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Mr. Theodore Mansfield of New York will do himself the honor to hand this Letter, he has been introduced to me as a very respectable Man by one of my Friends in that City—He is desirous of obtaining leave to send a Ship to Europe, under circumstances which he will explain himself—I beg permission, Sir, to present him to you— With very great Respect I have the honor to be Sir Your mo ob Servt...
J Mason [does for] himself the honor to call on the President this afternoon and to converse with him on the Subject of the note he has pleased to write him this Morning—his only doubt on the Subject which the President has thought proper to propose to him, is the impossibility of leaving home at an early period DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
¶ 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.”
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,...
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,...
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 take the liberty of introducing to you, Dr. Triplett Surgeon in the Navy, who will do himself the honor of handing this Letter, and who, understanding that he has been appointed to reside as Physician at Algiers, is desirous of having some conversation with you on the Subject. With great Respect I have the honor to be Sir your very obt Sevt MHi : Coolidge Collection.
Bordeaux, 20 Dec. 1788 . Acknowledges TJ’s letter of 24 Nov.; would have replied sooner, but he expected a ship from America with “samples of the manufactures” mentioned; they did not come by her; will order them from London. They “have a vessel sailing for Potomack in eight or ten days,” and if TJ has any commands he will be “extremely careful in forwarding them.” RC ( MHi ); 2 p.; endorsed.
My Neighbour Mr. W. O. Sprigg having intimated to me his Wish to fill the office of Attorney for the District of Columbia, lately, as I understand, resigned by Mr. Mason I beg your Permission to state to you my Knowledge of his general character and habits. Of his legal capacity, I am not qualified to give an opinion, this, I can only say, I have heard very respectably spoken of, by...
Having lately Seen it was proposed in france to make Applications to the Executive of the United States to furnish in American Produce part of their Debt, and Supposing it probable if such a measure is adopted Some of the purchases might be made to greater advantage on Potomac, Rappahanok and James River than North of them, I take the Liberty thro’ you Sir to Offer my Services (Say those of my...
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...
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...
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...
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 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....
In due course I was honoured with your Letter of 20th. Ulto. It is from our Connection with that City quite as convenient, to receive in Philadelphia at present as here, and not to trouble you with remitting, we send now to our Friends Messrs. Joseph Anthony & Son who will present it—F. M. & Cos. Draft on you for 205 Ds. 42 Cts. We have written to our Friend in Baltimore for the amount of the...
Having this day sent in my Resignation, to Mr. Madison as Commissioner of the Cumberland-Road, I feel that, I owe to you some personal explanation on that head— In the beleif that I could have rendered Services in that business, I undertook the Duty you were pleased to assign me, with great chearfulness, looked forward to its Execution, with much pleasure, and was successfully making my...
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...
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 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...
J. Mason presents his respects to the President, having informed himself better on the Subject of the Presidents note of the Day before yesterday—He can now state, that of the Persons named—,Joseph Bromley, and Thomas Hewitt are Republicans; Michael Nourse and Dr. Phineas Bradley are Federalists, there are several John Smiths in that Part of the city, it is therefore known Which is meant—Dr....
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...
Bordeaux, 11 July 1789 . On Cutting’s information, he informs TJ that the Washington , Capt. Bond, is there, destined in 10 days for Potomac river but can touch at Norfolk: “a fine fast sailing ship of 250 to 300 Tons with excellent accomodations and a very clever Man as Captain.” If TJ wishes to take her it will give him pleasure to detain her. “She goes out in ballast and being an american...
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...
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,...
Having no expectation that you would remain in the City after the 1st. of July I did not promise to myself the pleasure of seeing you. But having arrived here on the 16th my regret was unavoidably excited when I heard you had only left it on the day before. Gen. Dearborne has communicated to me a message from you, respecting the place of A.G. of the U.S., and has very earnestly pressed me to...
Bordeaux, 8 Sep. 1789 . Regretted extremely to learn from TJ’s letter of July that he was not at liberty to sail then, as “the Ship and Season provided a safe and agreable Passage.” Will be glad to keep him informed about boats sailing from Bordeaux and to make arrangements there.—“I am sorry Sir to be troublesome to you about my little affairs, when you may be occupied about those of much...
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...
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...
M r John Eliason , Merchant of this Town, proposing to visit you on some matter of Business, has requested me to mention him to you. I shall take the liberty to do so with pleasure, altho’ I cannot speak otherwise than generally on the Subject, having latterly been much withdrawn from mercantile business, I have had but few Transactions with Mr Eliason . I can however assure you Sir, that his...
Herewith I take the Liberty to cover you a Letter from my Father, Colo. Mason of Virginia, which had promised myself the pleasure of delivering, but a Want of the Language and Engagements in Business have obliged me to defer my Trip to Paris untill some period during the Winter; when I shall do myself the Honour of paying my Respects to you in person. As perhaps you have had no late Accounts...
Enclosed I take the Liberty to hand you for your consideration my Friend Hodgson’s Invoice of the two Glasses which I mentioned to you some time agoe; you will be pleased remark, that in estimating these plates, by the square inch, the Frames are included, which are said to be remarkably elegant large, and richly ornamented— I do my self the Pleasure also to send you herein a Sketch of the...
J. Mason presents his Respects to the President, and with very great pleasure sends him the garden seeds asked in his note of the other day, in addition to which he begs his acceptance of a few of the Buda-Kale—an excellent kind of Cantaleup—Spanish Tomatoe (very much larger than the common kind)—and Estragon, from the plant the President was so good to send JM. a year or two agoe, which has...
On my Return last night from an absence of two or three Days at Alexandria (which circumstance will be my apology for not having sooner replied) I found your esteemed Letter of the 17h enclosing your note for 1000$—I have with great Pleasure given it my Endorsement & put it into Bank this morning it will be discounted to day—, and the money will be ready at one o’clock—, at which time I shall...
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 )....
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bordeaux, 25 Oct. 1788. Gratefully acknowledges TJ’s letter of 2 Sep. with its “friendly Contents” will pay his respects when he comes to Paris. Forwarded a letter from his father “on the Subject of procuring some french Manufactures to suit the Consumption of the Southern States of America,” about which he would like TJ’s opinion; is willing to show samples to the manufacturers. “We have been...
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 letter which I take the liberty to enclose, I received yesterday, and will be my apology for thus addressing you: it is always painful Sir to me, to intrude on the time of yourself, or other officers of the Government on occasions of this kind, but to Mr. Scott, since he has requested it, I cannot refuse to give my Testemony of, at least, his general worth This Gentleman has been, untill...
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...
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 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...
In answer to the note you did me the honour to write me yesterday I really cannot think of any person in this County, who is a Judge of Law, but those who are in the practise, & whom I suppose the appointment you mention would not suit.— If this is not an indispensable requisite, and as, Mr Hewitt, the Register of Wills, is a competent Lawyer and much a Man of Business, I presume, in this...
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 &...
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...
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...
§ 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...