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On my expressing to Dr. Priestley an Inclination to fill the appointment mentioned in his Letter, he was so obliging as to offer his Interest such as it was in my behalf. Probably ‘ere this reaches Philadelphia, the Situation may have been obtained by some other person: probably there may fair reasons of objections to a person not a native of the Country: probably too the objection alluded to...
[ New York ] January 5, 1799 . “Inclosed I send you the Dr. of a Deed, already executed by myself & Mr & Mrs Livingston to a Mr John Brown of Providence, Rhode Island. Mr Bogart, Mr Brown’s Counsel has perused the original and approves it but as you have been associated as Counsel with him for Mr Brown, he is desirous that you should also peruse the Deed.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of...
Mr. Dallas, Mr. Duane and myself met to day, and after canvassing the most expedient method of proceeding on our side, we determined at length on the following. That Mr. Duane shd. write you the Letter which accompanies this , to be presented to the Senate in your official Capacity. That Mr. Duane shd. be in the way at the meeting of the Senate, without formally presenting himself till it...
Mr Cooper wishes Subpoenas to be made out & served on the following Gentlemen— The President of the United States Timothy Pickering Jacob Wagner (in Mr Pickerings Office) John Davenport Member of Congress DNA : RG 21--Records of District Courts of the United States.
Being indicted for a supposed Libel in the circuit Court of the United States now sitting in Philadelphia, I find it necessary to apply for official Copies of the Papers of which I transmit an inclosed list. I applied yesterday afternoon to the Secretary of State, who has just now sent me word that they are not to be found in his Office. I beg therefore, that your Excellency would have the...
[ New York, October 17, 1800. The description of this letter in the dealer’s catalogue reads: “Concerning the conveyance of 175,000 acres of land, probably in N. Y. state.” Letter not found. ] LS , American Book-Prices Current 1966 , Vol. 72 [New York and London, 1969], 984. This letter, which H, Cooper, and Ogden wrote as attorneys for the Holland Land Company, concerns the settlement of the...
[ New York, November, 1800. The description of this letter in the dealer’s catalogue reads: “deals with legal matters.” Letter not found. ] LS , sold by Goodspeed’s Bookstore, Boston, February, 1942. For background to this letter, see H, Cooper, and Ogden to FitzSimons, Herman LeRoy, William Tilghman, and Matthew Pearce, October 17, 1800, note 1 ; November 17, 1800 . FitzSimons, Higbee, and...
As we have not been favored with an Answer to our Letter of 17. October last, we have Reason to conclude that you do not propose cooperating with us on the subject of that Letter. Under this Impression we beg leave to state, that we shall not make a final Decision on this Business till Monday the 24. Inst. If you will appoint an Agent to meet us on Saturday the 22. Int. we shall be happy to...
Calling to day at Governor McKean’s, he was so good as to shew me part of letter from you respecting myself, couched in terms of higher approbation than I conceive myself to deserve: but praise from you will incite me to deserve it. Laudari à tam laudato viro , is too gratifying not to excite the wish for its continuance. The Governor told me that knowing my desire of remaining at...
Since my last I find that the office which was lately filled by Genl. Millar, is (if report be true) offered to Genl. Muhlenburgh. I hope that your numerous and important avocations have not driven entirely from your recollection the case of Mr Hamilton of Northumberland. But lest it should be so, I write to you again on the Subject, without making to you any apology for reiterating the claims...
Your favor of the 2d. inst. is just now recieved. your former one had also come duly to hand, and was properly disposed of to produce it’s effect at it’s just season. it was not therefore from inattention that I had not acknoleged it, but from the absolute impossibility of doing this in the immense number of those I daily recieve. it reduces me to the painful necessity of leaving those who are...
I feel myself at present not in the act of asking a favour but of doing my Duty. A proper respect to your important avocations must furnish an excuse for my saying very briefly what I have to suggest. I have heard that numerous improvements, particularly many public buildings are contemplated at Washington City. It is impossible that any thing of this kind can be meditated without your feeling...
Desirous of cooperating with the chief Magistrate in his purpose to maintain the respectability and purity of Republican Government, by entrusting public functions to those only whose private virtues, talents, and attachment to the freedom and security of their fellow citizens and the peace and independence of their country entitle them to confidence and respect;—we whose names are hereunto...
Having finished all that I undertook, as my department of the Wyoming Controversy for Pennsylvania Lands, I have returned hither. Dr Priestley being desirous of communicating to you extracts from Mr Stone’s letter, I have copied it for him. Passages respecting himself which he would probably have omitted, I have sent you without scruple; for I take for granted that every thing relating to his...
