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I have to acknowledge your private favor of the 12th. of December covering a bill for 13 st. which is duly honor’d. I wish the threshing machine may answer the purpose, I have no doubt that on a proper stream of water the effect of it would be astonishingly great and the principle being accurately described in the model may be applied to smaller machines for farmers whose strength of Cattle...
Finding Captn. Loxley still detained I avail myself of the opportunity thereby afforded, to inform you that I have received the paper concerning which I was sollicitous from Mr. Morris, to whom it had been sent by mistake, and that I shall observe the directions contained in your favor of the 1st. Jany. I am happy to find that circumstances have not occasioned the detention of this paper to be...
My absence from America at the time when the United Voice of our fellow citizens testified their gratitude for your past services, & their regret that they were about to be deprived of a Chief Magistrate so deservedly the object of their approbation & affection will I hope apologize for intruding my individual assent to these sentiments, and permit me without impropriety to indulge myself in...
Having already written by this opportunity I have only to request the favor of you to forward the inclosed. The accounts you will see in the last news papers of the destruction of Marat, Robertspierre and other leaders of the Jacobine party in Paris and of french troops being landed in Jersey are without foundation. I have the honor to be with great respect Dear Sir Your faithful and obedient...
This will convey to you the assurance of my sincere regret on being informed by your favor of the 8th. of November that you purpose relinquishing your situation at the head of the department of State. I truly lament the loss the public will suffer from your retirement but I must confess myself selfish enough to feel most sensibly the apprehension of the removal of those kind attentions and...
I delivered to Mr Horry in Philadelphia the letter inclosed in your favor to me of the 6th May. The session of Congress has been so tediously spun out that I found it necessary on account of the advanced season, my family concerns & the state of my own health to relinquish farther attendance in the Legislature, for the present. I did not however leave my post ’till some measures material for...
The inclosed copy of additional Instructions to the Commanders of British men of War and Privateers will shew the farther embarrassment to which our commerce will be subjected in the present War. These instructions though dated the eighth of June were not finally issued to the Admiralty till the 28th. Lord Grenville justifies them from the authority of the writers on the law of nations...
I have had the honor of receiving the Presidents instructions concerning my assuming the direction of the expedition against the Southern Indians, communicated in a Letter of the 7th of this Month from the Department of War, in consequence whereof I am making arrangements for taking a position nearer to the scene of action, from whence I may give a general direction to the three Corps who are...
§ Thomas Pinckney to John Armstrong. 18 November 1813, Charleston, “Head Quarters Sixth District.” “I have the honor of transmitting Copies of the Letters mentioned in mine of 16th inst. “I purpose leaving Charleston tomorrow on my route to Milledgeville.” RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 107, LRRS , P-299:7). 1 p. Marked in an unidentified hand: “Shown to the President.” Pinckney enclosed a copy...
If the nomination and appointment mentioned to me in your favor of the 6th of this Month should take place I will endeavor to execute the duties of the mission to the best of my ability. In thus explicitly declaring my acquiescence in the honor conferred by this mark of confidence I fear I have rather complyed with my desire of being useful, than consulted the means of being so; and I trust I...
Mr Robert Bird of the House of Bird, Savage, and Bird of London purposing to pass through Virginia is desirous of paying his respects to you at Mount Vernon. I therefore with pleasure embrace the oppertunity of presenting to you a Gentleman of his respectability & merit & of repeating the assurances of respectful attachment with which I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your faithful & obedt...
In consequence of your favor of 15 March concerning M. La Fayette I renewed to the Prussian Minister here in an authorised stile the application I had before unofficially made to him in behalf of our unfortunate friend, declaring the interest taken by the United States in his welfare and suggesting the obligation his liberation would confer. I was hopeful that before this time I should have...
The printed copy of the Passport which I mentioned as being inclosed in my letter of the 11th. of last month not having been sent to me in time for that purpose I transmit it by this opportunity, and as Mr. Morris differs from me in opinion on this subject and his ideas may likewise prevail in America I here add extracts of my letters to him on this subject which contain my principal reasons...
The apprehension of appearing in an improper point of view to those whose esteem I earnestly desire to conciliate, occasions my giving you this trouble, in addition to the dispatches of a public nature forwarded by this opportunity.—A Paragraph has this morning appeared in a daily print of this City mentioning my intended mission. I have only to assure you that no trifling indiscretion of mine...
Colo. Smiths intended return to America by the packet affording a well grounded expectation of a safe and expeditious conveyance I avail myself of it to forward your Gazettes and to relate such circumstances concerning my mission as have not been contained in my former letters. In my first communications I mentioned the civility with which I was received at St. James’s and at the office of...
The fear of missing my Brother upon the road after an absence of between six and seven years has impelled me to take the liberty of sending the inclosed letter under cover to you. As I know of no place where propriety and affection will unite so powerfully in inducing him to stop as at Mount Vernon, I have little doubt of his receiving this letter in safety. The election of representatives in...
