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I had indeed no doubt of the Truth of the Letter relative to the Capture of Cornwallis. My Confidence in the honor of the Writer was such, that the violent Philippic against it only convinced me of the Malevolence and Prejudice of the orator. But as I had heard it not only called in question but vehemently contradicted, I thought it might be well to hear some testimony in corroboration of it....
You will find enclosed a list of your letters which remain unacknowledged. From the public papers you will have learnt the unfavorable result of the negotiations for the settlement of the controversy with Spain. In truth Mr. Monroe left Madrid without being able to accomplish any object of his mission; the councils of Spain obstinately rejecting our demands & declining not only to accept our...
The ship Indus, David Myrick master, was taken by his Britannic Majesty’s Ship the Cambrian, Captain John P. Beresford, in Latitude 31.30 North & Longitude 61.56 West, & sent to Halifax, where she & all the property on board, belonging to the owners, Master & Supercargo, were condemn’d on the ground, as is said, of the illegality of the trade, which she was prosecuting at the time of the...
§ To Ambrose Vasse. 18 November 1805, Department of State. “In answer to your letter of the 16th. [not found] respecting the Cargo of the Ship Olive Branch, I have to observe that none of the considerations stated by you or which have presented themselves to reflection are deemed sufficient to entitle you to receive the compensation recovered in your name by the Agent of the United States in...
§ From Thomas Lewis & Son. 18 November 1805, Boston. “In the month of May last our Thomas Lewis Jr. made representation to you (at Washington) concerning a claim we have upon the Government of France under the Treaty of 1800. Then you was good enough to write to General Armstrong on the subject; those Letters with our papers on the affair reached Paris early in July last—since when we have not...
On board of the ship Traveller Captn. Kidall bound for Baltimore, I have put a Case of plants which are sent to you by Mr Mazzei, and is address’d to the Care of Mr. Purviance collector for that port.—By the same I have obtain’d passages for the two Sculpters procur’d at Rome, and for whom I have requested Mr Purviance to give the necessary facilities for their conveyance to Washington. I have...
Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Dr. 1805 to Thomas Carpenter. November 18. D. C.
I take the liberty of suggesting the following remarks on the proposed outlines of the Militia Bill, In the Northern States it will be impracticable to muster for Military exersice in the winter months, and I doubt whether it would be advisable to muster oftener than six times a year in Companies, and once in Battalion or Regiment to continue 2 days.  It may be proper to mention the...
The precious Moments which hasten the commencement of Another Congress and of your preparation of course to Meet it with execution, information, induce Me to doubt the propriety of interrupting You at this time, with a business entirely unconnected with your Public concerns; however as it will cost Your Mind but a moments reflection, I will Venture the Application Under the hope & belief that...
Immediately on my return from Richmond—a sense of duty, with sentiments of the most unfeigned thankfulness for your benevolent intention to promote my interest through a benefit to the community, in an employment so congenial to my inclination, induces me to take the liberty to lay before you the result of my journey. It would have given me pleasure to have waited on the President for this...