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I know you will forgive me if I draw your attention, a moment, from the weighty matters that employ it, to the Subject of libels & liberty of the press; on which I had the pleasure of a word with you —lately. Our 16th. Art. of declaration of rights, holds forth that, " The liberty of the press is essential to the Security of freedom in a state ," and that—" It ought not, therefore, to be...
The last Tuesday of April next being the day appointed by law for the election of a Governor for the ensuing three years; the great importance of making a wise choice in the present peculiar situation of our local and national affairs, appears to have made a deep impression on the minds of considerate men in the different parts of the state. On the eleventh instant, a numerous meeting of...
I understand you are to have a meeting at this place to morrow on the subject of the ensuing elections and accordingly inclose you to be laid before the meeting an address to the Inhabitants of your Township in regard to the appointment of a Governor. It is much to be wished the meeting may agree with their fellow citizens in New York and come to a resolution on the subject—For in Politics as...
I never was more Embarrassed about the propriety of writing a letter than I am at this Moment and nothing but the information which I have received that some Applications will be made to you on the same subject by others, wou’d have induced me—at this time to take the liberty which I Now do—Fearing therefore that the omission of writing to you might operate against me at a future day, I am...
Letter not found: from James Bowdoin, 18 Feb. 1789. On 9 May GW wrote to Bowdoin : “Since my arrival in this place I have been honored with your letters of the 18th of Feby and 24th of April.”
Several years have passed since I had the pleasure of a correspondence with you. I am much pleased to find the Counties in your District have done you justice, and themselves honour, in chusing you their representative in the Fœderal Ligislature but my wish was, that the Assembly should have placed you in the other House. Two of my Neighbours in this place have desired I will mention them to...
Je suis en ce moment chargé de Deffendre au Parlement la validité des Dispositions testamentaires d’un Citoyen des états unis de l’amerique, décedé en france, il y a quelques années. La question devant se decider d’après les Loix du Pays dont il etait habitant et où tous ses biens sont situés, J’ose prendre la Liberté de m’adresser à vous, Monsieur, pour vous prier de vouloir bien m’instruire...
Le Vigan, 18 Feb. 1789 . About two years ago he wrote TJ about a legacy to the poor of his church made by Francis Laurens, brother of Henry Laurens. TJ promised he would enclose Ladevese’s letter in one he would write “à Mademoiselle Laurents.” Does not doubt that TJ did so, but since there has been no response he asks TJ to write to Henry Laurens or his daughters advising them that they claim...
I have the pleasure to inform you that after a good deal of trouble, I obtain’d a sauf Conduit yesterday evening about nine or ten oClock. Mr. de Villedeuil behaved on this occasion with the greatest Politeness. His situation I believe was a little embarrassing as the arrest preceded the Sauf Conduit , and was not therefore easily laid aside. However I insisted on my Character as a Publick...
[ Charleston, S.C., 18 Feb. 1789 . Recorded in SJL as received 30 Mch. 1789. This letter, which enclosed two bills of exchange for John Rutledge, Jr., has not been found; a duplicate with another set of the bills of exchange was sent by Rutledge and received, according to SJL , on 25 Apr. 1789. See TJ to Boyd & Ker, 30 Mch. 1789.]