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M r Adams presents his Compliments to M r Nichols, and has the honour of inclosing a Resolution of the President and Fellows of the University of Cambridge Massachusetts of Feb. 14. 1786.
I have been desired by Patrick Miller Esqr, of Dalswinton to transmit to Congress the inclosed Paper of Experiments in Navigation. It is the Sequel of his Treatise on Naval Architecture, which I had the honour to transmit to Congress last Spring. I have the Honour to be, / with the highest Esteem, dear sir / your most obedient and most / humble Servant DNA : Papers of the Continental Congress.
At the Request of General Washington I commit to your Care the enclosed Letter for M rs. M c. Cauly Graham which I have received from him—the Vessel that carries this is preparing to sail—You shall hear from me again by Cap t. Coupar— I am D r Sir / Your Friend & Serv t.
D r Jeffries respectful compliments to his Excellency M r Adams, & does himself the honour to present him with a Narrative of his Aerial Voyages, which if they in any degree should meet his approbation or for a few minutes divert him, will make him very happy.
Mr Cutting presents his respectful compliments to Mr Adams, with an Extract or two from a short letter just received by him. Mr C. wou’d have brought the letter himself, to Grosvenor Square immediately, but the books mention’d in it require the letter as an order for their delivery, in the City, where he expects to find them this afternoon if the Harmony Capt Willet be arrived. MHi : Adams Papers.
M r. Jenks’s Compliments to his Excellency thanks him for his Politeness will do himself the honor of waiting upon him on Sunday—
In obedience to Your Excellency, I have made farther enquirey respecting the American East India Ship Hydra, and have learned from Mr: Robinson, Agent in Gould Square Crutched Friars; that the Owner lives upon Rhoad Island in North America, his name is Charles Champlin. It also appears by the Books at the Exchange Insurance office, that in March 1786, Mr: James Wilkinson of Abchurch Lane...
Your Excellency is hereby advised of my second Draught from hence in favor of Mess rs: Etienne Drouilhet & C o. of Madrid Bankers—for £300 Stg. of this date, double Usance.—We sail with the first fair Weather to my last plan of Destination.— With due Deference / I am your Excellency’s / humble servant N o. 5.
With this is enclosed, an elegant volume of improvements in Naval Architecture, together with the original letters to me that accompanied it. I know nothing of the author but what is there said to wit that he is a gentleman of character and fortune—America is the place in the world the most likely for such improvements to be adopted, if they are really founded in Science and Utility. If upon...
RESOLVED that a Committee of two members from the Senate, and three members from the House of Representatives, to be Appointed by the Houses respectively, wait on the Vice-President of the United States, as soon as he shall come to this city, and in the name of the Congress of the United States,—Congratulate him on his Arrival. Thursday the 16th. of April. The Committee Appointed on the part...
On motion, Ordered that Mr. Gilman, Mr. Ames, and Mr. Gale, be a Committee in conjunction with a Committee of the Senate, to wait on the Vice-President of the United States, upon his arrival in this City, and to congratulate him thereupon, in the name of the Congress of the United States. Extract from the Journal, MHi : Adams Papers.
In Answer to your Letter, I can only say that M r. Barclay is gone from France upon the public Service of his Country and I suppose will return in a few months, so that his absence will not be of any detriment to you, as I immagine—with much esteem I am &c
I am honoured with your Letter of the 7 th. of the month from Paris—and will support D r. Bancrofts application to the Danish Minister, as fully as may by in my power—But perhaps it will be most prudent according to an Idea in one of your Letters to the D r. to begin by writing to the Baron D e Waltersdorff— This I suppose propose to do immediately—& when I obtain an answer will convey it to...
Received of John Adams Esq. of Thomas McKean Esq of Pensylvania the Sum of Thirty Five Guineas on Account, for which another Receipt of the same Server & Date herewith is given 35 Guineas DLC : Personal Papers—Miscellaneous.
