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May it please your Excellency I have presum’d to trouble you again on the same Subject that I did some time ago and hope that you will pardon me for presumeing the Second time to trouble you on a Subject that I am afraid is not agreable to you a Request that Carrys with it very great Marks of Vanaty. I must confess by being made by a Stranger a Man whom you never Saw nor knows nothing of but I...
1797 Feby 7 To Cash paid £9. March 21 Beef 107 lb. 15 d. 2. 4. May 12 2000 Herrings 18/ 1. 16. 50 lb. fine flour 37/
3March [1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Mercury at 24. Wind Westerly and cold all day. 2. Wind as yesterday; cloudy, cold & Raw all day. Towards night it began to Snow. Mercury at 26. 3. Mercury at 34. Morning very lowering & threatning but clear & pleasant afterwards. Wind fresh from the So. Wt. 4. Much such a day as yesterday in all respects. Mercury at 41. 5. Not unlike the two preceding days. M. at 50. 6. The wind Shifted to...
A Meteorological Account of the weather Kept at Mount Vernon 1797 Feby 26 in the Morning 38 S. clear 40 S clear 40 S clear 27 40 S.W cloudy 42 S.W cloudy 42 W cloudy
5[Diary entry: 3 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
3. Mercury at 34. Morning very lowering & threatning but clear & pleasant afterwards. Wind fresh from the So. Wt.
Three things relative to the City of Washington call for my decision, and this is the last day I have Powers to give any. The first respects the dispute with Mr Law, touching the conveyances of Lotts; the second, to my approbation of the Plans for the Executive Offices; and the third, to the Instrument you transmitted to me in your letter of the 31st of January. With regard to the first,...
I have neglected till this Moment to inclose the letter of Mr Smith respecting the plank which you wanted. He is a very honest worthy Man, and as far as my recollection serves me, the prices are such as is usual for choice plank. The freight will be no more than what is customary. From the Industry and attention of this person, I think you may rely that his endeavours will not be wanting upon...
On a day which becomes important in the annals of America as marking the close of a splendid public life, devoted for near half a century to the service of your country; We the undersigned clergy of different denominations in and near the city of Philadelphia, beg leave to join the voice of our fellow citizens, in expressing our deep sense of your public services in every department of trust &...
Not to acknowledge with gratitude & sensibility the affectionate addresses and benevolent wishes of my fellow Citizens on my retiring from public life, would prove that I have been unworthy of the Confidence which they have been pleased to repose in me. And, among these public testimonies of attachment and approbation, none can be more grateful than that of so respectable a body as your’s....
At the conclusion of my public employments, I have thought it expedient to notice the publication of certain forged letters which first appeared in the year 1777, and were obtruded upon the public as mine. They are said by the editor to have been found in a small portmanteau that I had left in the care of my Mulatto servant named Billy, who, it is pretended, was taken prisioner at Fort Lee, in...
I received your letter dated the 1st of September last, inquiring for the fortune of your deceased Brother, Baron Steuben. A former application from some relation of the Baron led me to inquire how he disposed of his estate, and I found that the payment of debts and claims would absorb the greater part, and that the residue was given to some particular friends to whom he was attached, and who...
Before the curtain drops on my political life, which it will do this evening—I expect for ever—I shall acknowledge, although it be in a few hasty lines only; the receipt of your kind & affectionate letter of the 23d of January last. When I add, that according to custom, all the Acts of the Session, except two or three very unimportant Bills, have been presented to me within the last four days,...
I nominate Anthony Walton White of New Jersey to be Surveyor for the agred Port of New Brunswick and Inspector of the Revenue for the same. DNA .
14[Diary entry: 2 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
2. Wind as yesterday; cloudy, cold & Raw all day. Towards night it began to Snow. Mercury at 26.
To maintain the friendship and harmony so happily subsisting between our Republics, I have appointed William Vans Murray, one of our distinguished citizens to be Minister Resident of the United States of America, near you. From my confidence in virtues and talents I assure myself that he will embrace every occasion to fulfil those very interesting objects of his mission. I beseech you,...
You are hereby requested to convey all the streets in the City of Washington as they are laid out and delineated in the plan of the said City hereto annexed; and also the several squares, parcels and Lots of ground following to wit. First—The public appropriation beginning at the intersection of the South side of North H street and at the west side of a street of ninety feet in width drawn...
Amongst the last Aacts of my political life, and before I go hence into retirement, profound , will be the acknowledgment of your kind and affectionate letter from Boston—dated the 15th of January. From the friendship I have always borne you—and from the interest I have ever taken in whatever relates to your prosperity & happiness, I participated in the sorrows which I knoew you must have felt...
At a time when you are receiving addresses from all the united States of America, and from many of the considerable corporations in Sd. States. I fear it will be too much intruding upon your time & Patience to receive a line from a Person perhaps unknown to you, though you are well known to him. I never had the Pleasure of Seeing you or being in your Company but once which was in the year 1776...
