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I had the Honour to address you twelve or fourteen days agoe by way of Potomac covering a collection of Pamph[l]ets relative to the Revolution we have just experienced in this Country which from their extraordinary nature hoped might have been acceptable —now by way of Phila. I take the Liberty (in case of miscarriage) to send you a Acct of them with an addition of some which have since...
Having lately heard from France it was probable that, that Government Would make Application to You, to Supply them with the different products of this Country in payment of the American Debt; Embolden’d by a persuasion that my Situation in Commerce (having a House there & another here, & a good experience in Negotiations with that Country) may in the present Juncture enable me to Serve the...
The Letter you did me the honor to write me on the 2d Inst. reached me at Annapolis, in due time, on the Day after its date. It had the fullest Effect to do away an opinion with some that you were not so sanguine as formerly as to the Importance of the Potomak Navigation & disposed many to be more friendly to the Petition of the Company, but unfortunately for some time before, the Members in...
Knowing the great Interest you have always taken in the promotion of the Navigation of the Potomak—I lose not a moment to inform you that I have at length suceeded to get this great Object aided by a grant of the Legislature of this State to the full amount contemplated by the Company—and it is with extreme Pleasure I have it in my Power to enclose a Resolution to that Effect which has this...
When Mr Orr was going to Kentuckey he left with me the enclosed Engagement, for the amount of which, I accommodated him with the money. As it is now due, I take the Liberty to send it to you, and if entirely convenient should thank you for its amount. Very respectfully I am Sir your mo: obt: Hbe Sert I send this my [ sic ] Mr Suttle one of the young Gentlemen of my counting house. RC ( DLC )....
4 June 1802, Georgetown. “Mr Nicholas King of the City of Washington, who will do himself the honor to hand this Letter, has requested me to make him known to you, being desirous, as he is at present out of Business, to obtain a Clerks place in your Department, should there be a Vacancy.… I have known Mr King for many years & can most safely recommend him as a Man of Abilities Integrity and...
28 March 1804, Georgetown. “I find your note for 1200$ falls due on Wednesday next, and therefore, to be renewed, must be offered for, tomorrow—agreably to your request, I sent you by one of my asisstants [ sic ] a note ready drawn for your Signature—the rest I will take care to have done.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p.; docketed by JM.
I find your note for $1200 endorsed by me & discounted at the Bank of Columbia, becomes due next week. Presuming from what you observed to me the other Day it may be your wish to renew it I enclose you a note drawn in proper Form for like Sum—as in case of renewal it is necessary to offer it tommorrow, if you will return it with your Signature I will take care to give it the proper course &...
Mr Suttle caled on you as you requested with a note in due Form to offer tomorrow at the Bank of Columbia to relieve one for similar Sum drawn by you becoming due there this week. You will oblige me Sir by informing me at your leisure to whom I am to charge the discounts on this negociation to Mr Monroe, or yourself. I have now paid 40$ or 50 at different times for this purpose—a particular...
On the 15th. Inst your note for $500 endorsed by me became due in the Bank of Columbia. As I was not provided with a note of yours to offer for renewal I obtained leave to discount my own note in lieu thereof for 20 Days, to give time to receive yours. I now take the liberty to enclose one in due form, which be pleased sign and return me so as to be here by the 4th of Septr: the day, on which,...
§ From John Mason. 10 February 1806, George Town. “Lieutenant Wormely of the Marine Corps, has intimated to me his Wish to obtain the appointment of Consul to one of the Barbary States. “Of the great respectability of the connections of this Gentleman in Virginia I presume you are informed; of his qualifications for such a post, I am not enabled to speak from personal Knowledge, as I have but...
The letter which I have now the honour to enclose, came to my hands yesterday, under cover with a letter of business, relative to his accounts, from Mr Rodolph Tellier (late agent at the indian trading house which was established at the cantonment at Belle Fontaine near St Louis, now discontinued) and to which was the following postscript—“I intended to send the enclosed to his Excellency the...
24 July 1809, Georgetown. Has been solicited to write a letter of recommendation for Alexander Scott, who seeks appointment as judge for District of Columbia. Admits he knows little of Scott’s legal background but can assure JM of the applicant’s respectable “connections and standing in life.” Moreover, “his political principles have been uniformly & soundly republican.” RC ( DNA : RG 59,...
1 February 1810. Recommends that Nathan Lufborough and Walter S. Chandler be appointed as magistrates for the northwest part of the county of Washington. RC ( DNA : RG 46, President’s Messages, Executive Nominations, 11B-A2). 1 p. Signed by Mason and twenty-one others. On 6 Feb. 1810 JM nominated Lufborough and Chandler to be justices of the peace for Washington County in the District of...
I had the honour to intimate to you in conversation the other day that remonstrances had been made by some of the agents for Indian Trade in the Upper Mississippi against the facility with which british Traders obtained licences to trade in that quarter. On that subject, it has occurred to me to be my duty to communicate to you Sir a letter lately received from the agent at Fort Madison. Mr....
