrote to mr Perry pressing a performance of his contract without further delay. I inclose you his answer and hope he will do what he therein promises. Accept the assurances of my esteem & respect. PoC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “M r Magruder”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: John M. Perry to TJ, 18 Feb. 1812, not found, but...
I wrote you a long letter of June 28 . in which I inclosed you a bill of exchange for 5500. francs by duplicate, the 1 st of which had been inclosed to you by mr Barnes . the object of the present letter is merely to forward the triplicate of the same bill, to guard against accidents, as the dangers of the sea are somewhat increased by the war. in mine of June 28. I omitted to mention that I...
Within a few days only I have recieved the letter which you did me the honor to write on the 22 d of July 1812 . a delay which I presume must be ascribed to the interruption of the intercourse of the world by the wars which have lately desolated it by sea and land. still involved ourselves with a nation possessing almost exclusively the ocean which separates us, I fear the one I have now the...
I thank you for your letter of the 6 th . it is a proof of your friendship, and of the sincere interest you take in whatever concerns me. of this I have never had a moment’s doubt, and have ever valued it as a precious treasure. the question indeed whether I knew or approved of Gen l Wilkinson’s endeavors to prevent the restoration of the right of deposit at N. Orleans could never require a...
Your letter of the 4 th came to hand on the 8 inst. but it was not till I could get a list of the Senate that I could do any thing in it. mr E. Coles accompanying the President in on a visit here has furnished me one, and I have immediately written to those members of the present Senate to whom I felt myself at liberty to apply. with some of the others I am not acquainted, and a recommendation...
I have bought a mule of the bearer mr Jesse Abell for eighty Dollars, and not having the money by me, I ask the favor of you to pay it for me, and it shall be repaid in cash in the course of the week, or by an order on Gibson & Jefferson at your choice which will oblige your humble servant P.S. should mr Dawson be from home I ask the same favor of mr Watson , and will call on him in a day or...
Your favor of July 2. came to hand a few days ago and I am thankful to yourself as well as to mr Ross for the indulgence therein expressed as to the paiment for the castings which I should have made before. I counted on making it from the resource of my flour which I have usually sold in March. but the blockade has prevented & still prevents the sale. in the mean time another resource...
When I saw you last I mentioned to you that among in a stock of family medecines & conveniences which I laid in by the advice of D r Wistar when I left Philadelphia he had put up, I thought, some bougies of better form than common. on searching I have found one of them, which I now send you. Doct r
Your favor of Mar. 13. has been duly recieved. I forwarded to mr Appleton a duplicate of the letter I inclosed to you by a gentleman going direct to Paris , from whence he would forward it to Leghorn. owing to mr Dufief a balance of 24. D 68 c I have taken the liberty of inclosing him a draught on you for that sum. you will perhaps have seen that our late legislature has taken up the subject...
Your favor of the 4 th was recieved yesterday evening only; and I hasten to return my thanks for the trouble you have in endeavoring to procure me some of the Scupernong wine. a quarter cask of it would be very desirable; and to be sent to the address of Mess rs Gibson and Jefferson my correspondents at Richmond , which is my only convenient deposit. from thence we have water carriage direct...
Wishing to make up a collection of the Sessions Acts of assembly for some time back, I take the liberty of p applying to you, on the presumption, that being the printer of them, you are most likely to have it in your power to make the collection. if it be known how far down mr Hening’s I wo collection will come, I would wish the collection to go back to that period. if this be not known, then...
On my return from Bedford after an absence of 7. weeks I find here a great accumulation of letters and other business. as soon as I can dispatch the most pressing of these, I will take up the transactions with the representatives of mr Henderson and prepare a statement of the account for rents. this done I shall put the matter into the hands of my grandson to settle with you and to arbitrate...
Your letter of Sep. 30. came to hand but two day s ago. we cultivate wheat here extensively & solely, and every body is getting the Leith machine for threshing it. I mean the original double or treble geered machine, divested of all those things which have been called improvements, in which the wheat is presented to beaters revolving like the vanes of a wheat fan. I have three of them myself,...
I am very sensible of the honor done me by the Antiquarian Society of Charleston , in the Rule for the organisation of their society which you have been so good as to communicate , and I pray you to do me the favor of presenting to them my thanks. age and my inland and retired situation make it scarcely probable that I shall be able to render them any services. but should any occasion occur...
I return you the prospectus you were so kind as to inclose me of the American artists Manual, with my subscription which I have given with pleasure. besides those general articles of utility which the title would lead us to expect, it’s enumeration of some particular arts of great domestic concern, renders it interesting to every housekeeper. I am duly sensible of the honor done me by the...
I see advertised in your paper of the 7 th Hutton’s Mathematics 2. v. 8 vo 8. Dol. which I will pray you to send me, adding thereto a copy of Mason’s book on the Horse, advertised in the same paper. mr Gibson will be so kind as to pay for them on shewing him this letter. the books to be securely wrapped in paper, addressed to me to the care of David Higgenbotham in Milton , & forwarded by the...
Your favor of Dec. 12. was long coming to hand. I am much concerned to learn that any disagreeable impression was made on your mind by the circumstances which are the subject of your letter. permit me first to explain the principles which I had laid down for my own observance. in a government like ours it is the duty of the Chief-magistrate, in order to enable himself to do all the good which...
I recieved your favor of Aug. 5. on my return from a visit to the President , and regretted it had not come 3. or 4. days sooner, as I might have made it the subject of a conversation with him instead of a letter. I knew well the worth of the late W m M. Dunca n son your uncle, his loyal principles to our republican government, & his great merit towards the city of Washington , towards the...
I will ask the favor of you to send me half a dozen barrels of herrings, and a barrel of shads to this place, and half a dozen barrels of herrings to Lynchburg . those for this place may come by mr Randolph’s boat, which is now down and will be coming up to Milton immediately on your receipt of this, which will be handed you by mr Randolph himself. those for Lynchburg I must request you to...
The subject of your letter of Nov. is entirely unknown to me . I only know in general that the heads of departments had been authorised by law to apportion the sum allowed for salaries to their clerks at their discretion. no duty I presume could be more embarrassing to those gentlemen. but of the particular graduation of the salaries I never heard, nor enquired, the subject having been...