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16 December 1801, Washington. Transmits the secretary of the treasury’s 14 Dec. report and the proceedings of the treasury officers, in which are described the measures authorized by the board and completed since the commissioners’ report of 28 Nov. 1800. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 46, Reports from the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, 7A-F7). RC 1 p.; signed by JM and the other...
4 February 1804, Washington. The measures authorized by the board subsequent to the report of 5 Feb. 1803 , “so far as the same have been completed,” are detailed in Gallatin’s 3 Feb. 1804 report to the board and in the statements referred to therein, “which are herewith transmitted.” RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 46, Reports and Communications Submitted to the Senate, 8A-F5); RC and enclosures...
Fellow Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives. On this first occasion of meeting you, it affords me much satisfaction to be able to communicate the commencement of a favorable change, in our foreign relations; the critical state of which induced a Session of Congress at this early period. In consequence of the provisions of the act, interdicting commercial intercourse with...
I now lay before Congress the Report of the Secretary of War, shewing the progress made in carrying into effect the act of April 1808, for raising an additional Military force, and the disposition of the Troops. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, Legislative Proceedings, and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings); FC of first enclosure ( PHi : Daniel Parker Papers, William Eustis...
In compliance with the request of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, I transmit to Congress a copy of certain of its proceedings, communicated for the purpose, by the Governor of that State. RC , two copies ( DNA : RG 233, Legislative Proceedings, and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings); enclosure ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings). House copy headed: “To the House of Representatives of...
Taking into view the unpresedented dangers, incident to neutral navigation on the high seas: that captures continue to be made of American vessels engaged in commerce guaranteed by the acknowledged law of nations; and that in many cases, the evil might be obviated by defensive equipments to be made by the parties interested I recommend to the consideration of Congs. the expediency of...
Fellow Citizens of the Senate & of the House of Representatives. At the period of our last meeting, I had the satisfaction of communicating an adjustment with one of the principal belligerent Nations, highly important in itself, & still more so, as presaging a more extended Accommodation. It is with deep concern, I am now to inform you, that the favorable prospect has been overclouded, by a...
4 December 1809. Transmits report of the secretary of the navy referred to in the annual message of 29 Nov. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E7). Each RC 1 p., in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. House copy dated by JM; Senate copy undated. Received by both houses on 5 Dec. Senate copy read and tabled; House copy...
16 December 1809. Transmits report of the surveyor of public buildings. RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E2). Each RC 1 p., in a clerk’s hand, signed and dated by JM. Received, read, and tabled by the House on 21 Dec. and by the Senate on 22 Dec. ( Annals of Congress Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the...
The Act Authorizing a Detachment of one hundred thousand men from the Militia, will expire on the 30th. of Mar: next. It’s early revival is recommended, in order that timely steps may be taken for arrangements, such as the act contemplated. Without interfering with the modifications rendered necessary by the defects, or the inefficacy of the laws restrictive of commerce and navigation, or with...
5 January 1810. Transmits the director of the Mint’s annual report for 1809. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E5). Each RC 1 p., in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Received by both houses on 10 Jan. Read and tabled by the Senate on 10 Jan. and by the House on 11 Jan. ( Annals of Congress Debates and Proceedings in...
22 January 1810. Transmits “an account of the Contingent expenditures of the Government for the year 1809.” RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E4). Each RC 1 p. Enclosure (1 p.) is an account signed by Joseph Nourse, register of the treasury, 16 Jan. 1810, showing $2,900 spent for chartering a schooner to return six...
28 February 1810. Transmits copies of the treaties concluded with the Delaware, Potawatomi, Miami, Eel River, and Wea Indians “for the extinguishment of their title to the lands therein described.” Recommends implementing legislation. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages; and DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 11B-C1). Each RC 1 p., in a clerk’s hand, signed by...
15 March 1810. Submits for consideration copies of the ratified treaty with the Kickapoo Indians “for the extinguishment of their title to certain lands within the Indiana Territory, involving conditions which require Legislative provision.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages); RC ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E2). Each RC 1 p., in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM....
20 March 1810. Submits a return of the militia, “as received by the Department of War from the several States and Territories.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E6); RC ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages). Each RC 1 p., in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Enclosure (1 p., 16″ × 52″) is Eustis’s 16 Mar. report of returns, by states and territories, of numbers of...
