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Colo. Norton has been very solicitous with me to write you in behalf of his son in law Captn. Merchant who was condemned to a fine and two years imprisonment, for piracy. I know so little of the merits of the case that I wished to avoid saying any thing on it, and write more to give a proof, of my respect for the feelings of a venerable old parent than in the expectation of rendering the...
I hope before this you have safely arriv’d in Phila. I very sensibly feel your absence not only in the solitary situation in which you have left me but upon many other accounts. What direction the delegation may take even for the short space that we shall remain here, upon the few important subjects that are before us, is to me altogether incertain. The same men still act on the same...
A few days past your favor of June 11. was presented me by your relation Mr. G. Jefferson expressive of your friendly and benevolent wishes toward that young gentleman. Colo. Lewis is on a visit to Bedford, so that whatever depends on him will remain in suspense, untill his return, which will be in a few days. In the interim he will remain with me, and indeed untill he shall be comfortably...
The death of D r Foushee has forced on me very reluctantly, the appointment of some person to fill his place, in the p: office at Richmond. I feel this, from the number of applicants, several of whom are particular friends, but more especially from the interest which I know you take in favor of Col. B. Peyton, who is now with me, & the distress it gives me to reject any of them. I mentiond to...
Can you give me any information respecting the boundaries, of your small tract of land, between mr Alexanders & mine, to enable me to ascertain its brasing, on the lower end, of that portion of mine, belonging to the Blenheim tract, & of the other tracts, which I purchased, of Henderson & Anthony Watkins. This knowledge will be material, in case, I should survey my land, while I am in the...
I enclose you, the latest account, which I have rec d of the affairs of spain, and of the incidents attending our mission there, in a letter from Judge Nelson. you will see, that the frigate has been warned, off, the port, whereby his entering has been prevented. Two letters from mr Appleton, of an earlier state, directly, from Cadiz will communicate other interesting details DLC : Papers of...
I return you the extract which you were so kind as to give me the perusal of, with an assurance of my thorough conviction that it cannot fail to have a good effect. The sentiments expressd in favor of an american interest & policy, extended in the first instance to the preservation of order, along our coast, & in our seas, in sound, and will in all probability ripen into a system, at no...
I have a letter from Mr. Bache with the printed documents complete all but a page or two, and 12. pages of “the view &c.” I enclose a note to correct by way of erratum an important omission of almost a line in the latter. He tells me the late explosion at Paris has produced a wonderful effect on our rascals at home, who he thinks were in harmony with those there. I have no doubt that the...
I have receiv’d your letter of the 14. containing a very interesting view of the late treaty with Spain, and of the proceedings respecting it here. If the occurrence involvd in it nothing more, than a question between the UStates & Spain, or between them & the Colonies, I should entirely concur in your view of the subject. I am satisfied, that we might, regulate it, in every circumstance, as...
In April 1791. in the district Court of Fredericksburg, in the case of Mitchell against Wallis, in which the law of the State was plead in bar of the debt, the following were the circumstances. Mitchell, a native of Great Britain residing and trading in Virginia, having debts due him to great amount, conveyed them with other property just before the war to the use of his creditors in Great...
I arrived here on Saturday evening from Kentuckey & shall proceed to Richmond as soon as I recover from the fatigue of the late journey. The object of this is to request your sanction to the publication of our late correspondence on certain important publick topicks. It is interesting & will I doubt not be satisfactory to the publick and to many friends to be made acquainted with that...
I have executed an important, but painful duty with mr Goodwyn, & am on the point of setting out for Loudon. I should have called to bid you farewell, but the weather is so unfavorable, & I am press’d so earnestly by letters from Loudon to hurry back there, that I have not a moment to spare, especially as you will make a just allowance for the omission. For your health and welfare, you have my...
