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Be not offended that I write to you from the Cells of a Bastile—You are Acquainted with the Chief Justice of Pensylvania, and if my own sentiments does not inform you , He can, inform you Whether I am worthy Your attention or not— And however I may be viewed myself, I view you and him as having co-operated in the same principles through the Revolution and as Two shining stars in that political...
After a very arduous struggle our election has terminated against us apparently . I say apparently because I beleive had they voted in Sussex no more than they have actually qualified votes we must have succeeded. In that County I had One thousand & fifty three votes & my friend Hasllet who resides there One thousand & Forty one: I presume they polled none for either of us but what were good;...
The enclosed is from a Republican of Sussex County in our State. He has long been a surveyor there, & is very well acquainted with that business. This has called his attention to the subject of the magnet of which he attempts to give a theory, which he requested me to submit to your consideration. He has been much prosecuted in our State & tho in very moderate circumstances has been compelled...
I received your favor of the 8th inst: by the mail on the subject of mr Rope’s new theory of the magnet & shall embrace the earliest opportunity of making the communication to him which you desire. You are well acquainted with the material facts & circumstances relative to the ship Favourite & her cargoe, which was by the weather cast ashore near Lewistown. We have been engaged in the trial of...
The Circuit Court of the United States for this District sat yesterday at New Castle, or rather ought to have met there, but judge Chase, did not attend, nor was the cause of his non-attendance known. At the term before he did not attend, because he was preparing for his trial. At neither term however was there any business for him to do, notwithstanding all the noise & clamour on the subject...
I cannot avoid transmitting you the enclosed letter from my father, which was forwarded to me this day from Philada. Tho’ the Government may perhaps have received more correct & detailed information on the subject, especially if the directions given by my father have been complied with. If the Spanish Government are concerned in the business, I suspect, their agency is concealed in the...
On my return to this place (where I took refuge from the yellow fever) from attending the Circuit & State Court below I had the pleasure of receiving your favor of the 23d. ulto. It is matter of deep & lasting regret that any division should have taken place in the Republican party, but more especially such an one as paves the way for the triumph of that pernicious system & its adherents which...
I take the liberty of introducing to your acquaintance William Cooch Esq. a very reputable & influential citizen of New-Castle County in the State of Delaware & for many years a member of the legislature. His political principles are those of a genuine Republican. He is going on business to Virginia & wishes on his way to call & pay his personal respects to you. I am Dear Sir Yours Very...
The intelligence contained in the enclosed, is at this crisis, so interesting & important, that I transmit it to you by the return of the same mail which brought it on, lest by some accident the official dispatches may not have yet reached you. I will thank you to return it when you have done with it, as part of it, relates to a fine little boy of mine who is afflicted with the most...
I cannot but express the sincere satisfaction, I feel on the appointment of an old Revolutionary officer, to a post which will render him comfortable. Genl. Shee is entitled to great credit for the purity & uniformity of his principles & conduct. He withstood persecution in the Federal reign of terror in 98’ & resisted temptation in the unfortunate struggle of 1805. in this state. From the...
I enclose you a Petition in a case in which I must solicit the incursion of your clemency. The act of congress, giving authority to the Secretary of the Treasury in certain cases to mitigate or remit fines & forfeitures does not extend I consider to this case. The act applies I conceive only, where there was no intention to elude the payment of duties, which would not with truth & justice be...
Your obliging favor of the 12 uto. I duly received, covering the Petition I had enclosed to you. I have taken the earliest opportunity to obtain the signatures of judge Bedford & our District Attorney Mr. Read, who readily signed the recommendation. I now enclose you the Petition in order that a pardon may be obtained. Just as I was leaving New Castle yesterday morning a large French frigate...
I returned you some time since the papers you sent to me in order to get the recommendation of the District judge & Attorney which I obtained. But I directed my letter to Washington, & I see by the papers that the Secy at War is on a visit to you at Monticello. The rule you have adopted, I think an excellent one in such cases, & as I have been enabled to conform to it, I anticipate your...
