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1The Madison Family Tree (Madison Papers)
This family tree, framed under glass, is in LC: Madison Miscellany. For reasons given below, JM could hardly have prepared the chart earlier than the close of 1813 or later than September 1819. He apparently left among his papers at the time of his death a brief statement about his forebears. This document, now lost, came into the possession of his niece, Mrs. Lucie Hartwell Conway. She...
Having considered the Bill this day presented to me, entitled "An act to set apart and pledge certain funds for internal improvements", and which sets apart and pledges funds "for constructing roads and canals, and improving the navigation of water courses, in order to facilitate, promote, and give security to internal commerce among the several States, and to render more easy and less...
I have recd., fellow Citizens from Governor Preston, your address of the 22d. Ulto: The sentiments which it conveys are particularly endeared to me, as those of a State, with which I am connected by the ties of my birth & of my home; and by the recollections of its confidence & partiality, commencing at an early stage of my life, and continued under different public manifestations, to the...
Having received, through you, the address of the General Assembly of Virginia, of February 10th, I have to request that you will take charge of the enclosed answer to it. I must tender you my acknowledgments at the same time, for the friendly and flattering manner in which you have fulfilled the resolution of the General Assembly. I should express my feelings very imperfectly, if, in recurring...
I transmit the Senate a Report of the Secretary of State complying with their Resolution of the 20th instant DNA : RG 59—TP—Territorial Papers.
I recd some months ago your letter of the 29th. of March last, with the Books which accompanied it. I delayed an acknowledgmt. of these favors, in the hope that I might find time to look into works, the subjects of which are so well calculated to excite attention. In this hope I have been disappointed, by a crowd of public occupations greater than was foreseen. And as the epoch approaches,...
I recd. yesterday yours covering the letter of Mr. Spafford, which was forwarded to him as you suggested. His object in communicating it, I collect only from its contents. He probably exhibited it as a proof of the spirit and views of the Eastern States during the late war. As with you the weather here has of late been remarkable both for the degree & continuance of Cold, and the winter...
Objects interesting to the United States requiring that the Senate should be in session on the 4th. of March next, to receive such communications as may be made to it on the part of the Executive, your attendance in the Senate Chamber in this City on that day is accordingly requested. NjHi .
I rec d yesterday yours covering the letter of M r Spafford , which was forwarded to him as you suggested: His object in communicating it I collect only from its contents. He probably exhibited it as a proof of the spirit and views of the Eastern States during the late war. As with you the weather here has of late been remarkable both for the degree & continuance of Cold, and the winter...
I have duly received your letter of January 25th., with the Resolutions of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, which it covered. On retiring from the public service, I shall count among the circumstances grateful to my recollection, this unanimous expression of approbation and regard from the legislature of South Carolina. The period during which the...
J. Madison requests the favor of Mr. Hagner to dine with him on Tuesday next at 4 oclock. The favor of an answer is requested. NcU : Southern Historical Collection.
I transmit to the Senate a report of the Secretary of State, complying with their resolution of the 28th of last month. Printed Source--American State Papers. 38 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1831-61)..
On comparing the fourth section of the Act of Congress passed March 31st. 1814 providing for the indemnification of certain claimants of public lands in the Missippi Territory, with the articles of agreement and cession between the United States and State of Georgia, bearing date April 30th. 1802, it appears that the engagements entered into with the claimants interfere with the rights and...
The letter & papers returned Feby 4 with the following note. The arrangement communicated by the Presidt. of the U.S. Bank is so important an advance towards a universal return of specie circulation, that the Treasury sanction to it under existing circumstances evidently proper. Serious difficulties will notwithstanding remain to be encountered, if the principal Banks in every State do not...
The government of Great Britain, induced by the posture of the relations with the United States which succeeded the conclusion of the recent commercial convention, issued an order on the 17th day of August, 1815, discontinuing the discriminating duties payable in British ports on American vessels and their cargoes. It was not until the 22d of December, following, that a corresponding...
I have been some time in debt for the obliging favor of your "Camillo. Its subject as well as its Author makes me regret more than ever that my knowlege of the Italian does not enable me to do justice to the merits & enjoy the beauties of a poem in that language. A translation into English, well executed may mitigate my disappointment. In G. Britain this may take place. In this Country, the...
The Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Most Christian Majesty having renewed, under Special instructions from his Government, the claim of the Representative of Caron de Beaumarchais for One million of livres, which were debited to him in the settlement of his accounts with the United States, I lay before Congress copies of the Memoir on that subject addressed by the said...
I lay before Congress, copies of ratified Treaties between the United States and the following Indian Tribes. First. The Wex and Kickapoo. Second. The united Tribes of Ottawas, Chipawas, & Potowotomies, residing on the Illinois and Melwakee rivers and their waters, and on the Southwestern parts of lake Michigan Third. That portion of the Winnebago tribe residing on the Ouisconsin river Fourth....
I transmit to the Senate a report of the Acting Secretary of War, in compliance with their resolution of the 8th instant. NjP .
I thank you for your attentive favor of the 16th. which gave me the first intelligence of the death of Mr. Dallas. The melancholy event was received here with unfeigned grief, and by none more deeply, as you will readily conceive, than by myself. Our Country will rarely lose a Citizen, whose virtues endowments and services will leave a stronger claim to its admiring and grateful recollections,...
I transmit to Congress an account of the contingent expences of the Government for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Madison request the favor of Mr. Saml. Dickens to dine with them on Tuesday at 4 o’clock. An answer is requested. NN .
I communicate, for the information of Congress, the report of the director of the Mint, of the operation of that establishment during the last year. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
To all who shall see these presents, Greeting: Know Ye, That in pursuance of the Act of Congress passed on the tenth day of April 1816; entitled "An Act to incorporate the Subscribers to the Bank of the United States," and reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Integrity, Diligence and Discretion of Stephen Girard of Pennsylvania, I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent...
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: To all who shall see these presents, Greeting : Know ye, That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Patriotism, Valour, Fidelity, and Abilities of John Rodney, I do appoint him a Midshipman in the Navy of the United States: He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duties of a Midshipman by doing and performing all manner of...
Objects interesting to the United States requiring that the Senate should be in session on the 4th of March next, to receive such communications as may be made to it on the part of the Executive, your attendance in the Senate Chamber in this City on that day is accordingly requested. NHi : Rufus King Papers.
By the President of the United States Whereas by the first article of the terms and conditions declared by the President of the United States on the 17th. day of October 1791 for regulating the materials and the manner of buildings and improvements on the lots in the City of Washington it is provided "That the outer and party walls of all the houses in the said City shall be built of brick or...
Objects interesting to the United States requiring that the Senate should be in Session on the 4th of March next, to receive such communications as may be made to it on the part of the ex ecutive, your attendance in the Senate Chamber in this City on that day is accordingly requested. MdHi .
Objects interesting to the United States requiring that the Senate should be in Session on the 4th of March next, to receive such communications as may be made to it on the part of the Executive, your attendance in the Senate Chamber in this City on that day is accordingly requested. UkCU-FWM .
Objects interesting to the United States requiring that the Senate should be in Session on the 4th of March next, to receive such Communications as may be made to it on the part of the Executive, your attendance in the Senate Chamber in this City on that day is accordingly requested. CStbK .
The Constn. of U. S: the first attempt to give to a popular Govt. the elective form that will at once combine the theoretic freedom of a small community, with the practical advantages of a great one. The success of the experiment depends on an equilibrium between the Govt. over the whole community, & the Govts. over the component communities: and this equilibrium essentially depends on the...
Mr King of the Senate, called on me, on the part of a committee, to request that I would state for the consideration of the President, whether he saw any objection to the publication of the Secret journal of the old congress, & of the letters of our ministers in Europe at that period. DLC : Papers of James Monroe.
On the question of publishing the secret journal & foreign correspondence of the Revolutionary Congs. it is not easy to give a satisfactory opinion, without some revisal of both. If a selection is made, the task ought to be executed with great care and without any tincture of partialities of any sort, and would be tedious & delicate, even with that exemption. If an entire publication be...
"I have received your communication of the 28th. ult. and I can not be insensible to the approbation expressed of my conduct during a momentious period by the Legislature of a state which bore with distinguished patriotism its share of the trials which were encountered. In recommending the appeal to arms the reluctant duty was prescribed by the house and sanctioned by the voice of the nation;...
JAMES MADISON, President of the United States of America , To all who shall see these presents greeting: Whereas a Treaty between the United States of America, and the Chickasaw Nation of Indians was made and concluded between the United States of America and the Chickasaw Nation of Indi a n s on the 20th day of September one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at the Chickasaw council house,...
