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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...
Letter not found. 1817. Offered for sale by William R. Benjamin in The Collector: A Magazine for Autograph and Historical Collectors , Catalogue No. 168 (1902), 115. Described as a two-page autograph letter, signed, with the following extract: “Speaks of his article on Madison’s administration. ‘It constitutes a brief and conclusive vindication of yourself and your cabinet from the charges so...
The petition of George Williams of Philadelphia respectively Shows That Christopher Oates & Benjamin Colley, Merchants of Sheffield trading under the firm of Oates Holley Shipped five casks & one linnek of merchandise to your petitioner in the year 1811 under the following circumstances. The Invoice of the Said Shipment was dated the 14th. of November 1810 and the bill of lading Signed the...
You will not think it arrogant if it is suggested that until perfection becomes a human priviledge we shall always be indebted to experience for that course which will best subserve publick purposes; & when experience points out every honest Man walks in the path. The Money paid for the faithful discharge of the duties of Office; is presumed to be a complete equivalent therefor. All the...
We take the liberty to inform you of our sad misfortunes, confined in Cuba Prison, at the inhuman mercy of the cruel Spaniards. Our first misfortunes are as follow: Our vessels being sold for the purpose of privateering, we were obliged to take passage in the schooner Margaretta, Peter Anchor, commander, bound to Jamaica. To our sorrow, after being on the passage two days, the Captain brought...
In doing myself the honor of addressing you on the present occasion, permit me to say that it is not without reluctance, I have prevailed upon myself to add one to the number of those who may appear before you as Candidates for a portion of Executive favor. But relying on the liberality of your disposition for indulgence, I take the freedom to address you. A bill, providing for the prompt...
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...
To prevent any Suspicion of a deficiency in respect to you and your Lady, whom we have never ceased to more than respect & esteem, I am unwilling to permit you to depart without expressing our sincere regret that when your Departure was made known to all our Friends by her farewell visit to them, and they were thereby enabled to pay their parting respects, we remained ignorant thereof, and...
Knowing that we cannot differ on the question of the object of the Internal Improvement bill, however we may on the Constitutional point, will you excuse me for respectfully suggesting whether you could not leave the bill to your successor? If it receive his approbation, within the ten days, I am inclined to think the law is valid. The notification to the two houses of the passage of any bill,...
I regret extremely that the enclosed letters were received at so late a day as yesterday. If it should so happen, you should be of the Opinion, that the application of our mutual friends, has arrived too late for you to decide on Officially, I flatter myself you will have no hesitation on favouring me, by placing these letters into the hands of your Successor, as soon as may be convenient;...
I ask the liberty of communicating to you the enclosed letter from Gen Howell of the Senate with the accompaniments and solicit your attention thereto. I had hoped to wait upon you but time hardly promises an allowance of that pleasure. I need not repeat you how sincerely I esteem Gen Howell or how much I should be gratified in his obtaining public employment worthy of his merits. This you...
I take this method, of bidding you a last farewell, and of thanking you, for the benefit I have derived, as one of the citizens of the united states, from your able, and faithfull services, in Some of the most important Stations in the gift of a free people. At your time of life, repose is desirable, and almost necessary. In retirement, I wish you all the happiness, that you can derive, from...
Mr. Colvin presents his respectful compliments to the President, and asks his acceptance of a No. of the "National Register." No. 9. vol. 3. Vol. 1. for 1817 DLC : Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.
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...
By a Resolution of the General Assembly of Virginia it becomes the duty of the Governor to transmit you the enclosed valedictory address. In the discharge of this duty it is natural for me to reflect on the astonishing contrast which this moment presents compared with the eventful period of your Administration. For a time our commerce was annihilated, our sacred rights abused, invaded and...
I owe you an apology for so long retaining the enclosed letter. You are probably informed that Mr. Corbin is a Director of the Office of the Bank of the United States at Richmond which will go into operation as soon as the necessary preparations can be made. You are now my dear Sir about to retire from an arduous but glorious carreer followed by the grateful recollections of a free and...
