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I have the honor to inclose three draughts of a letter to the Queen of Portugal, in answer to hers of the 12th of October last, now inclosed, which the Chevalier de Freire handed to me since your departure, with an open copy of which he has favoured me with the inclosed translation; stating the birth of a grandson. The Chevalier about the time of your departure was going to wait on you to...
I have just received the inclosed from Mr. Stoddert relative to Mr. James Reid, who desires to be appointed vice-Consul for Canton, as mentioned in my last; and have the honor to be with great respect / sir you most obt. servt. MHi : Adams Papers.
I have the honor to enclose General Pinckney’s letter of the 27th ulto. and the information which he communicated relative to the persons & papers which arrived at Charleston in the ship Minerva, Capt. Kramp, from Hamburg.—The mulattoes, instead of being agents of the Directory, probably consider the French government as hostile to the interest of the people of colour and the blacks of St....
(Confidential) Sir, Philadelphia March 11.1799 I have been honored with your letter of the 3d. The business to which it relates will I believe be put on a footing to produce less mischief than was apprehended—a footing far beyond my hopes. I have this morning received the two letters inclosed for Mr Lear and J. Dandridge Esqr. I mention in confidence, what I this morning received from Mr King,...
I have the honor to inclose Governor St. Clair’s letter of the 6th Ult. recd. last evening, inclosing the nomination of persons from whom five are to be selected for the Legislative Council of the Territory northwest of the River Ohio. The ordinance in Volo. II. page 562 of the Acts of Congress regulates this choice: and the Act of August 7 1793, in Vol. I page 32, gives, I presume, the power...
(private) Sir, Philadelphia Feby 28. 1799. I am happy to inform you, that altho’ the evil of the original nomination of a minister to treat with France cannot be wholly cured, it has since been palliated, by the nomination of Chief Justice Elsworth, Patrick Henry, and Mr Murray, “to be Envoys Extraordinary & ministers plenipotentiary to the French Republic, with full powers to discuss and...
This morning I have recd. your favour of the 21st. We have all been shocked and grieved at the nomination of a minister to negociate with France. There is but one sentiment on the subject among the friends of their country and the real supporters of the President’s administration. Pains have been taken to ameliorate the measure by throwing it into a Commission: but the President is fixed: the...
Since I had the honor of seeing you, I have conversed with the Secretary of the Treasury, from whom I learn that the suit against Mr. Randolph is still pending—that he claims a credit for the nine thousand dollars which Mr. Short desired him to lay out in the purchase of public Stock, saying it was a private transaction; and that as the issue depends on the judgement of the court, it will be...
(private) Sir, Philadelphia Feby 21. 1799. I have been honoured with your letter of the 21st. My letter of the 8th contained nothing that need be concealed from your friends. except when I mark a letter confidential, you will be pleased to make such use of it as you think proper. The subject of the present one is not an exception, as to your discreet friends: for I am sure no officer about the...
I have the honor to inclose the opinions of the Heads of Departments and Attorney General, on the question of permitting a present supply of some very necessary articles of cloathing and provisions to be sent to St. Domingo. The value of the whole supply has been contemplated to rise to about fifty thousand dollars. I have the honor to be / with great respect / sir your most obt. servt. MHi :...
Having been more than the other gentlemen in the way of receiving information of the real Situation of Genl. Touissaint, and this appearing to be a distressed one, from the want of pay , cloathing and provisions for his troops, who thence began to be uneasy; and as this uneasiness unassuaged by any relief might endanger his authority and the peace of the Island of St. Domingo; I felt...
Since I wrote you on the 9th (which you acknowledge in a short letter, promising further communications) Dr. Stevens has been appointed Consul General of St. Domingo, and will probably embark before the close of next week. If you have written further to me in answer to my letter of the 9th the letter has miscarried, for I have recd. nothing. I must frame Dr. Stevens’s instructions in a few...
