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I wrote you by this Post, and am Now to Inform you that Mess. French & Co. have Employ’d the Mare-chaussee at all the Passes out of the Jurisdiction of the Parliament of Bordeaux to stop me on the Road. A suspicion of such a proceeding made me Alter my Intention of setting out, and I have Now Certain Information that it is so. I see Nothing for Me to Do, but to Remain where I am, untill you...
Your favour of the 24. May is before me. To preserve defend the Seperation of the Legislative Executive and Judicial Powers, from each other, and the Division of the Legislature into three Branches, will be the Burthen of my Song , from the attacks of County Committees, riotous assemblies, and uninformed Philosophers and Statesmen, will be the Burthen of my Song and I am very glad to find that...
We did ourselves the pleasure of waiting on your Excellency per last mail, under the date of the 8 Inst: advising that your Excellency had by mistake omitted to Sign four obligations, and that we should forward them for the addition thereof, per first trader from hence for London.– This we now find to be an error Occasioned by the Notary, as on Examination we find the secretary that signs on...
Genl Washington presents his Compliments to Mrs. Powell & begs to know at what hour she would choose to have the Carriage—at 7 Oclock it is to go to Mr & Mrs Lloyd. AL , ViMtvL . GW’s carriage was not available to him in Philadelphia after the end of July, and he was otherwise engaged on the last three Tuesday nights in July, suggesting that this missive to Mrs. Powel must have been dated no...
Mr. Madison considered 7 years as a term by no means too long. What we wished was to give to the Govt. that stability which was every where called for, and which the Enemies of the Republican form alledged to be inconsistent with its nature. He was not afraid of giving too much stability by the term of Seven years. His fear was that the popular branch would still be too great an overmatch for...
Jenifer proposed a three-year term for members of the first branch of Congress. Mr. Madison seconded the motion for three years. Instability is one of the great vices of our republics, to be remedied. Three years will be necessary, in a Government so extensive, for members to form any knowledge of the various interests of the States to which they do not belong, and of which they can know but...
712th. (Adams Papers)
Went to Boston this morning with Bridge, Cranch, White and Whitney in the stage. I attended the debates in the house of representatives; they were debating upon the subject of the instructions to the different members. I dined at Mr. Jackson’s, with Mr. Lowell, and Mr. Brimmer. They conversed much upon gardening. At half past 6 in the evening we return’d to Cambridge, and past the evening at...
8[Diary entry: 12 June 1787] (Washington Papers)
Tuesday 12th. Dined and drank Tea at Mr. Morris’s. Went afterwards to a concert at the City Tavern. This benefit concert, with tickets at 7s. 6d., was for Alexander Reinagle (1756–1809), born into a musical family of Austrian descent who lived in England. He was accomplished both as a composer and a performer on several instruments. In 1786 he immigrated to America and soon became...
After you left this place My Fever Encreased upon me and Confined me two Days to my Bed. I am Now pretty well and I think I shall proceed home tomorrow, But I have Not given Mrs. Barclay any hopes of seeing me soon lest I shou’d Disapoint her. I Never stood so much in Need of your advice as I Do at this Moment. The House of French & Nephew have Refused Every accommodation that I have had in My...
Paris, rue du Cherche midy, 12 June 1787 . Though unacquainted with TJ, he asks him to forward two sets of the memoirs of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Turin (in 2 vols., quarto), one to Benjamin Franklin, and the other to the American Philosophical Society. “I am sure that Science now a days meets everywhere with friends and protectors, and that my request will not fail of success.” RC (...