I understand a law has passed creating the office of Solicitor to the Treasury and the intimate knowledge I have of the worth and talents of Mr. E U Duval induces a wish that he should obtain that appointment His services and experience in the Comptrollers Office while his worthy uncle filled that place afford him peculiar advantages, and his sterling integrity professional talents and zeal...
I have flattered myself that you would not be disinclined to patronize a Publication of my father’s life and writings. His last years were devoted to your service, and his exertions were, I beleive, rewarded by your friendship as well as by your applauses. Will it be conferring too great a favour to permit the appearances of your name on the page of dedication? And, should you think my...
We beg leave to call your attention to the situation of a worthy family residing near Pittsburgh, in the state of Pennsylvania. A Mr. James Baird, (blacksmith) removed some years ago from this neighbourhood to St. Louis, in Upper Louisiana from which place he embarked with a number of others, on a trading voyage to New Spain, leaving behind him his wife and Seven children; On this voyage he...
I have a son, who commenced his naval life, as soon as he was prepared by his education and this I think was in the year, 12. and from the date of his warrant, has been in constant & active Service. He served for more than two years under the command of Capt Jacob Jones, first in the Macedonian, and then on Lake Ontario in the Mohawk. On the return of peace, he returned to the Macedonian, and...
Since I had the honor to submit to your consideration the object to which my recent memoir related, accounts from GBritain & India, the arrival of unprivileged American Vessels with invoices of cotton wool from in our ports and other circumstances have more deeply impressed me with the importance of the Subject. I beg leave to add the enclosed document A as an appendix to the Memoir. A region...
The Secretary of State, to whom was referred the resolution of the Senate of the 20th. instant, requesting “the President to lay before the Senate a copy of the correspondence between the government of the United States and the government of Spain, relative to the subjects of controversy between the two nations, except such part as he may deem improper to disclose,” has the honor to submit to...
I have been anxiously waiting, with a hope, that something would be done, by application I have made to different person s through our government, for the relief of my dear husband who is now a prisoner in New-Spain. He went from St. Lewis in the year 1812. I am now, with seven children, living near Pittsburgh, in a condition of mind not to be described. I am informed you have an amiable Lady...
With very peculiar sensibility I avail myself of this last opportunity, to return you my humble & sincere acknowledgments for the honor you have Conferred on me by your selection in the Mission to South America. Born in the land of Freedom, nurtured in the pure theories of Algernon Sidney & Confirmed in the practical School of your illustrious predecessor, yourself & the great Cotemporaneous...
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 Thomas Ramsey Born in Pennsylvania york County, Rased in Kentucky & ohio, now forty years of age, and having the Honor of holding a Commission of Captn. in the U. S,- Rifle Regiment, tho an obscure Individual who is unknown to you,- has been bould a nough to address a man in power, it will Reach you when you are Retiard to private life and where homage will be Rendred to you by those only...
I have the honour to enclose, herewith nominations for the promotions required by the Naval Service of the United States; as also a nomination of the Revd. Cheever Fitch, for confirmation as Chaplain in the Navy, in which station he performed duty during the whole of the late War. I have the honour to be, &c: DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
At the moment when you are about to lay down the power with which the voluntary suffrages of an enlightened country have invested you. and to retire to that peaceful calm, which your devotion to the public service has hitherto denied to you, the General Assembly of Virginia cannot forbear to tender you, in behalf of the good people of your native state, a brief expression of their esteem,...
I have the honor to lay before you the following selections for Military appointments viz Claude Crozet to be professor of Engineering at the Military academy. William Tell Paussier, to be assistant Topographical Engineer. I have the honor to be DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
I fear that you must have thought me unmindful of my engagement to forward you a copy of a most curious production, the Century sermon, which I mentioned to you, but on my return I found that the first edition was out of print; a second edition however has been published and I have addressed a copy to you by this mail. With it is a copy of Buckminster’s Sermons, which Mrs. Madison was kind...
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,...