In answer to your enquiry Concerning the Land I Sold to you, last year, I can inform you from my own Knowledge. It is part of the great dismal Swamp, about Miles from Norfolk Convenient to the Canal now Cutting, its soil extremely rich Covered with Cypress & Juniper, the under growth Cane &c. I am sir Yrs &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Rector, Church Wardens and Vestrymen of the United Episcopal Churches, of Christ Church and St Peter’s, take the Liberty, at this interesting Period of your Retreat from public Life, of offering to you a sincere Testimony of their Veneration of your Character and their Affection for your Person. On an Occasion which, in so lively a Degree, effects the public Mind, we feel a peculiar Source...
To this public testimony of your approbation of my conduct & affection for my person, I am not insensible; and your prayers for my present and future happiness, merit my warmest acknowledgments. It is with peculiar satisfaction I can say, that, prompted by a high sense of duty in my attendance on public worship, I have been gratified, during my residence among you, by the liberal and...
I nominate Joel Barlow of the State of Connecticut, to be Consul-General of the United States of America, for the City & Kingdom of Algiers. John Gavino to be Consul of the United States of America for the port of Gibraltar, in the room of James Simpson appointed Consul for Morocco. Frederick Folger of Maryland, to be Consul of the United States of America for the port & district of Aux-Cayes,...
Application having been made to me, to permit a treaty to be held with the Seneka Nation of Indians, to effect the purchase of a parcel of their land under a preemption right derived from the State of Massachusetts and situated within the State of New York, and it appearing to me reasonable that such opportunity should be afforded, provided, the negociation shall be conducted at the expence of...
I nominate the following persons for promotions and appointments in the Army of the United States. Dragoons. James V. Ball Lieutenant vice Posey resigned 19 October 1795. Paul McDermot ditto vice Jones do 1 October 1796. Corps of Artillerists and Engineers. William Steele Surgeons Mate vice Rodes deceased. Infantry. Daniel Bradley Major in the 4th Regiment vice Roberts deceased 19 January...
25[Diary entry: 1 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Mercury at 24. Wind Westerly and cold all day.
I receiv’d your favour this day in answer to mine wrote in January last—from its not having arrived sooner (owing to mine being dated from Lancaster) I wrote you one other some time in Febuary, which I suppose before this you have received—The terms which you mention I think would suit me, and I shall make it my endeavour to be at your Seat (mount Vernon) by the twentieth of march—or at any...
The President of the United States to Senator for the State of . It appearing to me proper that the Senate of the United States should be convened on Saturday the fourth day of March instant; You are desired to attend in the Chamber of the Senate on that day at eleven OClock in the forenoon to receive any communications which the President of the United States may then have to lay before You,...
The Secretary of States has the honor to lay before the President of the United States the opinion of the Attorney General, that a secretary may be allowed to a Minister Resident, or Chargé des Affaires. The Secretary has considered the situation of our affairs with the Barbary powers, & particularly with Algiers, and the necessity of a consul to reside there. That altho’ Mr Barlow desires to...
29February [1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Wind No. Easterly in the Morning—So. Westerly afterwards and raining more or less all day. Mercury at 34 in the morning. 2. A good deal of rain fell last [night]. Cloudy Morning but clear & very pleasant afterwards. Wind westerly. Mercury 42. 3. Much such a day as yesterday but rather cooler. Wind same place. Mer. 30. 4. Wind at So. West—weather pleasant. Mercury at 32 in the morning. 5....
Articles in the Green drawing Room which will be sold. cost 1 A Lustre of 8 lights perfect, & in no respect injd by use £ 76 13 0 5 3 Green silk Window Curtains rock flower sattin Drapery &ca 78 0 0 10 2 Brackets & oval Mirrors highly Ornamented
I was yesterday morning walking about in search of ornament Carvers whose work costs two Dollars ⅌ Diem—It occurred to me that I had best enclose this Lre to You as the followg words to the Commrs may save perhaps 10,000 Ds. "You will order Jno. Hadfeild to avoid all superfluous & useless ornaments’—pardon this in trusion which I make as short as possible. With unfeigned esteem respect &...
The EDITOR of the STUDIES OF NATURE , indulges the idea that in dedicating to you the AMERICAN Edition of a work, so much esteemed, he does not take a disrespectful or unwelcome license. As a member of the human family, he finds a superior gratification, in testifying his respect for a character, equally known and revered among mankind. As an AMERICAN CITIZEN, he feels a sweet satisfaction in...
33[Diary entry: 28 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
28. Wind variable and grt. appearances all day of Snow. Mer. 35. Went to Mrs. Grattons concer[t] in the Evening. “M rs. G rattan Respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of the City, that the 5th ladies’ concert will be on tuesday , the 28th day of February, at the Assembly-Room.” The concert was to begin at 6:30, and “at half past eight, the music will attend for the ball.” The program,...
The near approach of the period of your leaving this city, suggests the propriety of my making a request, previous to Your departure, which I hope You will find no difficulty in granting—It is, Sir, that You will do me the favor of directing Your Secret ar y to return to me sundry Testimonials in my behalf, which I deposited in your hands, soon after the Commencement of the Government. With a...