I have the honor to transmit to you the information of your being elected to the office of Vice-President of the United States of America. Permit me, Sir, to hope, that you will soon safely arrive here to take upon you the discharge of the important duties, to which you are so honorably called by the Voice of your country. I am, sir, with sentiments / of respect, your obedient / humble...
M r Adams presents his Compliments to M r Jinks and requests the Honour of his Company to dine on Sunday next at 4 o’clock— The favour of an answer is desired
Agreeably to the directions of the two branches of the General Court I have the honor to inform you that you have been this day elected a Delegate from this Commonwealth to serve in the Congress of the United States for one year to commence on the first Monday of November next. I am, / With great Esteem & Respect / Your Honor’s / Very hble Servt. MHi : Adams Papers.
I cannot omit this Opportunity of transmitting to You a Copy of an Act of Congress respecting M r. Temple. It appears to me to be a proper one—In my Opinion our public Conduct should be just and liberal on the one Hand, but firm and decided on the other.— I have the Honor to be with very sincere Esteem and Regard / Dear Sir / Your most ob t. Serv t.
I hereby wish to apprise your Excellency of my Draught of this Date for £200 sg in favor of Mess r Etienne Drouilhet & C o. of Madrid recommended to me by M r Carmichael.—I have nothing material to communicate at present except being upon the Point of Embarkation. Double Usance / N o. 4— I Have the Honor to be / with proper Respect / Your Excellencys / Ob t. Hum ser t
This will be presented, by my eldest Son, who will go from France, to England, early in the approaching Winter, & pass it, in London—I take the Liberty of recommending him,—very particularly, to your Friendship & attention, which I flatter myself he will merit, & experience. I have the Honour to be, with great Respect & Esteem, / dr. Sir /yr. most obedt. Servt. MHi : Adams-Hull Collection.
Your private Letter of the twenty fifth of July is very friendly and obliging as usual. give yourself no concern about my apprehensions of your Want of Attention. I know too well your constant and assiduous applications to the Duties of your public offices, as well as to the just concerns of your private friends, ever to suspect you of failing in either.—I Shudder when I think of your next...
I have the Honor of transmitting to you herewith enclosed a Copy of a Letter of the 21 st. December from M r: Temple to me, which I laid before Congress. They have been pleased to direct that you communicate it to His Britannic Majesty—That you inform him, that the Complaint stated in it, being in general Terms, and unsupported by any particular Facts, or Evidence, they do not think it...
The multiplied Cares attending the Removal of a Family, from one Country to another; and beginning a new Course of Life or resuming an old one, after an interruption of fourteen years; must be my apology, if any apology is neccessary, for having omitted, till this time, to Solicit the final Settlement of my Accounts, with the United States.—As Mr Barclay has, for many years, had the...
I wrote to you on the 7 th: of last Month, and also on the 18 th: of this enclosing some Papers respecting an american Vessel seized at Barbadoes by a british Man of War. I have been honored with yours of 16 th. 25 th. and 28 th. May and 6 th. June last, which with the Papers accompanying them were immediately laid before Congress.— The Situation in which the Want of an adequate Representation...
I take the liberty of writing on a subject, which as it is interesting to Society I hope will require but little apology. & yet, I must be ingenious enough to confess that in my pursuits of this subject, I have not been without a view to my own emolument, in which I have done nothing more than to accept of the invitation held out by many Governments of Europe to engage in the public service...
LS : Massachusetts Historical Society We received the Letter you did us the honour of writing to us the 10th. Inst, with the project of a Treaty that had been transmitted to you by the Baron de Thulemeier, which we have examined, & return herewith, having made a few small Additions or Changes of Words to be proposed, such as Citoyens for Sujets and the like, and intimated some Explanations as...
