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I have the honor, in fulfilment of my official duty, to transmit to you a copy of the Constitution of a Society, just established, which recognizes the general policy in regard to the Indian tribes in our country, pursued during your administration. From this consideration, I am permitted, sir, to indulge a confident hope, that this Constitution, & the Office under it to which you are...
J Morse presents his respects to Mr Madison, & thanks him for his valuable answers to the questions sent to him, relative to the treatment &c. of Negroes. The information whh they contain shall be faithfully used, as requested. RC ( DLC ); draft ( ViU : Special Collections). RC docketed by JM . Draft written at the bottom of JM to Morse, 28 Mar. 1823 . JM to Jedidiah Morse, 28 Mar. 1823 .
Mr Morse presents his most respectful compliments to the Vice President of the United States & begs him to accept of a Sett of his American Universal Geography as a small testimony of that high & sincere esteem & veneration he has for his character & of the grateful sense he entertains of his obligations to the V. President as among the principal instruments of the great national prosperity &...
Letter not found. 4 May 1792. Mentioned in Morse’s docket on JM to Morse, 25 Apr. 1792 , and acknowledged in JM to Morse, 15 Aug. 1792 . Reiterates request for information on Virginia for Morse’s American Universal Geography .
Letter not found: from Jedidiah Morse. On 6 April, GW wrote Morse: “Your favor of the 24th ulto, accompanied by two discourses delivered on the day of the National thanksgiving, came duly to hand.”
Colo. Humphreys intimated to me, when he was in Connecticut, that I might use the freedom to forward Letters to him, under cover to your Excellency. This, Sir, is my apology, for giving you the trouble of delivering the enclosed to the Colo. whh I beg you to excuse. I am with the highest respect & esteem Your Excellency’s most Obdt & most humble Servt ALS , DLC:GW .
I have just read, in Niles’ Register, your letter to Lt. Governor Barry, on the subject of a “general system of Education.[”] The sentiments you have expressed in this Letter, are so just & excellent, & comport so well with the present state of the World, & specially of our own favored country, that I cannot but thank you for them, & express my hope, that, from the influence you have acquired...
I am confined to my house with the epidemic cold—& much enfeebled by it. I cannot refrain, however, just thanking you for your two last very valuable letters—to me, with my views, peculiarly valuable—The No. of Histories published & in contemplation, of this country, & of our war, is no discouragement to me—as the one whh I contemplate is to be of a different character from either of them—it...
Your favor of the 28th. is before me, My son, & his parents feel much obliged to You for your polite & kind invitation to him, to visit you at your house for the purpose of taking your Portrait. He will deem it an honor & a privilege to enjoy the Society of Mrs Adams & yourself for a few days. He, therefore, authorises me to say to you, sir, that should it not be convenient to you to visit him...
I have the honor, in fulfilment of my Official duty, to transmit to you a copy of the Constitution of a Society, just established, which recognizes the general System of measures, or rather the spirit of them, which were pursued during your administration in reference to the Indian tribes in our country . From this consideration, I am permitted to indulge a confident hope, sir, that this...
I am desired by President Dwight to forward you his excellent & seasonable discourses, whh are enclosed. I beg your acceptance of my Masonic Discourse written & preached since the offensive Fast Sermon was published, & whh affords further evidence that it was not my intention to attack Free Masonry .—When this sermon was written I did not know that persecution was among the Masonic virtues . I...
This will be handed you by Mr Charles Coffin, son of Dr. Coffin of Newbury port, educated at Harvard College, a prime scholar, & now a Candidate for the Ministry, & Vice President of Greenville College in Tennessee—He is commissioned by the Trustees of sd. College to sollicit contributions to the funds of sd. College, & was sollicitous to confer with you, sir, on the subject, it being...
I do myself the honour herewith to present for your acceptance, a sett of “ The American Universal Geography. ” Compiled under the auspices of your Presidency over the United States, & describing, in a more particular manner, that distinguished country, whh is so deeply indebted to you, sir, for her present tranquillity & happiness—it is a tribute I owe you—& I most cheerfully pay it. I have...
The sales of the first Editn. of my Geogy. being completed, I expect to put to press a second in the course of the Spring. A wish to render it as accurate & unexceptionable as possible, induces me Sir, to use the freedom to enclose you my former Acct. of Virginia, & to request you to be at the pains to peruse it with your pen, & note such corrections, & suggest such hints as you may think...
I am honored & obliged by your favor of the 6th. of March, & wait with desire for your “two or three samples of such a history as you should write.”—I hope they will be of very considerable length—the longer the more acceptable—And if you please let these samples be of portions of our history best known to you—& least known to others.—My present engagements prevent my enlarging now—as I intend...
