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I received , duly, your very obliging favour with an accompanying recommendation of the Repository , which I caused to be published in six or seven Newspapers. It was all I could have wished.—I thank you for it most sincerely. It shall be given with a future n o of the Work.— Your life & Portrait are preparing for the second half volume.— M r Madison’s will be given in the 3 d — I should, I...
I have recd your Letter of 24th. of Decr. with the Pamphlet. I am Sorry to see in our American Reviewes an affectation of imitating European Reviewers. They generally discover an unnatural Appetite for Sour Plums: more Sagacity in discovering little faults than great Merits. I will now for a Moment undertake the Office of a Critic, not for publication: but between you and me. In my Opinion you...
My general aversion from the presumption of intruding on the public an opinion of works offered to their notice has yielded in the present instance to the merit of your undertaking, and to your belief, well or ill founded, that my testimony in it’s favor may be of advantage to it. I have written therefore, in a separate letter , which you are free to publish, what I can conscientiously say on...
On my return from Bedford , after an absence of 7. weeks, I found here your favors of Oct. 28. Nov. 13. 20. & 23. with a copy of the 1 st N o of your Repository. but I found also an immense accumulation of letters recieved during my absence, some of which claimed my first attentions. you know my aversion to the drudgery of the writing table. the great affliction of my present life is a too...
I have already had the honour of answering Your obliging favour dated at Poplar Forrest Forest . The Biographer , under my inspection, is busily engaged in preparing a sketch of your life for my National work. As soon as circumstances will permit, I shall be happy to receive your candid opinion of the Repository. I beg you not to be scrupulous or delicate. I desire to profit by your remarks &...
I have this moment had the honour of receiving your obliging favour of the 11 instant dated at Poplar Forrest . I am much gratified to find you take so much interest in my work. No work that has ever been published in America , has been so much reviewed & criticised upon, so much censured & praised as the Repository. The Aurora & every other Newspaper in this City, and in different parts of...
Upwards of a week ago your R N o of the Repository was sent by the Mail. I shall be glad to hear, if it is not giving you too much trouble, whether You have received it in a perfect state of preservation .— I am happy to inform you that the President has given me his opinion of the work. He also has done me the honour to send, in his own hand writing, the facts of his life .— My work is not,...
I recieve here your favor of Oct. 26. the half volume of the Repository is probably recieved at Monticello where it will await my return. the objections to your work appear to be perfectly answered in the pamphlet you have been so kind as to inclose me. you had a right certainly to chuse your own scale of biography more or less extended, and the shorter as merely an Appendix to your main...
precedes JM to Delaplaine, 22 Oct. 1816 . I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of the Sketch of your life. I feel obliged by your kind attention to me. Justice shall be done to it. I hope, dear Sir, you have received, before this, the first half volume of the Repository. If it will not be inconvenient, I should feel proud to receive from you two Single lines of your approbation of the...
I have already written to you by this mail , & at the same time sent you a pamphlet. I now send your n o of the Repository.— I hope it will be convenient & agreeable to you to give me, if it is only a dozen lines, your opinion of the paper, typography, engravings & plan & importance of the Repository.— I have already mentioned that your opinion with that of M r Madison & others, are to appear...
I have the honour of acknowledging the receipt of your obliging favour of the 22. inst. As you have enjoined it on me not to make use of the observations contained in your letter relative to my work, because you have not yet perused it, So I shall most Strictly comply. As Soon, however, as you are prepared to honour me with your opinion of its merits & general execution, which you may permit...
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your most obliging & kind letter of July 26: together with the particulars of two transactions, and a sketch of Peyton Randolph ’s life. These papers I consider entirely confidential & shall never go out of my hands. Of course, you will never be quoted relative to their contents. I am happy to mention this because you have enjoined it on me to...
I have recd. your letter of the instant. I had previously recd. a copy of the first half volume of the Repository. Of the general object of a work, which is to exhibit the likenesses & lives of selected Individuals, it would be superfluous to express an approbation. In the execution of the work, the essential merit must of course depend on the propriety of the selections, on the discriminating...
Memorandum sent Sepr. 1816, to Mr. Delaplaine, at his request James Madison was born on the 16. of March 1751. His parents James Madison, and Nelly Madison (before her Marriage Nelly Conway) resided in the County of Orange in Virginia. At the time of his birth they were on a visit to her mother who resided on the Rappahannock in the County of King George. At the age of about 12. years, he was...
In compliance with the request of your letter of the 6 th inst. with respect to Peyton Randolph , I have to observe that the difference of age between him and myself admitted my knowing little of his early life; except what I accidentally caught from occasional conversations. I was a student at College , when he was already Attorney General; at the bar, and a man of established years; and I...
