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3 August 1809, Willtown, South Carolina. Written by “a Sittezan of South Carolina … placed in a State of common Mediocraty,” who has invented a bridge which “may be distroyed whilest an Ennemy is passing, and the opperator … may be at the Distance of from one to four miles from the scene of action,” at a cost that “would not Exceed $50.” The bridge can be erected “in Ten or 20 minuets, and if...
The inclosed Papers from Governor Claiborne were sent to the Secretary of State who returned them yesterday, with a request that the Letter of the 29th July and its inclosures might be sent to you. I have thought that it would not be amiss to send that of the 30th also. With Sentiments of the most Respectful Attachment I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Humble Servant RC ( DLC ). Claiborne’s 29...
Mr Jones of the Treasury informed me yesterday that Mr Gallatin wished me to send to you or to himself, copies of the Letters written to Mr Pinkney in the beginning of Decr 1808, enclosing Mr Campbell Report on our foreign Relations, and also a copy of Mr Pinkneys Letter giving an account of his Interview with Canning between the 10th & 23d Jany 1809. In compliance with this wish, I have now...
I have recd. yours accompanied by the Resolution of M. T. recommending 10 persons &ca. with Poindexters seclection [ sic ]. As I presume there is no blank commission signed for such a case, I must ask you to forward one without delay; and you will oblige me further, by any lights you can throw on the characters in question. I am a stranger to all of them. Should there be a blank Commission in...
I have been honored with your Letter of the 29th of last Month. I regret very much that I have it not in my power to throw some light on the characters of the Gentlemen who are placed in nomination before you for the Legislative Council of the Mississippi Territory. Mr Shields is the only one of them of whom I have any recollection and with him my acquaintance was very slight. He is a young...
I now return you the Copy of Clarke agst. Wilkinson, with my thanks for your attention in forwarding it. I have not had time to do more than to turn over a few casual pages; but having just recd. another Copy, it is unnecessary to detain that belonging to the office. I return also the letters recd. by yesterday’s mail. Would it not be proper to let Mr. Rodney have the contents of that from...
The arrival of the Mail has just brought me yours of the 1st. inst: and with it the inclosed letters from Govr. Holmes. You will observe that he concurs with Mr. P. in three of the Selections; and that the two names on which he differs, stand first in the legislative nomination. I have signed the Commission, leaving the blanks to be filled; according to the Govrs. recommendation; substituting...
I have the honor to inclose a Letter from Mr Daschkoff and an Exequatur made out in compliance with it. It is said that Mr Jackson has arrived at Annapolis. Mr Erskine got here this Morning, and Mr Smith this moment alighted from the Stage. With perfect Respect & Esteem I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Most Obt Sert RC ( DLC ). André de Daschkoff to Robert Smith, 29 Aug. 1809 ( DNA : RG 59,...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 2d Inst. I shall, as it appears to be your wish, send Judge Spriggs Letter to Mr Rodney. Mr Gallatin has seen Mr Grymes Letter; but does not consider it necessary to remodel his Instructions to the Collectors: The Secretary of State will I beleive write to Mr Grymes to recover Costs in all Cases where it can yet be done, from the owners of the...
I was very much surprised this Morning when Mr Smith told me you had not received Genl. Turreau’s Letters—relating to a Vessel which is building at Baltimore, as he says “for the revolted Blacks of St Domingo”—for I was fully persuaded that I put them under Cover to you with the Laws of the last Session which you wrote for. I yet hope that this will turn out to be the case, for I cannot find...
I drop you this merely to intimate my purpose of setting out for Washington on friday next and to request that nothing may be forwarded after Wednesday next. Letters &c. put into the mail on that day will get to hand in time, as I shall be at home after the hour at which the Rider arrives. You will have noticed the return of the letter of Turreau, supposed to have been omitted at the office of...
The writer of the inclosed letter, sent ⟨me⟩ a long time ago, a most voluminous manuscript in French on the subject of F. & English grammer, with a wish that I might approve & patronize its publication. Having neither time nor competency to decide on the merits of the work, it was examined by a Critical judge on such subjects; who discouraged the experiment of printing it, tho’ he did justice...
