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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...
On my return home, after an absence of many months, I am naturally led to enquire, after the health & happiness, of those, who are the constant objects of my respect regard & solicitude. Among the first in my affections, is the sincere & uniform friend of my youth to whom I have always been personally & politically attached. The people, of S. America whom I have lately visited, resemble in...
The mail of saturday brought me judge Johnson’s apology for his opinion which you were so good as to inclose me. This morning I received your favor of the 28th. inst: containing the letters from Mr. Bibb. The fee charged is much more than we expected. When I was last at Washington we made an estimate of the debts due from the fund so far as we could ascertain them. In this we calculated Mr....
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...
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 must beg you to accept the copy of my friend Brackenridge’s “ Voyage to S. America ,” herewith transmitted, as a small token of my undiminished attachment to your person, and my unfeigned veneration for your character. I have only to regret that it is not bound in a style more worthy of being presented to the author of the first Declaration of American Independence. But having waited...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 have lately recovered from a severe attack of fever, which confined me to my bed for ten days; & I propose to visit Philad a , tomorrow, where I shall see my old friend S. Gerard, & procure from him some of the genuine Maldonado Pamphis seed, for yourself. I prefer his, because he has taken more pains in the cultivation of this fine vegetable, & has kept it far separated from any other of...
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 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...
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...
I beg leave to introduce to you W . A. Macaulay a physician in the army of the United States. He wishes to exchange this birth for the more active & honorable situation of an officer. He is a native I believe of Virginia, is a young gentleman of amiable character & manners, & of correct republican principles. I have no doubt but that he possesses every qualification of an active & meritorious...
It has been so long since I had the pleasure of hearing from you, that I feel anxious to know whether in the tranquil scenes of retirement you continue to enjoy your usual good health, for I know you must enjoy, unclouded, except by sickness, that serenity of mind, which is the constant companion of a pure conscience: The diadem of the a man, who can repeat with truth, the sentiment of the...
Your much esteemed favor of the 26th. ulto. was received, a few days since, when I was occupied at court. My stock of letters & papers, left me, by my father & c uncle, is very large; and it constitutes my principal inheritance, which I prize, beyond any estate, preserved from the wreck of the revolution. The patriotism of that period was without alloy. The perusal of the productions of those...
I have read and considered the papers and documents referred to me relative to the case of a mandamus , issued by the circuit court of the United States for the district of South Carolina to compel the collector of the port of Charleston to grant clearances to certain vessels. The first question that naturally presents itself, is, whether the court possessed the power of issuing a mandamus in...
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 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...
The embargo appears to be considered by all parties as a wise & salutary measure. With the exception of a little band, there is no division in the country on the subject. to give efficacy to the law requires constant vigilance & exertion on the part of our revenue officers. The happiest consequences I believe will result from its rigid execution, whilst a system of evasion will defeat &...
When I had the pleasure of visiting you at Monticello, I mentioned a letter from the late Governor Milton to me, relating to rumours, on the day that Congress adopted the Declaration of Indepence, which I had sent to M r Rives, who, unfortunately mislaid it. The other day he was lucky enough to find it, & to deliver it to me; and I now enclose you, agreeably to my promise, a copy of the...
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...
The infirm state of my health, since the two severe attacks of fevers at Washington, last winter, has rendered exercise & relaxation, necessary to its restoration; and I had, in view, for some time, the position of visiting Monticello, or I should have returned an earlier answer to your acceptable favor of the 26. of July last. I need not add, what heartfelt pleasure it would have given me to...
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 examined with great care and attention the papers you submitted to my consideration, concerning the claim of the Representative of the late Caron de Beaumarchais. The subject is in every view important. Though I commenced the investigation with prepossessions unfavorable to the claim; from the first perusal of the documents, the inclination of my mind, was against the respectable...
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 &...
I have read and considered the inclosed papers. The subject they furnish is interesting to the cause of humanity. The questions presented are new and important. The American Government must feel an anxious solicitude, for the complete success of those laws, which have been wisely enacted, to abolish that deplorable species of commerce, the slave trade, and to preserve the liberties of a...
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....
I had prepared to leave home on thursday last, but the snow storm that continued all that day prevented & rendered the travelling in my carriage too bad until the road was broken. On terday I should have set off as the weather was fine & the way well beaten, but Mrs. Rodney was much indisposed. I find however by the last Intelligencer that the Envoy has arrived & I leave home this morning in...
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...
I hope the occasion will induce you to pardon this trespass, on the tranquility of your retirement. The original letter, of which the enclosed is a copy, was lent, some years since, to a friend, who, by accident, mislaid it, and did not find it, until lately, when he returned it to me. This paper relates to the occurrences of that day, the most important, perhaps, in history, on which the...
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 received your favor of the 21st. inst: by the mail of this morning & shall obey your friendly call with great cheerfulness. I shall leave home tomorrow in my own carriage & bring Mrs. Rodney with me, for whom I have been waiting for several days. With great esteem & respect Yours Very Sincerely & Affecy. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I return you the papers relative to Philip M. Topham. I am decidedly of opinion that the discharge under the insolvent laws of New York would not release him from the penalty recovered by the United States. However as he is now out of prison, the idea you suggested of permitting him to go at large, meets my approbation. after a verdict & judgment for a penalty it becomes a debt, in law, due...
Agreeably to the direction contained in your last favor I wrote to the district attorney of Maryland and transmitted him a copy of M. Mouesay’s petition. I understand from John Warner a merchant of this place, who was personally acquainted with him in the West Indies, that he bore a bad character there. Be this as it may, he is certainly entitled to justice, from our Courts. I fear the suits...
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...
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....
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...
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...
In the late irreparable loss, you have sustained by a severe dispensation of Divine Providence, I sincerely sympathise with you; but hope that time, reason & religion have administered their consolations, and restored your mind. Permit me to enclose you copies of two letters, from my uncle to my father, at memorable epochs in our Revolutionary annals. The first from New–York when the Stamp Act...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
The perusal of your letter to Judge Tudor, published in a late number, of that valuable work, Nile’s Register, has given me great pleasure & satisfaction. You have done justice to departed worth, by rescuing form oblivion, the conduct & character of one of the earliest & ablest defenders of American rights & liberties. The memory of the illustrious James Otis, too long neglected, will be thus...
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...
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...