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My last of the 23d. May informed you of the Sailing of Mr. Hughes ⅌ the Experiment for N York with dispatches from our Minister at Paris. The Present will be handed you ⅌ Mr. Jay Who is Charged with Copy of the Treaty of Which Mr. Huges was Bearer of the Original and which I hope may Arrive after a short passage. The only inteligence I can Communicate is that the Entrance of this port is...
I have the honor of your Excellency favor of the 26th past. have inform’d Mrs Montgomery that you wou’d not want her Carriage it has been no loss to her waiting your Answer. am extreamly sorry the large Bowl was broke, if I can procure an Other will send it as carefully as possible, Shou’d the Trunks prove too large when you see them will indavour to procure smaller. have sent four Table...
Your Excellen cys favor of the 30th Ultimo, was handed me on Saturday Evening, on Monday Morning I got Mr Meridith (Ginl Dickinson was not in Town) and several other Gentlemen to go to Look at the Chariot who all agreed it was good Work & neatly finished in the present Teaste the Wood has been well seasoned, the only Objection apears to be the size wch is 3 feet 4 Inches high from the Seat to...
I have the Honor to transmitt You the Returns of the Vessells that Have enterd and departed from this Port, since the last return was made you; there are but few remaining in port and I much fear the War will entirely deprive this place of its Commerce with the United States which will at same be injurious to Us, This being the only port from Brest to Dunkirk Where our Vessells can lay afloat....
21 July 1804, Le Havre. “Since mine of the 5h. I have received the Returns from Dieppe of the Vessells enterd at that port [not found] & forward it ⅌ this Occasion. This Day the Embargo is raised and I hope the Vessells detaind at fecamp & Dieppe will be able to sail. I forward the last News papers from Paris.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Havre, vol. 1). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received in October.
Colrain Township Lancaster County & state of Pennsylvania Honoured Sir May 4th 1790 As it is a virtue highly to be commended in every member of society to study the benefit of the body at large more than their own private interest so it is more particularly incumbent on those who are placed at the helm of affairs and are as it were the soul of the body politic to exercise this virtue in an...
June 1803, Le Havre . Informed JM in his last letter of 23 May that Hughes sailed in the Experiment for New York with the original of the treaty and dispatches from the U.S. ministers in Paris. This letter is carried by Jay, who bears a copy of the treaty. “The Entrance of this port is constantly watched by British ships of War.” Has heard of no American ship that has been “molested or...
13 March 1804, Paris. “The port of Havre continuing in State of Blockade and for some months past Without a single American Vessell—or any Business What ever doing in the Port, I have taken advantage of the moment to come here to look after some private Business (of Claims) but return in a few Days. Hearing of a Vessell sailing from Dieppe for Balto. I cover to care of Colo. Smith the last 3...
An Old revolutionary officer who embarked in his Country’s cause early in the year 1776, in the seventeenth year of his age, & who continued in actual and active service ’till the Army was disbanded, and our Independence established, presumes to address you—he hopes & trust he will not be unheard or disregarded— The enclosed Address to the Citizens of the first Electorial District of Maryl d...
I have the Honor to forward You two packets (papers) & two Letters I received from our Minister at Paris. The one under this cover, is some what soiled, haveing at the desire of Mr. Armstrong kept it constantly about me from the Moment of my being Captured. My long detention in England upwards of 2 Months, causes thees Letters to be now of old date. But no Oportunity offerd me to return for...
9 May 1803, Le Havre. Wrote “some time since” soliciting JM’s recommendation of him as commercial agent at Le Havre. “I believe my friend Mr Monroe also Wrote you to same purpose. Not hearing of any Appointment being Made since Mr Dobel declind comeing here—I solicited Mr Livingston to Nominate Me that the Place should not be without an Official Agent Which after waiting to Consult Mr Monroe...
§ From John Mitchell. 10 April 1806, Paris. “At same time that I cover You Copy of my last of the 10th Ulto. I take the Liberty to give the substance of an article that has appeard in the journal of Commerce this day as from Hambourg —— of April 1806 ‘Yesterday the British Consul gave orders to all the Captns of Vessells of His Nation to quit the Port in 24 hours. In consequence, many saild...