I acknowledge my fault this day. I have two of your valued letters, of Sep. 11th. & Nov. 2d. now before me unanswered. My absence a part of the time, since they were recd. & continual & very pressing engagements the rest of the time, have occasioned the delay. The enclosures in yours of the 11th. of Sept. were to me very interesting & acceptable. I am extracting from them the information...
I have been waiting for the Specimen of such a kind of History, of our country, at the Commencement of our Revolution, as you should write, were you to be our Historian, & whh you encouraged me to expect from your pen—I shall be much obliged by such a specimen—& hope it will be a long one, & contain such facts, as fell within your own knowledge, during the period of your active public life, &...
The report concerning Mr Evans, whh you intimated to me had operated in in your mind to prevent his appointment to a Chaplaincy in the army, has led me since my return to make some enquiry in respect to its probable foundation; the result has fully confirmed me in my opinion of his innocence . During his ministry at Concord nothing of the kind was alledged against him by his enemies—& he had...
I take the earliest opportunity to offer you a copy of my American Gazetteer, whh I beg you to accept as a small token of my affectionate esteem and respect for your person & character; & of the gratitude I owe you for the services you have rendered to our common country. Permit me to express to you the sentiments of warm approbation, whh, in the circle of my friends, I hear uttered,...
I have the honor, in fulfilment of my official duty, to transmit to you a copy of the Constitution of a Society, just established, which recognizes the general System of measures, or rather the spirit of them, which were pursued during your Administration in reference to Indians. From this consideration, I am permitted to indulge a confident hope, sir, that this Constitution, & the office...
I am on the wing for N. York, where I hope for an interview with Gov. Jay & Dr. Boudinot, who I expect will both be present to give their influence in the formation of a National Bible Society , after the manner of those in Europe. I wish Sir, you could be present, & give, (shd you think it proper) your sanction to such an Institution—If you approve of the measure, & will drop me a line, to...
I thank you very sincerely for your two last very valuable communications, one of the 5th. inst—& the preceding one—They throw light on a very interesting period of our history—They contain many unrecorded facts, known probably to no other man living, except yourself, & whh a historian ought to know. I pray that your health may be continued, that you may be enabled to put into a State to be...
I recd. your letter of the 9th. inst—(nearly a fortnight after its date) accompanying Dr. Trumbull’s M S. Hist. “with more delight than it would be prudent in me to express.” Your approbation of this History, is more praise to it its author, than would be the praise of any other man living, because I believe no other man is so well acquainted with the history of this country, & at the same...
Charlestown, 25 June 1793 . In conformity to the copyright law, he encloses for deposit in the office of the Secretary of State a copy of The American Universal Geography, of which he is author and proprietor. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); 1 p.; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Secretary of State Philadelphia”; endorsed by George Taylor, Jr., as received 1 July 1793. Jedidiah Morse (1761–1826), a...
I take the liberty to enclose you a copy of my American Gazetteer, whh is just from the press, & pray you to accept it as a mark of the great & affectionate esteem I bear to your person & character, & of the high sense I entertain of your past services to this country. If, Sir, it shall contribute in any degree to increase the satisfaction whh you cannot fail to enjoy in your most honourable &...
The bearer of this, Aaron Putnam Esq, is the gentleman names to you, as a suitable candidate for the office of Superintendant of the Dock & Navy yard, should such an establishment be made in this harbour. He goes on to the seat of government by the unanimous voice of this town, as their agent to represent their wishes, & to state their proposals, relative to the erection of a Dock &c. in this...
I have to ask your pardon for delaying to answer Your’s of the 26th. ulto. & returning the enclosed pamphlet, till now—Your letter found me in the busiest season of the year, engaged to the full—& I have been kept so till this time—I wished to give it another reading before returning it—as it contains some important facts & opinions, recorded at the time , of whh I shd. wish to avail myself,...
I am much obliged to you for the honour & advantage of your name to head the list of subscribers to the Gazetteer of the Eastern Continent. I wish the Work may not be found unworthy such patronage. The high & sincere respect I have for your character, the gratitude I feel for the eminent services you have rendered our country, & the many acts of kindness I have received from you, prompt me to...
In behalf of the Compiler of the enclosed Work, I transmit to you a copy of it for your acceptance, with a request, that you would do him & me the favor, to give your opinion of its merits as a school book. He is a young man of taste, without property, has completed a course of Law studies, & is now a student in Theology. Your patronage of the work, if, on examining the work it, you shall see...
Some years ago, you may recollect, I informed you that I had engaged to complete Dr. Trumbull’s Hist. of the U. States, at his request, he feeling himself too far advanced in life to continue that work. I had made some preparations for that purpose, when, for a conscientious act, in opposing the election of Prof. Ware, as a violation of Mr Hollis’ Statutes, a scene of most violent persecution...