Your favor of Oct. 25. was recieved in due time, and I thank you for the long extract you took the trouble of making from mr Stone’s letter. certainly the information it communicates as to Alexander kindles a great deal of interest in his existence, and strong spasms of the heart in his favor. tho his means of doing good are great, yet the materials on which he is to work are refractory....
I have received (yesterday) the kind letter you addressed to me in answer to mine from Northumberland. I thank you for the intimation respecting my Son , who I hope will do no discredit to the appointment. He will remain here untill he receives information of his being actually commissioned. Believe me, with sincere respect Dear Sir Your faithful friend RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received...
Dr Hunter on his return from Washington to Philadelphia told me that unknowing of my application to you for a midshipman’s birth in the service of the U. States for my Son, he had mentioned him to you as having behaved with Courage on the recapture of Dr Hunters Vessel from the British; but that in a subsequent conversation with Mr Duane, he found that my son instead of being put down second...
Your favor of Mar. 21. was recieved here on the 4th. inst. the warrant to your son as midshipman had been suspended for enquiry on a suggestion of too great a propensity in him to drink. no information has been recieved, but your’s is sufficient. it is sufficient that you are apprised of it, and state the nature of the case yourself. his warrant was therefore signed two days ago, and has been,...
It is with much regret I inform you of the decease of Dr. Joseph Priestley this morning at 11 oClock. He retained his faculties, his cheerfulness, his kindness to the last moment; he died without pain; it was a gradual falling asleep. He wd. have been 71 in March. Knowing how much he respected you, and believing, that in common with those who know how to appreciate uncommon attainments...
Before your Letter arrived Dr Priestley was dead: of which I informed you hastily on the same afternoon. The work you mention of Mr Malthus, I have perused with deep interest and melancholy conviction of the general truth of his Theory, but I cannot help thinking he carries it much too far. Granting the tendency of the procreative passion to increase the human species far beyond the ratio of...
I have duly recieved your favors of the 6th. and 16th. and learnt the death of Dr. Priestly with all that regret which the termination of so good and so useful a life necessarily inspires. all late accounts of him had given me apprehensions for him. not indeed that the continuance of life could be important to him, but as every year added to it was usefully employed for the general good of...
Judge Cooper presents his respectful compliments to the President of the United States, and submits to his consideration the inclosed observations differing in some respects from the known Sentiments of the President on the Subject. Judge Cooper hopes and believes that this difference of opinion will occasion no other difference. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson thanks Judge Cooper for the paper he has been so kind as to communicate to him. he has read it with pleasure, but not with conviction. he is the last of all men however who would consider an honest difference of opinion as ground for any other difference. he has had too much experience of the uncertainty of human reason to be otherwise affected by it’s various aspects than by...
I did not receive your reply to my note, untill my return from Philadelphia yesterday. I thank you kindly for the Pamphlet you were so good as to send me, which I had heard of when I wrote the essay signed “Vindex”, but which I did not see till my arrival in Philadelphia. It certainly does credit even to Mr Maddison’s pen, but I think the doctrines defended in it, are carried to their very...
From some late circumstances, I have reason to believe that neither Mr Priestley’s directions nor mine to transmit to you a copy of the memoirs of his father’s life have been complied with, though a set was appropriated for you to be sent at the first moment of publication. If you have not received one, be good enough to let me know: it will be a cause of much chagrin to Mr Priestley and...
Your favor of June 23. is recieved. I had not before learned that a life of Dr. Priestly had been published or I should certainly have procured it; for no man living had a more affectionate respect for him. In religion, in politics, in physics no man has rendered more service. I had always expected that when the republicans should have put down all things under their feet, they would...
I received your letter here on my return from the Court of Erors & Appeals at Philadelphia. I send you my Copy of the memoirs, with some [emendations] and marginal notes, which tho they do not ornament the pages, will serve to explain some passages which the errors of the press converted into nonsense. I laboured under a very dangerous, and very painful illness while I composed my part, and I...
Your favor of the 9th. is recieved & with it the copy of Dr. Priestley’s Memoirs, for which I return you many thanks. I shall read them with great pleasure, as I revered the character of no man living more than his. with another part of your letter I am sensibly affected. I have not here my correspondence with Govr. Mc.Kean to turn to, but I have no reason to doubt that the particular letter...
After four years perseverance I have succeeded in calling the attention of our State Legislature to the subject of Turnpike roads, and they have made a very liberal beginning of a System that I yet hope to see compleated. I wish now excite them on the subject of a general System of Weights & Measures. A beginning has been made, by a report full of information laid before the Senate last...
When I recieved your letter of the 16th. I thought I had not a copy of my Report on Measures, weights & coins, except one bound up in a volume with other reports. but on carefully searching a bundle of duplicates, I found the one I now inclose you, being the only detached one I possess. it is defective in one article. the report was composed under a severe attack of periodical head ach which...