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Being called upon by Mr John Horton of this Town to communicate my Sentiments of his fitness for the Army of the United States, I take the liberty of addressing You on that Subject, believing it probable that You will think it not improper to be troubled with information in such cases that You may thereby be better enabled to make appointments most likely to be satisfactory to your Excellency...
MS ( PPAmP ); endorsed for the APS American Philosophical Society : “Livingston’s Steam Engine.”
3[Diary entry: 26 January 1799] (Washington Papers)
26. Mer. at 30. Sleet increased & weather very thick & foggy all day.
Some weeks past, I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 16th of October; the inclosure was immediately forwarded, though, from the obstructions which interrupted the passage to Hamburgh, I fear it was a long time on its way to Berlin. We are still uncertain what is likely to be the situation of Europe during the approaching summer, and on this topic I can only refer to my...
Your favor of Nov. 12. was safely delivered to me by mr ——, but not till Dec. 28. as I arrived here only three days before that date. it was recieved with great satisfaction. our very long intimacy as fellow-labourers in the same cause, the recent expressions of mutual confidence which had preceded your mission, the interesting course which that had taken, & particularly & personally as it...
Surrounded as you are at present by the mists of politicks, & those too of a nature to defuse, like other fogs, are obscurity & gloom upon every object, I flatter myself, that it will not be unpleasing to you, to let your eyes rest for a moment upon a spot irradiated by a slight glimmering of philosophy. I therefore take the liberty to communicate & to ask your sentiments on the subject of an...
Yours of the 3d. reached me yesterday as did likewise that of Dr. Bache mentioned in yours. I shall do every thing in my power to fulfill the Drs. wishes & hope to procure him a settlement in our neighbourhood, such as he will approve. The plan you suggest for negotiation with the parties having land for sale is judicious & shall be followed. Tho’ I fear the price of each will be high & that...
You will recollect that I reserved for a future answer part of a letter which I had the pleasure of receiving from you some time since. These are my ideas on that Subject. I should be glad to see, before the close of the Session, a law impowering the President, at his discretion, in case a negotiation between the United States and France should not be on foot by the first of August next, or...