I have been favord with yours of the 25 by the last post with its enclosures and will pay due attention to the contents. Two points have been effected since my last, the puting the office of finance into commission and establishment of the committee of the States and appointment of the members. Each State nominated its own member and congress confirmd the preference. The committee consists of...
If I was not personally your friend and did not wish success to your administration, from the interest I take in your welfare, as in that of my country, I should not write you with the freedom I propose to do in this letter. It is my intention to enter fully into some topicks which are of very high importance to your reputation as to the best interests of the UStates, & I do it in confidence...
I had the pleasure to receive some days past your favor of the 11th. & that of the 13. to day. Being perfectly satisfied by the explanations & assurances which you had given me in your preceding letters that I had taken an improper idea of yr. disposition towards me, the details contained in your last one were not necessary in that view. I receive them however with great interest, because in...
I have just replaced myself at home where I hope to enjoy for a while repose. I did not see Mr. Pope at Richmond and of course could not execute the other objects of your commission. I shall however soon be able to communicate with him thro’ some one of the gentlemen who practice in the Louisa Cty. court and will then apprize you of the result. At Richmond I was requested by Mr. Robert Gamble...
J. Monroe has the pleasure to submit to mr Jefferson ’s perusal a letter from Judge Bland , on S o american aff rs , which he mentiond to him sometime since. If the weather & mr Jefferson ’s health permit J. M. will be very much gratified by his company to day, with the gentlemen, now at Monticello , who promisd, with Col Randolph , to dine with him to day. RC
I have the pleasure to return you your correspondence with the directors of the Rivanna company which I lately rec d from you. I had submitted it to the perusal of a few friends only, in confidence, and had determin’d for the present, at least, not to publish it, from a fear that the publication might lead to some unpleasant discussion. you will have seen by the news papers that, I have been...
The claim of the State, for the allowance of interest, on monies borrowed & applied to the payment of the militia in the late war, has been considerd by the administration, in a full meeting, at the instance of the Senators, & of Mr Cabell, & the result has been, that the allowance could not be made by the Executive, the uniform decision in such cases, having been against it. The claim will be...
My letters to Mr. Madison are so full on what concerns us, as to leave me little to add to you. I never experienc’d more difficulty in any case, than in deciding whether to hasten the negotiation with this govt. to a conclusion, & set out immediately in pursuit of the other object, or to let it take its natural course and consume a couple of months more, and pursue that object afterwards. The...
I wrote you a few days past in great hurry by the Albemarle post which I presume has been received. You have been able to collect from that communication that my services will be offer’d for the Senate, unless upon the information of my friends it shall appear probable they will be rejected. I gave you there a detail of circumstances relative to that business, and can only now add that as far...
Your favor of the 26. of May did not reach me till lately, owing as I presume to its having been committed to some private hand and by whom it was retained to be delivered personally till that prospect was abandoned. I was extremely gratified by it as it led me into a society which is very dear to me and often uppermost in my mind. I have indeed much to reproach myself for not having written...
Your favor of the 9th. of August last has been received. Before this I doubt not mine of a date subsequent to those you acknowledge has reach’d you. It gave you a detail of the proceedings of the convention of this state, since which the eleven that have adopted the government, under the act of Congress that was necessary to put them in motion, have taken the necessary measures for its...
I intended on my late visit to albemarle, to have communicated freely with you, on the subject of internal improvement, in reference to the power of the gen l government, especially as to the appropriation of the public money, but circumstances were unfavorable then, to such a communication. my object has been, rather to state certain facts & considerations, which I was compelled to advert to,...
I wrote you by the last post & enclosed a small packet for Mr. Dawson wh. I hope was recd., as it respects my affr. with the department of State. Fortunately I found vouchers for all but one item; this however was a heavy one being £150. Strg. I hope the acct. will be closed & the fund assigned to Mr. D. prove adequate. I prefer to pay the money & close the acct. receiving reimbursement...
