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Yesterday I was furnished with the copy of an acct. by Mr. Abram Bradley D.P.M. Generl. made agreable to the order of the Head of that Department. Mr. Granger has been informed what was the Sense of the Arbitrators on the undefined part of their report, from 16 Feby. to March 31—both by verbal communication with Colonel John P. Van Ness, & a Certificate of Caleb Swan before he left this City...
General Harrison leaves this tomorrow the expidition marched as I mentioned in my last, a small reinforcement marches as a covering party commanded by Major Alexander—with the Pittsburg & Greensburg Voluntiers Captn. Butler, we have not yet heard from the detachment. They took the Lake and followed the chain of little islands—for Malden. I wish them Success but doubt: too much a forlorn hope...
Ca. 20 June 1813. “Permit me to hand you another Specimen of the zeal & exertion, of that Excellent Governor whose name is above.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p. Docketed by JM, “Meigs R. J June 20. 1813.” Written at the bottom of a printed circular dated 20 June 1813 and signed by Ohio governor Return Jonathan Meigs, reiterating William Henry Harrison’s call for Ohio citizens to organize themselves into...
The enclosed copy of a Statement (correctly made,) is some evidence of the truth of the memorial presented to the House of Representatives United States in N. York when you was a member of it, and which with your aid gave me the appointment of Sergeant at Arms to that Honorable Body, with that memorial and the enclosed Statement, and your personal knowledge of me for thirty years past, with...
On the 6th. after Six days the most Severe labor and fatigue I Succeeded in getting together all our wagons without the loss of a flints worth of the public Stores, and yesterday I ordered the principle wagon Master Mr. James Anderson, whose zeal activity and exposure had been very great with the men, to have all the 18 pd. Gun Carriages to be made ready, with the remaining 12vs. & Six’s—with...
I have been requested to State to you, what has been the deportment of Joseph Jones Monroe Since he has been attached to the Q M Genl. Department at this place. Mr. Monroe arrived in this City about the tenth of Augst. last a volunteer in Col Yancy’s Regmt. of Genl. Porterfields Brigade at a time when this part of the State of Virginia, was under Considerable Alarm expecting to be assailed by...
Whatever information you may receive from the Generals, and commanders at the various posts I trust that which comes from other quarters or persons will not always be uninteresting, believing therefore that as I am careful as time and circumstances will admit to State truth only, you may think My letters worth reading I indulge the disposition in the Silent hour of night, to make Such...
I trust in your goodness to excuse me for the liberty I take in my communication, if I err it is for want of better judgment; my zeal prompts me to every source which can benefit the public in the rout I am ordered to arange for the post road—I have returned thus far, and was hastening to Washington with all the Speed in the power of horses, to State to the President & to the P.M.G. the...
The bearer Mr. Kimball, from Hanover New Hampshire, is very desirous to See the President, to have an oppertunity of a few moments—to State Some business of considerable importance to himself, (and as he Say’s beneficial to the country) his native defidence is Such as Seems to require Some Sort of introduction—he has no acquaintance in this place—if the President can offer him a few minutes it...
1 March 1810, Washington. Seeks appointment as storekeeper of the Washington Navy Yard. RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Wheaton”). 1 p. Wheaton had been sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1809, when he lost his position to Thomas Dunn of Maryland. He was to correspond frequently with JM between 1811 and 1824, and in October 1814 JM nominated him for the...
Will you have the goodness to forward the enclosed with Such remarks as you may feel yourself authorised to make in my favor—and my gratitude Shall be equal to the obligation, and accept the assurance of My continued & unremitting regard RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM . The enclosure has not been identified, but it most likely related to Wheaton’s attempts to solicit the office of sergeant at arms...
As I Stated in my last I Sent of[f] two hundred horses to the Mohecan Settlement where I had made arrangemts for forage—on the 27—they returned yesterday and this day—though Eighteen Miles from this—and packed and brought me 600 Bushels of corn—in the mean time all my hands left that could handle a tool was imployed in Shoeing horses, and repairing wagons—Making axletrees—&ca—this afternoon...
