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The law establishing the University requires the Visitors to make a report annually embracing a full account of the disbursements, the funds on hand, and a general statement of the condition of the sd University. the account of disbursements and funds belongs to the Bursar & Proctor, who are accordingly instructed to have them made up to the last day of this month. the condition of the...
Rawdon & Balch engravers No. 65 State Street Albany are requested by Elkanah Watson Esqr. to transmit you a sample of diploma for Agricultural Societies, calculated for any State or County the price paid on delivery in this City or at the Store of Kirk & Merceière Wall Street, in the City of New-York is $10.. per 100 on drawing paper neatly press’d, or on parchment (for Officers & respectable...
Your obliging favor of 13th. instt. has been duly recd. & will have the pleasure to ship you per first opportunity for Fredericksburg the qr. Cask Lisbon wine @ $2 p Gn. & a pipe @ $1.25 care of Mr. Stone. I had your letter being recd. 2 or 3 days sooner could have sent them immediately. I shall not forget your wish for a quarter Cask of Termo whenever an opportunity presents it self of...
I recd a few days ago your favor of the 28 Augt. and in answer thereto, I beg to assure you that it will give me pleasure to furnish you with the letters you request, or such of them as can be found; for the papers sent to the Chief Justice, and which are still at Richmond, have been very extensively mutilated by rats and otherwise injured by damp as he not long since informed me. I shall...
The motives you assign for your letter, among which is a sense of duty to your parents, are entitled to respect. Bu⟨t⟩ I can not encourage you to seek a fulfilment of them in this quarter. The modes of husbandry here are very different from those to which you are accustomed; and the labour is generally performed by negroes whom a stranger could not advantageously superintend. I can only wish...
I am requested by Mr. Elkanah Watson of Albany to forward to each of the Presidents of Agricultural Societies in Virginia, a blank Copy, such as is inclosed, of “a certificate of Honorable Testimony”; apologizing for the indirect transmission, by his not knowing the gentlemen for whom the copies are intended. The request is accompanied with information, that the Publishers Rawdon & Balch being...
I have been favored with yours of Aug. 10. and have complied with the request to forward the blank copies it inclosed of “Certificates of Honorable Testimony,” to the Presidents of Agricultural Societies in Virginia known to me. I have intimated to them also, that the Engravers & publishers will furnish at the prices they mention, “Diplomas of membership” from a handsome plate. Be pleased to...
I receiv’d at Washington your letters respecting Mr. Lehre, Mr R. B. Lee & Mr Scott, and in consequence of the pressure of business there, declind answering them, untill after my arrival here. I had made up my opinion while in So. Car: in favor of Mr Pringle, who is a republican, President of the State Senate, and without being a very popular man, respected by all. The opposing candidates were...
I beg to offer my best thanks for your acceptable favor of the tenth of May and the very interesting views which it held up of our home affairs. The enormous abuses of the banking system, seem at last to have roused our people to a just sense of the resulting dangers, and we shall henceforth, it is to be hoped, not witness so excessive a multiplication of these institutions, whilst those which...
Although I have not had the pleasure of writing you for several months respecting the order you sent me last year for a quarter cask Superior Lisbon Wine, & a quarter cask of Port, I have not lost sight of it, but last fall purchased from a gentleman of this town a quarter cask of very fine Lisbon (though not of the particular quality you wished to procure) @ $2 p Gn. Cask, with the view to...
Capt: OBrien having extended a ride into Virga. thus far, has during his stay with me, communicated the State of a Claim he has agst. the U. S., being part of a claim, the other part of which was settled & allowed whilst I was Secretary of State. I understand from him that the vouchers to the settled part had certain references to the part not allowed, and that he afterwards procured...
Inclosed you will receive a deed of conveyance from you and Mrs. Madison, to Mr. Edge, for the land I sold him, belonging to you in this county, c⟨on⟩taing by a recent survey 90. acres; some time since, I sent you a simalar deed by Mr. Tood [ sic ], in that deed I had omitted the courses, because I had not at that time, any paper or information of any kind, by which I could find them out, and...