The law prohibiting intercourse with the French Dominions is renewed, and extended to the 3d of March 1800. The material variation from the former law consists in the authority given to the President to open the intercourse with any part of those dominions when the safety and interest of the U. States will admit of it. This authority is comprised in the 4th section, a copy of which I inclose....
It will give you additional pleasure to learn that such is the increased and increasing respectability of the U. States among the European powers—that from being viewed with indifference & even contempt, our friendship and commerce are courted. The Russian minister at London has suggested to Mr King that a Commercial treaty with the U. States would be agreeable to the Emperor Paul; and added,...
Your last letters to be forwarded to Europe I expect will proceed next week. The three for England I shall put under cover to Mr King and send them by the British packet which is to sail next Wednesday or Thursday. I have the honor to inclose copies of the Presidents communications to Congress on the 18th & 21st of January, concerning French affairs. In my report, I had noticed (in as gentle...
The Secretary of State has the honor to inclose a letter received yesterday from Mr. King, our minister in London, dated the 16th of November. Thinking the President might deem it proper to communicate to Congress the decree therein referred to, the Secretary has prepared, and herewith presents, copies of the decree, and extracts respecting it from Mr. King’s letter. MHi : Adams Papers.
I have been so much occupied since the receipt of your letter desiring a copy of one you wrote last year, that I have not had time to search for the original: as soon as I can I will do it, & if found, forward a copy. Your letter of the 15th covering one for Mr Murray & one for Lafayette I will take care of, and forward those two to their destination in a few days, when I shall write to Mr...
On examining the alterations you have directed in the report on Mr. Gerry’s communications, one appears to me to leave unfounded and unconnected many of my observations, and on a very important point. Mr. Gerry in his letter of Oct. 1 has expressed an opinion of a most mischievous tendency. He says “Before the arrival of the dispatches of the Envoys, the Minister appeared to me sincere, and...
Colo. Pickering presents his respects to the President of the United States, and incloses Mr. Gerry’s letter of Octr: 20.—Since Colo. P. searched for it in vain, it has been returned to him, with other papers relative to French affairs, by the Attorney General. Colo. Pickering embraces this opportunity to submit to the President’s perusal General Marshall’s journal of occurrences in Paris....
In obedience to the Presidents direction, The Secretary of State respectfully submits the following ideas on the matters to be communicated to Congress, in the President’s speech, at the opening of the approaching session. I. The subject most pressing on the attention of the United States is their situation in relation to the French Republic. The measures taken to effect an amicable adjustment...
I intended some time since to have returned an answer to the letter you did me the honor to send me of the date of Oct. 10. relative to the communications to be made to Congress at the opening of the approaching session; but delayed it, expecting leisure to mature my ideas on the subjects to be brought into view: but that leisure has not yet occurred; and therefore now beg leave to submit the...
I have been honoured with your letter of the 26th ult. inclosing Mr. Gerry’s of the 20th.—I am sorry that I cannot comply with your proposition “to have it inserted in a public print:” for I must then subjoin such remarks as will expose his quibbles and further wound his feelings: I shall go further, and display, not his pusilanimity, weakness and meanness alone,—but his duplicity and...
I have the honor to inclose a list of officers for the ship George Washington, fitting for sea at Providence. If the persons named and recommended meet your approbation, it will be desirable that the commissions & warrants signed by you should be returned immediately, as Captain Talbot has made such dispatch in improving and equipping the ship that he expects to have her ready for sea by the...
The original French of Chauvets letter to Galatin, exhibiting the perfidy and violence of France in subverting the Swiss Republic, I recd. from Mr. King. It appeared to me so important a detail of facts at the present moment, I put it into the hands of a son of Mr. Abraham Hunt, whom I found at leisure, to translate. It has been faithfully done. I encouraged the printer here to give it to the...
The inclosed interesting pamphlet is a faithful translation from the original French, transmitted to me by Mr King. As it details facts which demonstrate the perfidy and violence of the French Government, I had it translated, and recommended it to the printer in this place; hoping the dissemination of it in America might do good. I think the Government could expend money in no way more...
