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31 March 1804, Paris. Acknowledges receipt of a commission appointing him vice-commercial agent for Le Havre, “which I have handed our Minister mr. Livingston to Obtain my Exequtur: so soon as I receive it I will return to Havre.” “Mr. I. Cox Barnet to whom I have Communicated my Appointment, has writen me and also to the Minister, that, having received the offer of the Agency either for Havre...
Your Excellencys favors of the 17th & 20th were delivered me Yesterday have made particular Inquirey at the several Coach Makers, and have found a Neat Genteel Chariot which is near finished, and can be compleated with Harness for four Horses in two or three Weeks, the price is Two Hundred & Ten pounds in Gold or the Value thereof in Current money—I can not procure one under this sum from any...
MS not found; reprinted from The American Medical and Philosophical Register; or Annals of Medicine, Natural History, Agriculture, and the Arts , IV (1814), 383–7. In the short account of the yellow fever, which I left with you at Philadelphia, I have not endeavoured to establish any theory, or even to make any deductions from any established theory of that, or like diseases; but have only...
21 May 1803, Le Havre . Wrote JM on 15 May via Boston that Livingston and Monroe had ordered him to arrange passage for a “Special Messenger with Dispatches.” Has engaged the brig Enterprize , Captain Wilcox, bound for New York, to carry Hughes and the dispatches. Feels “particular pleasure” that his first official act is “to transmitt a Treaty of so great importance” which “will afford so...
19 August 1803, Le Havre . Encloses a copy of his last letter “stateing the situation of our vessells.” Has not yet received permission for discharging the cargoes of American vessels. “I have drawn up a petition to the Minister for Captn. Steel and Cap. Wallace, requesting permission to discharge, or leave to depart with their Cargoes, and free of Duty or charges. This Petition goes ⅌ post...
A few Days since in Converseing With His Exclcy. Sir John C. Sherbrooke, He Mentioned to Me Some Letters received at the Admiralty addressed for you, & enquired of Me if I would forward them on His part: As you May presume Sir, I was happy in Offering do so.—And this Morning the Letter here with Was sent by the Provincial Secty. The Letters With My Name on the back is Transmitted here With....
I have now the Honor to cover you a Letter from Mr. Livingston and take Advantage of the Occasion to solisit the favor of your Confirming the appointment our Ministers at Paris have made in nameing Me to the Commercial Agency for this place. It is now two years past since I solisited this appointment, and I believe in conformity to my request Mr. Monroe Mr. McKean Govr. of Pennsylvania and...
Among the nomber of applicants that are pressing on You at this time, I hope I shall be excused for increasing the nomber and soliciting Your favors to be once more conferred upon Me. From Mr. Dickins I learned yesterday of the senate having rejected Your Nomination of Him for the Consulate at London, and at same time he urged Me to this application to You for the Honor of your Appointing Me...
Your Excellencys favour of the 14th Instant, was handed me by Mr Washington, to whom I gave every assistance in my power, but was extreamly sorry I was out of Town on his Arrival. Mr Bringhurst notwithstanding his repeated assurances to have the Chariot ready by the time apointed & agreed on, has disapointed me. I offered him any part of the money whenever he pleased to call for it—not having...
23 May 1803, Le Havre . “The Enterprize not being able to sail yesterday, I have to inform You that My letters from Paris assures Me Ld Hawksbury Mentioned in the House of Commons that Letters of Marc & reprisals had been issued against france—I think on the 17h. inst.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Havre, vol. 1). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner. On 16 May Lord Hawkesbury told the House of Commons that...
28 March 1803, Le Havre. Thinking it interesting to the U.S. to be informed of European events, sends an extract of a 26 Mar. letter received from Paris which notes: “I think War inevitable, the Dutch Troops &c that went to take possession of the Cape good hope Are made Prisoners, that is, they are allowed to Land Under many restrictions and not to take the Country under their Government. A...
Thinking it interesting to the United States, to be informed of What is passing in Europe, I have taken the Liberty to send you an Extract of a Letter I have recd. from Paris of 26 inst. "I think War inevitable. The Dutch Troops &c that went to take posession of the Cape good hope Are Made Prisoners, that is, they are allowed to Land Under Many restrictions and not to take the Country under...
I have the honor of your Excellency favor of the 15 Instant and have executed your orders in the best maner it was in my power to do have been in every Store I know in the City to get the Articles you wanted on the best Terms but cou’d find none cheaper then where I bought them, the prices has been higher than at present, but I am fearfull your Excellency did not expect to pay so much—in times...