I am requested by Mr Smith to forward to you the inclosed Papers which I have this Moment received from him. He also desires me to say that he accompanies Mrs Smith to Bath, and will be there on Sunday next. The Memoire of Moreau de Lislet is not in this Dept. I wrote to Mr Rodney for it so far back as the 10th June—at the request of Mr Jefferson and as I have not heared from him in reply, I...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 26th Ult: and immediately called on Mr Bradley, who promised to direct that the Letter for Mr Haumont should be sent on to Savanna. Of the inclosed communications from Governor Holmes and Mr Robertson, we have taken Copies for the Secretary of State as the Mail goes to Bath on Tuesday. I beg to be presented to Mrs Madison and to assure you of the...
I have the Honor to forward to you some English News Papers received at this office on Saturday. They were directed to the Secretary of State by Mr. Pinkney, and forwarded from New York by Mr Erwing. We received no Letter either from Mr Pinkney or Mr Erwing. It is stated however, in the News Papers that the latter is coming on from New York with Dispatches. There are private Letters in Town...
Yesterdays Mail brought on the Dispatches from Mr Pinkney which had been entrusted to Mr Erwing. They were forwar[d]ed by the latter from Phia. The inclosed is a Copy of the last and only important Letter from Mr Pinkney. From his other communications it appeared, so well as I can recollect (from the very hasty perusal I gave them, before they were put up for the Bath Mail which closed...
I have just recd. your favor of the 8th. with the copy of Mr. P.’s letter of June 13th. The same mail brings me a letter from Mr. Erving, in which he says he should be in Washington in a few days. Having not time to write to him, be so good as to tell him, that if it should be within the scope of his arrangements, not to be stationary, I shall be happy to find his movements take this...
Letter not found. 12 August 1810. Acknowledged in Graham to JM, 15 Aug. 1810 . Forwards a letter from Mr. Balch [not found] and asks Graham to consult with Mr. Jones.
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 10th Inst. yesterday. Th[…] Mr Erwing was with us; but he went on to Alexandria in the afternoon, where he intended to take a Carriage for the purpose of going to Montpelier. He took with him the Letter he had for you, expecting to be at your House nearly as soon as the Mail which lea⟨v⟩es this today. I return agreeably to your directions the Copy...
I am much mortified that my Letter of the 13th Inst: and more particularly, that the Papers which were under cover with it did not go on by the Mail of that day. I had sent to the Post office to let them know that we were preparing Despatches for you and the Governor of the Mississippi Territory and to enquire when the Mail would close. I expected that they would of course detain the Mail if...
Letter not found. 16 August 1810. Acknowledged in Graham to JM, 20 Aug. 1810 . Requests a paper from the Paris files of the Department of State.
I had the Honor yesterday to receive your Letter of the 16th. and have this Morning been unsuccessfully employed in looking over Mr Bowdoin’s, Genl Armstrong’s, and Mr Skipwiths file, for the Paper a Copy of which you want. I shall renew the search tomorrow. We have no Parisian file in the office and as neither Mr Brent nor myself have any recollection of this Paper I have thought that you may...
Mr. Gelston declines the service, & Mr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, now in N. York will undertake it; but, to guard agst. contingencies, the documents may leave a blank for the name, to be filled by Mr. Gallatin, to whom they may be inclosed. The alterations wished in the new form are noted. The blanks for Peru & Chili are to be filled with the ports of consequence, nearest the seats of Govt. If...
I had the Honor to write to you the day before yesterday to say that I had not been able to find the Paper transmitted from Paris previous to the Departure of Mr Bowdoin from that Place, a Copy of which you directed to be sent to you. I have continued the search thro: the files of Mr Bowdoin, Genl Armstrong, Mr Skipwith & Mr Barnet; but have not been so fortunate as to find any traces of this...