I am honord with your 2d. letter of the 15th. instt. covering a letter from Messr. Wilson Marsh & Son in Answer to my Letter Addressed to their factory—for which Sir Please to accept my thanks—While I feel diffident on this Subject; the riseing State of this City, and the increased and increasing business done here I flatter Myself by taking this early advantage of introducing the Articles of...
It hath pleased Almighty God in his Goodness and Mercy to give to this great & favored people yesterday, about half past four oclock P.M., your Son John Quincy Adams, as the President elect, to rule over this nation four years from the 4th. day of March next; I rejoice with you & with those dear to you on this happy event, I rejoice the more because it must be a balm to your heretofore wounded...
It being a Severe Snow Storm after a remarkable rain which continued all night no fatigue party being ordered out My calls and duties are lessened by the inclemency of the weather and haveing a more leisure hour I am disposed to devote that hour to you with Such observations as occur in a hasty moment. Our garrison is Situated at the foot of the Rapids on this river 18 miles from the entrance...
Will you have the goodness to examine & Present the inclosed to the President. I cannot persuade myself that he will consider me a banished Man in my native land, or that Justice which is So clearly my due, Shall be withheld from Me, when one Simple line advisory to the Dupety Post Master General will releive me from extreme embarrassment. I am So clearly & fully Persuaded of his correctness,...
There appears to be a Pacific Disposition in the Brittish, and I have Connections with them in New york, such as Induces me to Solicit Permision of your Excelence to visit them by going to New york with a Flagg—I have Received Letters from them from time to time this six years past & Especially the Last week desiering me in the most urgent maner to Vissit them. these Connections Sir are...
Your favor with which I have been so highly gratified, & which so deeply impresses me with a Sense of your goodness & consideration, came to hand the fiftenth instt, the long detention by the way adds to the Idea which had formed, that the spoilers hand might have been laid on some of the papers directed to your address—I hope my f e ars are groundless—I will deem myself permitted Suitable to...
By the above you will See I am making an humble effort to get into the Sun Shine of the House of Representatives a Situation I was dr[i]ven from by the intreagues & false representations of Gideon Granger opperating on certain minds. Will you have the goodness to afford me your influence with your friend Mr. Barber. I am very poor, and it is not an error to say by the injustice of the 3d...
Having been honord by you with a request to State Some circumstances which took place in the eastern part of the State of Massachusetts in the early part of our revolution, I have taken the liberty now to inclose that Statement to you, and permit me to add, that thus did I commence engage in the arduous Struggle in the commencement of that revolution with a zeal commensurate With the object,...
I wrote you from Mansfield Decr. 31. and detailed to you the measures taken to insure a Speady March to Head Quarters. The ordinance & Stores moved about two Miles on that day in hopes of making considerable distance the next. Unfortunately the thawy weather had much more broken up the road than was immagined, and the next day 1st. Jany it raind incessantly very hard & wa[r]m all day. Capt...
I regret the news from Bordeaux contained in the enclosed paper—every Success of the allies in Europe will Militate against us. I hope our preparations will be equal to any pressure. The enclosed order of the Adjt. Genl. is the 3d. detachment of troops average about the Same no. Since I came to this post. It is with pleasure I can anounce to you Sir—the most essential benefits have been...
I cannot refrain again to make communication to you, and in which I will thank you to take into consideration—you will please to recollect the various Statements I made to you respecting the road from Athen in Georgia to Fort Stoddert , I believed, I knew you wanted correct information, I therefore took proper means to obtain, & communicate it and set up truth against design, and Interest,...
Since I wrote: has fallen into my hands the Pittsburg paper, the commonwelth, in which I with great pain read the disasterous affair at Black rock or opposite Queenstown—but indeed Sir My daily discoveries of desertion and insubordination evinces to Moral certainty that nothing effectual can be done by Such troops—and that no alternative is left but to resort to an efficient regular Army—a...
I had once the honor of rendering to the United States Some Service in the Creek nation of Indians—( Missippie Territory ) in the establishing the mail rout to New Orleans —and in Some measure under your directions—. It was The only motive I had then, was to evince to you my zeal for the public interest, I Should have fully obtained that object—of intigrity and a proper treatment of the Indian...