24 July 1811, Indian Office. Informs JM that Samuel Tupper, factor in the trading house at Sandusky, has asked permission to resign and suggests that Jacob B. Varnum of Massachusetts be appointed in his place. RC ( DNA : RG 75, Letters Received by Superintendent of Indian Trade); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 75, Letters Sent by Superintendent of Indian Trade). RC 1 p.; with JM’s notation,...
8 July 1812 , “ Indian Office .” “By the Law of the 2d. March 1811 relative to trading Houses with the Indian tribes, the manner of drawing the money, for the payment of the salaries of the Agents, assistant agents and Clerks at the trading Houses having been altered, on application to the Secretary of the Treasury in the month of December last—I learned from him, that when the requisite...
10 August 1812, Indian Office. Recommends assistant agent Robert P. Bayly for the office of Indian agent at the trading house on Chickasaw Bluffs, left vacant by the death of John B. Treat. Recommends William M. Stewart as assistant agent at Fort Madison, to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Asa Payne. RC ( DLC ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 75, Letters Sent by the Superintendent of...
I have the honour to state that William M. Stewart appointed by you on the 10th. Inst. to be assistant Indian agent at Fort Madison, has declined the acceptance of that office because on account of the Illness of his father he is not able to leave his family, as promptly as the occasion requires. It being a matter of importance in the present state of the Indian country that the person...
I entreat you to attribute the Subject of this letter to it’s true motive—the most honest and sincere desire to do public good, in however small a degree it may be in my power to contribute toward it. You will receive Sir, by this same mail a letter from Mr Rush, which has been written after several earnest and anxious conversations between him and myself, as to the present Crisis, and...
9 March 1813 , “ Indian office .” “In conformity with the law of 2d. March 1811 —I have the honour to transmit a statement of the salaries of the agents assistant agents and Clerks at the several trading houses with the Indian tribes—from the 1st. day of april 1812 the day to which payment was last made for them from the treasury for one year amount $10383.28 and to sollicit that you will be...
I take the liberty to send you a letter I received today—the writer Mr. Ricketts is a wealthy and respectable Man—living in the Country near Alexandria, and altho’ illeterate, of strong sagacious mind—& a firm friend to your administration—as it appeared to me he had taken a pretty correct view of the Subject of which he treats I really thought it my Duty Sir to send it you; in which if I have...
Letter not found. 21 September 1813. Acknowledged in JM to Mason, 23 Sept. 1813 , which suggests that Mason’s letter probably enclosed a 3 Sept. 1813 letter to Mason from John Mitchell, U.S. agent for prisoners at Halifax, and a copy of Mitchell’s letter of the same date to Lt. William Miller, British agent for prisoners at Halifax. In the latter, written at 8 a.m., Mitchell requested that...
Letter not found. 24 September 1813. Acknowledged in JM to Mason, 29 Sept. 1813 , which suggests that Mason’s letter probably enclosed copies of British commissary general of prisoners Thomas Barclay’s letter to Mason of 17 Sept. 1813, and of Mason’s 22 Sept. 1813 reply. Barclay enclosed a copy of an undated letter from British Rear Admiral Edward Griffith stating that he had authorized the...
¶ John Mason to Dolley Madison. Letter not found. 8 June 1814. Described as a two-page autograph letter in Anderson Catalogue No. 995 (1913), item 162. Asks her opinion of a “plaister cast” of JM taken “from a Die, cut after the bust made by the Italian artist last year, and intended to impress medals for the Indians.”
A large Family now growing up about me, and every day impressing more and more strongly on my mind the necessity of giving my whole attention to my own concerns, has determined me to divest myself, for that purpose, with as little delay as possible of the public trusts with which I have been honoured. I therefore beg leave to offer my Resignation of the office of Superintendant of Indian...
The loss I experienced a few Days ago, of my Summer Residence, by fire, and the consequent derangement of my domestic affairs making it impossible for me, in justice to my family, to be absent from home, during the Summer and Fall, so long, as would be required to execute the Commission, in which I was lately joined, by the President of the united States, to lay out a Road from Cumberland to...
I beg leave to represent that in the month of June last, there was shipped by my Predecessor in Office, Genl. John Shee, on board the american Ship Little William, of Philada. Capt. Harrison, destined for Tonningen, a parcell of Peltry, the property of the United States and consigned for sale on their account, to Mr. Chas. F. Nagel Merchant at that place, value on board at Philadelphia Dollars...
I enclose you your note for $500 Paid at the Bank of Columbia on the 30th. Ulto. by your Check on the office of Disct: and Deposit then sent me, for that purpose, as also your acct: with me on the Transaction of your Discts. at sd. Bank, on notes endorsed by me, stated, for Your Information, from the beginning; Balc. due me, the last discount only, $ 4 75/100. The result of this negotiation...
In consequence of the intimation made by you, when I had the honor to converse with you a few days ago on the subject of the capture of a parcell of Peltries the property of the United States on board the Ship Little William of Philadelphia, I have obtained the testimony of the two Gentlemen who were clerks in this Office at the time of the shipment in question and an attestation by them of...