Inclosed is the name to which the decyphered letters which I returned to you last week had reference. MHi : Adams Papers.
I take pleasure in transmitting to you the inclosed address from Glynn County in Georgia, forwarded by General Gunn, whose letter of the 1st instant I also inclose. I also inclose a letter from Gideon Hill Wells relative to a pipe of Wine imported for you by his uncle the late H. J. Hill. And have the honor to be / with great respect, / sir, your most obt. servt. P.S. Inclosed is one letter...
I have been this day honoured with your letters of the 14th & 15th. I am very happy that you and Mrs. Adams approve of my letter to the Freeholders of Prince Edward County, Virginia. This morning I recd. from Mr. King a letter dated June 20. in which is the following passage. “Notwithstanding his pretended delicacy, Hauteval by no means denies the agency ascribed to him in soliciting the Bribe...
Recollecting your anxiety that General Pinckney might [not] feel satisfied with the military arrangements of General officers proposed by you, I seize the first moment to relieve you from it. This morning Mr McHenry has received from Genl Hamilton a letter dated yesterday, in which is the following passage: After mentioning the arrival of General Pinckney, Genl Hamilton says— “You will learn...
Yesterday I returned to you the two letters from Mr. Murray which you desired me to decypher: I now inclose another private letter from Mr. Murray. The Treasurer, Mr. Meredith, enquired to-day for the time of death of Judge Wilson. It is noted in the original letter from Judge Iredell which I had the honor to send you early in September: it is still with you. As it is necessary for the...
I have the honour to return you Mr. Murray’s letter’s decyphered; the first is, in different points of view, very interesting. The name he refers to I retain for another conveyance. General Pinckney is at Newark, where he proposes to stay ten days or a fortnight. He asked me (in his letter recd. the 16th) whether you would expect him to wait on you. I answered, that considering it must oblige...
I have the honor to send herewith a packet & letter from Mr. Pitcairn, received yesterday morning, and to inclose the letter No. 128. and the document it refers to, from Mr. Adams at Berlin, which in my last I mentioned were in the act of being decyphered. Before this gets to hand you will find that General Pinckney arrived at New-York last Saturday afternoon: So I find it stated in a paper...
This morning I saw a New-York paper announcing the arrival of General Pinckney, & that on account of the prevailing fever, he had landed at Paulus Hook: So I expect in two or three days to have the happiness to see him. The inclosed letter I received yesterday morning, with others by the mail from New-York. I have the honor to be with great respect sir your most obt servt ALS , DLC:GW . The...
Last evening I received letters from Bourdeaux, by which it appears that General Pinckney embarked with his family, about the middle of August, for New–York. The letters came in the ship Franklin, arrived in the river Delaware. I inclose copies of these letters, being Mr. Shipwith’s to Mr. Fenwick, mentioning that on the 21st of August he had received an official copy of an Arret of the...
I seize the first conveyance to inform you that General Pinckney is out of France. He embarked with his family, about the middle of August, in the ship Hope, Capt. Hendrick Hendrickson, for New-York, where we may daily expect to hear of his arrival. The letter giving me this information is from a Monsieur Hory, dated at Bourdeaux the 27th of August; it came to hand last evening from Chester...
Yesterday morning Mr. C. Humphreys handed me your letters and the dispatches of Mr. Gerry & others. I have now the honor to inclose some copies of our order for requiring the departure of aliens, pursuant to the act of Congress passed the 25th of June last. If the form of the Order meets your approbation, I respectfully submit to your consideration whether during your absence from the seat of...
If it should appear to you neither lawful nor expedient to delegate to the joint deliberation of the Head of Departments, and to the determination of a majority of them, the case of Aliens deemed unsafe to the U. States, I conceive there can be little doubt of the propriety of requiring the departure of General Collot, and of Mr. Sweitzer who is described in Colo. Mentges letter herewith...