Congress at length begins to do Business—seven States are represented, and Genl. St. Clair was three Days ago chosen President.— Since my last to you of 17th Ult. I have not had the Pleasure of receiving any Letters from you.— You will herewith receive a letter from Congress to the Queen of Portugal, which you will be pleased to transmit in the Manner suggested in my Report, of which you will...
As you are already informed of Col. Nortons Demand on the British Governor! it will only be necessary for me to observe, that it does not appear to me to be of such a nature, as that it would be proper for Congress to interpose and instruct you on the Subject; and I have Reason to think that it strikes them in the same point of view— As the Col. is an American Citizen, I feel disposed to be as...
One of these Days I shall devote a Leisure Hour to forming a Cypher, and will send it to You by the first good Conveyance that may afterwards offer. at present I am engaged on many Committees, so that my attendance on them and on Congress, keeps me fully employed. I observe with Pleasure that in this Congress there appears to be good Talents & good Dispositions. none of their more important...
We received the Letter you did us the honour of writing to us the 10 th. Inst, with the project of a Treaty that had been transmitted to you by the Baron de Thulemeier, which we have examined, & return herewith, having made a few small Additions or Changes of Words to be proposed, such as Citoyens for Sujets and the like, and intimated some Explanations as wanted in particular Paragraphs. The...
Last Evening, after mine to you of Yesterdays date, was gone to the Post office, yours of the Sixth, was sent me from thence. If I were to pray to Neptune, for Liberty of passing thro his Realm, again I should be tempted to Use the Form of a new converted American Indian, at Cape Cod, who went off in a fishing Vessell further to sea than he had ever been before, & was over taken by a storm. He...
Upon the Receipt of the first of the inclosed Letters from Dr Wren and Mr Mawbrey, by Express, I make Application to Government.—Lord Sidney was absent and Lord Carmarthen sick; but Mr Fraser the Under Secretary of State, took up the subject with Integrity and Politeness. He discovered a real desire to do every Thing that the Laws would permit, to crush in the Beginning this villainous attempt...
Last night I was honoured with your Letter of April. 7 th. and am happy to find that Twelve States, have granted to Congress the Impost. New York I am persuaded will not long withhold her Assent, because, that in Addition to all the other Arguments in favour of the measure, She will have to consider that all the Blame of Consequences must now rest upon her, and she would find this alone, a...
Your Favour of the fourth of october, I have had the Honour to receive, and have dispatched the Resolution inclosed in it to Paris to go from thence to Spain: but I hope M r Lamb is already on his Passage for America. The Commotions in New England, will terminate in additional Strength to Government, and therefore they do not allarm me I have lately received from Lord Carmarthen officially the...
I do myself the Honour to inclose Copy of Mr Fagels Letter to me of the 18th. and of my Answer of this day, and of my Letter to Mr. Dumas of this day. I am very Sorry for his embarrassed Situation. But know not the Cause of it, but by Conjecture. one Thing I know that the United States may very easily be involved in a war by indiscreet Intimacies between their servants and foreign Powers and...
Since my last to you of 25th. February I have not been favored with any Letters from you.— Congress have made some Progress in my Report on your Letter of 4th. March 1786 and the Papers that accompanied it—They lately passed the Resolutions of which you will find a Copy herewith enclosed. Having been ever since and still being too much indisposed to prepare Instructions for you on these...
private I lately wrote you a few hasty Lines just to as the vessel which carried them was departing; and inclosed and a Pamphlet containing my Correspondence with a M r Littlepage, who was formerly in my Family. The attack which produced that Pamphlet, was not only countenanced but stimulated by some of the Subjects of our good allies here. It is no Secret either to You or me that I am no...
You will be please to Recolect an Execution which you had In the 1769 again Mr: John Rogers In favour of Captn Hopkins on Account of a Note of Hand Given Him by Mr. Rogers Which to prevent The Case’s going into Law I with Mr. Rogers Sighned a Note Jointley & Severally to be pay’d in three Months Which When it Became due Rogers did not pay as He promise Me. You Informing Me that you had Orders...
