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Eighty two years old, my memory gone, my mind close following it 5. months confined to the house by a painful complaint, which, permitting my neither to walk nor to sit, obliges me to be constantly reclined, and to write in that posture, when I write at all, you, as my friend would not propose or permit me to take up such a case as is the subject of mr Cau st en’s letter, commencing with the...
The present will be forwarded by M r Caustin, the general Agent for the sufferers by depredation Committed by the French prior to the year 1800—He has Collected a Mass of testimony all going to Confirm the Opinion I had always had. That the Government had bartered the fair Claims of the Merchants against the Guarantee of the W. Indian Islands. and was bound in Common honesty to pay the losses...
I duly received your favor of the 24 th ult, but I am rendered a slow correspondent by the loss of the use, totally of the one, and almost totally of the other wrist, which renders writing scarcely and painfully practicable. I learn with great satisfaction that wholesome economies have been found, sufficient to relieve us from the ruinous necessity of adding annually to our debt by new loans....
All history tells us that the minister who attempted to reduce the public burthens, by the dismissal of useless Officers; by the reductions of pensions improperly granted; by the destruction of sinecure Offices; in time by Reform however salutary has been disgraced and a man with more liberal Ideas (as the Blood turned) is brought in. Your Administration is an exception to this general Rule....
you will have from the late mininstrations to South America and Spain—The opinion of the Senate was—that those to Buenos Ayres, Chili and Peru, ought to have been deferred until they had sent their ministers. that ample time has been given them, and their not having accepted the invitation given by our recognition was an indication that a diplomatic intercourse was not desired by them, but it...
Your favor of June 16. is recieved, altho’ I have almost universally declined embarrassing the government with sollicitations of mine on behalf of either persons or subjects, yet no rule of that kind shall stand in the way of rendering you any service I can. I will only request (in order to avoid an useless sollicitation) that you will be so good as to drop me a line in the case of Gen l...
I had the pleasure to recieve your kind letter of the 10 th Ins t yesterday—M r George Hill is personally known to me. he is a good Democrat, of fair Character, and respectable. he is however One of those would be Politicians. to whom I would exercise your Answer to be in the general and referring to the Enquirer. he might wish by publishing to shew a correspondence with you, he is a political...
I am to thank you for your favor of May 24. covering the reply of the Native Virginian born in Pensylvania, which I had not otherwise had notice of. he therein, I observe, confines himself to the charge of a double reciept of the money by me. I send to the Enquirer this day what will pulverise his proofs of that charge, and close my notice of him. I recieved two letters from Baltimore signed...
The Federal Republican Continues to wage War against you, and takes advantage because you have not explained the nature of your private account with m Grand, and with the credit given by you in your accounts, thus. “By Cash recieved from m Grand for Bill ”—your explanation is full and complete as to the United States having no right to retain the money—but I was just now stopt in the street by...
In Publick life those to whom we render the greatest service are little sensible of it. Those rendered to Col o Monroe the greatest service that could have been rendered to a President of the U.S. I have brought the Publick expenditures within the receipts for which I ought to have his thanks, instead of the hostility I fear he is certain to render me. In 1819–20 I was Chosen to be Chairman of...