The first half volume of the Repository will be published in a few days. The second half volume is preparing for publication. Among others, for the second half volume, the life & Portrait of yourself & of the late celebrated Peyton Randolph Eq r will be given. The engraving of his portrait is already executed. It is done from his portrait in Peale ’s Museum. It is said to be a pretty good...
I have just had the honour of receiving your obliging & kind favour of the 20: instant .— I purposd to set out leave this on Wednesday with M r Otis , for your seat , & hope to be there by the first of June or thereabouts.—It is possible M r
I Several weeks ago sent Mr. Wood a portrait painter of our City, to Washington, & after writing to you on the Subject, requested Mr. Wood to wait on you to paint your portrait. I have not been able, altho I repeatedly wrote to Mr. Wood, to learn whether he painted your portrait or not, & I beg you will do me the honour of informing me by a single line whether you sat or not. I am about to...
Your’s of the 11 th is just recieved, and with it the head of Columbus for which accept my thanks. it has been evidently taken at an earlier period of his life than that of the Florentine gallery, which I think you will deem worthy of taking additionally. I shall be happy to recieve mr Otis here, and yourself also should you conclude to come as intimated. I wish it may not be later than the 1...
I had the honour of duly receiving your obliging favour of the 9 th of February last . You have been pleased to correspond with me much on the subject of your portrait. Being very desirous to obtain it, and fearing that M r Stuart will never be prevailed upon to give up yours, I avail myself of your kind offer to receive in your house, any Artist I might send to further my Work. Accordingly I...
your letter of 27th Feb, has surprised me. Of the writer of the anonymous letter to you I have no knowledge. The portrait taken by mr Stewart is the property of John Quincy Adams my son, taken by his order, often repeated, for six years, from St Petersburg & paid for by his property; I have no right in it, or power over it. Most certainly it will never go from under my roof, with my consent,...
You had done me the honour of answering my letters to you, so fully, that I had supposed I should never again, perhaps, trespass on your time and attention. I am induced, however, once more, to trouble you. I this day received an anonymous letter, under no date, and bearing the Boston Post office mark. It is very well written, and appears disinterested. It is respectful, liberal, and evinces a...
I took the liberty of writing to you by Mr. Wood our distinguished portrait painter to whom I begged you would have the goodness to sit for your portrait which I am very desirous to obtain. I also beg the favour of you to furnish me with a few facts of your life— Birth, parentage, Education, profession Offices &c &c. Not knowing where my letters may find Mr. Wood, I take the liberty of...
I received your last obliging letter, & thank you most sincerely for the information it contains. I beg leave at the same time to tender my acknowledgments for the kind & prompt manner with which you have answered my several letters.— The Revd. Dr. Morse informs me that his son’s portrait of you for me, is acknowledged to be the best likeness ever taken of you. I am very happy to hear it. I...
I have taken the liberty of writing to you several times lately, & have not been favoured with a reply.— I am desirous to place your portrait & a biographical sketch of your life in the second half volume of my work, & shall do so if it is possible to get an approved portrait of you. M r Wood one of the most extraordinary portrait painters of the present day has been sent by me to Washington...
Before the receipt of your letter of Jan. 27. I had received those of Dec. 20. & Jan. 14. which remained unacknoleged. this I am certain you will pardon when I assure you that I pass from four to six hours of every day of my life at the writing table, answering letters in nine tenths of which neither my interests nor inclinations are engaged. this mass of labor obliges me to marshall marshal...
Although I caused a Copy of your portrait to be taken for the purpose of having an engraving taken from it, yet, as it has not been executed, and as Mr. Wood our distinguished portrait painter goes to Washington to paint your portrait for me, I think it will serve my work better to have one of you at this age & from the life too, than a mere copy & from a picture painted many years ago. Have...
I have taken the liberty twice lately of addressing you, and have not been favoured with a reply.— If M r Wood cannot conveniently visit you for the purpose of painting your portrait, I shall request him to make me a copy of your picture in the possession of M r Madison . If, unfortunately this portrait is at M r Madison s’ country seat, I know not what I shall do. I want much to hear from you...
You request a Service of Some difficulty, and more delicacy. The Number of Revolutionary Patriots in Massachusetts Patriots of the Revolution was not Small; and all have left Posterity and Connections to dispute with me. But if you demand my Opinion upon honour, I will give it, as it lies in my present Recollection. Samuel Adams, James Otis Junior, Major Hawley of North Hampton, Major General...
His Excellency Samuel Adams late Governor of Massachusetts was born in Boston in 1722. His first Education was in the celebrated public Latin School in that City where he was prepared for the University at Cambridge to which he was admitted in 1736. He received his degree of Batchellor of Arts in 1740 and his Degree of Master of Arts in 1743. After his first degree, he entered the store of...