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I have received your two favors of the 21st and 23d ultimo. They breathe a spirit of friendship and affection which has ever been ardently reciprocated by me. The appointment of the third Major General having been explicity declined by me I have nothing to add on that subject but one single observation. To wit that you are the only decided personal friend who has advised my acceptance of it....
In your welcome and much esteemed favor of the 9th I recognise fully all the substantial friendship and kindness which I have always so invariably experienced from you. My letter of the 29th ultimo was written under a pressure of various ideas, all sharp’ned by a strong sense of the comparison which had been publickly made between others and myself and in consequence the inferior station which...
(Private) My dear Sir Boston 29 July 1798. Yesterday I received your favor of the 16th instant, which I opened with all the delightful sensations of affection which I always before experienced upon the receipt of your letters. But I found on its perusal, a striking instance of that vicissitude of human affairs and friendships, which you so justly describe. I read it with astonishment, which...
Possessing as I do a thousand evidences of your friendship, I am persuaded that you will readily beleive me, when I say that my silence of late, has been the effect of my unwillingness to intrude, lest I should for a moment prevent the consideration and different views, you give to the important subjects incessantly before you. Although the same cause continues to prevent my interruption, yet...
I have received your kind favor of the 4th instant. I shall always regret every circumstance which may obstruct a compliance with your wishes public or private. The Appointment of Commissioner would mar most effectually my plans for the Summer, and which are now in an expensive train of execution. There is another circumstance which I confess confidentially, has a considerable influence on my...
I have been requested by several respectable characters in this place, to name for your consideraton Christopher Gore Esqr. of this vicinity as a suitable character for one of the Commissioners to repair to Great Britain in pursuance of the late treaty. I before took the liberty of suggesting his name upon another occasion, and to express my conviction, of his fitness, for high confidential...
I cannot refrain from trespassing on Your time by expressing to you the perfect satisfaction which the people of New England possess by the operations of the general goverment. The unanimity of the legislature of this state was such as to overbear all dispositions of a disorganizing nature. Had the legislature conceived it proper or constitutional they would have expressed their approbation in...
In addressing myself to you I experience the mingled emotions of respect and affection, the former repelling lest I should intrude, and the latter attracting me to hold conversation with you, whom independent of all political considerations, and situations, I shall ever hold dear to my soul. Having overcome my reluctance to break in upon your important affairs, I shall truly state to you the...
I have the honor to enclose you the opinion of James Seagrove agent for the Creek Nation upon the subject of the negroes which ought to have been returned in pursuance of the treaty of New York. I beg leave to add that if the United States deem it inexpedient to press for a return of the negroes that it would appear proper that the owners should be compensated conformably to some equitable...
Mr Stagg has mentioned your observations respecting the difference between the five thousand dollars stipulated, and the seven thousand implied—The facts are truly stated in the proceedings —The indians were, as there mentioned, told that the two thousand, and indeed the whole, would depend on their attachment and good dispositions; but that I was not authorised to stipulate more than five...
Mr Fitz Simons has applied to me upon the subject of another missionary being added to the one allowed by your permission upon the request of Bishop Carrol as a Companion in case of sickness and as an assistant in all objects whether spiritual or political. Peter Janin has been appointed at the following rate, One hundred & fifty dollars for equipment and two hundred Dollars ⅌ Annum and he has...
I have the honor to submit to your view a note of Mr Rutherford of the Senate and my answer thereto containing principles of the solidity of which I am fully convinced. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Your obedient servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . John Rutherfurd’s letter to Knox of 12 Dec. raised the claim of Staats Morris for an army promotion. Believing that Knox had...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration a report upon Indian affairs—If it should be your pleasure to lay the same before the two houses of Congress it would probably produce the bill which is desired. Colonel Pickering has made his report upon that part of his business respecting the change of the line —The Secretaries of State and Treasury have perused the same, and been consulted...
I beg leave to submit to you, the proceedings held with the Cherokees in the month of June last, together with the Articles arising out of the said conference; and also a draft of a message to the Senate upon this subject. The conference with the Chickasaws is copied; But as no treaty was formed requiring the advice and consent of the Senate, it is deemed unnecessary to transmit it to that...
I have the honor to submit a draft of a letter to Governor Blount. The situation of Mero district seems to demand an instant provision for its protection. Governor Blount thought proper to send an express with the last information who is now waiting for an answer. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your obed. Servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The draft has not been identified....
In pursuance of the verbal communications heretofore submitted, it is with the utmost respect, that I beg leave officially to request, you will please to consider that after the last day of the present Month and year my services as secretary for the department of War will cease. I have endevored to place the business of the department in such a train that my successor may without much...
I have the honor to submit to you, letters from Governor Blount just received, dated the 18th 22d and 28th November—I submit the propriety of having these copied together with his former letters and laid before Congress immediately. I am, most respectfully, Sir, Your obedt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., wrote Knox on this date: “By the President’s order Bw...
