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The total ruin in which my private fortune is involved, and my inability for want of Capital to pursue any probable means of support for my family induced me to give my Consent to become a Candidate for the Speakers Chair—The Views of N. Carolina who first mentioned the subject to me were bottomed on the Idea, that it would be unwise for the South to initate the East by the Choice of a Speaker...
I have had the honor to receive your very friendly letter, and I pray you to accept my sincere thanks for your good wishes.—My health since my last has been declining. my mind naturally active & heretofore kept Constantly employed, is left for want of occupation to prey on itself, and the consequence must be serious.—I was in a similar State when I went last Winter to Congress—from which I was...
I had the pleasure to recieve your kind letter of the 10 th Ins t yesterday—M r George Hill is personally known to me. he is a good Democrat, of fair Character, and respectable. he is however One of those would be Politicians. to whom I would exercise your Answer to be in the general and referring to the Enquirer. he might wish by publishing to shew a correspondence with you, he is a political...
All history tells us that the minister who attempted to reduce the public burthens, by the dismissal of useless Officers; by the reductions of pensions improperly granted; by the destruction of sinecure Offices; in time by Reform however salutary has been disgraced and a man with more liberal Ideas (as the Blood turned) is brought in. Your Administration is an exception to this general Rule....
you will have from the late mininstrations to South America and Spain—The opinion of the Senate was—that those to Buenos Ayres, Chili and Peru, ought to have been deferred until they had sent their ministers. that ample time has been given them, and their not having accepted the invitation given by our recognition was an indication that a diplomatic intercourse was not desired by them, but it...
The Federal Republican Continues to wage War against you, and takes advantage because you have not explained the nature of your private account with m Grand, and with the credit given by you in your accounts, thus. “By Cash recieved from m Grand for Bill ”—your explanation is full and complete as to the United States having no right to retain the money—but I was just now stopt in the street by...
In Publick life those to whom we render the greatest service are little sensible of it. Those rendered to Col o Monroe the greatest service that could have been rendered to a President of the U.S. I have brought the Publick expenditures within the receipts for which I ought to have his thanks, instead of the hostility I fear he is certain to render me. In 1819–20 I was Chosen to be Chairman of...
The present will be forwarded by M r Caustin, the general Agent for the sufferers by depredation Committed by the French prior to the year 1800—He has Collected a Mass of testimony all going to Confirm the Opinion I had always had. That the Government had bartered the fair Claims of the Merchants against the Guarantee of the W. Indian Islands. and was bound in Common honesty to pay the losses...