This will be presented you by Judge Symes of the western territory, with whom I served in the former-Congress and whom I deem a sensible and honest man. He was of service in repelling the attack upon the Missisippi in 1786 by Gardoqui and company. As he is well acquainted with the affairs of that country I have thought it might be useful for you to know him. We arrived here last night, the...
The communication which you made to me when last at your house, of the correspondence between you & M r Giles, in reference to a communication made to you by Mr Adams, pending the embargo, of certain combinations which menacd the union, & producd its repeal, has engaged my attention since, as far as the urgent business in which I have been engaged would permit. I have reflected more on it,...
mr Poinsett , whose name & character are I presume well known to you will have the pleasure of giving you this introduction. He was employd very usefully in S o America , several years, under mr Madison , & had previously travelled thro’ most of the European countries & particularly Russia , by whose Sovereign he was known, & treated with much attention. I expected to have presented him...
The arrival of Mr. Purviance in the U States furnishes me with an occasion to make known to you his merit. He was a member of my family for sometime while I was in France, often present in my interviews with the French govt., and always in my confidence while I remain’d there, so that I speak of him without reserve, as a man of perfect integrity, excellent understanding & rare prudence. He is...
I have yours of the 13. When your presence ceases to be necessary in Phila., (and I wod. certainly remain while it was) your speedy arrival home is what I very much wish. I will arrange things so, as to be Albemarle as soon as I hear you are there. we have nothing new here except the election of the city & county, the former of wh. continues Copland , the latter has chosen two republicans ;...
I annex a note of persons qualified for the office of comrs. under the bankrupt law, for the places to wh. they are affixed. It is thought it will be better to appoint comrs. at Petersbg. separately from those at this place. Of Norfolk I can say nothing as yet, but expect to be able to do it in a few days. I was requested by Colo. Lambert sometime since to give him a letter to you wh. I did to...
Some few days since I arriv’d here and trust I have so arranged the line of communication between us, that whatever alteration the course of events may effect in my own situation, I shall have it in my power to make it subservient to my wishes. I expected I shou’d more effectually put in execution your Excellency’s Orders by coming immediately here, the source from which Governor Nash at...
My last informed you that I had just received yours of the fifth, as I returned from a circuit of professional duties. It communicated to you likewise what I had to communicate respecting your own commissions in that line. The European war becomes daily as it progresses more interesting to us. I was happy to find Mr. Genet whom I passed on the road between Fredbg. and Richmd. had made a most...
By Mr. and Mrs. Macauly Graham I have the pleasure to transmit this. They intend immediately for the south of France and as from yours in March I had reason to suspect you intended thither I have suggested to them the probability of their meeting you in that quarter. This lady is the author of the history under her name. She hath been on a visit to Mount Vernon, hath been well receiv’d by...
Your favor in answer to mine by Mr. Giles gives me much comfort. I had almost concluded that the admn. wod. carry the project for arming our merchant vessels & thus involve us in war with France & Spain. That view of our affrs. was a disquieting one, but yet I was satisfied, as the war, in its consequences, wod. rouse the publick attention, that the result wod. be favorable to republican govt....
Jas. Monroe’s best respects to Mr. Jefferson. He has the pleasure to send him a letter from Mr. Short with two pamphlets. He is very sorry he has it not in his power to call on him at present. An injury which he recd. in his leg a few days before he left Richmd., wh. is much increased by inflamation in coming up , confines him to his room. He hopes however that a few days repose will relieve...
I wrote you the day after you left town a letter wh. I gave to Dr. Foushee for Mr. Eppes who promised to breakfast with him on the morning of his departure. It was not till yesterday in council that I heard from the Dr: the letter had not been sent. So much time having elapsed I shod. not now write you on the subject of the former one, reserving it for future communication, if that were the...
Genl. Scott having intimated to me his intention to visit the federal city, I take the liberty to introduce him to yr. acquaintance as a very deserving and respectable citizen of this State. Tho’ not at present a member of the legislature, yet having been here several days he will be able to communicate to you such incidents of this place as merit attention.   The reelection of General Mason...
