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I do myself the honor of transmitting to you translations of the letters from Mr Jaudenes and Mr Adet; a letter from Colo. Hamilton, opened by his desire, as the note, covering it, will shew; and a proclamation, dated on the 10th instant, being the day, when the amnesty of the insurgents was to commence. I retained Colo. Monroe’s letter, now also inclosed, with a view to examine it a little...
You will see in Bache’s paper of this morning names upon the committee for preparing the address to you, of a very respectable kind. Whether they were present at the meeting, and whether they will act, I cannot yet learn. Mr McKean is understood, however, to be acrimonious against the treaty beyond measure. I hinted in a past letter, that there was something mysterious in one part of the...
After a very mature consideration, we are unanimously of opinion, that an answer be returned to the papers, inclosed in the letter, which you honored me with from Baltimore on the 18th instant. At first, the sentiments contained in the sketch (No. 1.) seemed to prevail wi⟨th⟩ a majority. But the prospect of more and more popular meetings has converted us all to the idea, that an answer may be...
I have the honor of inclosing to you a draft, which has been signed by the three other gentlemen. They had prepared drafts, which did not accord with my views, and therefore I was not deterred by any danger of giving offence from offering, that which they have subscribed. I think it best, however to send to you all the drafts; for it is a very difficult and critical subject to write upon....
Saturday evening was appointed for the last meeting on the treaty in the state-house yard; and five o’clock was the hour. I waited in town until After six, in hopes of hearing the result. But nothing having transpired, I went into the country, where the rumors of the proceeding were very various and extraordinary. I returned last evening, when I found a letter from Mr Hammond, complaining...
As soon as I had the honor of receiving your letter of the 24th instant, I conferred with the secretaries of the treasury and of war upon the necessity or expediency of your return hither at this time. We all concurred, that neither the one nor the other existed: and that the circumstance would confer upon the things, which have been, and are still, carried on, an importance, which it would...
Private. The only letter, which I had the honor of receiving from you by the mail of yesterday, was one written on monday the 27th instant late in the evening. I mention this circumstance, solely because the first paragraph of it renders it possible, that some other had been sent to the Post-office for the same mail. Mr Woolcott, Colo. Pickering and myself agree in the draft of an answer, now...
The mail, which was expected on Saturday morning, did not arive until sunday. at least the letters were not delivered before ten o’clock on sunday morning. But no letter came from Mount Vernon. A Mr Lowndes of South Carolina was charged with the enclosed letter, containing the proceedings of the town-meeting at charleston. He gave it to me on saturday last At two o’clock P.M. I requested Mr...
Neither the mail of Saturday or yesterday is arrived from the Southward. So that I have no letter from Mount Vernon before me. Our consul at Bristol confirms the existence of the British order for seizing provisions, destined to France, by a letter on the 17th of June last; and many of our vessels have fallen victims to it. Very little is said here about the treaty; and I should not be...
I expected to have the pleasure of seeing you here at the supreme court; when I meant to Enter into, a full conversation with you. But being disappointed, I shall only beg you to read a letter, which I have this day written to Mr. Jay; and requested him to shew to you. If I do not mistake, your ideas and mine were not very different as to the provision-order I am dear sir with real esteem and...
I have forwarded, agreeably to your Excellency’s request, the letter, which you inclosed to me for General Lee. It was always my intention to inform you of the President’s final act on the treaty. This being now taken by an assurance in writing to Mr. Hammond that it would be immediately ratified; and the necessary forms being on the point of completion, little need be added on that head. But...
E. Randolph presents his respectful compliments to the President; and forgot to inform him, that the balance of the money, left by Mr Dandridge has been returned to his credit in the bank; and has been and is ready to the draught of the President or him—The sum left was 350 dollars—Paid to Mr Kit 105—Balance two hundred and forty five dollars. AL , DLC:GW . On this date, Randolph informed the...
Immediately upon leaving your house this morning, I went to the office for the department of state, where I directed the room, in which I usually sat, to be locked up, and the key to remain with the Messenger. My object in this was to let all the papers rest, as they stood. Upon my return home, I reflected calmly and maturely upon the proceedings of this morning. Two facts immediately...
I have this moment received a letter from Colo. Pickering, dated yesterday, informing me, that it was your “desire, that the other copies of the ratification might also receive my signature, as secretary of state at the date of the ratification.” Altho’ for many reasons, this cannot be supposed to be a pleasant business to me; yet to shew to you, that by my resignation I never intended to...
In my letter of the 19th ultimo, I informed you of my purpose to overtake Mr Fauchet, if possible. I accordingly went to Newport in Rhode Island; where I had an interview with him. The abrupt and unexpected sailing of the French Frigate, La Meduse, on the morning of the day, after I arrived there, had nearly deprived me of the object of my journey. But I trust, that I am in possession of such...
I returned yesterday from German Town; and this morning I shall proceed to the examination of the necessary papers. Finding it important to one branch of the subject, that I should ask a small addition to the narrative in your letter of the 20th ultimo; I have to request, that I may be informed, as far as may be in your power, when Mr Hammond put Mr Fauchet’s letter into the hands of Mr...
Until monday last I did not obtain from the office those of my own letters, which I deem proper to be introduced into my vindication. But I still want the inspection of a letter from you, dated July 22. 1795, and received by me. I applied personally at the office on Saturday last for the sight of your letters to me. The Chief Clerk went into the room, in which Mr Pickering sits, to consult...
I affirm to you, that the delay, which has occurred in the arrival of my letter of the 8th instant to your hands, is not to be ascribed to me. It was sent to the post-office on friday the 9th; but too late, I believe, for the mail of that day. If I am not misinformed, it reached Alexandria on Wednesday, the 14th; from whence it was brought back on saturday, the 17th; you having passed thro’...
I have forborne to write to you since my resignation, that you might be able to affirm, that in the ground, which I shall take in my appeal to the people, you have borne no part. For among the objects, which the President and his party have in view, one is to destroy the republican force in the U. S. A conspiracy, more deeply laid and systematically pursued, has not yet occurred; and in every...
For reasons, which I assigned to you on our interview near Balto, I have not written to you, since your sojournment at Phila. The inclosed notice presents a subject, not influenced by those reasons. It is a branch of the Phila. system, which underwriters, merchants and the devotees of the administration invariably inforce; and unless counteracted, will throw every thing at their feet. The...
The meeting, which I mentioned to you in my last letter, was this day held at the Capitol. Between 3 & 400 persons were present; a large proportion of whom were British merchants, some of whom pay for the British purchases of horses, their clerks, officers, who hold posts under the President at his will, stockholders—expectants of office—and many without the shadow of a freehold....
19 August 1796, Richmond. Introduces Edwin Burwell. RC ( DLC ). Written on a half-sheet, with signature clipped; a fragment with a Randolph signature was attached before the RC was given to the Library of Congress in 1937. These two pieces are attached to a separate sheet, at the bottom of which is written in an unidentified hand, “To the Hon James Madison / House of Reps. U.S.” A docket on...
Judge Claiborne, of the state of Tennessee, has requested me to introduce him to you. He is travelling on to Philadelphia, with a view to solicit the appointment of district-judge in that state under the U. S. Altho’ a young man, his pretensions have been marked by the opinion, prevailing there, of his superiority over his present competitors, who formerly contested with him the seat on the...