I have the honor of forwarding herewith two parcels addressed to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Cambridge & a letter addressed to yourself as President of that Society, which were committed to my charge by Count Rumford. A duplicate of the letter and one other parcel are sent by a different conveyance.With my best wishes for the prosperity of that valuable institution & for your...
In a letter which I have lately received from the Secretary of State I am desired to make such arrangements as may be necessary previous to a Mission which you have prepared for me as Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Spain. Although from a knowledge of the extent of your unavoidable correspondence, and of the value of your moments, I have generally avoided addressing you directly, yet while...
A protest having been handed to me by our Consul at this Port made by Captain Smith the Master of an American Vessel, wherein he states that while lying in harbour at the Cape of good hope four of his men deserted and enterred on board a British man of war, the Captain of which not only detained them, alledging they were British Subjects, but by threats compelled him to pay them part of their...
This will be accompanied by dispatches received from Mr. Morris since the last Vessel sailed for Philadelphia, together with a continuation of the Gazettes &c. These will convey all the intelligence relating to the present busy scenes in Europe. In this Country every body of consequence is still out of London. I shall wait impatiently for instructions concerning the tenor of my conduct in...
I have employed this morning in researches with a view to the arrangement of our financial concerns in this quarter, the want whereof appears to have kept inactive three thousand of the Militia of this State, more than two months while provided and to be paid by the United States, & if not remedied may defeat the views of Government in this Expedition. The result of my enquiries has been a...
London, April 26, 1793. Introduces “Mr. Archdekne and Mr. Godfrey … Gentlemen of independent Fortune who purpose visiting as Travellers several parts of the United States.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
An Incident has occurred which having no Connexion with my Mission does not form a part of my Letter to the Secretary of State but as I conceive you ought to be apprized of it I take the liberty of informing you that I am given to understand by a letter from Mr Monroe that he was instructed to declare to the Government of France that no power was given to Mr Jay to treat on commerce with this...
I have waited ‘till the last moment of Colo. Smiths departure in order to have forwarded by him the address and debates thereon, but as the papers are not yet out I write this additional line to inform you that the address which is as usual an echo of the speech was carried by a Majority of about 250 to 90 and that the speeches delivered by the Ministers in both Houses spoke more fully on the...
Mr. Willm. Weston who is engaged to conduct the inland navigation in the State of Pensylvania and purposes sailing in the Packet having called for my commands, I forward by him the Leyden Gazettes received since my last. The other papers being more bulky I purpose sending them by a merchant Vessel which is to sail in a few days from this port. This will at the same time serve as an...
The situation of my family and the attention necessary to my other domestic concerns requiring my return home, I take the liberty of requesting the favor that you will direct my letters of recall to be expedited so as to reach England by the middle of the month of June next, unless you should intend to recall me at an earlier period. Before that time arrives I shall have served four years in...
Since writing the Letter I had the honor of addressing to your Excellency on the 10th. I was surprixed to see Copies of the letters from your Portsmouth Correspondents inserted in one of our daily Prints, and even the names of both of them published, altho I was ‘till then ignorant of that of the Reverend Mr Wrens, his name not having been inserted in the copy I received from your Excellency....
I reached this place on Saturday last, having conferred with the late Governor Mitchell who resides within ten miles of the Town. Since I have been here I have had interviews with Governor Early and with Col: Hawkins, and have obtained from them and from a number of Persons who are now assembled here at the Session of the Legislature all the information on the subject of the Indian Expedition...
As I learn from your favor of the 17th. of the last month that my remaining at home till after the vernal equinox will be attended with no inconvenience to the public, I mean to avail myself of the accomodation thus afforded, by staying in Carolina till the expiration of the month of March; after which I purpose to embark in the first Vessel that shall sail for Philadelphia. I trust, Sir, you...
I send herewith the case of Mr. Phillip Wilson as stated by me to Lord Grenville and by him referred to the Lords of the Treasury: Some time after my first application on this subject Lord Grenville told me that on the report of Sir Willm. Scott the Kings Advocate General he had referr’d the matter to the Treasury as a compassionate case; I told him I considered it as a case of justice, but if...
Since my letter of the 14th. of June which goes by the same conveyance with this I have received your several favors of the 15th. 16th. and 20th. of March, of the 12th. of April and the 7th. of May. The letter you mention to have written on the 26th. of April is not yet arrived. This I presume covers the Presidents Proclamation relating to our neutrality which I shall be glad to receive...
In my letter of the 7th of May I took the liberty of assigning my reasons for postponing for the present to make the overtures, authorized by your favor of the 5th of March, to the imperial Minister as I then entertained some hope that this Government might be induced to interfere in behalf of M. La Fayette. this hope was not quite extinguished till the begining of this month, and I was...
Mr. Miller the bearer hereof is an English Gentleman of science and good reputation who was recommended to me by the Marquis del Campo. He is now going on business to Canada, and as in the present state of warfare between his Country and France it is not impossible that he may be captured and carried into one of our ports, I rely upon your love of science and general philanthropy to excuse the...
