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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...
¶ 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.”
I have recd. your letter of the 24th. instant with its several inclosures. My answer to your preceding one renders it unnecessary to do more than express my approbation of the very proper reply you have given to the letter from the British Commissary General of Prisoners. The persevering detention of our Seamen who were on board British Ships, when war was declared, will engage particular...
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...
I have this day reccd. your letter of the 21t. instant, with the letters & papers from our Agent for prisoners of War at Halifax. The encouragement which the Enimy seem to derive from our reluctance to retaliate their cruelty towards our military citizens in captivity, requires that an appeal should be made without delay, to their feelings for their own unfortunate people, as they have none...
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...
14 May 1813, Washington. In accordance with “the second Section of the act entitled ‘an act to ascertain the Compensation of Public Ministers,’ passed May 10th 1800,” certifies that John Mason has expended $19,000 under JM’s direction “for the Contingent Expences of foreign intercourse the particulars of which expenditure it is not deemed advisable to specify.” Given as a voucher so Mason can...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
I fear you will have thought me negligent, in not haveing sooner replied to the letter I had the pleasure to receive from you last month—I beg you will be assured Sir I lost not a moment in prepareing for a Satisfactory Reply— I had taken from me, this Spring, by the Teeth of the ground Mouse, a little animal very numerous and troublesome here, all the Seed Turnips of every kind I had set out:...
You were so kind, when I left Washington , as to give me some seed of the Swedish turnep. I sowed it carefully, but a drought from the middle of July till autumn, prevented a single plant from coming to perfection. can you give me a few seeds now, & inform me when you plant them. M c Mahon directs it in April or May . but this is so different from the season of sowing other turneps that I am...
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....
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...
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,...
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...
The republicans and friends of the late administration, of George Town , animated by the purest sentiments of gratitude and affection, beg leave to express to you those emotions inspired by the interesting crisis of your departure from public life. Devoted as you have been for so long a period of time, to the service of your country, endeared by your unceasing cares for our national...
Th: Jefferson has recieved the seeds which General Mason has been so kind as to send him, and returns him many thanks for them. they will be a valuable acquisition to him. he is very sensible of the kind sentiments expressed in his note and assures him he reciprocates them sincerely to mrs Mason & himself, and that at whatever distance withdrawn from them, the information of their welfare will...
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...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Genl. Mason and being about to retire to a country life, where his garden will be a principal amusement, he is making up his emplettes of seeds. he has to beg of Genl. Mason some seeds of the egg plant; to which he must add a little of the Ruta baga, or Swedish turnep, he knows that this last is to be had at the shops, but he has remarked that which...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to Genl. Mason & sent him this morning his plant of Terragon, not doubting that the best measure to preserve it is to place it in his hands. when he shall have multiplied the stock, Th:J. will ask for some plants to carry to Monticello. MBBS .
J. Mason presents his Respects to the President, does himself the honor to return the List of Magistrates, received from him, the Evening before last, he detained it a day in order to obtain some information as to Residence &c I have marked the Residence & Politics against each name, as far as I am informed—of the new Recommendations, the four first, I beleive are, as to character,...
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...
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...
Th: Jefferson salutes Genl Mason with friendship & respect & sends him some grains of the Quarentine corn which comes in 40. days. it is said to produce 4. crops a year in Italy & 3. in Switzerland. it is just arrived from Italy, & should be planted immediately, in drills 2. or 3. feet apart & 12. I. asunder in the drills. it does not grow above 2. or 3 f. high & is loaded with ears from top...
§ To John Mason. 29 April 1806, Department of State. “The President of the United States, being desirous of availing the Public of your Services, as Commissioner ‘for laying out and making a road from Cumberland in the State of Maryland to the State of Ohio,’ I have the honor to enclose your Commission.” RC ( MBBS ). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM . Enclosure not found. On the same day...
Congress have passed an act for opening a road from Cumberland to Ohio, which is to be laid off by 3. Commissioners. a desire of having it done, uninfluenced by any local motives has induced me to endeavor to get one Commissioner in the state of Ohio, and two in this quarter. would it suit you to undertake this journey? the emolument to be sure is trifling (4. D. a day) but the public interest...
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.
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 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.
§ 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 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...
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....
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...
Mr. Barnes my factotum in money matters is on a journey to Baltimore, and in his absence a pressing call is made on me, which renders it necessary for me to get a thousand Dollars from the bank of Columbia. I have not another mercantile or monied acquaintance in the place. in this dilemma I venture to ask the favor of you to indorse & put in the inclosed for me, as the rules of the banks...
On the 15th. Inst your note for $500 endorsed by me became due in the Bank of Columbia. As I was not provided with a note of yours to offer for renewal I obtained leave to discount my own note in lieu thereof for 20 Days, to give time to receive yours. I now take the liberty to enclose one in due form, which be pleased sign and return me so as to be here by the 4th of Septr: the day, on which,...
Having no expectation that you would remain in the City after the 1st. of July I did not promise to myself the pleasure of seeing you. But having arrived here on the 16th my regret was unavoidably excited when I heard you had only left it on the day before. Gen. Dearborne has communicated to me a message from you, respecting the place of A.G. of the U.S., and has very earnestly pressed me to...
Enclosed I take the Liberty to hand you for your consideration my Friend Hodgson’s Invoice of the two Glasses which I mentioned to you some time agoe; you will be pleased remark, that in estimating these plates, by the square inch, the Frames are included, which are said to be remarkably elegant large, and richly ornamented— I do my self the Pleasure also to send you herein a Sketch of the...
Mr Suttle caled on you as you requested with a note in due Form to offer tomorrow at the Bank of Columbia to relieve one for similar Sum drawn by you becoming due there this week. You will oblige me Sir by informing me at your leisure to whom I am to charge the discounts on this negociation to Mr Monroe, or yourself. I have now paid 40$ or 50 at different times for this purpose—a particular...
I have this day recieved your letter of resignation, with regret altho’ not unexpectedly; and have in consequence written to propose the office to mr Jones. as his acceptance is uncertain, and we have no time to lose in making the appointment, will you be so good in the meantime as to give me your opinion between mr Sprigg recommended by you, and John Bowie Ducket who has been recommended by...
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...