Your favor of the 20th. has come duly to hand. I well recollect the rect. of the paper you were searching for, and can not but think that it is somewhere in the office. It would seem, that Barnet either had not recd. the order of Skipwith to deliver the Books, or had disobeyed it. The retention of them is so palpably improper, that it justifies the suspicions entertained of some improper view...
The inclosed are Copies of Letters from Governor Holmes and Mr Robinson relative to the affairs of West Florida. The originals were sent to the Secretary of State. We yesterday recieved from Mrs Skipwith two large Books entitled “Official Register” commencing in 1797 and ending in 1808. These are I presume the Books about which Genl Armstrong and Mr Barnet have written to this Dept. With the...
I received this Morning the Letter you did me the Honor to write to me on the 24th Int. I shall attend to the instructions it contains some of them are already acted on. Freemans commission (for which Mr Pleasonton had a Blank[)] is sent to the Treasury—from whence, I presume it will go to him with his Instructions. I inclose a Copy of a Letter received yesterday from Mr Shaler and am with...
I had the Honor by the last Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 24th. Inst. and to inform you that a Commission for Mr Freeman as Surveyor of the Public Lands South of Tennessee had been sent to the Treasury. The Papers for Mr Poinset have been made out agreeably to your direction and sent to the Secy of State who is now at Baltimore for his Signature. Mr P. will get to...
Letter not found. 30 August 1810. Acknowledged in Graham to JM, 3 Sept. 1810 . Asks Graham to examine the registers delivered to the State Department by Mrs. Skipwith to see whether they contain the papers JM had requested earlier. Also inquires about the delegation of executive powers under the law of June 1794.
I received this Morning the Letter which you did me the Honor to write to me on the 30th Ult. and shall before next Mail look thro: the Registers left here by Mrs Skipwith for the purpose of ascertaining whether they contain any entries or Copies corresponding to the Papers you have asked for. Our Records do not shew that any delegated Power has been given by the President under the Law of...
Agreeably to your request I have looked thro: the Registers sent here from Paris and do not find that they contain any thing in relation to the Paper you want. They are a strange compound of Public & Private Papers—tho their general Character is I think decidedly official. I understood from Mr Skipwith when he was here, that he had directed them to be sent to the Dept of State 1st Because he...
I have the Honor to send you inclosed the proceeds of your Check in my favor—in such notes as you requested that is to say— 6 of 50 = 300. 10 – 20 = 200 10 – 10 = 100— 600 in all. The Eastern end of the City is represented to be sickly; but the West end and George Town are not at all so. On Saturday we received from Mr Pinkney a Packet of News Papers; but no Letters. The News Papers you will...
I have the Honor to forward to you by this Mail a copy of a Letter received yesterday from Mr Robertson, and also copies of a letter from Mr Pinkney and its inclosures. The originals have all been sent to the Secretary of State. I retained for you the Quarterly Review and Cobbets Register, which came with Mr Pinkneys Letter. You will receive them by the Mail which takes this. I was very happy...
J Graham has the Honor to inform the President that a Letter has this Moment been received from Mr Pinkney dated 31st July—to say that the Bills in favor of Brown for £8,400 Stg had been paid. The Baring’s have received the Money on account of the UStates. Mr P. gives no news of any kind. Mr Maury writes under date 10th Augt that American Produce was very abundant at Liverpool and falling in...
J Graham has the Honor, by direction of the Secretary of State, to forward to the President the inclosed Letter from General Armstrong and to inform him that it is the same which he lately sent to this Department unopened. RC ( DLC ). Graham probably forwarded the original of Armstrong’s 5 May 1810 dispatch to Robert Smith ( DNA : RG 59, DD , France). A duplicate had reached Washington in...
The Packet for the Secretary ⟨o⟩f State containing the Letters which I supposed you would wish to read, is left open—and put under Cover to you. I have supposed that this would be the most convenient arrangment. Should you prefer any other you will be pleased to let me know. Mr Barlow left us yesterday intending to Lodge at Marlbro: and to get to Annapolis early today. We have furnished him...