I had the honor of addressing you some time since, When I solicited you to recomend Me as a proper Person to act as Commercial Agent for this Port, And I believe my friend Mr. Monroe also wrote you to same purport. Not hearing of any Appointment being Made since Mr Dobel declind comeing here—I solicited Mr Livingston to nominate Me that the Place should not be without an Official Agent, Which...
I now take the Liberty of addressing You, for the purpose of mentioning the rigid measure the Law passed here the first Messidor (of Which I sent you Copy) is caryed into force. July the 10th. The Ship So. Carolina Captn. Steel of NYork Arrived here from that place, with a Cargo of Cotton Coffee &c. As this vessell saild before the 1st. Messidor, there was no Certificate from the french...
23 May 1803, Le Havre . Informs JM that Hughes of Baltimore, carrying the treaty and dispatches from “our Ministers at Paris … saild this Morng on board of the Brig Enterprize … bound for New York.” Hopes Hughes will be with JM “ere this gets to hand.” Congratulates JM on the cession of Louisiana to the U.S. Adds in a postscript that the London Gazette of 17 May contains an order to “Burn &...
5 July 1804, Le Havre. “I had the Honor to write you at different times from Paris. I have to inclose you the Returns [not found] of Vessells that have enterd and cleard at this place since last was made. “I am sory to observe, there is no prospect of Any Commerce being carryed on to this port from the United states so long as the War between this Country and England continues. “The Road is...
I have the Honor to transmitt you duplicate of Dispatches from our Minister at Paris, which I received this day. Original together with Copy of the Treaty with france, is in Charge of Mr. Jay of New York Who I expect will leave this in a few days, on board the Ship Oliver Ellsworth Cap Henry for NYork. The entrance of this port is guarded by British frigats. They have stoped; several Neutral...
I have the pleasure to inform you that the Vessells from Lisbon with Certificate of the Comml. Agent, of France have this Day permission to Discharge With Perfect Respect I am Sir Your very H Ot. Servt. The preceding is the full transcription of a document that was previously abstracted in The Papers of James Madison , Secretary of State series. The original abstract contains additional...
I take the Liberty to inform You I received this Morning a Letter from Mr. Livingston of the 13th. saying Ld. Whitworth the British Minister Left Paris the preceeding Evening, Also directing Me to engage a Passage for a Confidential Person Bearer of His dispatches, that will leave Paris in a day or two after the date of His Letter. I believe I may venture to Assure you that our Ministers have...
Your favor of the 18th Instant from Lewis Town, came duly to hand & in consequence of your request, Express’s have been Stationed at proper Distances on the Road between this and Lewis Town. Yours of the 19th. from Egg Harbour came to hand at half past two & yours of the 22d Inst from Col. Wadsworth came to hand at three oClock this afternoon. I shall only observe in answer to your last Note...
§ From John Mitchell. 4 November 1805, Paris. “I am honord with your Circular letters of the 1st. & 4h. july last, with a Volume of the Laws; and a New Commission as Vice Commercial Agent for Havre. I have handed the Commission to His Excellency Gl. Armstrong for to Obtain My Exequatur. Agreably to your instructns, I have Advertized, that, in future no Certificate will be granted for Vessells...
25 June 1803, Le Havre . Since he closed his letter of this date, the ship George has landed and reports having been boarded by British frigates in the Channel and having been “treated perfectly Polite by all the Captains.” The captain of the brig Peggy complains of the treatment he received from the captain of the British frigate Ranger , “who took three men from Him all of whom appear on the...
§ From John Mitchell. 19 July 1805, Havre. “Since I had the honor to Write you, this port has daily diminished in Consequence, from the effect of the Blockade, Commerce has totally desert⟨e⟩;d it. “The Armed Vessells fitted out here have all saild & arrived safe at their destination, (Boulogne) not a merchant Vessell has entered, Fecamp & Dieppe are Watched with equal strictness; that, I have...
I had the honor of Writeing You the 15 instant via Boston informing You that by order of Our Ministers at Paris I was about to engage a Vessel to carry out a Special Messenger with Dispatches. I accordingly engaged the Brig Enterprize Bound for New York—ownd & Commanded by Captn. Wilcox—with Whom Mr. Hughes Who has charge of the Dispatches, proceeds. I feel particular pleasure that My first...
1 February 1805, Le Havre . “Since I have had the honor to Write You, this port has remain’d under a constant state of Blockade and not a Vessell suffered to enter. “But since the flotil sail’d & arrived at Boulogne, the British force has seldom exceeded one or two Ships, and in general they keep at a distance from the shore. This may possibly be owing to the Bad Weather that generally...