I have received, my dear Sir, your agreeable letter of July 20th. which was very long on the way. We congratulate you much on the various successes of your Western career. The first thing that strikes us, is the rapidity of your promotion. Bounding over the preliminary sailorship, the first stop on the deck of your Bark, pardon me, of the nobler structure, your Ark, makes you a Pilot. The name...
I have received your favor of the 22d Ult: inclosing a copy of your observations on the judgment of the Supreme Court of the U. S. against the State of Maryland; and I have found the latitudinary mode of expounding the Constitution adopted by the Court, combated in them with the ability & force which was to be expected. It appears to me as it does to you, that the occasion did not call for the...
In looking over my papers with a view to a better arrangement of them, I find that in the correspondence with General Washington copies of much of it, must have been lost, or were not retained. I flatter myself that I do not take too great a liberty in requesting that I may be enabled to ascertain & fill up the chasm from the originals, understood to be in your hands as far as they were...
The enclosed Numbers, written by me, were published, a few weeks ago, in the Enquirer. They relate to a subject as cardinal, in my judgment, as that which involved our Independence. Mr. Ritchie had some extra Copies struck, & has furnished me with a few, to be distributed among my particular, & my distinguished friends. I presume to ask your acceptance of a Copy. No man in our Country has done...
I have the honor to salute Mr & Mrs Madison. I have waited to know what the President would say about the Busts which I presented to him to announce it to Mr & Mrs. Madison. I can ashure you he was verry much pleased as were his Family and other Persons of Distinction. This gives me courage to make the moulds to make many. I wish to know, if Mr Madison desires to have one of each Busts,...
Not knowing the names & residence of Presidents of Agricultural Societies in Virginia—I persuade myself You will take a pleasure in transmitting the enclosed directed to them—and this presumption must plead my appology. I am with profound respect and esteem Respectfully NB If not so many Societies in Virginia please to transmit One to a President in Maryland RC ( DLC ); enclosure ( DLC :...
The Subscription paper which I have the honor to enclose to you, will inform you of a work which I have just prepared for the Press. Although it is in the Printers hands, some little chasms yet remain to be filled. The succession of American Bishops, with the circumstances attendant on their Consecration, are interesting & useful articles of information to Episcopalians, & hereafter, perhaps,...
I have received under your cover of the 28. Ult: the copy of Mr. Condy’s oration delivered before the ’76 Association on the last anniversary of American Independence; and I beg that the Association may be assured of the pleasure with which I accept this further specimen of the talents selected, for commemorating that event, & cherishg the spirit which produced it. I tender you Sir, my...
On my return home, I had the honor of receiving your favor of the 2d Ulto, and beg leave to tender you my most sincere thanks for your polite and friendly promise to write a few lines to the President, on the subject which I took the liberty to suggest to you. Your friendly assistance on this occasion will be duly appreciated, and most gratefully remembered by me and my family. With Sentiments...
The day after you left us I recd. a letter from Mr R. B Lee which I inclose. It contains a fuller view of circumstances which it may not be amiss you should understand, than may be otherwise conveyed. I shall simply state in answer that I believe your personal dispositions will be no bar to whatever may be permitted by considerations of a public nature. Be so good as to return the letter under...
Your very kind, and highly esteemed favor of the 20th. ulto., came safe to hand. I have been, and am still, at a loss for words to express to you the gratification, which your flattering attentions, and those of Mrs. Madison, have afforded to Mrs. Porter and myself, and still more so, to convey to you a sense of my acknowledgements, for the very favourable sentiments you have been pleased to...
I pay with much pleasure the debt of thanks for the copy of Mr. Wells’s Oration so kindly forwarded by you. It is a concise and well presented view of the great event celebrated, with a judicious selection of circumstances proper to be combined with it. I avail myself of this as of every occasion of renewing to you assurances of my high esteem and best wishes. MHi : Adams-Hull Collection.
