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I have intended for some time, to write and explain to you, the arrangment I have made for my future residence, and respecting my private affairs, with a view to my comfort, so far as I may expect it, but it has been painful to me to [ ] it. My ill state of health continuing, consisting of a cough which annoys me by night & day with considerable expectoration, considering my advanc’d years,...
I came here in consequence of the very affecting events which have lately befall’n me, to unite the whole family together, for the consolation of all. I indulged also a hope, that by change of scene, and the exercise, my health would be improved. My family think that it has in some degree, but I am little sensible of it. The unfavorable weather, by confining me to the house, has deprived me,...
Young Mr Watson who has been with us, since the vacation, and will call on you on his return home, will give you information of the state of my health, & of that of my family. We hope that yours is perfectly restored, from a slight attack, which he informs us you suffered, at the University, & that Mrs. Madison enjoys good health. I have received a letter from Mr Sparks since I last wrote to...
Being very anxious to join and proceed with you to the University, to perform our duties there, I have delayed answering your letter of May the 18th, in the hope that my health would be so far restored, as to enable me to do it. In this I have been disappointed. I am still too weak, to sustain such an exertion. I am, and have been free from fever, since my return from Richmond, and I take...
I have recd. yours of the 30th Jany. communicating the decision of Mr Lomax, to accept the office of Judge in the Genl. Ct, & proposing to retain the professorship in the University, with liberty to perform the duties of the other trust, till the end of the current session. I entirely concur with you, in the sentiment which you have expressed, which is to comply with his proposal. RC ( MHi :...
I was happy to hear by Paul last night, that you had arrived with Mrs Madison, and that your health had been improved by the journey, as I think that mine has. Col: Mercer was with me last night, and suggested some ideas in relation to you, which I wish to communicate to you, for consideration, before you see him, as he will probably call on you this morning. He proposes, at the instance of...
I am anxious to know the state of your health, & whether it is such, as will enable you to attend the convention. I most earnestly hope that you will be able to attend it, for if I go, I shall be much gratified to meet you there, and whether I do or not, I am satisfied that your presence, altho you might take no part, in the discussion, would have a very useful effect. My health since, we...
We heard with great regret of your serious indisposition, but were relieved from anxiety, by a letter, some time since, from Mr. Taliaferro, which assured us, that you had nearly recovered, to perfect health. I have been much afflicted by repeated attacks, since we parted last, & by a recent one, which is the third, but am now so far restored, as to entertain a hope, that I shall be able to...
Since the receipt of your last letter, application has been made to me, from citizens at Leesburg to know if I would act in the convention if elected, stating certain data, to which they were attached, with an intimation that they concluded that I was so likewise. I answered that altho’ there were many considerations, to induce me to remain at home, that I nevertheless, would act, if elected,...
I am just recovering, from a very severe attack of cold & fever, by which I have been confin’d to my room, & until a few days past to my bed nearly three weeks. The fever has left me, but I am very weak, & able to sit up, a portion of the day only. This is the second, since we parted, under which I have suffered. The first proceeded from a fall, from my horse, who fell with me, & in rising,...
Mr Elliott Cresson a very respectable citizen of Philadelphia, with whom I became acquainted there, this sumr, has requested me to give him an introduction to you, which I do with pleasure. He has travelled much in foreign countries, & has acquired much information on interesting subjects, and enjoys the reputation of, & is I think, a worthy man. RC (DLC) .
On my return home, which I did, on the day contemplated when we parted, I had the satisfaction to find my daughter & Mr Hay in good health, & to receive letters from Mr Gouverneur advising me, that Mrs Monroe’s health, had improved, & was improving. I hope that you & Mrs Madison have been equally fortunate. I was so much overcome by the heat, & fatigue of the journey in consequence of it, that...
I received yours of the 3d. instt, a few days after our arrival here, and shall profit of the information you have given me, that the meeting of the Visitors takes place, on the 10th. & not the 15th. of next month, at the University, as I had supposed. It is my intention to depart hence, for Loudon, in time to enable me, to make arrangements for the harvest, & other concerns there, & to reach...