The Inclos’d is Colo. Olneys Letter in Concequence of my application to your Excelence to go to Newyork, he has no objection to the propos’d Interview tho he thinks it would have been more proper after this tour of Command. I am sencible of it, though the Colo. is not sufficiently acquainted with the Circumstance of my friends Leaveing Newyork Soon for Hallifax, no r should I have made such a...
The inclosed is the result of the defences in the cases between Gideon Granger Esqr. Post Master General, & myself in relation to the conveyance of the mail from this City to Coweta & from thence to Fort Stoddert, also from Nashville in Tennessee to New Orleans—and I trust Satisfactory to the government also when it is Considered it was an experiment to be made through a wilderness country 600...
So great is my desire to Serve my country in the army now raising—that my feelings on that Subject compell me to address you again to obtain the end I am most anxious for. To effect which I have applied to both the Senators of the State of New York (the State to which I owe my birth). They the Senators inform me if my Name can be placed on the List of appointments, they will vote for me, and...
Pardon me for being troublesome. I enclosed you a paper yesterday in which my hopes were greatly flattered—unfortunately I now forward the contradiction. The enclosed contains a list of troops which I have fed & transported to Norfolk in all the Last month. I have recd. and am now receiving and Settling for about five hundred more men, drafted for Six months which will embark to morrow also...
My feelings compell me however (However reluctantly,) to ask for a moment of your important time, to make an appeal to your good sence, to your correct mind, and also to your Sencibility—I have forwarded to you Sir the result of the refereese in the cases between the Post Master General & myself. I laid before them proof of near twenty persons of unquestionable character, admitted by the...
I took the liberty to write you from this place on the 20. and to detail Such information relating to opperations in this quarter as occured at the time, also as to my own destination. Governor Meigs arrived at this place on the evening of the Same day—he has been exerting all his powers to bring forward Such portions of his Militia as have been required of him—but the weather has been most...
10 December 1812, Canton, Ohio. Explains that he received an assistant deputy quartermaster’s appointment on 10 Aug. 1812 and was directed by the secretary of war on 14 Aug. to proceed to Pennsylvania to deliver commissions to three captains and the officers of three infantry companies who had tendered their services to JM “and to furnish those companies with funds instead of rations &...
Language fails me in attempting to express to you my Gratitude for your kind and favourable expressions towards me, and your Sense of my Character and merits as stated in your letter 7th: october 1818, but when I contemplate your early and long continued exertion to an unusual advanced period, I the more admire & adore that beneficence which Still preserves your invaluable life a blessing to...
We arrived at this post 27. at noon after a march of 36 days—the most difficult of any I ever experienced in any period of Service I have Seen—the Season of the year most of all unfavorable, and it was So rainy and damp that the Sun has not appeared to us five days of the time—that we have been plunging through mud mire and frost cotinually [ sic ]. The whole country through which we have...
May it Please the President April 11th 1790 Sir Having had an oppertunity of learning that an additional force is to be aded to the present Establishment of the troops, I am constrained to mention to the President. The office which the House of Representatives have been pleased to appoint me to, is not altogether that popular Situation nor So profitable to our Country as one would wish to...
On my return from Georgia where I have been to assist Doctr. Bradley, the agent of the Post Office, in this new arrangment of the New Orleans mail—I found my friend Mr. Beckley was no more —may I therefore be permitted to renew my application for the Office of Librarian to Congress—your Excellency had the goodness when I made my first application, through Capt. Lewis to inform me, that the...
Permit me Sir to add to the documents forwarded to Mr. Shaw the National Intelligencer; Since the doors of the Senate are opened, to Stenographers, the editor of this paper attends in Senate, and as the Subject of repeating, that part of the Judiciary System which passed last Session of Congress is now taken up in Senate, the Speaches of the Senators will I presume be interesting to you, if I...