The Letter which you did me the Honor to write to me on the 10th Inst. I received yesterday, together with those which it covered. I have now the pleasure to return Mr. Adams’s (Letter) de cyphered: with the other I can as yet do nothing. I will make an effort before the departure of your next Mail to find out generally its objects; but I am by no means confident that I shall be able to do...
Not being able to hear of any one here who understood the Portuguese Language—I have endeavoured myself to find out what was the object of the writer of the Letter you sent me. It seems to be to induce you to enter into an alliance with England against France: and to propose to all the Nations “of Asia, Africa, Europe and America” to make common cause against her—to forbid all commerce or...
Letter not found. 31 August 1811. Acknowledged in Graham to JM, 3 Sept. 1811 . Transmits a memorandum of purchases to be made and forwarded by Mr. Barry.
Mr Hamilton arrived last Night with the Despatches by the “John Adams.” By the advice of his Father I have decided that he should go on with them to you—thinking it probable that you might wish to make some enquiries of him on subjects not touched on in the Letters. It was my intention not to have opened any of the Despatches but I thought it right to inform the Heads of Departments who were...
I should have answered by the last Mail, the Letter you did me the Honor to write me, expressing a hope that my Health was returning; had I not been so sick on the day of its departure that I could not sit up. In consequence of a powerful dose of medicine, I am some what better, and have begun again to take Bark tho: I very much doubt whether my Stomach is properly prepared for it. The City is...
Letter not found. 16 September 1811. Acknowledged in Graham to JM, 18 Sept. 1811 . Forwards a check for $1,200 and requests Graham to send him the same amount in Virginia banknotes.
Finding myself better today than I have been since I was last taken sick I rode to the Office this Morning and found on my Desk the Letter you did me the Honor to write to me on the 16th. I immediately sent to the Bank and have been enabled to get Virginia Notes for the amount of the Check excepting $100 which is sent in a note of the Bank of Columbia. I was some what at a loss whether you...
I had the Honor by the last Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 16th Inst. covering a Check for $1200—and requesting that I would remit you the amount in Virginia Notes one half by the last Mail and one half by this. In compliance with this request I had the Honor to send you by the last Mail (18th Inst) $200 in notes of the B of Virginia that were not cut, and the one half...
Mr Baker called this morng and left the enclosed memo. His intention is to send off his Messenger this Eveng unless Mr Monroe should wish to write in which case he will detain him until tomorrow. I doubt from what he says whether the British vessels now in our Ports will consider themselves as under any obligation to refrain from capturing our vessels after they get to Sea. Mr B intimates that...
In corroboration of what is stated in this Letter, it may not be improper to remark to the President that a Gentleman who was recently in this City from Caracas (Mr Picornell) stated to Mr Thos Brent that Mr Scott was held in some measure as a Prisoner and not permitted to carry on any corresp[ond]ence. This if true, accounts for the circumstance of no Letter having been received from him. I...
The inclosed Paper was put into my hands yesterday by a Friend who called my attention to the Letter from Genl Turreau which it contains. There were parts of this Letter which did not appear new to me. I have examined our files and do not find such a Letter upon them. I have therefore supposed that this is probably a translation of the Letter from Genl Turreau which was returned to him on...
I have recd. your favor of the 26th. I can not recollect off-hand, very much about the letter from Turreau to R. Smith, of which a Translation is printed in Georgetow⟨n⟩. My general impression is that it was considered at the time as highly exceptionable in several passages; that it was noticed that T. by a ruse diplomatique, which distinguished between the existing & preceding...
Altho you will doubtless receive from the Secretary of the Navy intelligence of the Glorious victory gained by our Fleet on Lake Erie yet I cannot deny myself the pleasure of sending the inclosed Paper as it affords me an opportunity of offering my Congratulations on an event so honorable to our arms and so important to our future movements in that quarter. I do not write to the Secretary of...
As the inclosed Letters from Mr Adams and Mr Beasley are some what interesting I do myself the Honor to put them under cover to you thinking that it will not be inconvenient to you to forward them to the Secretary of State who is, as I learn by a late Letter from him, yet at his Seat in Virginia. I also forward to you by this Mail a number of English news Papers which were received yesterday...