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My good Genius this morning has thrown in my Way, by perfect Accident, your oration of the 4. July last, and although I read it with much pleasure, in its Season it now appeared to me, new and beautiful as ever. I am afraid I never thanked you for the handsome Compliment paid to me in a Note. Indeed I now and then get a Compliment, and do not always give thanks for it. I am informed, within a...
I received your letter of the 31st. of last month on the 12th of this. It will be impossible for me to give the names of persons of this State suitable for 1st. 2nd. & 3d. mates of the Cutter now building in Connecticut by this Post. I will do it the next. When I sent forward a statement of the Cases of Hezekiah Usher & George Usher I was unacquainted with some circumstances which appeared on...
[ Philadelphia, February 15, 1791. “I am under the necessity of returning you the papers in the cases of Messrs. McRae and Morrison, which you will find enclosed. There is no legal proof that the goods have ever paid duty. The Collectors & Deputy Collectors of the customs are not vested with the general power of administring oaths. The Deposition of Mr. Fraser before the Deputy Collector of...
I do myself the honour to transmit thro’ you to the House of Representatives, a General Return of the Exports of the United States, abstracted from Custom-House Returns, commencing on the various days in August, 1789, whereon they were respectively opened, and ending on the 30th of September last. From inadvertence in some of those offices, the space of time prior to the 1st of October 1789,...
Your letter of the 23rd Ulto. I have received and in pursuance of your directions have agreed for the Hull of a Vessel for a Cutter for this Station of 44 feet Keel payable (say 46 Straight rabbet) 15 Beam & 6½ hold at 9 Dollars pr. Ton. I could find no person on whom I could depend for a good Vessel that would undertake the whole equipments fit for Sea at 22½ Dollrs. per Ton, or indeed at any...
There having been created by the Excise Law lately passed by Congress, Officers for ascertaining the quantity & quality of American distilled Spirits. & as I doubt not but one will soon be appointed by your Excellency for this place, I take the liberty of offering my services & of becoming a Candidate for the same. As I have not the honor of being known to your Excellency, Mr Smith of this...
The bill for establishing a National Bank undertakes, among other things 1. to form the subscribers into a Corporation. 2. to enable them, in their corporate capacities to receive grants of land; and so far is against the laws of Mortmain. though the constitution controuls the laws of Mortmain so far as to permit Congress itself to hold lands for certain purposes, yet not so far as to permit...
I do myself the Honour to inclose you a copy of an Act of the General Assembly of Virginia concerning an Advance of Money to the Government of the United States for public Buildings, and am with the highest Respect Your most obedt Servant ALS , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters. Randolph enclosed a copy of “An Act concerning an Advance of Money to the Government of the United States for...
Since my last I have taken an opportunity of speaking with the Secry. at War pretty fully on the reduction of your pension from 75 £ to 62 £. He says that the State of the Business is such, that a revision of what has been done by the States, would produce much confusion and not be likely on the whole to end in an improvement of the system. I mention this circumstance that you may the better...
Les Gazettes ci-jointes diront à V.E. tout ce que l’on sait ici parmi les mieux instruits des affaires générales de l’Europe. Je m’apperçois, depuis quelques jours, que le parti Pr[ussie]n ici commence à s’allarmer sur la tournure que les affaires prennent en Allemagne. Par contre, les autres, incomparablement plus nombreux, s’en réjouïssent, en conçoivent l’espoir de voir humilier enfin leurs...