This morning I received a letter from the American Consul at Naples. Unfortunately it is without date: the details of facts do however show that it was very lately written: an extract is inclosed.—Last evening I received a letter from the American Consul at Gibraltar dated August 10th, by which it appears that they had no news of the two fleets under Buonaparte & Nelson later than they had...
This morning I was honoured with your letters of the 28th, 29th & 30th ult. The instructions proposed to guard against abuses in granting licences to carry away French people, shall be conveyed to every Collector to whom a license shall in future be transmitted: I have kept two in suspense until I should receive your determination. Within two or three days past you will find that I sent a...
As the information contained in the inclosed letter from Theodore Foster esqr. may possibly become a subject of public speculation, I think it proper to lay it before you. My information of Gerbier’s enquiry of the Christian name of Mr. Foster comes from our consul at the Cape, who knew not the object of the enquiry. Mr. Foster’s letter explains it. I also have the honour to inclose a copy of...
I inclose the duplicate of my letter of the 24th ulto. To John Q. Adams Esqr. our minister at Berlin, which, if approved, you will be pleased to seal and forward in some vessel from Boston bound to England or Hamburg: if to England, permit me to suggest the expediency of putting it under cover to Mr. King. The original will go this week from New York in the British packet. If you wish any...
I have to-day received some letters from Mr King dated in London July 28 August 1st & 5th. By them it appears there is more than ever a prospect of a new coalition against France: but a fact, and a very important one, stated by Mr King, has chiefly induced me to write. It is this. That Austria & Naples have entered into a defensive alliance for their mutual protection against France; and...
I have the honour to inclose two letters from Mr. Adams, one dated “Berlin June 18th. 1798;” the other on the 25th of the same month; the latter covering three papers of extracts from French news-papers with Mr. Adams’s remarks. In his letter of June 18th he refers to the propositions made by the Swedish minister, Baron d’Engerstrom, (now at Berlin) when he was minister in England in 1793, to...
I have the honor to inclose the copy of a letter I have just written to the Collector of Norfolk, on which I shall wait your orders. Perhaps another (and possibly a more effectual) condition may be required, on the issuing a permit to a vessel to carry off French persons—to wit, That the Collector shall previously ascertain that she is not a fast sailing vessel, and not calculated for being...
The inclosed address and tender of services from the Volunteer riflemen of Christiana Hundred, county of New Castle, State of Delaware came to hand last evening. MHi : Adams Papers.
I have received from Mr. Adams at Berlin a letter which I am decyphering: it is dated the 18th of June. If it appears necessary, I shall forward it in to-morrow’s mail. The three letters inclosed for Mrs. Adams, arrived last evening with the former. I have a letter from General Marshall, dated at Richmond the 15th. in which is the following passage:— “I have seldom seen more extraordinary...
I am this moment honoured with your letters of the 13th and 14th, and have directed a Commission to be made out for a judge of the Supreme Court, in the place of Judge Wilson deceased, leaving a blank for the name, and which I shall transmit to you in the mail of this evening. I shall also this day write to General Marshall to inform him that you have designated him to fill the vacant seat,...
I have the honor to inclose a sealed letter addressed to you—An address signed Stephen Moore, Brigadier General, from the officers & soldiers in the 6th brigade of the third division of North Carolina Militia, which came to hand last evening under cover to me—a letter from Dr Rush dated the 14th, mentioning that his brother would decline the appointment he had solicited for him in the former...
Since I had last the honor to address you, I have received from the Collector of Pennsylvania information of the arrival at Marcus Hook of a Frenchman named Giraud, appointed Consul for Boston. It struck me as one of the names presented last May by Mr. Létombe as Consul, for whom your exequatur was requested and refused. I turned to Létombe’s letter, & found it so, with the variation of the...
I wrote you a hasty letter on the 13th—Upon further consideration, we have judged it most advisable that a letter should be written by Mr Wolcott alone; in order that the strong point of view in which the facts and arguments in the case may be placed, may be presented by Reason only, to which the mind yields more willingly than to formal advice, in the semblance of official authority. This is...