I have the honor of your Excellencys favour of the Instant on making particular Inquirey into the Charicter of the man I expected wou’d have answered as a Butler. I found him capable of his business, but not worthy of that trust he must have, and that it wou’d not be prudent to send him to your Excellency—I Shall make the strictest inquirey for proper person, and If I succed send him to Head...
12 August 1803, Le Havre . Describes the effects of that “rigid measure,” the law of 1 Messidor [20 June 1803], which was “carryed into force the 10th July.” Several American ships have arrived here without certificates from the French commercial agents as required by this law. The South Carolina , Captain Steel, of New York, which carries a cargo of cotton and coffee, was permitted to land...
§ From John Mitchell. 20 January 1806, Paris. “In conformity to your instructions with My New Commission as Vice commercial Agent for Havre—I now cover you a Bond signed by my self and Mr. James Caldwell of the City of Philadelphia—as this Gentlemn. has considerable landed property in that City, it will I presume meet your approbation. “Notwithstanding my putting myself in rule, I have little...
I find the late President has not appointed a Collector to the Port of Geo. Town, I Respectfully Solicite that office; in this Extraordinary applacation I am unfortunatly Situated, in not having the Honour of the least Personal Acquantance with you, And Mr Mason being absent, who I am confident, would Render me every assistance in his power Consistent with a man of Honour, to get the...
Your Excellencys favors of the 17th & 20th were delivered me yesterday have made particular Inquiry at the several Coach Makers, and have found a Neat Genteel Chariot which is near finished, and can be compleated with Harness for four Horses in two or three Weeks. the price is Two Hundred & Ten pounds in gold or the Value thereof in Current money—I can not procure one under this sum from any...
Since I had the Honor to write You, our port is so strictly watched that scarce any vessell has enterd; prudence would forbid any Under the Law relative to Blockade as laid down in England. The Commerce of Havre is totally ruined, and our Vessells 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...
ALS : New-York Historical Society I was surprised to see yours of Jun. 15th. come to my hands only by last Post. What I then received by it from Dr. Colden, I suppose I owe to you; for which I am sorry I can make no other acknowledgement but thanks. I perceive likewise, that you are desirous (if I am not mistaken), that the small Paper I left with you on the yellow fever should come forth. I...
Letter not found : from John Mitchell, 26 Sept. 1779. On 30 Sept., GW wrote Mitchell: “I was last evening favoured with yours of the 26th.” For GW’s description of the contents of this letter, see GW to George Clinton, 1 October.
25 June 1803, Le Havre . “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 on board the Ship Oliver Elsworth Capn. Henry of & for New...
14 June 1803, Le Havre . Encloses duplicate dispatches from the U.S. ministers in Paris; the originals and a copy of the treaty with France are carried by Jay of New York, who leaves this city in a few days on board the Oliver Ellsworth , Captain Henry. Le Havre harbor is guarded by British frigates that have stopped several neutral vessels, among them the ship Providence , Captain Waterson,...
24 July 1803, Le Havre . Sends returns for the last three months by vessel to Norfolk. In his last remarked on “the Heavy charge for Brokers fees.” Proposed to Barnet to “employ a person in the office for that purpose, and make a moderate Charge.” Barnet suggests waiting for the U.S. and France to make some arrangement “stipulating that the Agents shall report & clear the Vessells instead of a...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 18th Instant, did not come to hand before the 23d Instant in the Evening. I have sent apiece of Iron and a piece of Drilling by the Bearer Peter Misner Express, with Moulds, Thread, Silk & hair. I hope they will please; I cou’d not get any of the best White Drilling, this is Strong & good. hope there is sufficient Lining & triming for the whole. I got a Taylor to...
Here with you have copy of my last stateing the situation of our vessells. No permission haveing been yet obtaind for their dischargeing, I have drawn up a petition to the Minister for Captn. Steel and Cap. Wallace, requesting permission to discharge, or leave to depart with their Cargoes, and free of Duty or charges. This Petition goes ⅌ post this Day coverd to our Minister. This Day the...
have sent your Excellency some time ago, the several Articles you ordered, which hope you have recieved safe, and were such as you wanted some few of the things ordered cou’d not be procured, but if possible they shall be got & sent, hope your Hatt fitted and pleased you. If there is any thing in my power, or in which I can render your Excellency any service, you will do me honor by favoring...