I inclose to you two letters, one from Mr Tracie, soliciting the professorship held by Mr Long, when he retires from it, & the other from Mr Du Ponceau, in support of his application, and likewise a third, to the same effect, from Mr Peters, a son of Judge Peters, which last is rather of a private nature, but which I submit to your view. With the characters of Mr Du Ponceau, & Mr Peters, you...
I had the pleasure to receive yours of the 20th. by yesday’s mail. The letter from the governor, communicating our reappointment as Visitors of the University, and requiring a meeting of the board on the first Monday in next month, I had receiv’d, as I had one, from Mr Cabell, apprizing me, that it was a mere measure of form, in complyance with the law, & there would be no necessity for the...
Another mail has arrived, since my last to you, without bringing me any letter from Judge Brooke. I infer, that you have experienc’d the same result. It is impossible therefore, to form any just estimate, of the time, when we shall receive the promised official communication. I am inform’d, by some, in whom I have perfect confidence, that the impression is daily gaining strength, that we mean...
Yours of the 5th. has been receiv’d, in which you intimate the expectation of receiving by the mail of that day, a letter from Judge Brooke. I indulged a hope of receiving one, from him, about that time, containing the official notification of our nomination, but instead thereof, I recd. a private one, apprizing me of his arrival in Richmond, and that he should write me, the official note, as...
I have just receiv’d yours of the 23.d., and by the same mail, a second, from Judge Brooke, the purport of which I hasten to communicate to you. He is aware, as I infer, from the communications which were made to the members of the convention, by Col: Mercer, & likewise, on your part, by Mr Cabell, that we will not act, as Electors, nor remain on the ticket, and has assur’d me, in the letter...
I presume you have heard, that both of us, are plac’d on the electoral ticket, by the convention, lately assembled at Richmond. I have receivd a letter from Col: Mercer apprizing me, of it, and also a private letter, from Judge Brooke, to the same effect: In complyance, with your suggestion, I wrote, shortly after the receipt of your letter, to Col: Mercer, & intimated your desire, not to be...
I have yours of Decr. 2d. with the papers enclosed, relating to the application of Mr J. B. Harrison, to obtain the appointment held by Mr. Long, in the University, to take effect at the time, the latter withdraws from it. The recommendations in his favor, being satisfactory, I immediately apprized Mr. Johnson of it, that he might, on a view of the decision, of the other members, communicate...
I enclose you a copy of the letter to Genl. Jackson, of the 21st of octr. 1814. requested in your last of the 16th ulto. The papers mentiond in that letter were recd— I send you one from Mr Ingersoll, relating to your late communication, of your views, respecting the power of the Genl. govt. to encourage domestic manufactures, in reply to which, I assurd him, that I fully concurrd in the...
I have this moment recd. yours of the 29th. ulto., with the copies of mine to judge White, which I had forwarded for your perusal. I shall take good care of them. Suspecting that there had been some unfair practice, in regard to the order from Genl. Armstrong, or rather his sanction to take Pensacola, to Genl. Jackson, I requested Mr. Ringgold to procure me a copy of the letter of the 18th. of...
I have yours of the 22d. ulto., communicating the purport of a letter to you, from H. Lee, at Nashville, of Augt. 24. with an extract from him, of a letter to him from Genl. Armstrong, respecting his provisional order to Genl. Jackson, of July 18. 1814., to take possession of Pensacola, on certain conditions, as to the presum’d cause, of the delay, in the transmission of that letter, and the...
I have recd. yours of the 24th ulto., with a copy of one from Mr Long, communicating his appointment to a professorship, in the university of London, & expressing his desire to withdraw, from that, which he holds, in the university of Virga., in July 1828., instead of remaining there, until July 1829. I respect highly the qualifications of Mr Long, for the station which he holds, the duties of...
I lately receiv’d the inclosed, from a gentleman residing in Bladensburg, who applies, for the professorship, held by Mr Long, in case he should accept that, wh. it is reported, has been offered to him, in the University of London. I have inform’d him, in reply to his letter, that I did not know, that the offer had been made to Mr Long, or if made, that he would accept it, but that I should...
