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To a people, fellow citizens, who sincerely desire the happiness and prosperity of other nations, to those who justly calculate that their own well being is advanced by that of the nations with which they have intercourse, it will be a satisfaction to observe that the war which was lighted up in Europe a little before our last meeting, has not yet extended it’s flames to other nations, nor...
I now lay before you copies of the treaties concluded with the Delaware and Piankeshaw Indians, for the extinguishment of their title to the lands therein described, and I recommend to the consideration of Congress the making provision by law for carrying them into execution. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I communicate for the information of Congress a report of the Surveyor of the public buildings at Washington on the subject of those buildings, and the application of the monies appropriated for them. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The inclosed letter written from Malta by Richard Obrien our late consul at Algiers, giving some details of transactions before Tripoli, is communicated for the information of Congress. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I communicate for the information of Congress the Report of the Director of the Mint of the operations of that Institution during the last year. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
The Secretary of State has lately recieved a note from the Danish Chargé des affaires, claiming, in the name of his government restitution, in the case of the brig Henrich, communicated to Congress at a former session; in which note were transmitted sundry documents, chiefly relating to the value and neutral character of the vessel, and to the question Whether the judicial proceedings were...
In the message to Congress at the opening of the present session I informed them that treaties had been entered into with the Delaware & Piankeshaw Indians for the purchase of their right to certain lands on the Ohio. I have since recieved another entered into with the Sacs & Foxes for a portion of country on both sides of the river Missisipi. these treaties having been advised & consented to...
I communicate for the information of Congress a letter of Sep. 18. from Commodore Preble giving a detailed account of the transactions of the vessels under his command from July the 9th. to the 10th. of Sep. last past. The energy & judgment displayed by this excellent officer thro’ the whole course of the service lately confided to him, and the zeal and bravery of his officers & men in the...
I now lay before Congress a statement of the Militia of the United States, according to the returns last recieved from the several states.    it will be percieved that some of these are not of recent dates, and that from the states of Maryland, Delaware & Tennissee no returns are stated. as far as appears from our records none were ever rendered from either of these states. DNA : RG 46—Records...
I now render to Congress the account of the fund established by the act of May 1. 1802. for defraying the contingent charges of government. No occasion having arisen for making use of any part of the balance of 18,560. Dollars unexpended on the 31st. day of December 1803. when the last account was rendered by message, that balance has been carried to the credit of the Surplus fund. DNA : RG...
I beg leave to inform the Senate that I shall take the oath which the Constitution prescribes to the President of the United States before he enters on the execution of his office, on Monday the 4th. instant, at twelve aclock in the Senate chamber. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
At a moment when the nations of Europe are in commotion & arming against each other, when those with whom we have principal intercourse are engaged in the general contest, & when the countenance of some of them towards our peaceable country, threatens that even that may not be unaffected by what is passing on the general theatre, a meeting of the representatives of the Nation in both houses of...
In order to give to Congress the details necessary for their full information of the state of things between Spain & the US. I send them the communication & documents now inclosed.   although stated to be confidential, that term is not meant to be extended to all the documents; the greater part of which are proper for the public eye. it is applied only to the message itself, & to the letters...
The depredations which had been committed on the commerce of the US during a preceding war, by persons under the authority of Spain, are sufficiently known to all. these made it a duty to require from that government indemnifications for our injured citizens. a Convention was accordingly entered into between the minister of the US. at at Madrid, & the Minister of that government for foreign...
Documents to shew that the settlement of Bayou Pierre on the Red river, at which a principal aggression took place, was originally made by France while possessing Louisiana, and came to the possession of Spain only by the general delivery of Louisiana to her, and as a part of it. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
The inclosed documents relating to my message of the 6th. inst. not being ready at that date I thought it better not to detain the message, but to communicate these papers afterwards as supplementory to those then sent. they are not of a nature to be deemed confidential. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
The Governor and presiding judge of the territory of Michigan have made a report to me of the state of that territory. several matters in which being within the reach of the legislative authority only, I lay the report before Congress. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I lay before Congress a Report of the Surveyor of the public buildings, stating the progress made on them during the last season, and what may be expected to be accomplished in the ensuing one. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
I lay before Congress the application of Hamet Caramelli, elder brother of the reigning Bashaw of Tripoli, solliciting from the US. attention to his services & sufferings in the late war against that state. and in order to possess them of the ground on which that application stands the facts shall be stated according to the views & information of the Executive. During the war with Tripoli, it...
I now render to Congress the account of the grant of twenty thousand dollars for the Contingent charges of government, by an Act making appropriations for the support of government for the year 1805. of that sum, nineteen hundred & eighty seven dollars, fifty cents have been necessarily applied to the support of the territorial governments of Michigan & Louisiana, until an opportunity could...
I communicate, for the information of Congress, the report of the Director of the mint of the operations of that institution during the last year. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
In my message to both houses of Congress at the opening of their present session, I submitted to their attention, among other subjects, the oppression of our commerce & navigation by the irregular practices of armed vessels public & private, & by the introduction of new principles, derogatory of the rights of Neutrals, & unacknoleged by the usage of nations. The memorials of several bodies of...
The inclosed letter from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the US. at the court of London, contains interesting information on the subjects of my other message of this date. it is sent separately & confidentially, because it’s publication may discourage frank communications between our ministers generally, & the governments with which they reside, & especially between the same ministers. DNA :...
Having recieved from sundry merchants at Baltimore a Memorial on the same subject with those which I communicated to Congress with my message of the 17th. inst. I now communicate this also as a proper sequel to the former, and as making part of the mass of evidence of the violations of our rights on the Ocean. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
A letter has been recieved from the Governor of South Carolina, covering an act of the legislature of that state, ceding to the US. various forts & fortifications & sites for the erection of forts in that state, on the conditions therein expressed. this letter & the act it covered are now communicated to Congress. I am not informed whether the positions ceded are the best which can be taken...
In the course of the last year the following treaties and conventions for the extinguishment of Indian title to lands within our limits, were entered into on behalf of the United states. A treaty between the US. & the Wyandot, Ottawa, Chippawa, Munsee & Delaware, Shawanee and Poutewatamy nations of Indians. A treaty between the US. & the Agents of the Connecticut land companies on one part &...
Since the date of my message of January 17th. a letter of the 26th. of November has been recieved from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the US. at London, covering one from the Secretary for foreign affairs of that government, which, being on the subject of that message, is now transmitted for the information of Congress although nothing forbids the substance of these letters from being...
In pursuance of a measure proposed to Congress by a message of Jan. 18. 1803. and sanctioned by their appropriation for carrying it into execution, Capt Meriwether Lewis of the 1st. regiment of infantry was appointed, with a party of men, to explore the river Missouri, from it’s mouth to it’s source, &, crossing the highlands by the shortest portage, to seek the best water communication thence...
It was reasonably expected that while the limits between the territories of the US. and of Spain were unsettled, neither party would have innovated on the existing state of their respective positions. some time since however, we learnt that the Spanish authorities were advancing into the disputed country, to occupy new posts & make new settlements. unwilling to take any measure which might...
I communicate to Congress a letter recently recieved from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the US. at London stating some circumstances which bear relation to the subject of my messages of January 17. this paper being original, and to be communicated to both houses, the return of it is requested. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.