I am induced by the present situation of affairs with Spain, to enclose you two letters received by this days mail from my father. I presume, no doubt, you have received official intelligence on the subject to which they relate, but I wish to throw in my mite, at so interesting a period. If they are serious in re-occupying their former positions, it must be connected with some hostile plan of...
I received your favor of the 5th inst. enclosing my fathers letters, but have not yet received the pardon from the Sec.T of States office. It will no doubt be transmitted as soon as more pressing business will allow. I have since received another letter from my father dated 9th of Sept. on which day Major King, who had accompanied Govr. Claibourne to Nachitoches, dined with him & gave him the...
I recd. your favor enclosing Mr. Pleasonton’s note. Mr. Read informed me, when at New Castle, that he had received the pardon. He had also made an arrangement, just before I got to New Castle, for continuing the trials I mentioned in my last, until the next term of the Supreme Court for Sussex County. All the important questions which the subject of those trials involves will be discussed on...
Judge Chase has affirmed the decree of judge Bedford in the case of the Favourite. This was to be expected, from all the circumstances which had come to my knowledge. Judge Chase considered that no acts of the salvors could forfeit the cargoe & declared his opinion to be that salvaged goods were not subject to duty. In England goods which are strictly speaking, wreck , which in the present...
The enclosed letter from my father comes down as late as the 26th. ulto. Government are perhaps in possession of official information to the same period, or indeed to a later; for I think I have seen in the newspapers a statement that our affairs were for the present amicably adjusted. The letter serves to shew, that the genuine American spirit animates the people of that new country, & must...
I loose no time in forwarding to you the inclosed, in addition to the one transmitted some days ago. The amount of the Governor of Mexico’s re-inforcement is no doubt magnified very much, for they cannot possibly bring, I should suppose, more than 1500. or 2.000 men into the feild. I am the more anxious to hasten to you the information, as I am just informed, the Federal judge of Kentucky has...
By this day’s mail I send you Lofts’ Reports which contain Somerset’s case. I found on my way home that the merchants were eluding the embargo, by surrendering up their registers & taking out licenses for coasting. This Mr. Gallatin had an amendment drawn up to prevent. It should pass as soon as possible in the shape of a supplement to the original act. It is a pity the resolution as proposed...
At the present period I feel it a bounden duty to communicate to you, every article of information, in my power. A single spark may throw a glare of light on the dark intrigues & nefarious plots now in operation. I hasten therefore to forward the enclosed, which I have just received from my father. Whatever a firm & sincere friend of the Union, in his situation, can effect in that quarter,...
I this moment received the enclosed which I hasten to transmit by the return of the mail Yours Most Sincerely DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I had the pleasure of receiving your esteemed favor of the 19th. inst: by the mail of to day. This distinguished mark of your confidence, added to those I had before experienced, excites feelings, which I cannot express, nor shall I ever forget. It is the more grateful, because flowing spontaneously from yourself, unsought & unsolicited. Should the commission succeed your nomination, to the...
I received your favor of the 20th. inst: by the mail of this day. I shall leave this on Saturday morning in a carriage hired for the purpose & shall loose no time on my journey. I would have set off tomorrow but it was not in my power to make the necessary arrangements; & I would have taken the stage, but the duties of the office with which you have honored me, require that I should bring a...
It is of importance that every material fact relative, to the late conspiracy against the constitution and laws of the United States should be accurately ascertained. This is essentially necessary for the purposes of public justice. I take the liberty therefore of enclosing you, by the directions of the President, a copy of interrogatories calculated for the examination of those persons within...
I found the roads so extremely bad that I had determined to take the stage from this place, but on enquiry I was informed, that the stage is three days going from this to Richmond. I then determined to hire an additional pair of horses which would have enabled me to proceed in two day to Richmond. Whilst I was wating to accomplish this object & to see Mr Henderson of the Marine to give me...