I have the honor to submit, the enclosed letters just received; from Governor Blount dated 16th November; Also from Lt Col: Gaither of the 4th, and Constant Freeman of the 21’st of the same month. I am, most respectfully, Sir. Your obedt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . William Blount’s letter to Knox of 16 Nov. enclosed letters reporting about Indian activity in the Southwest Territory and a...
I have the pleasure to submit the enclosed dispatches just received from Governor Blount. I have the honor to be, Sir, Most respectfully, Your obedt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . In his journal of proceedings for this date, GW noted that the enclosed dispatches were “Return’d to be copied for Congress” ( JPP Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797 ....
Notwithstanding the agreeable view of affairs transmitted by Governor Blount I have the mortification of submitting to you a letter of more recent date of quite a contrary complexion which I presume is authentic. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obed. Servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The enclosed letter has not been identified.
I have the honor to submit to your view and correction a proposed statement, in pursuance of the resolve of the house of representatives, on the subject of the Militia. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obedient servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . On 25 Nov. the House of Representatives “Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to direct the proper officer...
I have the honor to submit to your view a draft of a letter to the Governors of Virginia, Maryland Pennsylvania, and New Jersey —Perhaps as Brigadier General Samuel Smith was at the head of the militia of a State the same ought to be transmitted him excepting as to the thanks. Most respectfully, Your obedt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . On this date Knox wrote to Virginia governor Robert...
Upon further reflection, and examination of the charges exhibited by Brigadier General Wilkinson, against Major General Wayne, and consulting Colonel Hamilton thereon, it has been conceived proper to submit the letter to General Wilkinson in the shape it now has, for your consideration. I have the honor to be Sir, with perfect Respect, Your obedt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . Knox wrote...
In examining General Wilkinsons papers in order to answer them, I find a letter written by him on the 30 June and received during my absence on the 23 of Augt —It contains matter of such serious import as requires to be submitted to your consideration and some order taken thereon—It ought to have been submitted by Major Stagg during my absence. I submit also my last letter to him. I have the...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration, the draft of a letter to Major General Wayne; which it is proposed to send off to morrow. I am, most respectfully, Sir, Your obedt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . GW’s secretary Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., replied to Knox on this date, “By the President’s order B. Dandridge respectfully returns to the Secy of War the dft of a letter for Genl...
I have the honor to submit to You the draft of letter to the Governor of New York, the purport of which has been agreed upon with the secretary of State. I am Sir respectfully your humble Servant ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The enclosed draft has not been identified.
I have the honor to submit to your view a letter from Colonel Pickering dated the 28h ultimo and an enclosure, and also certain communications received from Lt Dinsmoor who left this city as the conductor and agent to the Cherokee nation of Indians. I am Sir with the highest respect your obdt Servant ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The letter from Timothy Pickering follows; that of Silas Dinsmoor...
I have the honor to submit to your view an estimate of the expences of the War department including the probable expences of the detachment of the militia now in service in the Western parts of Pennsylvania. I have the honor to be Sir, with the highest respect, Your obedt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . For this estimate, as submitted to Congress, see DNA : RG 233, Reports of the Secretary...
I have the honor to submit to your view a Statement of the non commissioned Officers and privates at present in the service of the United States specifying the places where they are and the periods which they have still to serve. The force immediately under Major General Wayne is much lessened by the expiration of the services of his Troops and is inferior to the demand of existing...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration a draft of instructions for James Seagrove Agent to the Creeks. And also a communication of the Comptrollers upon the subject of obtaining Salt petre. I am sir respectfully your Obedient Servant ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The draft has not been identified. Oliver Wolcott, Jr., wrote Knox on 14 Nov., enclosing a copy of a letter that “presents...
I have the honor to submit the information hitherto deficient of the evacuation of the Creek lands on the frontier of Georgia—This is contained in Constant Freeman’s letter of the 29th of September and the enclosures therein contained, which with his letter of the 12th October are herewith submitted. As soon as you have perused them, they shall be copied for Congress. I am Sir, with the...
I have the honor to submit to your view an estimate of Goods which has been made out by James Seagrove the Agent for the Creeks. The only question in my mind on the subject of this estimate is its amount, and yet when the importance of conciliating the Creek Indians be considered as well as their numbers, I respectfully submit it as my opinion that the amount of the estimate be furnished him...
I have the honor to transmit you, enclosed, the copy of another letter just received from Colonel Pickering, dated the 8th instant. I am, with the highest respect, Sir, Your most obt Servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW .
I have the honor to submit you the Copy of a letter just received from Colonel Pickering. I have conceived that it might be attended with good effects to assuage in the mind of the Governor, of this state, and of the militia Army, any apprehensions they may have entertained respecting the hostility of the six nations. Had they refused Colonel Pickerings invitation, the aspect would have been...