In my Letter of the 29 th. Ult o. I inclosed Copies of the Letters which had passed between the secretary of State and myself—wherin this Day was fixed upon for my introduction to His Majesty—agreable to that arrangement the Master of Ceremonies waited on me at one and accompanied me to the secretary’s Office, from whence Lord Carmarthen accompanied me to the Palace— I was in a very short time...
In obedience to the orders of Congress I have the Honor of informing you, that Phineas Bond Esqr. has presented to Congress a Commission from his britannic Majesty, constituting him commissary for all commercial Affairs within the United States, and another Commission constituting him Consul for the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.— Congress being desirous...
on my Return two days ago from Jersey, I had the Pleasure of recieving your favor of the 11 Ult.— A sufficient number of Delegates to form a Congress not being at present in Town, it is not in my power to communicate it to that Honorable Body— nor indeed does it appear to me very probable that a sufficient number will be convened during the winter, unless some circumstance of Importance should...
I have received the Letter you did my the honor to write me on the 27 th. of January—and several others before that some of which contained Letters for America, which I sent with my first dispatches. I have not answered any of those Letters because they related to a subject with which I have nothing to do. I am not come to this Country Sir, to solicit emigrations to the United states of...
A croud of thanks to You for the pleasure and instruction I have received from your defence of the american constitutions. I have as yet read it but three times, because I wish to forget it a little before I read it a fourth; but I find that impossible: I shall therefore only wait till you give us the augmentation promised. Let me intreat You for the sake of mankind in general and the united...
Paul Randall Esq r , who has been with M r Lamb to Algiers will have the Honour to deliver this Letter. in order to lay before Congress the earliest Information of all that has come to his Knowledge, in the Course of his Journeys and Voyages he proposes to return, without loss of Time to New York. He has conducted, as far as I can judge, with Prudence and Fidelity, and has merited a...
On the 8 th. of october last M r. Jefferson wrote me a Letter approving of a proposition I had made to him that I should deputize D r. Bancroft to sollicit the Court of Denmark, through the Danish Minister at London, for the Compensation due for the Prizes made by the Squadron I commanded in Europe and given up to the British by the Danish Government, in the year 1779 in the port of Bergen in...
Your two favours of May 4. came to hand by the post from Falmouth, in a Packett of Pamphlets and News Papers which cost between six & seven Guineas for the postage, This is so material an Expence for our Country, that it is proper to attend to it, so far as to pack News Papers and Pamphlets by themselves—in this Case one may save the Postage by giving up the Papers—but the Package should be...
M r Randall who prepares to Sail in a few Days for N York will deliver you this Letter. If I have not Overlookd any Article in your Account you have drawn Bills upon me which have been accepted & paid to the amount of 32 hundred and 12 Pounds 12 shillings Sterling for the Expenditure of which you will Account with Congress and pay the Ballance into their Treasury after paying M r Randall his...
I am asshamed to have let your Letter of the 15th. of December remain so long unanswered: but the subject of it so entirely out of my Sphere, that I really knew not what answer to give to it. At length however, I have concluded to inclose it to His Excellency Governor Bowdoin & pray him to communicate it to those Persons, to whom it belongs to consider it—and I hope they will do Justice. I...
I have been looking out for lodgings, yesterday and this day, and have at length found a bed Room, in the House, where Mr. Smith lodges; and as he intends to go into the Country next week, I shall then take those Rooms which he now occupies. Captain Calohan , is expected every day, and it is very probable that within a fortnight, I shall hear from our Ladies. I have not seen Mr. Stockdale yet,...
Although I have nothing important to say or transmit, yet I cannot let the Packet sail without a few lines for you.— I wrote to you the 31st. of July by Major Sears, and have since received yours of the 16th. June with the Contract mentioned in it—They are on the Table of Congress, but the want of an adequate Representation of the States has prevented any Thing being yet done on that or indeed...