JAMES MADISON, President of the United States of America , To all who shall see these presents, greeting: Whereas articles of a treaty were made and concluded between the United States of America, and the Cherokee nation of Indians, on the fourth day of October, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at Turkey Town, by Commissioners on the part of the said States, and the said...
JAMES MADISON, President of the United States of America , To all who shall see these presents, greeting: Whereas a Treaty of Peace, and Friendship was made and concluded between the United States and the Tribes of Indians called the Sacs of Rock river, and adjacent country, on the thirteenth day of May, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at St. Louis, in the Missouri...
JAMES MADISON, President of the United States of America , To all who shall see these presents, greeting: Whereas a Treaty of cession between the United States of America, and the Chactaw Nation of Indians was made and concluded on the 24th day of October, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at the Chactaw Trading House, by Commissioners on the part of the said states, and the...
Mr. Crowninshield having made me acquainted with the passage in your letter to him, which speaks with so much personal kindness towards me, and so favorably of my discharge of the public trust which is about to close, I cannot forego an expression of the value I put on such sentiments from such a source. The approbation of the wise and the worthy is the recompence which ought to be next to the...
It is found that the existing laws have not the efficacy necessary to prevent violations of the obligations of the United States, as a nation at peace towards belligerent parties, and other unlawful acts on the high Seas, by armed vessels equipped within the waters of the United States. With a view to maintain more effectually the respect due to the laws, to the character, and to the neutral...
In compliance with theResolution of the House of Representatives of the 6th. instant, I transmit to them, the proceedings of the Commissioner appointed under the "Act to authorise the payment for property lost, captured, or destroyed by the Enemy while in the military service of the United States and for other purposes" as reported by the Commissioner to the Department of War. DNA : RG...
J. Madison requests a consultation with The Heads of Depts. to day at 1 OC DLC : Papers of Richard Rush.
James Madison, President of the United States of America To all who shall see these Presents Greeting: Whereas sentence of death was passed by the Circuit Court of the United States, held for the District of Columbia upon a certain Clinton Adams and Randal Ferrier, who were at its last June term duly convicted for the offence of Robbing on the High way, and the President of the United States...
A treaty of commerce between the United States and the King of Sweden and Norway having been concluded and signed on the 4th of September last by their plenipotentiaries, I lay the same before the Senate for their consideration and advice as to a ratification. Printed Source--American State Papers. 38 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1831-61)..
The remarks in the inclosed, relating to the organization &c of the B. Bank at Richmond, if not intended for your eye, belong to it more than to mine. Mr. Corbin, you know was one the Commrs. at Richd. and may not be disinclined to be included among the Directors there. I have no other ground however for a conjecture, than what his letter presents. He is a gentleman, who was among my early...
We the undersigned do hereby certify it as our opinions, formed from observation and reflection, that it would greatly benefit the heirs of Coll. Augustus Watson, to sell the whole of his tract of land conveyed in trust to Messrs: Hudson & Ellis. A sale according to the trust deed, will evidently leave them in the power of the person who may purchase under the deed of trust. Octr. 1816 ViU .
I had made up a decision on the case of your Nephew, previous to the rect. of your favor of the 23d. Ult: and with every disposition to respect the considerations which it suggests. The course which occurred as best calculated to reconcile all proper considerations was that of disapproving the sentence of the Court, so as to restore Col: N. to his Stand in the army, and of declining the usual...
I lay before the Senate, for their consideration and advice as to a ratification, treaties concluded with the several Indian tribes, according to the following statement: A list of Indian tribes with whom treaties have been made since the last session of Congress, viz: Weas and Kickapoos. Treaty concluded at Fort Harrison, between Benjamin Parke and the chiefs and headmen of those tribes, June...
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States. The 9th. section of the act passed at the last session of Congress "to authorise the payment for property, lost captured or destroyed by the Enemy, while in the military service of the United States, and for other purposes" having received a construction giving to it a scope of great and uncertain extent, I thought it proper that...
In reviewing the present state of our country, our attention cannot be withheld from the effect produced by peculiar seasons; which have very generally impaired the annual gifts of the Earth, and threaten scarcity in particular districts. Such, however, is the variety of soils, of climates, and of products, within our extensive limits, that the aggregate resources for subsistance, are more...