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I have just arrived at this place from Paris, & hasten to avail myself of an opportunity (which this Moment offers itself) of sending on four Packets which were instrusted [ sic ] to me by Mr Levingston, for you. I also send one for the President from some Gentleman in Paris. These Packets will go to New York in the Ship Orlando, now waiting below for her Papers which will be sent on to Night....
The Letter which I had the Honor of addressing to you from Nantes, will have informed you of my going to Paris, & of the reasons which induce’d me to do so. As this Journey was undertaken with the advice of Mr Levingston, I hope, you will not think, I have done wrong in deviating from my most direct route to Madrid. Disappointed in the Hope of finding Mr Pinckney in Paris, I waited there,...
Some time since I had the Honor of addressing you, to return my thanks for the Kentucky Papers which you had the Goodness to send me; and also to express my mortification for having troubled you with a request concerning pecuniary matters on which the Law had not given you power to decide. Since then I have not taken the Liberty to write to you; but as Mr Codman offers to me a safe conveyance...
It is with Regret I call your attention to an affair which concerns myself as an Individual; but the Circumstances which I am about to mention will I hope plead my Apology for doing so. When Mr Pinckney had presented me to His Catholic Majesty as Chargé des affaires of the United States and was himself about to depart for Italy, I asked him to give me a credit with his Banker, for my Salary...
I have the honor to inform you, that the Court left Barcelona on the 8th. Inst. for Valencia, and on the same day Mr. Pinckney resumed his Journey for Italy. I accompanied him to Barcelona for the purpose of being presented as Chargé des Affaires, during his absence, in which capacity I am at present recognized. About ten days ago I returned to Madrid, and should have written you sooner, but...
The last letter which I had the honor to address to you (on the 29th ulto.) will give a general idea of the state of our affairs, at the time when it was written. Since then, some events have taken place, with which it is proper that you should be acquainted, and as I am particularly anxious to give you every useful information in my power, I have determined to send you copies of the letters I...
As the order of the Board of Health of which I have had the honor to inclose you a Copy in my Dispatch of the 29th. Decr. has been approved of, by His Catholic Majesty—it will probably occasion a great sensation in the United States, for against them, it seems to be particularly levelled. Satisfied in my own mind that our Government ought not to pass over this measure without some...
1 February 1803, Madrid. Has “this day” received JM’s 25 Oct. , 27 Nov. , and 1 Dec. letters to Pinckney. “The first was by Duplicate, for Captain Eldred has not come forward with the original. Your letter of the 1st. December, is therefore in time to answer its purpose.” As Pinckney wrote from Naples on 2 Jan. that he would arrive by mid-February, will do nothing now regarding the business in...
8 February 1803, Madrid. Acknowledged receipt on 1 Feb. of JM’s 25 Oct., 27 Nov., and 1 Dec. dispatches for Pinckney. Will meet Pinckney at Aranjuez with the dispatches, “sensible that not a moment ought to be lost” in obtaining a royal order countermanding that of the intendant of New Orleans, which he sees by the newspapers “has engaged the attention of Congress, & drawn a very solemn...
You will see from the Dispatches which go by the Gentleman who takes this Letter that this Government have at last given a possitive answer to Mr Pinckneys Representations relative to the occlusion of the Port of New Orleans. I shall rejoice if this Answer reaches you before that place passes into the hands of the French for I am convinced there is but one way left, by which we can now obtain...
A Stranger to the President & almost unknown to yourself, I fear, that I might possibly expose myself to the charges of Indelicacy & Presumption were I to state to you, the reasons why I wish to retire from my present situation; and yet to ask permission to do so, without assigning them, seems to discover a want of Manliness, & an insensibility to the Honor which has been done me. In this...
Your letter of May 10 was received during the absence of the President as well as myself from the seat of Government; and since our return the preparations for the meeting of Congress, have prevented an earlier acknowledgment of it. In communicating to you the Presidents acceptance of your resignation, I have the pleasure to inform you, that you hold the same place in his favorable opinion, as...