I have the honor of Your Excellencys favor of the 17 Instant I have made inquirey for a Sett of Queens ware, but am affraid it will be difficult if not impossible to procure them. I will do all in my power to get them as quick as possible—the Candlesticks I hope to procure Tomorrow—the fur is prepairing & will I expect go by the bearer. if not will send it by the Waggon which caries the papers...
24 July 1804, Le Havre. “In a late Letter I mentiond to you that this port was strictly blocaded and Watched by the British; and of a fleet of Gun boats being ready to sail & in the road. The Night before last, they all returnd into port: and yesterday Morg. by 9 oClock the British fleet (13 Sail) were rainged abreast of the Town, When the forts began fireing and throwin shells—which was...
I had the honor of writing you the 2d Ultimo, informing Your Excellency of my having purchased and forwarded the White & Red Lead to Lund Washington Esqr. I have since received a letter from Mr Niell of Baltimore that he had received them safe, and wou’d send them on to Alexandria Immediately; the Passage down the Bay was not perfectly safe, as some Refugee Boats had taken several small Craft....
24 October 1803, Le Havre . Since his last letter, the port has been “so strictly watched that scarce any vessel has enterd.” “The Commerce of Havre is totally ruined.” U.S. ships are “deprived of the best & safest port from Cherbourg to Dunkirk, in fact, it is the only one in which vessells lay afloat or fitt for one above 200 Tons to enter.” U.S. trade will suffer, as American ships are...
I had the pleasure of your Excellencys favor of the 4th Instant from Fish-kill—I have been to see the Chariot mentioned in your Letter, and several others wch are to be sold, but none of them apears to me fitt for your Service or such as wou’d please Mrs Washington they are all Carriages wch have been long used & refitted up to serve the purchasers that now owns them—I have some expectation of...
14 August 1803, Le Havre . Informs JM that the ships from Lisbon that have certificates from the French commercial agent were permitted to discharge their cargoes “this Day.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Havre, vol. 1). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner. A full transcription of this document has been added to the digital edition.
I had the honor of writing you last week by Express. I have since seen a Chariot wch I believe wou’d do for a Traveling Carriage for Mrs Washington. it is Mrs Montgomery’s, is in tolerable good order, has a box wch can be taken off, the Harness pretty good, a proper Saddle for a Postillion &c., the price is £750—what wou’d be Necessary to make it compleat wou’d cost about £75 more—I have...
I had the honor of writeing you ⅌ mr. P. A. Jay to whom I deliverd by order of our Ministers two Packets addressed to you the Winds haveing Continued long to the west ward no Vessill could sail for America since Capn. King who left this the 14h. inst charged with Duplicate dispatches. Mr Jay as I advised is onboard the Ship Oliver Elsworth Capn. Henry of & for New York and left this the 23d....
§ From John Mitchell. 10 March 1806, Paris. “Since I had the Honor to Acknoledge the receit of your Letter covering Me a New Commission for the vice Agency at Havre, Nothing has passed at that port worthy of Notice, the Port continues to be blockaded by the British, and the Town abandon’d by the former Inhabitants. “I now beg leave to Notice to you a Decree of the 24 feby. imposeing a Duty of...
I have this day taken lodgings for Mrs Washington, at Mrs Roche’s who has Rented the late Mr Israil Pembertons house & Garden, Mrs Washington is to have a handsome front Parlour, a good Bed Chamber, Kitchen, & Rooms for Servants, I shall order wood to be laid in, & get some of the best Tea, Sugar, Coffee &ca for her before she arrives in this City, I hope this will be agreable to your...
The returns for the last three Months is made out & will be forwarded ⅌ a vessell that sails for Norfolk. In my last I remarked on the Heavy charge for Brokers fees, & hoped to do it away: as I proposed to Mr Barnet, that it wd. be well to employ a person in the office for that purpose, and make a moderate Charge. He prefers waiting untill Some Arrangement is made between the two Governments...
I have the honor to inform You that Mr. G. Hughes of Baltimore Bearer of the Dispatches of our Ministers at Paris & of the Treaty they have concluded there saild this Morng on board of the Brig Enterprize Capn. Wilcox bound for New York. I Sincerely hope He may be With you ere this gets to hand. I believe I may venture to Congratulate You on Louisiana being Ceeded to Us. With perfect respect I...