I pay with much pleasure the debt of thanks for the copy of Mr. Wells’s Oration so kindly forwarded by you. It is a concise and well presented view of the great event celebrated, with a judicious selection of circumstances proper to be combined with it. I avail myself of this as of every occasion of renewing to you assurances of my high esteem and best wishes. RC (DSI–AC: Adams–Clement...
I have received your favor of the 2d, with a copy of your able and interesting Oration on the last anniversary of our Independence. The existing tranquility and harmony on the public feeling, the result of the propitious evanescence of the causes of discord, is a just subject of congratulation. It is to be wished that they may never be interrupted by the worst of all political divisions; one...
I take the liberty of sending to you herewith a copy of an Oration which I was unexpectedly called upon to deliver on the Annual celebration of our Independence on the 5th. July last. I have endeavored to keep out of view the Party discords of our Country, confining myself to a narrative of the Principal events which have ocurred since the birth of our Nation. In doing this tho’ I endeavored...
In compliance with a resolve of the 76. Association, I have the honor of requesting your acceptance of Mr. Condys Oration —delivered before that Society on the 5th. ultimo. I Remain Sir—with great Respect Your obedient Servant RC ( DLC ). Addressed by Logan to JM at Montpelier and franked. Postmarked “Aug 2.” Docketed by JM, with his note: “Oration in Chs.ton S.C. on 4th. of July.” Thomas D....
Your favr. of the 10th. did not come to hand till saturday morning last. I concur in thinking it will be expedient to request from the Genl. assembly any interest which may be allowed on the debt due from the U. S.—unless it shd. appear that the attempt will be hopeless, or it be morally certain that no such allowance will be made. On these points you will be able to form the best judgment...
Your letter of the 6th instant was received on my return from an excursion to New Hampshire, where I had spent some weeks with the friends of Mrs Eustis and mine, and where, among the few remaining oaks of the revolution, I had the satisfaction of meeting the venerable John Langdon, shaken with age and covered with its infirmaties, but strong in his recollection, & taking fire at the mention...
As you and Mrs. M. were so kind as to say, at the moment of parting, that you would be gratified in hearing from me, of my safe arrival in this Country, and how I was employing myself in it, I take up my pen to comply with a request not less flattering to me than kind in you both. As I expected, when I left you, I overtook my people the day before they reached Brownsville in Pennsylvania, at...
I have recd the specimen of carved work in the War Club from the Pacific Ocean, which you put into the hands of my son in law. And I tender my sincere thanks for this mark of your polite attention. Let me add that I shall be very happy in expressing them personally at Montpr. if your occasional rambles could furnish me with an oppy. It would double the gratification to Mrs M. & myself, if Mrs....
Having erected a newly invented Machine, in the United States Armory at this place for turning Musket Stocks, & having a favourable opportunity, I have sent you one as a sample of the work performed by it. This Machine is constructed in such a manner, that the hand who attends to it, has only to put the rough stock in the Machine, and it will turn it to the shape that you now see it, in ten...
When I last had the pleasure to see you at Monticello you appeared to approve of the plan which I had suggested to Mr. Jefferson for augmenting the funds of the University by applying to the legislature for the balance of the debt due to the state from the General Government. I then mentioned to you that subsequent to the period at which I had addressed Mr. Jefferson on that subject I had...
Your friendly letter of the 25th: ulto: has been received, it adds to the obligations you have already conferred on me, for which, be pleased to accept my most sincere thanks. When the President was here, I had the honor of being introduced to him by Governor Geddes of our State, and was with him upon several occasions during his stay with us. A number of my friends, as well as some of his...
Preparing within 4. or 5. days to set out for Bedford, where I shall continue two months, I have thought it would be acceptable to you to learn the present state of things at the University, and the prospect for the year. You may remember that almost in the moment of our separation at the last meeting, one of our Colleagues proposed a change of a part of the plan so as to place the gardens of...
Above is a Statement of the expenses of Sale of the land in your Case vs Strode &c., which I have forwarded to you at the request of Mr. Robert Madison. I would prefer receiving the amount at next Orange Court, to your remitting it to me by mail. I am Respy yr. Obedt. St. RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM. Written in the top margin of the letter is Stanard’s account dated 3 July 1819. His expenses...