I wrote to you from Dumfries last evening & as soon after, as I could get horses & a guide who knew the road, on my journey for Fredericksburg. I did not arrive there until about day, this morning, the roads were so intolerably bad. On my arrival, I found the information I had received to be pretty correct. Burr came there on Wednesday evening under a Mr. Perkins & six men. Just as they rode...
Mr. Hay this morning applied to C. justice Marshall for a warrant agt. Burr for treason which was granted. This circumstance, combined with Mr. Hay’s strong opinion that the C. justice would certainly commit Burr for treason gave me considerable expectations, that our wishes would be realized. At 12. O.Clock Burr was brought before him. We exhibited the depositions taken agt. Swartout &...
I received your note enclosing one of Capt. Truxtun’s. We this day argued the case of Burr before Marshall C.J. who will give an opinion tomorrow. Burr spoke a few minutes after his Counsel had done, & in my humble opinion much to his disadvantage. My impression is, that he will be held to bail for treason, from what fell from the C. justice, immediately after I had closed the argument. I may...
We have dispatched the Dep: Marshall of Virginia to Wood County, who will summon all the witnesses at & near Blennerhasset’s island. Mr. Madison & myself have both written to Mr. Jackson. I hope in less than three weeks to have depositions sent on from that quarter to Mr. Hay which will enable him to commit Burr for treason. From arrangements made upon consultation with the heads of...
The enclosed were forwarded to me by Dr. Tucker from Washington, & found me at this place, which I leave this morning for Philada. They are the only letters I have received from my father since that of the 26th. of Jany last. It appears that Genl. Eaton’s deposition did not reach Washington (Miss. Tery) the medium of the news papers until about the 4th. of march. My father is mistaken on the...
Burr is actually in Philada. I have just received a letter from Mr. Dallas of which the following is an extract—“Col. Burr Bollman, &c., are here. I presume a consultation will be held, & that what has been proved or can be proved will decide their future operations.” I flatter myself we shall have ample evidence at the Court to induce a Grand jury who are impartial & intelligent, to find a...
I received this morning your letters with the papers enclosed for Mr. Jackson. You will see by the inclosed letters to the President my opinion of the depositions & the use I contemplate making of them. The President writes me that he will be at Washington by the 16. Inst. so that my letters must not go on to him, but wait his arrival at the seat of Government. Our friend Mr. Jackson merits...
I received by the last mail your favor of the 1st inst. returning to me the letters from my father. I now enclose you another from him of a subsequent date, which shews the weakness. folly & wickedness of Burr & his partizans. I feel very confident now that we shall have ample evidence to pronounce intent for Treason agt. Burr & Blennerhasset at the ensuing Court. I think an intelligent &...
On my arrival here, I found that the District Attorney was at Princeton, & I determined if Burr had not left the city to apply immediately for a warrant & arrest him for treason, so as to secure & have him sent on in custody to Richmond for trial, unless some good natured judge released him upon Hab. Corpus. He has been obli ged in order to elude the Sheriff’s officers who ha ve been in for...
On my arrival here, I found that the District Attorney was at Princeton, & I determined, if Burr had not left the city to apply immediately for a warrant against him for treason, so as to secure & have him put on in custody to Richmond for trial, unless some good natured judge released him upon Hab. Corpus. He has been obliged in order to elude the Sheriff’s officers who had, I am informed...
I find by the papers you have arrived safe, & I hope in good health, at Washington, on the day you expected. When I was in Philada. I was informed that Magdalena the Spanish Secretary of Legation had been re-instated in his office & the Ministers reprimanded for his conduct towards him. I trust it is correct, & that Dr Yrujo will ultimately be disgraced. The insolent note of the Captain of the...
Agreeably to your request contained in your favor of the 1st inst. I enclose a draft in favor of Mr. Milliken for $350. I also have forwarded to J. G. Jackson Esq. an order for $. 500. 5/ 100 in consequence of your letter of the 30th. ulto. & another order, to Mr. Brent as agent of Mr. Gra ham for $.380: 25/ 100 agreeably to your directions of the 26. ulto. Judge Toulmin’s packet, I find on...
