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Engaged as you are in public business, and this State not having shown a disposition to join the Union I did not wonder, although I could not but regret, that my letter should remain so long unanswered.— I wish that our affairs now afforded a prospect of a speedy accession.— Before you receive this letter you will have heard of the proceedings of our Convention.—They met, framed a bill of...
2March 1790 (Washington Papers)
Monday the First. Exercised on horseback this forenoon, attended by Mr. John Trumbull who wanted to see me Mounted. Informed the House of Representatives (where the Bill originated) that I had given my assent to the Act for taking a Census of the People. Also communicated to both Houses the application from the field Officers of Harrison County (made through the County Lieutenant Colo. Duval)...
I forgot to take your final opinion last night as to the mode of conveying official communications from the states through the channel of the President to the two federal houses . Whether it will be best to do it Be so good as to say what you think. I must be troublesome to you till I know better the ground on which I am placed. Indeed this consultation is by the desire of the president....
Since I had last the honour of writing to you, the vacancies in our supreme Court have been filled up; & the event has proved, that you knew better the character of our Chief than many of Us did, who expected different persons from those who have been appointed. there was however, We are told, a severe struggle between his inclinations & his fears. certain it is, that one person of the...
[To the Speaker of the House of Representatives] Pursuant to the Act for establishing the Treasury Department, the Secretary of the Treasury respectfully reports to the House of Representatives, that, in addition to the Estimate for the Service of the current year, which accompanied his Report of the 9th. of January, there are various other objects for which an appropriation is requisite, and...
In consequence of the permission which you have given I take the liberty to suggest a plan for keeping the accounts of the Funded Debt and for regulating the payment of Interest, which I now submit to your consideration. Let one Commissioner be appointed in each State or in convenient districts of the union, with instructions to take up & cancell the Certificates now in circulation & to...
7[Diary entry: 1 March 1790] (Washington Papers)
Monday the First. Exercised on horseback this forenoon, attended by Mr. John Trumbull who wanted to see me Mounted. Informed the House of Representatives (where the Bill originated) that I had given my assent to the Act for taking a Census of the People. Also communicated to both Houses the application from the field Officers of Harrison County (made through the County Lieutenant Colo. Duval)...
In the momentous occupations of your Excellency for the general happiness of America I fear to intrude the voice of an old Soldier who claims the compensations of his Services, but as the compassionate Soul of your Excellency unbends itself by particular acts of benevolence & justice, I am emboldened to recall to his mind that I had the honor to present myself at his lodgings in his passage...
Since my last to you, dated the 13 of October, I have removed to a larger house (the one lately occupied by the Count de Moustier) —enlarged my table, and of course my Guests—let me therefore request the favor of you to add two pieces to the number of plateaux required in the above letter, and ornaments equivalent—for it will take these in addition to what I before asked, to decorate the...
I am informed that a vacancy has happened in the Supreme Court, for the Western Territory by the Death of General Parsons. It is with great diffidence I now take the Liberty to Solicit the appointment to that vacancy, if it is not as yet filled—From a Steady and uniform attachment to the Goverment of the United States from my situation And from a long and Labourious attention to the practice...