Messrs. Talon and Bonnet applied to me in the Month of October last expressing their intention to settle in the United States and requesting Information in what way it would be most advantageous to vest a considerable property they purpose placing in that Country. I recommended (what indeed I found to have been their original plan) to examine and determine for themselves. To facilitate their...
Mr Peter LePoole who is a Citizen of the U.S. & a Merchant of fair Character in this City having an intuition of purchasing some Vessels in Holland is of opinion that your Excellency can officially be of service to him by furnishing him wth. the papers necessary to the security of his property—I have therefore Sir, at his request taken the liberty of introducing Mr LePooles application to your...
I avail myself of the present opportunity of forwarding to you the Gazettes &c up to the present date, they contain the transactions of an interesting and important period and I doubt not you will receive the same satisfaction I feel from the favorable turn affairs have lately taken in France. The outrages committed on the 10th. of August, but more particularly those of the 2d and 3d of...
Having in my former communications related the conduct of this Government to the neutral powers with the reasons assigned by Lord Grenville for this conduct which reasons as far as they concern enemy’s property on board of neutral Vessels his lordship informed me he had directed Mr. Hammond to represent fully to our Government I have only to add that from subsequent conversations there does...
I have the honor to inform you that the time of service of the Quota of the militia of the State of Georgia now on the Indian Expedition will expire in little more than two months; and that the remainder of that Quota amounts to between five & six hundred men, and being situated on the Sea Coast cannot with propriety be brought to this service. As the dismissal of these Troops before the...
The Masters of the American Vessels in this port homeward bound have applied for passports conformable to our treaties of Commerce; stating that they can not get their insurance done on moderate terms unless they are furnished therewith. I have doubts of the strict right of any person out of America to grant these Passports, but as war has been declared by France against Great Britain and...
Your favor of the 8th. of September last reached London when I was on my return from Spain to England by which means I did not receive it till after my arrival in this Country: the letters inclosed for Mrs. Church and Mr. Mazzei were forwarded by Mr. Deas previous to my return. You will receive herewith a letter from the hereditary Prince of Parma who married, during my residence in Spain, a...
Your several letters of the 6, 8th and 13th November (under one cover) and 20th of the same month by Mr. Tellier together with your private favor of the 3d December by packet with their several inclosures reached me in the course of yesterday and the day preceeding. I have only time to say by the present opportunity that their contents shall be duly attended to. I have strongly urged the...
No alteration has taken place since my last in the conduct of this Government towards the neutral powers, they still assert the propriety of preventing the provisions specified in their additional instructions from being sent to French ports, and of making prize of their enemy’s property in whatever Vessels it may be found—the execution of these measures of course creates much uneasiness among...
I am informed by Messrs: Bird, Savage and Bird Merchants of this City that a scheme is in agitation for the payment in London of the interest on that part of the American funds which is in Europe through the medium of Agents to be appointed by the Bank of the United States; as they wish in conjunction with another respectable house to obtain this Agency they very judiciously think that your...
The Chevalier de Irujo Minister Plenipotentiary from his Catholic Majesty to the United States purposing to embark for Norfolk I avail myself of the opportunity of inclosing to you a duplicate of my letter of the 16th. of the last Month, the original having been sent by a more circuitous route. Nothing new has occurred here since that date except the certainty of the war being to be continued...
Within these few days I have written to you by the Packet, the William Penn and the George Barclay; by the harmony which will convey this to you I have only to inclose a copy of the Passports I have given to our homeward bound Vessels, being the highest evidence we can give of their being American bottoms and as near the Passports required by our treaties of Commerce as the circumstances of...
I was hopeful to have been able to send to you by Mr. Marshall the model of a threshing machine which a mechanic promised to finish by this time, but I am for the present disappointed; I expect however it will be in time for the next Vessel. On further inquiry I find this machine well spoken of by all whom I have met with who are acquainted with its operation—it is said that the Mill whence...
[ London, October 21, 1794. On January 21 1795, Hamilton wrote to Pinckney : “Your letter of the 21st of October by duplicates … has recently come to hand.” Letter not found. ]
I have no occasion to introduce Mr La Colombe to your acquaintance—as you are no stranger to his merit & services & to the confidence reposed in him by our unfortunate friend M. Lafayette —but I take the liberty of troubling you with my sollicitation that in case any difficulties should be made to this Gentleman’s receiving what is due to him from the United States, on account of the absence...
I send herewith the Gazettes to the present time which contain all the public intelligence. I fear that some of your dispatches intended for me must have miscarried as your last letter received by me was dated the first day of this year and I have only got the newspapers up to the 17th. November 1792—although there are letters here from Philadelphia of the 18th. March. I am well informed that...
I inclose to you a letter received under Cover from Colo: Humphreys and with it another for Baron Munchhausen which you will oblige me by forwarding by Post to its Address. I am with sincere regard / My dear Sir / truly yours MBBS : Colburn Autograph Collection Additions.