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I have been introduced through the entreaties and tears of the aged and the young, to an acquaintance with a rule of your office, which I beg leave to say, is as honorable to yourself, as it is promotive of the cause of morality, Religion, and the Service of the Country. I refer to the rule lately applied in the case of young Ritche, on account of his having been accessory to a fatal duel...
When I had the pleasure of seeing you this morning you desired to know how we had succeeded in procuring horses for the Rifle corps. The answer which I gave you was founded on the progress that was made previous to my having left the Camp last night, to aid in detaching 300 men for Com. Rogers; also to select the artificers of the navy yard to report to Com. Tingy. This occupied me ’till late...
Allow me to offer for your acceptance a pamphlet containing the proceedings of a board recently organized in N. York; to say that the hint in the opening of the address, was taken from one of your letters to me; to request the favor of you to present my remembrances to Mrs. Madison, and to assure her of my living remembrance of her, & her varied excellencies; and to assure you of my...
I take the liberty of enclosing to you the National Journal of this morning. I am led to do so by the respect I entertain for you, and the gratitude I cherish for the kindness which prompted you to assign to me the conduct of the late system of In. Trade, & to which I owe, under Providence, a great variety of blessings—mingled to-be-sure with many bitter ingredients. The paper contains my...
I received, with pleasure, your favor of the 2d Inst. enclosing your “Talk,” which I have, after having loan’d it to the printer, passed, as you request, to the files of the Department. It admirably illustrates the subject in controversy; and places the policy of the U. States in bold and beautiful relief. I ventured, as you will see from the enclosed paper, to accompany it with a few remarks...
This is the first time I have commenced a direction of any thing to Montpellier with feelings other than those of pleasure. But however painful, the obligation I feel to maintain, in your eyes, that same position which justified you in conferring upon me a responsible Govt appointment, will lead me to justify myself & especially to you, when the character which bore me to yr confidence is...
I beg leave respectfully to enclose you a prospectus of the Washington Republican, & Congressional examiner. The first division of this title has been sanctioned, always, by the composition of our political parties; but for the last an apology must be sought in the extraordinary character which has marked the doings of the U.S. Congress during the last two or three years. I avail myself of the...
I enclose you part of a document relating to the Civilization of the Indians. The Secretary’s report was printed first, by mistake, of the Committee, and not both together—and I have none of the copies. It appeared in the News-Papers. Very truly yr. Ob. Sert RC (DLC) . Docketed by JM.
I hope I may be excused for troubling you with the enclosed pamphlet. I am prompted to enclose it to you, Sir, by other considerations than those which relate to its merits. I avail myself of the occasion to make a tender of my remembrance to Mrs. Madison, in which I am join’d by Mrs. McKenney; and to assure you of my Sincere & respectful regards. RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM. This was probably...
I have intended for some weeks past to trouble you with a little matter of self-concern, but have defer’d it, because of the very great reluctance I feel to be troublesome in such a case. It is at all times disagreable. I rely, however, upon your kindness; and feeling, as I do, the sincerest friendship for you, & which is based no less upon a grateful sense of your former kindness, than...
The magnificent spectacle which a voluntary retirement from the most exalted station, furnishes, is this day exemplified in you. Elevated by the suffrages of a free people to the highest office in their gift, the termination of the constitutional term found you in possession of their unabated confidence, which they expressed by a repetition of their will that you should continue to preside...
I was honored, in 1816, by an expression of your confidence. You gave in charge to me the very responsible duties of Superintending the U. S. In. Trade, with the Indian Tribes. To those duties I superadded other voluntary exertions in behalf of their Civilization. The system to which the Trade was confined, I soon discovered to be too feeble to sustain itself against the active interests of...
I have the honor to enclose for your acceptance the documents connected with the communication made to both Houses of Congress, at its late session, by the late President of the U. States, on the subject of locating the Indians, now within our States & Territories, West of the boundaries of Missouri & Arkansas. I accompany them with the assurance of my highest respect & esteem. RC ( DLC )....