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A Clergyman of the Church of Scotland takes the Liberty of writing your Excellency on a subject interesting to mankind—and begs you will accept of the small publication which accompanies this Letter—The subject is at present under discussion in the Assembly of the United States: and the Author would not have troubled your Excellency, if he had not bestowed more labour on that subject than he...
I take the Liberty of sending your Excellency two political pamphlets, one of them a Prize Dissertation on the Excellence of the British Constitution, the other, a particular examination of the last French Constitution—The two contain as many examples as I could easily get introduced—of the different beauties or defects both of ancient and modern governments— I have been induced to give your...
I had the Honour of your Excellencys Letter of the 22d of June, which I shall carefully preserve for the sake of the subscription. I received at the same time your Secretary’s Letter of the 7th of May; both Letters bearing the Edinburgh Post mark of the 12th of September. The best return I can make for the distinguishing honour of a Letter from your own Hand is [t]o send you some information...
I take the Liberty of writing your Excellency, which I hope you will excuse, and of sending you a few Copies of a Pamphlet on Weights, Measures and Coins of which I beg your acceptance. I write to you as a man of Mind, not as a man of Rank. But I should not have troubled you with this Letter, if the Treatise which accompanies it were not the work of much labour, and considered as the best...
“Keith hall,” Scotland, 1 July 1791 . He is sending “a small publication” which he hopes TJ will accept, concerning “an universal Equalization of Weights Measures and Coins. And if I thought any man in America had bestowed more Labour on this than I have done I should not have given you this trouble.” As for TJ’s proposed rod pendulum vibrating seconds as the standard, he surely knows that...