23 March 1804, Lisbon. “In obedience to the wishes of Mr Pinckney I remained in Madrid a few weeks after I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 17th Octr. which did not reach me until the Beginning of last month, and I now avail myself of the departure of the first vessel for the United States since my arrival here, to return you my thanks for the obliging manner in which you were...
As I have been detained in Kentucky longer than I had expected, it becomes proper me, to state to you, that so soon as the time allowed me by the President for the arrangement of my private affairs had expired, I engaged my passage to Orleans in a Boat then loading at Limestone for the Contractor, which I was told would move on more rapidly than any other from that place. By way of shortening...
Finding that Mr Coburn of this State has been very strongly recommended to the President as one of the Judges for the Territory of Orleans, & that in the Recommendations given him, no notice has been taken of his Knowledge of the French Language, I venture, at his request, to state to you, that he reads that Language with great facility—at present he does not speak it; tho he tells me he...
23 June 1805, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to inclose so many of the ‘Acts passed at the first Session of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Orleans,’ as are printed; and to say that the residue shall be forwarded, so soon as they come from the Press. “I have been induced to send on these Acts, in this form, as I understand it is the usage in the other Territories to do so; if...
§ From John Graham. 2 September 1805, New Orleans . “A White Man by the Name of Le Grand, who is from St Domingo has lately been taken up in this City and is now confined in Jail here, for having endeavoured to bring about an Insurrection of the Negroes in this and the adjoining Territories. “The details of his Plan, and of the measures persue’d by the Mayor of the City to arrest him, & to...
§ From John Graham. 8 September 1805, New Orleans . “I have now the Honor to inclose a Copy of all the Acts passed at the first Session of the Legislative Council of this Territory & shall very soon forward on a copy of those passed at their last Session.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, TP , Orleans, vol. 7). 1 p. Enclosure not found, but see n. 1. Graham doubtless enclosed a copy of Acts Passed at the...
I had the Honor to write you by the last Post to let you know that a White Man had been taken up here for endeavouring to bring about an Insurrection among the Negroes, and I have now the Honor to inclose a Copy of a Letter from the Mayor of this City, giving the best account that can be had of this Man, of his Plans, and of the Progress he had made towards their execution. The Circumstance of...
§ From John Graham. 16 September 1805, New Orleans . “I had the Honor to forward to you by the last Post a Copy of a Letter from the Mayor of this City from which you would learn all that has transpired as to the Insurrection contemplated by Le Grand, or as he calls himself Grand Jean. Present appearances justify a belief that this Man had formed no party among the Negroes. “You will probably...
§ From John Graham. 23 October 1805, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to forward to you by this mail a copy of the Official Journal of the Governor of this Territory, from the 22d. of January (the time when mr Brown left this Office) to the 1st. July [not found]. “Circumstances over which I had no controul, prevented me from transmitting this Copy sooner; but in future I will take care to comply...
§ From John Graham. 31 October 1805, New Orleans. “I had the Honor to forward to you by the last mail a copy of the official Journal of the Governor of this Territory from the 22d Jany to the 1st of July last, as it stands on Record in this office. Both the Governor & myself wish to know whether you consider this the proper kind of Journal to be kept in the Secretarys Office, under the...
After a very tedious passage I arrived here, via Mobile, on the 23d. Inst and the next morning delivered to Governor Folch the Letter with which I had been charged by Governor Claiborne & of which I beleive a Copy has been sent to you. I am sorry to say that neither this Letter, nor any representations I have been able to make to Governor Folch have induced him to suspend the execution of the...
I have the Honor of enclosing you a Duplicate of my Letter by the last Mail and a Copy of the one I wrote to Mr. Morales. The Copy of his answer cannot be got ready in time for this Mail but the Substance may be found in my Letter to him for he agrees that I was correct in my understanding of what he Said. This day week we received by a Ship in a very Short Passage from New York the Presidents...
§ From John Graham. 2 January 1806, New Orleans. “I have just a moment before the departure of the Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your Letters of the 18th & 25th of November addressed to Governor Claiborne. As they are of importance I shall forward them to him by an Express unless I hear in the course of tomorrow that he is on his return. “He may possibly determine to prevent the marquis’s...