Philadelphia, November 10, 1779. Reports defeat of French and American forces in attack on Savannah on October 9. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
I take the Liberty to Mention to You that the Warren Captn. Hammond got well out the 6h.—& that I had the honor of forwarding for Mr Livingston the Copy of His former Despatches ⅌ that Vessell. It is with Sincere pleasure that I ad My Old friend Mr. Monroe Landed here the 8h. instant & set out this Morning for Paris Which he will reach the 12h. It will be agreeable to you to know on Mr....
Your Excellencys favours of the 4th Instant came to hand Yesterday. I have engaged as good a Saddle & Furniture as can be made here, with a handsome Birdoon Bridle. they will be finished on Tuesday or Wednesday at Furthest and shall be sent on Immediately by a safe conveyance. If Possible to procure it will get Plated Stirrups Irons & Bitt & Birdoon as they are neater & better I hope the whole...
I had the honor of addressing You the 9h. instant solisiting to be Confirmed in Appointment of Commercial Agent for this place.—Which I beg leave to repeat. It affords Me great pleasure that My first official Act should be the sending on Mr. Hughes charged with despatches of such importance to My Country;—and am very happy that Under your Administration so great an Aquisition has been Made to...
The detention of the vessell I wrote by Yesterday gives me an oportunity of Addressing you again. I hope you will excuse the Liberty, as it relates meerly to My self. A Letter received from Mr. Barnet of the 24. in reply to mine of the 22d., in a very friendly maner removes all the fears I was under of his supposeing I had in my Letters to you misrepresented his intentions. His appointment at...
I have the Honor to transmitt You the Registers of the American Hero, and the Brutus, with Mediteranean Pass, for the Latter; Both Registers were Lodged in this office ⅌ Mr. Jenkins, and both Vessells are now Employed in the Whale fishery out of this place. I have the Honor to be Sir, Your very Obd. Servt., No. 58. American Hero, granted Thomas Jenkins of Hudson. N o. 46. Brutus, granted...
30 June 1803, Le Havre . Before receiving JM’s circular letter of 9 Apr. had compiled a list of “charges paid on American Vessells at this port.” Now adds those paid by French ships. The charge for a ship “laying in the Bason” is for about one month and is paid by all foreigners, but this charge will fall heaviest on American ships. “Our vessells in general are very sharp built and are injured...
Letter not found: from John Mitchell, 24 Oct. 1779 . GW wrote Mitchell on 6 Nov.: “Your favors of the 24th and 30th ulto are both at hand.”
15 May 1803, Le Havre. Reports the receipt “this Morning” of a 13 May letter from Livingston stating that Whitworth left Paris the evening of 12 May and directing Mitchell to arrange passage for “a Confidential Person” carrying Livingston’s dispatches, who “will leave Paris in a day or two after the date of His Letter.” Assures JM that “our Ministers have perfectly Accomplished the Wishes of...
Before I had the honor to receive your circular Letter of the 9th. April I have prepared for an other purpose the charges paid on American Vessells at this port. I now ad as you desire those paid by french Vessells and take this early oportunity of transmitting them to you. The charge for a vessell laying in the Bason is only of a short date, (about one Month). It and all the other Charges are...
When Your Excellencys favor of the 8th Instant came to hand I was confined to my Chamber by an indisposition wch continued all last Week—this prevented my Answering you sooner—& hope will be an apoligy for what might have apeared neglectfulness, wch woud be inexcusable and what I shoud not pardon myself for. The Carriage is in great forwardness & Mr Bringhurst assures me he will finish it in...
7 August 1804, Le Havre. “I wrote you the 3d instant to inform you of this place haveing been again Bombarded on the Evening of the 1st. & Morning of the 2nd. instant, and ’tho a great Nomber of shells were thrown, the Damage is very in considerable: from the British still Continueing in force and the frequent Attacks it is feard the intention is, to destroy the place, This has induced the...
Perceiving by the public prints that the Embargo is likely to be raised on the 4th. March; I have thought it likely that the interest of the U States might require Agents to be appointed & particularly in the Portuguese & Spanish posessions. Should this be the case, permitt me to solicit the favor of your granting Me an Appointment in that quarter. If no Appointments should be thought...