I have the honor to transmit you, enclosed, copies of two letters received from Governor Blount dated the 21st, and 22d of September last; also a letter from Major Craig of the 10th instant; and one from Alexander Macomb of New York dated the 15th. I am Sir, with the highest respect, Your most obedt Servant. LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . All four enclosures are in DLC:GW . William Blount’s...
Brigadier General Bloomfield is of opinion that by the 12th he shall be able to march with about 400 men from Trenton, this would make up the whole number who have marched from New Jersey 1700. The remainder hes is of opinion may not be collected until a fortnight owing to the defect of the militia Laws —I beleive General Freelinghausens volunteers have not turned out so well as he expected....
I had the honor on the 6th to mention my arrival and the cause of my detention longer than the time I had specified. I am occupied in the affairs of the department, until I shall receive your orders whether to join you or not. If you should progress westward, and should be of opinion I could be serviceable I shall fly to join your standard. I have the satisfaction to say, that at the eastward...
I arrived here the last Evening. It has been a circumstance of inexpressible regret to me, tha[t] an extraordinary course of contrary winds detained me longer than I expected. Permit me to request the favor by the return of the express, that I may wait upon you at Carlile or elsewhere, until the painful task upon which you are shall be adjusted. I am with perfect respect and affection Your...
There are about two hundred recruits who may be ordered to the frontiers. I have directed those Eastward of NewYork to move forward and those at New York to hold themselves in readiness to move when directed —These recruits may be wanted at the place of the intended rendezvous. Colonel Hamilton will take your further orders respecting them. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your...
I have seen your letter to the secretary of state announcing a meeting tomorrow Morning in which it would appear that it was your intention that I should be included. Accustomed to consider even your desires, much less your orders, as paramount to every other consideration, I shall certainly defer my journey, or even renounce it altogether, if your view of the subject should render my...
The draft of a proclamation and that of an instruction to the Commissioners being both prepared, we take the liberty to suggest that we think a meeting tomorrow morning at such hour as may be convenient to the President, may be adviseable. The Secretary of State & Attorney General being out of town we cannot consult them, but we will engage the attendance of the Attorney General provisionally...
The draft of a proclamation and that of an instruction to the Commissioners being both prepared, we take the liberty to suggest that we think a meeting tomorrow morning at such hour as may be convenient to the President, may be adviseable. The Secretary of State & Attorney General being out of town we cannot consult them, but we will engage the attendance of the Attorney General provisionally...
I have the honor to submit a letter from Mr O Hara Quarter Master General containing the confirmation of the affair at Fort Recovery, also letters from Major Craig and Lieut. Colonel Butler. Ensign Semple who came express with these papers says that General Neville and Major Lennox intended to go as low as Washington and then cross the Country. That he learnt at Greensburg that the Insurgents...
In obedience to your directions that the heads of the department<s,> and the Attorney General should give, in Writing, their opinion on the measure<s> proper to be pursued by the Executive, in consequence of the resistance which has been manifested in the Western Counties of Pennsylvania to the law imposing a duty on spirits distilled within the United States, I have the honor to submit to...
I have the honor to submit to you the draft of a letter to the Governor of Georgia on the proposed establishment on the Creek lands. This letter has been drafted by the Secretary of State and is conformable to my sentiments. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obedient Servant I have also the honor to enclose Colo. Pickerings Instructions, with an addition relatively to the...
I have the honor to submit a letter just received from the Secretary of this Commonwealth containing information of measures taken in behalf of the Executive of Pennsylvania relatively to the commotions in Allegheney County. After you have perused them I pray that they may be sent to the Secretary of State who has the other papers relating to the same subject. I have the honor to be with...
I have the honor to submit, enclosed, a sketch of the Uniform proposed for the Officers of the Navy of the United States, and which has been made by the Captains present—An Idea was held out for embroidery ; but I have suggested the impropriety of that additional and expensive ornament for a Republican Navy—It has therefore been left out. I am Sir, Most respectfully, Your very humble Servt LS...
Captain’s Uniform Full dress Coat to be blue with long buff lappels and a standing Collar and lining of buff—to be made and trimm’d full with a Gold Epaulet on each Shoulder—The Cuffs to be buff with Four Buttons, and four Buttons to the Pockets—The Lappels to have Ten Buttons, and one to the Standing Collar. The Buttons to be of yellow metal and to have the Foul Anchor on the same. The...
The case of the late Captain Perrit has been referred to me by the house of representatives with instructions to report thereon to the next session of Congress—It is therefore under consideration. Upon reconsidering the subject Mr Howell will have no objection of showing to Mr Blanchard, the decisions upon the cases which he mentions and of delivering to me for the use of Congress and to...
In obedience to your directions respecting the papers transmitted by Augustus George Christian Elholm in a letter dated the State of Georgia July the 9th 1794 I have the honor to state my opinion thereon as follows, First. That the President of the United States cannot with propriety hold direct correspondence with the self constituted body which Mr Elholm says he shall represent. Second That...