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I happen to be one of a Committee to report on the petition of Mr John Fitch of Pennsylvania for an exclusive Privilege in this State, similar to what he has obtaind in Virginia and several others, to propel vessells through the water by the Force of Steam Engines—I have found a Necessity to mention to the Committee a Conversation I had with Mr Rumsay in the Month of October, I think, in 1785...
I inclose you a Letter from my Bror John to your Lady he was at my House last week and intended then to have sent it but the post made so little Stay that tho’ my Bror went to the Office several Times he slipped him. There were some Expences on the Bill passed last Session in favr of Mr Semple it is usual here in Imitation of what I think a bad procedr. in England to tax Fees on private...
I am much obliged by your Favor which reached me in the Jersey’s; in my Way, at philadelphia, I had the pleasure of reading the Address which you kindly inclosed me. I had in my own Mind given you the Cred t . of having a principal Hand in it— When I left Home I had no Expectation of crossing the Delaware. I imagined our utmost Exertions would scarce save philadelphia our people like all other...
I have just received your Letters of the 24th & 26th and feel real Concern that my Circumstances will not permit me to fill the important Office you propose to me. I am far from being out of Humor with the World on my own Account; it has done me more than Justice in estimating my Abilities and more Justice than common in conjecturing my Motives—I feel nothing of Fear either in hazarding again...
I recvd your Letter of the first Instant and was happy in having it in my power to converse with General Smallwood on the Contents of it. I see several Vessels in the Harbour which I think might well be applied for the purpose you mention and believe I could get Men who would at least endeavour to go through it but I am apprehensive it could not be conducted with Success we have very little...
We are just about finishing the Business of this Meeting. it has been very important, much influenced by the Considerations hinted in our general Letter and I hope will meet your Approbation —Funds are now secured, I think, to carry on the public Buildings to a considerable Length under the most disagreeable Events and if our public Affairs should brighten a powerful Influence is secured to do...
Your Letter of the 23d of last Month came to Hand whilst I was attending on the Lottery Business at George Town: I forbore to answer it immediately hoping that a little Delay might enable me to do it more to your Satisfaction, as well as my own for I could not think of any Gentleman of the Neighbourhd whom I could venture to recommend to you and the Proprietors, amongst whom there is the most...
Mr Greenleaf has had a Conversation with us before Mr Carroll on the subject of new Commissioners —You will I am sure do the Doctr & myself the Justice to believe that our Declarations to you are real and not calculated on Ideas of our own Importance to eat into the funds—Mr Greenleaf mentions Mr Dalton and Mr Baldwin as proper with your Approbation to fill our places and speaks an intention...
I this Moment received your Letter of the 16th Instant with its Inclosure I have within a few Days past received Letters on the same Subject from the Board of War and also from Members of the Congress from this State —the first Intimation or indeed Apprehension I had of any Difficulty in your Supplies of provisions was about the tenth of January and every Assistance which I thought could be...
We have had many Applications from People of this State for Leave to go into Phila. some of them want to return again: we have not given Leave to any Body to go in, without permission from the Officer commanding the Continental Troops at some post on the way nor have we recommended any except Mrs Stewart Mrs Caldcleugh and Mrs McCall —We were not satisfied of the propriety of frequently...
I am now able to inclose you a Copy of the Potomack Bill passed both Houses of our Assembly without any Opposition—if there should have any Deviation been made by the Virginia Assembly from the Application we made I beleive I can readily obtain a correspondent Alteration here if it should be necessary. It has occurred to me that Mr Smith on being furnished with a little pine plank and a Joiner...
This morning I recieved your Letters of the 7th & 8th Instant and one from Mr Jefferson covering my Commission—I forward yours of the 7th and its Inclosures to Doctr Stuart and Mr Carroll —I am a Stranger to all that they relate to farther than that Mr Peters signed the paper for Cession of Land as Agent or Attorney for one Mr Douglass who I suppose is the Father or Son but I never heard the...
I have been here from the 26th of December to the 10th of January and from the 7th or 8th Instant ’till the writing of this, Time sufficient to form a pretty good Idea of Things: with the Frankness you have often invited Mr Carroll from his State of Health and other Circumstances must go out and I perceive that the success of the City will much depend on your next Choice and I hope and believe...
A pretty general Opinion prevails amongst us that Congress will this Session open a Land Office for the Northwestern Territory and the published proceedings in a degree confirm it. Colo. John Lynn, who has heretofore enjoyed your favorable Opinion in another Line, is desirous on the Event taking place that you should extend your Confidence to him in this new Department: I believe him competent...
Some Time since I received a Letter from Mr Paca from Chester informing me of your Request to Mr Cadwallader which Mr Cadwallader very readily gave into—The Council and myself as our Affairs were circumstanced requested Colo. Richardson to move up in order to join the Militia before we knew that you had designed Mr Cadwallader should take the Command or that the Congress had fixed on Colo....