Your favour of the 14th instt with a Postscript of the 24th came to my hands yesterday: and I hereby acknowledge the receipt of Mr Wilkes’s draught on the Cashier of the Bank of Pennsylvania for the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars on account of our joint concern in the lotts in Coxburgh—and which, as appears by the items of an account enclosed overpays my dividend of the receipts...
I thank the great spirit for protecting us through the Various paths which we have trod since I was last at this place—As I am told you are about to retire from public business, I have come to pay my last address to you as the great Chief of the fifteen fires, and am happy to find that I have arriv’d here in time to address you once more as Father, and to advise with you on the business of our...
Let me entreat you to attend early this morning to a fit character as a Comr to attend the proposed Treaty with the Indians, by Mr Morris; and on this head, and on the message proper to accompany the nomination, I wish you would advise with Colo. Pickering; who has had more to do in Indian Affairs than any other Officer now in the Government, and perhaps may more readily think of a proper...
Having maturely considered the Bill to alter and amend an Act intitled an Act to ascertain and fix the military establishment of the United States which was presented to me on the twenty second day of this Month I now return it to the House of Representatives, in which it originated with my objections. First. If the Bill passes into a law the two Companies of light dragoons will be from that...
39[Diary entry: 27 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
27. Wind at So. Et. & lowering but no fall, Mer: 36. Went to the theatre in the Evening. Playing at the New Theatre were a comedy, The Way to Get Married; a farce, Animal Magnetism; and “a new Pantomime Ballet Dance ... called Dermot & Kathleen,” composed by Mrs. Byrne, a member of the theater company ( Gaz. of the U.S. [Philadelphia], 27 Feb. 1797; SCHARF [1] J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson...
Your Letter of the 22d with the weekly reports, was received on the 25th. As its contents, is chiefly matter of information, it requires but little to be said in reply; and as the public business presses upon me at this juncture, and I shall (I hope) be at Mount Vernon ’ere long, I will suspend giving any opinion, or directions relative to the business entrusted to you, in this letter;...
Considering that I have not the honor of being known to you, I fear I shall be justly charged with an unreasonable share of Confidence, in the liberty I take in troubling you With this letter. About the Middle of last Month, Genl Gun & Colo. Tatnal, Signified to me their wish of Seeing me Appointed Surveyor of the Port of Savannah in the State of Georgia, where I reside, And Genl Gunn was good...
Your favor of the 14th instt came duly to hand; and I hope, as the season is approaching fast when the ground should be prepared for it, that you have informed Mr James Anderson (my Manager) in a letter directed to the care of the Postmaster in Alexandria, at what time he may send for the Peas you were so obliging as to promise me. Having informed Mr Anderson of my expectation of Peas from...
As the curtain is about to close on the political scenes of my life; and consequently to terminate the agency I have had in the affairs of the Federal City; I will, as far as a very hurried situation will permit, take notice of such parts of your several letters as remain undecided on. Having already informed you, that a Bill is pending in Congress for incorporating the Commissioners of the...
Your letter of the 22d inst., as also one of the first, have been duly received. The affectionate sentiments contained in them, are highly pleasing to me. But that which affords a still higher gratification, is to hear that you are not only attentive to your studies, but pleased with them also. Hence, I draw the most agreeable presages, that you will reward my cares & anxieties to see you a...
Your favor of the 20th would have been sooner attended to, but the mails have lately come in, very irregularly, & always late at night. Mr Davidson’s will be taken up as soon as we have a full board which will be the last of this or beginning of next week—what Mr Davidson alludes to in his memorial, where he says, deviations have been made since the publication of the engraved plan, we know...
I in behalf of a Numbers of prisoners at present Confined in the Goal of this City who have at Different Courts within a year past Received Sentence of Confinement for Life to hard Labour and Solitude the Charges or Indictments are all one or two Excepted that of Forgery, Numbers for that of Uttering Bank Paper which was said to be Counterfeit and I believe from the Conversation I have had...
I have the pleasure to inform you are Appointed with the Advice of the Senate of the United States Collector of the Customs for the District of Delaware. I have Selected you from a Convict i on that you will fill the Important Office with Honour to yourself and Advantage to your Country. And Sincerely wish you may find it your Intrest to Abandon your Other pursuites for the Support of your...
Whilst, at the approach of your official separation from the Government of the United States, you are greeted from every part of the Union, with the most ardent expressions of gratitude and regret, permit the Common Council of Philadelphia, to join their tribute, to the general voice. From your long residence among us, we feel a peculiar interest in your happiness, and a peculiar pride in your...
I have recd your affectionate Address with that pleasure & satisfaction wch has always accompanied the expression of approbation of my conduct in public life, by my fellow Citizens. For your kind wishes offered for my welfare & happiness, receive my most grateful acknowledgements; & I pray you to be assured that I feel a deep interest in the happiness & prosperity of those, among whom I have...
The Select Council of the City of Philadelphia, deeply impressed with gratitude for the distinguished Services you have rendered your Country, beg leave to express their entire approbation of your Administration, their regret at your retirement from the station of Chief Magistrate, and their wishes for your future happiness. We cannot describe the emotions which a review of your public and...