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In compliance with the request in your Circular of 22d June last, herewith are forwarded a number of letters, which have been recieved, & relate to the subject of Manufactures carried on in this State; together with sundry samples. After having revolved in my mind several plans for obtaining the necessary information, none was thought of which afforded so flattering prospects, as that which...
My Friend Robert Fearon Esquire, will have the Honor of delivering this to you. He is the Nephew of John Foxcroft Esquire, the late British Post Master General. He has Business in Virginia to transact, respecting the Affairs of a Coll. Mercer, in which the President of the United States had some personal Agency, so far back as 1773. He wished to know from me, in what Mode he could with most...
I should not have so soon addressed you again but to apologize for a Freedom, I reluctantly took, & would not have done for any American . An english Gentleman Robert Fearon Esqr. has Business respecting the Estate & Affairs of a Coll. Mercer in Virginia, in which in 1773 the President had a personal Agency. At his Request, I barely present him for official Information . He is the Gentleman...
In directing the District Attorney to file a Libel against the Brigt. Betsey, John Arnold Master, from Bordeaux, and then acquainting you with the Case and the favorable circumstances attending the breach of the Law, I acted, in my Idea, so perfectly consonant to a plain and positive Law, and your Instructions, that I thought Malice itself could not blame me; but some Interested Men...
The Post of this day has brought me your letter of the 7th. instant, the commands of which shall with great care & no less pleasure be executed. I wrote you on the sixth a letter; of which the enclosed is a copy. With the truest & most respectful attachment,   I have the honor   to remain   Sir, &c. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Letter not found.
Lord Wycomb having mentioned to me his intention to pay you his respects at Mount Vernon, I beg your permission to present him to you. The personal acquirements and merits of his Lordship conspire with a consideration for the friendly dispositions and liberal policy of his father, the Marquis of Lansdown, towards this country, to constitute a claim in his favour to cordial notice. I have the...
Your letter of the 3rd instant has been received. There can be no doubt that horses and other live stock imported from foreign countries must be considered as an object of trade, or vendible commodity, and of course as subject to duties. To obviate the adoption of this rule in a general sense, I think it however necessary to observe that I consider negroes to be exempted from duties on...
I have been this day honored with your letter of the 7th instant. Upon examining the blankets in this place again, and comparing them with the prices & descriptions contained in the memorandum & your letter, I am of opinion it would be best to get them here; for the quality of these in this place is said, by several persons whom I have requested to examine them as Judges, to be good for the...
The favorable attention I have formerly received from your Excellency, induces me to take the liberty of mentioning my present situation. Since the War in which I had the honor of serving under your Excellency, and for the most part under your personal inspection; a variety of misfortunes have reduced me in a strange Country to extreme distress. During this situation I have made repeated...
Since my arrival in Orange which was long delayed by a ramble into the Eastern States, I have recd. two favors from you, one of them inclosing a Kentucky Gazette. I am glad to find the true method of dealing with the savages has been hit on; and hope that such a terror has been struck into them as will prevent the necessity of future chastisements. In my present situation I can give you little...