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I wrote you last on the 15th. since that yours of the 12th. is recieved. since that too a great change has taken place in the appearance of our political atmosphere. the merchants, as before, continue, a respectable part of them, to wish to avoid arming. the French decree operated on them as a sedative, producing more alarm than resentment. on the Representatives differently. it excited...
I wrote you last on the 15th. Since that, yours of the 12th. is recieved. Since that too a great change has taken place in the appearance of our political atmosphere. The merchants, as before, continue, a respectable part of them, to wish to avoid arming. The French decree operated on them as a sedative, producing more alarm than resentment. On the Representatives differently. It excited...
3[Diary entry: 21 March 1798] (Washington Papers)
21. Morning—hard rain with thunder & lightening—wind at East & Mer. at 41. Showery until 3 Oclock when the wind came out violently at No. W. & cleared. Mer. 40 at Night & 46 at its height. Mr. L. Washington Belmont went away. belmont : GW wrote “Vermt.,” apparently a slip of the pen.
It would be singular indeed, were I to permit your friendly note of March 9 th. to pass unanswered, and not to thank you for forwarding the letter from the west-ward, which accompanied it, I should not have taken the liberty of desiring my correspondents to have addressed letters to me, to the care of the Presidents secretary, had I not experienced the basest treatment thro’ the line of the...
Your interference with respect to my getting payment in a certain quarter has not had even the smallest effect. Before, or at the time of going there, I had a claim on a Gentleman for 34 dolls. and ½. I have got, at length 19.—dols.—So want 15 & ⅝. besides my gratuitous attendance now in the 4th, &, as I believe, in the last week. For I will, if I Can only get the balance due , to answer some...
The public papers will present to you the almost insane message sent to both houses of Congress 2. or 3. days ago. this has added to the alarm of the sounder and most respectable part of our merchants, I mean those who are natives & are solid in their circumstances & do not need the lottery of war to get themselves to rights. the effect of the French decree on the representatives had been to...