§ From John Graham. 13 February 1806, New Orleans. “A Gentleman of this City lately handed me for perusal a manuscript copy in Spanish of a little work called the Geographical & Political Tables of Baron Humbold dated in Mexico in 1805. As I know not whether this work has ever been printed I take the Liberty of sending you a Copy of the Extracts I made under an impression that every thing...
§ From John Graham. 13 February 1806, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to inclose you a Copy of the General Orders issued by the Governor of this Territory in his Character as Commander in Chief of the Militia; and also a List of the Civil appointments made by him. “The List of the military appointments can not, the Governor tells me, be made out until the return of the Adjutant Genera⟨l,⟩ who...
§ From John Graham. 8 May 1806, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to inclose you a copy of the Register kept in this office, of the military appointments made by the Governor of the Territory. “It may be proper for me to observe, that no Return has been made to me of the Military appointments among the People of Colour—these appointments were made before the Territorial Government got into...
The President having given his permission to Governor Claiborne to be absent from the Territory of Orleans; provided nothing of a public nature to render it inconvenient should intervene, and that he should not leave it before your actual return. You will therefore be pleased to regulate your return, according to the knowledge you have of the time when the governor intends to depart for the...
Before I had the Honor to recieve your Letter of the 28th. Inst. I had written to Governor Claiborne, that I understood permission would be given him to visit the Seat of Government this winter, and begged if he wished to avail himself of this permis sion, that he would advise me accordingly, and I would immediately, on the receipt of his Letter, hasten my return to Orleans. I flatter myself...
I send you the enclosed Letters from Mr. Adams, Mr. Shaler and Mr Montgomery all of which were received by the Northern Mail today. The Secretary of State will, I think from what Mr. Coles stated, probably be here, about the time they will return from your House. I have therefore presumed that it was not necessary to have Copies made for him, and as tomorrow will be Sunday, it would not be...
I herewith enclose the instructions in pursuance of which you are to make an investigation into certain projects Said to be on foot in the western Country adverse to the Unity and the peace of the nation. I am persuaded that this trust will be executed by you in the manner expected by the President, and with the effect which public considerations require. You will feel the importance of...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 3d. Inst. this morning, and have to request that the name of the Person mentioned therein may be forwarded to me at Washington Ky. for I apprehend that I do not read it accurately. I have taken every proper occasion to make enquiries as to the state of the Public Mind on this side the mountains, and it gives me pleasure to say that the accounts I...
I hope you recieved the Letter I did myself the Honor to write you from Marietta on the 22d. Inst. as it contained a statement of some facts which I consider of At this Place they seem to know nothing of the Plans of Colo Burr and I am rather induced to think that he has not yet for him here. If he has they have made very little progress fo r all is quiet. The Reports indeed from Kentucky...
I avail myself of an express going from the War Department, to acknowledge the receipt of your several letters, as marked below, and the last of which informs me that you were at Nashville, on the 14th. Ult, on your return to New Orleans. I have the pleasure at the same time to express to you the satisfaction which you have given to the President, in the execution of the important & intricate...
Having heared on my way to this Place from Nashville that Colo. Burr had arrived at Bayou Peirre with his Party, and having seen a Copy of Letter which he wrote from that Place to Mr Mead, then acting as Governor, I pushed on as fast as I could, and arrived at Washington on the 30th. Ulto. where I found Colo. Burr. I immediately called on him and told him of the great alarm and agitation which...
I arrived here a few days ago, after a very tedious passage from Natchez. If I am permitted to form an Opinion, from what I hear, the Situation of this Country is indeed an unpleasant one. All danger, however, I hope has passed away, but it has left the People here split up into various Parties, I had almost said Factions, for so warm have they been, that a difference of Opinion is not...
I had the Honor a few days since, to receive your Letter of the 3d Feby. in which you are pleased to express to me the satisfaction I had given to the President in the Execution of the important and critical task lately committed to me. So far as Zeal and honest intentions entitle me to this Testimony of his approbation, I feel that I deserve it, for I used my utmost efforts to accomplish the...