Fellow Citizens of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives. The embarassments which have prevailed in our foreign relations, and so much employed the deliberations of Congress, make it a primary duty, in meeting you, to communicate whatever may have occurred, in that branch of our national affairs. The Act of the last Session of Congress “concerning the commercial intercourse between...
12 December 1810. Communicates a report from the secretary of state on expenditures from the fund for the relief of distressed seamen. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Printed in ASP American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). ,...
I communicate to Congress, in confidence, a letter of the 2d of December, from Governor Folch of West Florida, to the Secretary of State; and another of the same date, from the same, to John McKee. I communicate, in like manner, a letter from the British Chargè d’affaires, to the Secretary of State, with the answer of the latter. Altho’ the letter can not have been written in consequence of...
7 January 1811, Washington. Transmits the director of the Mint’s annual report for 1810. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E5). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Read and tabled by the Senate on 7 Jan. and by the House on 9 Jan. ( Annals of Congress Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of...
I communicate to Congress, in confidence, the translation of a letter from Louis de Onis, to the Captain General of the Province of the Caraccas. The tendency of misrepresentations and suggestions, which, it may be inferred from this specimen, enter into more important correspondences of the writer, to promote in foreign Councils, at a critical period, views adverse to the peace and to the...
12 January 1811. Transmits a copy of a letter from the U.S. minister in London to the secretary of state and a copy of a letter from the same to the British secretary of state for foreign affairs. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1); RC ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E3). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. For enclosures, see nn. JM...
14 January 1811. Transmits an account of the contingent expenses of government for 1810. RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E4). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Enclosure (1 p.) is an account signed by Joseph Nourse, 4 Jan. 1811, showing a balance carried forward of $14,110, “there not having...
14 January 1811. Transmits a report from the surveyor of the public buildings “relative to the progress and present State of them.” RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E2). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Enclosure (9 pp.) is Latrobe’s “Report on the public buildings,” dated 28 Dec. 1810...
30 January 1811. “I transmit to Congress Copies of a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury accompanied by copies of the ‘Laws, Treaties and other documents relative to the public lands’ as collected and arranged pursuant to the Act passed April 27th 1810.” RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E2). Each RC 1...
31 January 1811. Transmits letters written by the U.S. chargé d’affaires at Paris to the secretary of state and to the French minister of foreign relations; also transmits two letters from the agent of the American consul at Bordeaux to the secretary of state. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E3). Each RC...
16 February 1811. Transmits “the Treaty concluded on the 10th of November 1808 on the part of the United States with the Great and Little Osage Tribes of Indians; with a view to such legal provisions as may be deemed proper for fulfilling its stipulations.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E2). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Enclosure (13 pp.) is a printed...
19 February 1811. Transmits a return of the militia of the U.S. as received by the War Department. RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E6). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Printed in ASP American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38...
28 February 1811. Transmits a report of the secretary of state relative to deficiencies in the returns of the census. RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E3). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Enclosure is Robert Smith to JM, 27 Feb. 1811 .
Fellow Citizens of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives. In calling you together sooner than, a separation from your homes, would otherwise have been required; I yielded to considerations, drawn from the posture of our foreign affairs; and in fixing the present, for the time of your meeting; regard was had to the probability of further developements of the policy of the Belligerent...
I now lay before Congress, two letters to the Department of State, one from the present Plenipotentiary of France, the other from his predecessor; which were not included among the documents accompanying my Message of the fifth instant; the translation of them being not then compleated. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative...
I communicate to Congress, copies of a correspondence between the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Great Britain, and the Secretary of State, relative to the aggression committed by a British Ship of War on the United States Frigate Chesapeake; by which it will be seen that that subject of difference, between the two Countries, is terminated by an offer of reparation which...
13 November 1811. “I lay before Congress the Result of the census lately taken of the Inhabitants of the United States, with a letter from the Secretary of State relative thereto.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E3). RC 1 p. In the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM. For surviving enclosure, see n. 1. JM enclosed a letter he had received from James Monroe, dated...
I lay before Congress two letters received from Governor Harrison of the Indiana Territory, reporting the particulars and the issue of the expedition under his command, of which notice was taken in my communication of November 5th. While it is deeply lamented that so many valuable lives have been lost in the action which took place on the 7th ulto., Congress will see with satisfaction the...