Proposing within 4. or 5. days to set out for Bedford, where I shall continue two months, I have thought it would be acceptable to you to learn the present state of things at the University, and the prospect for the year. you may remember that almost in the moment of our separation at the last meeting, one of our Colleagues proposed a change of a part of the plan so as to place the gardens of...
I have delayed to thank you for your favors from Williamsburg & N York, till I should learn that a letter would find you at Boston. This I have just done. I am glad that your interview with Dr. Mason has authenticated a circumstance, which tho’ of a minute character, it is well eno’ should not be left in uncertainty. And I am very glad that you sought the conversation with Van Wert. The...
The best use I can make of the inclosed letter from Mr. Scott is to give you a perusal of its contents—after which you will be so good as to return it. The letter itself is a proof of his good sense, and literary education; and those inclosed in it are good vouchers for the other features of his character. In addition to other motives for wishing employment, it is very natural for him to be...
The Marshall I see has advertized for sale on saturday in Fredg. a piece of land which was mortged by Mr. Strode for a debt to me. Having no other prospect of being paid but from that property, and as it will probably not sell for the amount of the debt, it will be prudent to be myself the purchaser. My nephew Robt. Madison will be in Fredg. and be a bidder in my behalf: if nothing shd. happen...
I have recd your letter of May 10. communicating the mark of attention conferred on me by the Calliopan Socy. The objects of the Society, and the considerations governing the selection of its members form a just claim to my acknowlegements, & I beg that they may be duly presented. This distant & general expression of my sense of the honorary appt. I have recd. is the only mode in which I can...
Letter not found. 29 June 1819, Monticello. Described as a one-page autograph letter, signed, offered for sale 17–21 Mar. 1891 in the Catalogue of Autograph Letters and Historical Documents, Collected by the Late Prof. E. H. Leffingwell , (2 vols. in 1; Boston, 1891), 2:32, item 3633.
The Copy of your proposals for publishing “The Farmer’s Magazine” has been a good while in my hands, without obtaining subscriptions; owing doubtless to the number of agricultural publications less remote, as well as to other causes at present concurring. For myself I find it more and more expedient not [to] multiply engagements, especially those of indefinite continuation. Having much...
I return the list of yeas & nays in the Convention, with the blanks filled, according to your request, as far as I could do it by tracing the order of the yeas & nays, and their co-incidences with those belonging to successive questions in my papers. In some instances, the yeas & nays in the list, corresponding with those on more questions than one, did not designate the particular question on...
Your truly valuable communication of the 15th. instant was duly received, for which I beg you to accept in the name of our common country, my most sincere thanks. Although the intrinsick importance of your remarks on the subject of an eventual extinguishment of slavery in the United States, will command for them great and weighty attention; I regret to observe your request, that no publick...
Mr. Ths. Lehré of S. C. is a candidate for the vacant Collectorship of Charleston, and writes that I shd bear some testimony to you in favor of his pretensions. Not having any personal knowlege of him this can relate only to his political sentiments and conduct as they were from time to time communi[ca]ted to me, and to the general standing which I have understood him to possess with his...
I have received your favor of the 8th. covering a copy of your interesting address to your Legislature; for which I pray you to accept my thanks. Allow me at the same time to congratulate you on the auspicious circumstances personal as well as public, under which you retire to the shade of private life; and to offer my sincere wishes that you may experience in it many years of health and...
I scarcely know how to apologize to you for troubling you again on the subject of the Journals of the federal Convention. I have already been indebted to you for the means of completing the Journal, which had been deposited at this Department; and in which the proceedings of the last two days were wanting. It appears by the Journal that on the 12th. of September a revised draught of the plan...
I have recd. yours of June 11. on the subject of the periodical Work you are Editing. Not doubting that it will be a valuable work, I should under other circumstances be a subscriber for it. But at the period to which I have advanced, I find it expedient to reduce rather [than] extend my engagts. especially for the multiplying publications of a long or indefinite continuation. I can only...