We arrived here on the 25. and set out to morrow for Albemarle. We have had a more comfortable trip than could well have been expected. Mr. Madison informed you from Alexa. of the fate of several elections since which we have heard that Mr. New of Caroline was preferred to Corbin of Middlesex. Heth for the Northumberland district. Walker for Albemarle (this latter only a report). If we should...
I shall see Mr. Strother and others and shall be able without compromitting you in a direct manner to forward Mercers views as well as if you were to write. and I shall be able also to satisfy Mercer of yr. good wishes and endeavors as fully as if you did write. I shall be back in a week. I send yr. books by the bearer. yrs affecy. RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received on the same date as...
A M r Easterley who reminds me of a conversation with him in London some years past, has requested me to make known to you a project of his for converting our tob o & corn stalks , to a purpose of great publick utility, as well as private emolument, and likewise to introduce to you M r Burroughs his agent. I have thought that I could not better promote his object than by enclosing his letter...
I sometime since address’d a letter to you from a small estate of mine in King George whither I had retir’d to avoid the enemy from the one I lately dispos’d of on the Potowmack river. I had then the pleasure to congratulate you on your safe retreat from Richmd. to Charlotsville and anticipated the joy yourself and family must have felt on your arrival at Montichello from which the misfortune...
I am so far on my way to Madrid and on the point of recommencing my journey this morning. my letters to Mr. Madison have been so full that it is unnecessary to enter into the same topicks here even had I time, tho’ I have not as I set out in an hour. It is possible that yr. attention may be directed to the fortification of our ports, since the establishment of certain fortifications on the...
I wrote you lately by Col: Mercer, by whom I intended to have forwarded Carey’s letter respecting the documents which you had committed to him relative to the war in our southern states. By accident it was left behind, but is now forwarded. I hope the same which he states to be necessary to redeem the papers will be made up & furnished him. In that case the person to whom it is entrusted here...
The assembly adjourned on friday last in confidence shod. any plan of usurpation be attempted at the federal town, the Executive wod. convene it without delay; a confidence which was not misplac’d. yr. friend & servt RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 31 Jan. and so recorded in SJL .
I have yours of the 5 inst. The seal had no mark of violence on it. I shall attend to it for the future having no confidence in the admn., in any respect. The royalists are at a point wh. perplexes them & of course they will play a desperate game. Yet I hope the people will take alarm at their projects & forsake them, in wh. case their fall is inevitable, but this requires temper as well as...
Nothing is more difficult than to give you a suitable nomination for comrs. of bankry. at Norfolk. I relied on a gentn. who lately went there for information on that subject, and he declined writing me, preferring to communicate his ideas in person on his return, wh. was not till within a few days. Littleton W. Tazewell lives in Norfolk, but as he has taken a commn. of notary publick of the...
You will have heard of the death of Mr. R.B. before this reaches you. On my arrival here the engagmt. in his favor became due, & as a judgment stood agnst me on a forthcoming bond I was forced to pay the amt. wh. was £651.—I notified to Francis Brooke his brother, that he stood indebted to you for this act of friendship £100., to two other gentln. in a like sum, each, and to me for the...
I have had the Pleasure to receive your letter of the 6 th & to forward that to D r Morse enclosed in it, in the manner directed. I have read with great interest & satisfaction, the very luminous view, which you have taken, of the many & very serious objections to the association of which he may be said to be the author. I Concur with you thoroughly in every sentiment which you have express’d...
I shod. have answer’d yours of the 24. ulto. as soon as I recd. it, had I not perceived it was yr. wish that our communication on the subject of it, shod. form no part of my publick letter to the legislature . Being at the time engaged in writing that letter I delayed an answer till it was finished. It is not possible to entertain a doubt of the propriety of any part of yr. letter, the last...