I have read & considered the case stated in your letter of the 28th: April on the subject of a Patent issued under a mistake, in consequence of a Virginia military land warrant, "located on lands, which had been previously & regularly located by others". The patent thus issued can be of no effect. It is I conceive null & void. The identical land, by the Same metes & bounds, having been...
I have this moment received your favor of the 12th. inst: & hasten to transmit you by the mail of this day Genl. Wilkinsons letter of the 21st. of October last recd. by you Novr. 25th. agreeably to your desire. Mr. Hay was only left in possession of such papers as were material, for the part of the prosecution. I was yesterday gratified with the receipt of a letter from Genl. Wilkinson of the...
I have examined the enclosed papers. As the parties have conflicting claims, & are equally confident on both sides, I would give them a fair opportunity of obtaining a judicial decision of the question. To accomplish this object, I would advise, with their consent, that a bill of interpleader be filed, on the equity side of the Circuit Court of Columbia District, for the County of Alexandria....
I received under cover from you, the letter of Robt. Johnson of New York, in which he suggests that a certain Oliver Fields may be a material witness, as to the assemblage on Blennerhassets island. This is an important, but at the same time a delicate point for the production of evidence, unless we know precisely that the witness will swear, & also are confident that Burr & his associates...
I enclose you a draught of a cavern lately discovered in Virginia. It was sent to me by Dr. William Boys of Staunton with a request that I would present it to you. Dr. Boys graduated with me. He was formerly of Penna. where the family all remain except himself. They were all whigs, but Dr. Boys married a Miss St. Clair of Staunton Virginia, whose father was a tory & who has for some time...
On my return this evening from New Castle I received your favor of the 26th. inst I remember perfectly, when the subject of an attachment was spoken of, I was of opinion, that however parties, who were able to pay for them, might purchase any number of subpenas, & summon with their own process, whom they pleased; the Court would not enforce an obedience by attachment, which is the process of...
The importance of the questions submitted to my consideration in your letter of the 26. of August, has induced me to keep them a considerable time under advisement, to revolve the subjects they embrace much in my own mind, to review the opinion I originally entertained, & to recur to the authorities applicable to the case— After a very attentive research into the books & mature deliberation I...
Your favor of the 2d. inst. enclosing a letter from judge Davis of the 29th. of july last I have just received. It appears from the judge’s letter, that on the 18th. of August the Court was to meet again, so that the trial of Floyd must have probably taken place before this time. Any interference therefore would be of no avail. But I see no solid objection against permitting them, to try Floyd...
I enclosed you by the mail of yester day a formal opinion, on the questions contained in your favor of the 26. of Aug: agreeably to your desire. They were so important as to demand a laborious research into cases, & mature consideration, or I should have drawn up my opinion & had it copied & transmitted much sooner. The judiciary have been so much elevated above every other department of the...
Page 1. Line 2. After “fellow citizens” add, “entirely unexpected & much to be deprecated, threatening a serious change in the enviable state of our country, imposed the duty of convening you, at an earlier period, than the day assigned by the constitution.” in lieu of the residue of the first sentence. —— 6. After “not” insert, “with all our sincere efforts to preserve tranquility.” —— 7....
I have attentively considered the enclosed statement & opinion of Mr. Derbigny relative to the batture in front of the suburb St. Mary at the city of New-Orleans, & concur with him in sentiment, if the case be correctly stated. This I am bound to presume as it has been officially communicated to you by Governor Claiborne whose letter I have sent to the President. Yours Very Respecy. & Sincey....
Previous to my receiving your note of the 22d. inst: Mr. Madison had sent me a lenthy statement of facts relative to the batture in front of the suburb St. Mary at New Orleans, or alluvial lands to which you refer. In this statement Messrs. Derbigny & Lisly French lawyers of reputation & Mr. Gurley Attorney General of the New Orleans territory, have, I understand, given decided opinions in...