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§ 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...
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 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....
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...
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...
Mr Monroe has, I presume, informed you that he had returned into the Country. He was not well when he was here, and as there was little probability of his being able to do any thing immediately with Mr Bagot either in relation to the Fisheries or the Naval Armaments on the Lakes he thought it unnecessary to remain. He had several conversations with Mr Bagot on the latter subject, and thought...
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 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...
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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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 return the papers sent with yours of the 29th: except the letter from E. Lewis, which goes to the Treasy. Dept. If Mr. B. has no more power than to receive proposals, I sd. have supposed his object in an interview wd. have been simply to ask for them, with an assurance of the General disposition of his Govts. to receive them favorably, and that the uncertainty or misconception occasioned by...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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...
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,...
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...
You will find inclosed a Letter from Mr. Short to me, relating to his Servant, and also one from him to you expressing a Wish that it should be left optional with him to direct the Vessel in which he is to sail, to proceed either to Havre or L’Orient as the circumstances under which she may make the Coast of Europe may render the one or the other most convenient. In consequence of these...
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,...
As Mr. Monroe has not yet returned from Loudoun, and may not be here today as it is raining, I have thought that I should do right in sending you the enclosed Copy of a Letter received from Mr. Bagot, since Mr. Monroe left this, as he will doubtless wish to know your opinion upon the subject to which it relates before he answers it. I also send some Papers in Spanish which have been given to...
As the Secretary of State set off yesterday for Loudoun just before the arrival of Mr. Murray with important dispatches from Mr. Shaler, I have had these Dispatches copied and have now the Honor to send you the Copies. The Secty will return on Tuesday so that he will be here in time to receive your Instructions relative to the unpleasant occurrences at algiers. You will also receive by this...
I received the enclosed Letter, from Mr. Monroe this Morning. He directed that it should be shewn to Mr. G. Graham in the War Dept. and then transmitted to you. Mr. Coles left this for Boston this Morning. I have reason to think the Vessel which is to take him to Europe, will not be ready sail when he gets to Boston. I received yesterday from Mr. Gelston the Letter from the Dey of Algiers,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 23d. Inst. today and shall attend to the instructions it gives. Among the Papers inclosed you will find three Letters addressed to the Secretary of the Treasury, & sent to you for your Signature. One of them you will observe is written partly with a pencil as we were not certain as to the fund out of which the Money ought to come. These are 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...