The bearer—Mr R. Bayly, a youth of this county, & son of a near neighbour & friend, has requested of me, an introduction to you, which I readily afford, considering him entitled to it, by his correct deportment, and merit. He has been a year, under direction of Captn. Partridge, & has left him, with very strong testimonials in his favor. He intends to make a visit to the University, to make...
I have receivd your letter of the 18th. communicating a project of Mr Johnson, for carrying into effect the act of the last Session of assembly, authorising the Visitors, to borrow a certain sum of money, for the use of the University, with a proposition from Mr Randolph to make the loan desird, as the Trustee, & in behalf of Mrs Randolph. It appears to me, that Mr Randolph accedes...
I have recevd yours of the 19th. ulto., with a circular to the visitors, announcing the decision of Mr Shay, to withdraw from the University, with a request that his resignation may take effect, on the middle of august, to afford him the opportunity of being present, at the examination, of the Students, & to lessen his expenses, in returning to England, by the correspondence of the period,...
Since my last the fever has left me, and the cold diminished, so that I hope in a few days, to be able to leave my chamber, & be restord to good health. Your remark is perfectly just, as to the impropriety, of our giving opinions, on the subject submitted to us, by Mr Caustin, for public use, or any use whatever. We did our duty, each of us, in regard to those claims, in the stations we have...
I receiv’d lately your letter of the 9th. & intended to have answer’d it, by the mail of tomorrow, but have been very severely attack’d to day with a cold, & some fever, but which has abated since 4 o clock. I will write you by the next mail, should my health permit it. On my return, the Sunday after I left you, I found Mrs Monroe much indisposed, and altho her health, has much improved of...
I have faild in the sale of my lands in this county, or of any part thereof, and in consequence, being informd that there were several persons desirous of purchasing, tho’ not willing to give the price I asked, I have advertised both tracts for sale, to the highest bidder, on the 18th & 20th of the next month. My hope is to produce thereby a competition among them, and a result, satisfactory...
Mr Wheaton sent to me a packet for you which will accompany this, in the expectation that I might have a private conveyance, which he preferrd, but none offering, & the mail being perfectly secure, I forward it, by it rather than detain it for an indefinite term. I have been detaind here longer than I expected or wishd to have been, by the ill health of Mrs Monroe, & unsettled state of the...
Permit me to present to your acquaintance Mr Owen, who proposes to make a visit to you & Mr Jefferson. Of his character for benevolence & useful improv’ments I need say nothing to you. With sincere regard dear Sir yours RC ( DLC ).
Mr. Gardner who will have the pleasure to present you this, has through his friend here, for whom I have great respect requested an introduction from me to you which I give him with great pleasure. He is from Long Island in the State of New York, & of the best connections there, & a very respectable young man, of his age. Your attention to him will much oblige me—with sincere regard dear Sir...
I send you herewith a more correct copy of the message, than that which I lately forwarded, & to which I add, a copy of the documents, relating to the negotiations with the British govt., for the suppression of the slave trade. You may recollect that one of the items in my acct. for compensation in my last mission to Europe, the 8th., involving the expenses incurr’d in England after my return...
Mr Ticknor & mr Webster, both of whom are well known personally to you, intending to make a visit to Virga., & to pay their respects to you and Mr. Jefferson, I have only to express my hope, that, in other quarters, they may receive the attention, which both of you, will shew them. They intend also to visit the University, in which you will be so kind, as to afford them, every facility they...
Col: Sullivan having intimated to me his intention to visit our University, and other parts of Virga., with his Lady, and to call on you and Mrs. Madison, I have taken the liberty to give them this introduction to your acquaintance. He is the son of the late govr. Sullivan of Massachusetts, & was the Secretary of Mr. Bowdoin in his mission to Spain, in 1805., in which character, I then became...