Deux motifs puissans dirigent en ce moment ma plume: celui d’être essentiellement utile aux braves Américains, et celui de rendre à ma famille cette honnête aisance que les dernières révolutions de France lui ont enlevée. Depuis environ six mois que je suis aux Etats Unis, tant à Philadelphie qu’à New-York, une semaine ne s’est pas passée sans des incendies, en grande partie occasionnées par...
In öffentlichen Blättern ist unter dem Artikel Baltimore den 2 Febr 1816 bekannt gemacht, dass Euer Excellence die Absicht haben, in den vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika, zur Vergrösserung des innern Verkehrs, mehrere schiffbare Kanäle anlegen, die Flüsse, so weit sie es noch nicht sind, schiffbar machen, und an diesen solche Baue ausführen zu lassen, dass sie Künftig durch die...
The bearer hereof, mr. George Flower, is an English gentleman farmer, was the companion of mr. Burkbeck in his journey through France, and is the person to whom the dedication of that book is addressed. He came over on behalf of his own family and that of mr. Burkbeck, to chuse a settlement for them. Having made the tour of the temperate latitudes of the US. he has purchased a settlement near...
The bearer hereof, mr George Flower , is an English gentleman farmer, was the companion of mr Burkbeck in his journey through France , and is the person to whom the dedication of that book is addressed, he came over on behalf of his own family and that of mr Burkbeck , to chuse a settlement for them. having made the tour of the temperate latitudes of the US. he has purchased a settlement near...
Remarking in your message to Congress, that you suggested the expediency of raising an University worthy of the American States, I take the liberty of sending you a copy of my work, which if not judged to be corresponding with the views of the scientific part of your countrymen, may I trust, be serviceable in affording useful hints. I always thought good arrangement the great handmaid of...
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...
Mr: & Mrs: de Kantzow, will have the honor to pay Their Respects to The President of The United States, and to Madame Madison, at dinner on Monday The 24th: Inst:, in conformity to The Invitation recieved. PHi .
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...
The object of this letter is to bring under your view, t he grounds w hereon I consider the office of Collector of the Customs for the Port of Providence as claimable by my Son, intending only to discharge the duty I owe to him, and the Public, and hoping to keep in mind the delicacy of the task. In the year 1808 Col. J. Olney resigned that Office my Son had then held the place of an Inspector...
I do myself the honour to introduce to your Excellency’s notice, the Hone. Mr. Morrell, Senator from the State of New Hampshire, by whom I send for your Excellency’s acceptance, Dr. Marshman’s Clavis Sinica &c, presented by himself. I have for several years, forwarded to Mr. Marshman and the other Baptist Missionaries of Serampore, a periodical work, which I have edited called "The...
Addressing for the first time, the Chief Magistrate of My Country; and Sensible of my inability to approach You in a Style, Suitable to your known virtues and talents, You will readily believe me, when I express my embarrassment as greater than I have ever experienced. Encouraged by Your Characteristic indulgence, and pursuing my feelings, I will proceed, Conscious that Your goodness, will...
The undersigned, understanding that William G. Adams late of Alexandria D. C. but resident at present at Marseilles is an applicant, for the Consulate of the United States at that place, take pleasure in stating our conviction that his activity, experience and information will be faithfully directed to the fulfillment of the duties of the Office, should he be appointed, and do recommend his...
As an Officer Who hath been in the Service of the United States, during the Late War on the Niagara Frontier, I do Consider it a duty I owe to you and to my Country, to give Some information Respecting the Claims which are presented to Congress For the loss of Property Burnt and destroyed by the Enemy of the United States during Said War at Buffalo; During my Service at that place Both...
In compliance with a resolution of the legislature of this State, I have requested the Collector of the port of Portsmouth to send you by the first opportunity a box containing a Map of New Hampshire, to be left in the Collectors office in Alexandria in the District of Columbia. I have the honor to be with much respect and esteem, Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant DNA : RG...
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.
An affair in which I have no interest, but that of a citizen, whose property is landed, has occurred to my observation with so much force, that I have considered it a duty to attempt to attract to it the most respectable notice. It is above thirty years since I submitted to you in our return from the convention at Annapolis, that the garden cultivation of cotton on the Chesapeak bay convinced...