I have the Honor to inclose a Memo. of my Expences, at the different Places where I stopped, (on my Journey to this Place) to execute the Orders you gave me, when I left the City of Washington. You will be pleased to observe that I do not introduce into this Memo. my travelling expences. these I understand from your Instructions are to fall on myself. They have perhaps bee n somewhat increased...
When I was in the City of Washington in the early part of Octr last I obtained the Presidents permission to return there this Summer on leave of absence. A day or two, however, before I set off for the Western Country I came to the conclusion of resigning my Employment in this Territory, so soon as I could do it with Honor. The Business with which you had then chargd me, and the aspect of...
I arrived here yesterday after a passage of eighteen days from New Orleans. I came in the same Vessel with Genl Wilkinson who has brought round with him, some eight or nine of Burrs Men under an expectation that they will be important Witnesses. Some of them will probably tell all they know, but I fear this will not be the case with those who know most. The General has chartered a Pilot Boat...
I arrived here yesterday after a passage of eighteen days from New Orleans. I came in the same vessel with Genl Wilkinson who has brought round with him, some eight or nine of Burrs men under an expectation that they will be important Witnesses. Some of them will probably tell all they know, but I fear this will not be the case with those who know most. The General has chartered a Pilot Boat...
I have waited until the last moment in hopes of being able to let you know by this mail who had been selected as the Jury men to try Colo: Burr. As yet all have been objected to; but Mr Barker a young Gentleman from Westmoreland Colo. Lambert of this City or County, Colo. Carrington of this City, and Mr Hugh Mercer of Fredericksburg, almost all the others have declared themselves under a...
It was not until the day before yesterday that I had the pleasure to receive your Letter of the 8th Inst. After I did receive it, I lost no time in directing that your News Papers, (the Enquirer and the Argus) should be sent to Orange Court House. I declined availing myself of your very obliging offer of the perusal of them, least I might some times be the cause of detaining them. Your account...
Today Judge Marshall delivered a very laboured and elaborate opinion on the points brought into discussion by the Motion made by Mr Burr about ten days ago. This opinion will put an end to the Trials for Treason here, for it goes completely to support the Motion I can not enter into any detail of his arguments for I did not hear him distinctly, and if I had, I could not have followed his...
I have the Honor to forward to you Dispatches from our Minister at London, as also from our Minister at Paris, all of which were received at this office yesterday. So much of the latter as was in our Cypher, I have decyphered and submitted the whole to the Heads of Departments. You will find in Genl Armstrongs Packet a Letter written in a Cypher to which we have no Key I beleive in the office,...
I had the Honor of writing you a few lines by the Post Rider who left this on Tuesday last for Orange Court House, and to send you the Dispatches which had just then been received from Mr. Pinkney and Genl. Armstrong together with several Letters from other Persons of which I enclosed a List. Among the Letters which accompany this you will find two from Genl. Turreau. One of these you gave me...
I have the Honor to forward you by this Mail the Letters mentioned in the inclosed List. You will observe from a Note of Mr. Gallatins, that he declined giving any answer to the application made by Mr Rademaker and I am advised by Mr Smith to send Mr Rs. Letter to you. As yet I do not learn that a vessel has been chartered to take out Mr Hill, so that the probability is, no time will be lost...
In my Letter of yesterday, which went by the way of Fredericksburg, I mentioned that Mr. Gallatin had declined giving any opinion as to the propriety of permitting the Secretary of Mr. Rademaker to go out to Rio Janeiro in the vessel Chartered to take Mr. Hill there. I therefore sent the Letter of Mr. R. asking this permission to you. From the inclosed Note you will see there is yet time for...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 15th. this Morning and am very sorry to hear that your Journey was retarded by causes so unpleasant I was fearful however, that it would be the case, for we had very bad weather here while you were on the Road, not only wet but very Cold. The Passport for the Leonidas has come in good time for she has her Cargo on board at last, and will drop down...