Mrs Douglas, with two of her daughters, having intimated their intention to visit Virginia, & to take Richmond, & some of the upper counties, including orange in their route, I have taken the liberty to give them this introduction to yours & Mrs Madisons acquaintance. They are of New York, & well respected there, & my nephew Lt Monroe having married one of her daughters, excite a strong motive...
I returnd to the city lately to receive our old friend General La Fayette, who after remaining here a few days, set out on Saturday for Yorktown. He has I presume reachd that port by this time. He is in good health & spirits, and less alterd in his form, than I expectd, and not at all in his mind, unless by improvment. He appears to me to have a profound knowledge of mankind, & of the present...
I intended soon after the adjournment of Congress to have visited albemarle, & to have passed some time with you, but there have been so many objects to attend to here, of one kind or other, that it has been impossible for me, to execute a purpose, which I had much at heart. A fortnight ago, I took my family to Loudon where they now are. My return here, was producd, by the arrival of genl....
Mr Sullivan, a son of the late Governor of that name, in Massachusetts, being desirous of visiting some parts of Virga., & particularly the University, having intimated a wish that I would make him known to you, I give him with pleasure this letter of introduction. He has been here some weeks, & is well acquainted, with the state of affairs; to him therefore I refer you for such information as...
Mr. Livingston intimated to me some time since, his desire to hold with you and Mr. Jefferson, the same relation which he held in 1798., & that I would communicate that sentiment to you on his part, & apprize him of the result. I think that I informd you that Mr Conway had been appointed to a land office in Alabama. Having communicated to Mr. Jefferson, the views taken in the admn., respecting...
I have the pleasure to inform you that the Senate has confirmd the nomination of Mr. Conway, to a land office in Alabama, as valuable in point of profit, as I am assur’d, tho’ not that, for which you recommended him. Of this be so good as to inform Mr Catlet Conway your neighbour. The vacancy at Petersbg. gave me great embarrassment, as to the person, to be selected for it. Dr. Field had...
I have been so much pressd by various duties since the meeting of Congress that I have scarcely had a moment for my friends. The body increases and the number of new members, has added its share to my burdens. The only material fact, that has come to our knowledge since my last to you, relating to the views of the allied powers on So. Am: amounts to this, that the presumption that they would...
The bearer Richard H. Lee, a grand son of the revolutionary character of that name, will have the pleasure to present to you this letter. He has been employed in writing the biography of his ancestor, and has thought, as you were an active party to many of the great events of that important epoch, & well acquainted with all, that you might be able, & would give him, very useful information, in...
I have long intended to write you to communicate further views respecting the proposition by Mr. C. to Mr R., but have been so much pressd by the duties of the moment, & by calls, that I have not been able to do it. Just before the meeting of Congress the Russian minister addressd a note to Mr Adams, informing him, that the Emperor, having heard that Genl. D’Everaux had been appointed minister...
I enclosed you yesterday, a copy of the message, & now send another, rather in larger print. I have concurr’d fully in the sentiments, expressd by you, & Mr. Jefferson, in regard to the attitude to be assumd, at the present interesting crisis, as I am persu[a]ded you will find, respecting the views of the allied powers towards So. america. On this subject I will write again, and communicate...
Two dispatches have been lately receivd from Mr. Rush, communicating a proposition from Mr Canning, confidentially made to him, of cooperation between our two governments, in opposing, by reciprocal declaration, in the first instance, a project which he thinks exists, of the holy alliance, to invade the So. american states, as soon as the business with Spain is settled, & which he intimates...
The unfavorable state of the weather since my arrival here, has kept me so much confind, that I have been unable, to pay, that attention to my affairs, that I should otherwise have done. I shall however be with you in the course of the insuing week. I send you a letter from Judge Nelson, & two from Mr. Appleton, which give the latest accounts, from them, of affairs in Spain. I send you also,...
It is painful for me to pass you, but some private concerns, & particularly the expectation of meeting Mr. Goodwyn, with whom I am in negotiation for the sale of my land, and who was expected there the day before yesterday hurries me on. We will indemnify ourselves on our return, in abt. a fortnight. I do not think it probable, that I shall sell, but I wish to be there as soon as in my power....