I shou’d have had the honor of writing your Excellency by Major Gibbs, but waited ’till I cou’d send you the Articles which were not then ready —I have now sent by Mr Ling Express Rider a Matrass & Pillow, the Memorandum Books in a Box, and a large Silver Soop Spoon, I hope they will meet your aprobation. I have got the several things your Excellency ordered of the best kinds it was in my...
I have the honor of your Excellency’s favor of the 14th instant and would immediately have set off for Camp agreeable to your desire but the Business of my department is at present in such a situation as renders it next to impossible for me to be absent. The Virginia troops cannot be furnished with necessaries and means of proceeding on their Route if I am absent, nor can the duties of my...
26 June 1803, Le Havre . “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.” Barnet believes his appointment at Paris will detain him “some months” and is pleased that Mitchell will “officiate In his stead.” Renews his hopes that they may...
Having been highly honor’d by your notice and friendship as our Illustrious Commander in Chief—I earnestly hope you will not be Offended, at my sincerly congratulating you. but more particularly my country in the Honble & most Eminent Rank which you have been call’d on to fill, by the Unanimous Voice of the Citizens of the States, may the Almighty ruller and Governor of the Universe grant you...
It is with reluctance that I intrude on you to solicit your Attention to a Business which personally concerns Me, & which I should have noticed to You When I had the pleasure of seeing you at Washington, had I not had the hope that the first Arrival from france would have brought Me information that General Armstrong had finished it; the inclosed extract of a Letter received this day shews...
3 August 1804, Le Havre. “Since I last had the honor of Writeing you, in which I mentiond this place being Bombarded by the British fleet, which is Composed of 7 frigats 5 Bomb vessells & 3 Cutters, and have kept the place in constant dread, On the Eveng. of the 1st. inst: about 7 oClock they began to throw Shells at the Town, which continued till Nine, with in considerable damage. Yesterday...
From the reception I received from you at Washington, I take the Liberty to Mention to you a vacancy that has taken place in the Custom house in this City by the Death of Mr. John Shea the Collector, and to request the favor of Your recommending Me to the President to fill that office. Should I be so fortunate as to receive the Appointment, I pledge myself to Use every exertion in My power to...
Since closing my Letter of this date the Ship George, J. Greenough Master from Savanna. has enterd and reports his haveing been boarded in the Channel by a nomber of British frigats and treated perfectly Polite by all the Captains. Captn. Petrie of the Brig Peggy of & from Norfolk enterd at same time who Complains Much of the treatment He received from Captain Coots, Commanding his Britanic...
It has not been from want of atention to your Excellencys commands that I have not sent you the several Articles you wrote for, long ere this; but it has not been in my power to procure them sooner. I have sent the Queens ware, Candle-sticks & Snuffers by a Waggon who setts off this day, they are as carefully packed as I cou’d get them, & hope they will get safe to Head Quarters the...
29 June 1803, Le Havre . Encloses the registers of the whaling ships American Hero and Brutus , along with the Mediterranean pass of the latter; both registers were “Lodged in this office by Mr. Jenkins.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Havre, vol. 1). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner. Enclosures not found. A full transcription of this document has been added to the digital edition.
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...
The Enterprize not being able to sail yesterday, I have to inform You that My Letters from Paris assures Me Ld. Hawksbury Mentioned in the House of Commons that Letters of Marc & reprisals had been issued against france—I think on the 17h. inst. With perfect respect I am Sir Your very Obet. St. The preceding is the full transcription of a document that was previously abstracted in The Papers...
20 September 1804, Le Havre. “In my last I mentiond that the British frigats were stationd of[f] Fecamp & Dieppe which were declared in a State of Blockade, as are all the ports from Dunkirk to Havre—this has forced some and will probably many of our Vessells to take shelter at Cherbourg—this induced me to appoint Mr. P. V. Liais My Attorney there, I have been personally aquainted with Him for...
Mr. Mitchell begs leave to present His respects to Mr. Jefferson with a set of the journal de l’Amerique du Nord by mr. Caritat,—which should mr. Jefferson not have seen He hopes will be acceptable DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
When I had the Honor of seeing you at Washington I took the Liberty to request your nominating me for such vacancey as Might offer either at home or abroad, in lieu of that which I oficiated at in Havre.—Being this day informed of the Death of Mr. John Shea the Collector for the Port of Philadelpa. I beg leave to solicit Your appointing Me to that office—flattering My self that it will meet...
30 June 1803, Le Havre . Encloses a list of American vessels entering and departing this port since the last return made. “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.” This is “the only port from Brest to Dunkirk where our Vessells can lay afloat.” Adds in a postscript dated 1 July that he has received...