I communicate to Congress copies of an Act of the Legislature of New York, relating to a canal from the Great Lakes to Hudsons river. In making the communication, I consult the respect due to that State; in whose behalf, the commissioners appointed by the Act, have placed it in my hands for the purpose. The utility of canal navigation is universally admitted. It is not less certain that...
27 December 1811, Washington. “I lay before Congress copies of Resolutions entered into by the Legislature of Pennsylvania, which have been transmitted to me with, that view, by the Governor of that State, in pursuance of one of the said Resolutions.” RC , two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E2). Each RC 1 p.; in the hand of...
7 January 1812. Forwards a report from the director of the Mint. RC , two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E5). Each RC 1 p.; in the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM. For enclosures, see Robert Patterson to JM, 1 Jan. 1812 .
15 January 1812. Transmits an account of the contingent expenses of the government incurred in 1811 in taking possession of “the territory limited Eastwardly by the River Perdido” and amounting to $3,396. RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E2). Each RC 1 p.; in the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM....
16 January 1812. Communicates a letter from the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Great Britain to the secretary of state, with the answer of the latter. “The continued evidence afforded in this correspondence, of the hostile policy of the British Government against our national rights, strengthens the considerations recommending and urging the preparations of adequate means...
17 January 1812. Transmits a letter from the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Great Britain to the secretary of state, with the answer of the latter. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1); RC ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E2). Each RC 1 p.; in the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM. For enclosures (3 pp.; printed in ASP American State...
At the request of the Legislature of New Jersey, I communicate to Congress, copies of its Resolutions, transmitted by the Governor of that State. Whereas in cases of great national concern, involving in their consequences the interests, the rights and the welfare, as well of the future as of the present generation; it cannot fail to be useful and acceptable, to those entrusted with the...
1 February 1812. Transmits a report of the secretary of the treasury containing a statement of proceedings under the “Act to regulate the laying out and making a road from Cumberland in the State of Maryland to the State of Ohio.” RC , two copies ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E4; and DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. For...
3 March 1812. Transmits, at the request of the convention assembled in the Orleans Territory on 22 Nov. 1811, the proceedings of that body in pursuance of the “Act to enable the people of the Territory of Orleans to form a constitution and State Government and for the admission of the said State into the Union on an equal footing with the original States, and for other purposes.” RC ( DNA : RG...
I lay before Congress copies of certain Documents, which remain in the Department of State. They prove that at a recent period, whilst the United States, notwithstanding the wrongs sustained by them, ceased not to observe the laws of peace and neutrality towards Great Britain; and in the midst of amicable professions and negociations on the part of the British Government, through its public...
13 March 1812. Transmits a letter from the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Great Britain to the secretary of state. RC and enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E3). Each RC 1 p.; in the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM. For enclosure (printed in ASP American State Papers: Documents, Legislative...
Considering it as expedient, under existing circumstances and prospects, that a General Embargo be laid on all vessels now in port or hereafter arriving, for the period of sixty days, I recommend the immediate passage of a law to that effect. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E2). In the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM. On 2 Apr. Foster inquired of Monroe whether he should...
Among the incidents to the unexampled increase and expanding interests of the American nation, under the fostering influence of free constitutions and just laws, has been a corresponding accumulation of duties in the several Departments of the Government: And this has been necessarily the greater, in consequence of the peculiar State of our foreign relations, and the connection of these with...
I communicate to Congress, for their information, copies and extracts from the correspondence of the Secretary of State, and the Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States at Paris. These Documents will place before Congress the actual posture of our relations with France. RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings,...
Ever since the peace of Independence the B. G. instead of regarding the U. S. with the friendly eye which was required by justice magnaminity [ sic ] & true policy, has yielded to an embarassing mortification at their success & an unworthy jealousy of their commerce. Her delay to send an Ambass. Her monopolizing regulations of navigation, among the proofs. It was not however, untill the war in...
I communicate to Congress certain Documents, being a continuation of those heretofore laid before them, on the subject of our Affairs with Great Britain. Without going back beyond the renewal in 1803, of the war in which Great Britain is eng[a]ged, and omitting unrepaired wrongs of inferior magnitude; the conduct of her Government presents a series of acts, hostile to the United States, as an...
4 June 1812. “I transmit, for the information of Congress, copies of a correspondence of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Great Britain, with the Secretary of State.” RC and enclosures, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 12A-E2). Each RC 1 p.; in the hand of Edward Coles, signed by JM. For enclosures, see n. 1. JM forwarded copies...