Mr Normand Bruce of our Province has lately done me the Favour of shewing me some very pretty Samples of Hempen Lint and Tow raised and prepared in his own Family without the help of a Mill or any Such Engine and gave me the Reading a Manuscript pamphlet on the Subject—his Drift is to persuade people in general to manufacture coarse Linnens in earnest, to shew that Hemp is the proper material...
LS : American Philosophical Society Expecting that Mr. Joshua Johnson of London has removed to France we have empowered him to apply for a Loan of Cloathing etc. for the Use of this State and have taken the Freedom on the uncertainty of his being there to give the like Power in Case of his Absence to such Person as you may nominate hoping that you will take the Trouble of appointing a proper...
Your circular Letter of the 22d of May, in great Measure, occasioned a Call of our Assembly which is to meet the 15th Inst. We have to regret that Congress did not earlier make their Requisition on the States to fill up their Quotas of Troops and that Cloathing was not, we suppose could not be, sent with the Recruiting Officers. We have not been altogether without Success, tho’ it is much...
I received your Letter of the 17th within these few Hours—We had before ordered about three hundred Militia as Guards to the Stores at & in the Neighbourhood of the Head of Elk —In Consequence of your Letter Orders are already gone to the Lieutenant of Cecil to call out a Battalion of that County on the same Service—for three Companies from Baltimore and two from each of the Counties of Kent...
I take the Freedom to inclose you the Resolutions of our general Committee for the Province on the Bills respecting the Massachusetts Governmt and the Act for blocking up the Harbour of Boston—If our general Scheme of Conduct should be adopted by the Congress I think even so strict an Assocation will be kept by the people of Maryland with good Faith I have sanguine Hopes that your Colony will...
Many Circumstances have unluckily concurred to retard the recruiting Service in this State amongst them Rank has not been the most inconsiderable; that Matter is at last so far accomodated that I hope for the Service of nearly all those Officers who shared in the Fatigue of the last Campain. Inclosed is a List of our Feild Officers with the Numbers of their Regiments and I expect in a few Days...
Mr Tilghman the Speaker of our House of Assembly not being in Town I could not procure a Receit from him I send you one from myself for £6. as received for his Use if that is not sufficient I will get one from himself and inclose it to you as soon as I have an Opportunity—I inclose you a Receit from the Clerk of the Upper Ho. and another from the Clerk of the Lower House for £3 each I thought...
Whilst I was here the latter End of Decr and Beginning of January claiming and endeavering to perfect my Title to the Square adjoining the Bridge to the Left as you go into the City Mr Scott several Times spoke to me to consent that a Street should pass thro’ it by the Water; the Street 30 feet wide, the smallest Breadth proposed, would take of the Square what cost me about 150£ for that...
I shall forward your Letter of the 18 Inst. to Mr Lee I have no Opportunity of consulting him as to the place or Hour of Meeting: as it can make very little Difference to him or me and Alexandria will be most convenient to you and the other Gent. I propose to meet there at 10 OClock and shall write Mr Lee accordingly—I much wished to have been at the Meeting the 17th if I could have attended I...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Mr. Ridley is about returning to France in prosecution of his private Affairs and impowered to transact some Business for this State your Acquaintance with him in France must have given you favourable Impressions of him— I have known him a long Time and he is one of the very few for the promoting whose Views I would request your Countenance. I am dear Sir...
I lately received your Letter of the 31st of August, scarce any Thing could have surprised me more than the Occasion of it for instead of being displeased I thought myself much obliged by the Letter you wrote me in the Time of our Convention —To strengthen the Friends of the new Constitution and expedite it’s Adoption I shewed that and other Letters containing much the same Information and...
Our printer assuring us in his last weeks Paper that there would be a further prorogation of our Assembly and the very doubtful State of American Affairs induced me to think that Nothing would probably be attempted in your Assembly the ensuing Session. This Morning about 11 OClock I received your two Letters by Mr Stewart dated the 20 Instant and this Afternoon Mr Ballendine came to see me on...
I received your Letter of the 10th Inst, five days after it’s Date and the next Day had an Opportunity of shewing it to Mr Lee he had very lately been to see Mr Rumsay and was Spectator of several successful Blasts—Rumsay had discharged several disorderly Fellows and had but one left that he was any way desirous of getting rid of he had then about twenty Hands. Mr Lee says the Men seemed to...
I take the Liberty by the Revd Mr Boucher who as well as others have assured me of your Friendship to the Inland Navigation on Potowmack to inclose you a Subscription Paper which is intended to be put about at our Frederick Court next Week —I have with some though too few others lately taken a View of the River from a little below Fort Frederick to Paynes Falls—in our Voyage down we met with...
I had the pleasure of receiving last Sunday your Favor of the eighth Instant most of the Maryland Officers sent hither on the recruiting Service have since been with me and received the Money they desired some of them have sanguine Hopes of Success—I saw Colo. Rawlings on Friday; from Conversation with him I collected that he had upwards of 100 Men and I heard Yesterday he enlisted several in...