At the war office on Monday the Secretary observed to me that I must get myself placed on Some State List of applicants for the present Army or I Should be Left out. New York is the State of my Nativity, I Served in the Rhode Island line of the continental Army in the revolution—and if now residing in this City is to deprive me of all claim to imploy in the Army—is it not Singular? Born a...
Mr. Shaw has written to me to procure, and forward to him the President message, the reports of departments and generally Such State papers as Shall be laid before the house of representatives, and has requested me to direct them under cover to your address—. but Sir however warrantable I might feel myself in so doing from the Suggestions of my friend whom I wish much to Serve, I dare not...
I cannot—I will not attempt to discribe to you the Satisfaction—the gratification my feelings have experienced this day— Yesterday the President nominated to Senate His excellency John Quincy Adams now Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of St Petersburg—to be associate Jud g e of the Supreme Court of the United States this Second appointment passed the Senate, aproved by that Body...
There being an office in your gift connected with the Legislature where I am placed, the compensation to which, aded to the small pittance I receive from the government, would enable me to support my little family in this city, and thereby prevent a painful seperation which necessity enforces. I therefore beg leave to offer myself to your consideration for the appointment of librarian to...
Last autumn I had the honor to enclose to your address, my pamphlet, “an appeal to Congress from the decision of the accounting officers of the War Department for compensation while detained by their orders in the Settlement of my public accounts, and for Extra Service,[”] Which so far as respected myself could have been Settled much earlier, but was prolonged unnecessarily, by the accounting...
I wrote you a line from upper Sandusky Stating a report that Genl. Harrison had ordered a Strong party of men with which he went himself, and what with the reinforcements which followed, it was expected a distant object was intended —the fact was a body of Some 4 or 500 Indians had lodged himself on an Island at the entrance of this river, with a view to intercept our convoys of wagons from...
I approach your exalted character with great diffidence; but contemplating as I often do your labours, and how much good those labours have bestowed on the present & will on future generations, (our descendants). I the more admire and adore that Providence which continues your invaluable life to so long a period; an example and blessing to the present age—that I may be permitted to evince to...
I am informed by Mr. Seaver member of Congress from Roxbury, that near your residence there is a respectable Manufactory of coach Lace & triming, and that they consign to various parts their articles of Manufactory for Sale—I am here in the Mercantile dry good line and am endeavouring to introduce all the articles of American Manufactory in my power—Coach Lace, & Coach triming I trust would be...
I am from severe indisposition under the necessity of geting the aid of Colo. Hawkins to write to you.—I passed Chattahoche on the 21st. Septr. and progressed with the road to Mr. Cornells where I was attacked with a fever, accompanyed with great pain and debility, I however continued for six miles beyond Colo. Hawkins’s former residence, where I found myself totally incapable of proceeding...
I am informed by Mr. Graham, that the accountant of the War Department, has reported a ballance due to me, on my accounts in the Quarter Master Generals Department, (exclusive of pay due me for personal Services) Seven thousand, Six hundred dollars, in consequence of which a Mr. Cook is ordered to Richmond, to pay of my due bills. This course leaves it possible to Subject me to Serious...
St. Johns a City in the British Province of New Brunswick is Situated at the mouth of the river St. Johns—Lat 45—Lon 65—as the city contains about Eight thousand inhabitants, is a compact City Something larger than Alexandria—about 10 miles from the sea. The river emptys into the Bay of Fundy, and runs into the country about 350 miles in a Meandering N. W. Course. On its Banks are very large...
I can no longer restrain an inclination which has for Some month urged me to write to you, and to give you a Short narritive of myself and the part I have taken in the late contest with our ancient enemy the English Nation—rather government—After the war was declared in June 1812, a peice was published in the National intelligencer dated 5.th. June—respecting the affair at Machias in taking...
I arrived here on My way to upper and lower Sandusky ordered there by Major J.C. Bartlett D.Q. Master General who entered on the duties of his office in the place of Col Morrison this day —at 6. p.m. on reaching this met the post Rider, direct from upper Sandusky who presented Governor Meigs (who is also here with two hundred Men going on to Sandusky) with a letter from General Harrison—that...