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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...
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...
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...
Letter not found. 1 March 1790. Acknowledged in Lee to JM, 13 Mar. 1790 . Probably relates to the defeat of JM’s discrimination amendment, the assumption debate, and Lee’s Potomac land speculation.
I am informed that a vacancy has happened in the Supreme Court for the Western Territory, which perhaps may not be yet fill’d. I am strongly press’d by my Freinds in the Western Country to solicit the appointment which I confess wou’d be highly agreeable to me. The vacancy I mean is in consequence of the death of General Parsons. If my pretensions shou’d meet your Approbation—your kind offices...
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 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...
May it please the President of the United States Before this will reach your Hands it is confidently expected that this State will become a member of the federal Union. Having spent the chief of my time since the beginning of the late War in the public Service, I feel an ambition to receive an appointment under the new Government, as well to promote the public Service, as to find Imployment...
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...
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...