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That in Consequence of the publicity given to the instructions to the Commissioners of the United States near the Republic of France, and to the dispatches containing the narrative of their Conduct in the discharge of the duties of their mission, your memorialists are induced to infer that the situation of public Affairs is so critical and alarming, that the opinion of the Citizens of the...
The first dispaches from our Envoys Extraordinary, since their arrival at Paris, were received at the secretary of states office at a late hour the last evening—They are all in a character, which will require some days to be decyphered, except the last, which is dated the 8th of January 1798—The contents of this Letter, are of so much importance to be immediately made known to Congress, and to...
In obedience to law, I transmit to Congress my annual account of the contingent fund. Printed Source--A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897. 10 vols. (Washington, 1896-1899)..
I have now an Opportunity of transmitting to Congress, a Report of the Secretary of State with a Copy of an Act of the Legislature of the State of Kentucky, consenting to the Ratification of the Amendment of the Constitution of the United States proposed by Congress by in their Resolution of the Second day of December 1793, relative to the Suability of States. This Amendment, having been...
I wish to know the pleasure of Congress and request their direction concerning the disposition of the property of the United States now in my possession; whether I shall deliver it into the hands of the heads of Departments, or of the commissioners of the city of Washington, or of a committee of Congress, or to any other persons Congress may appoint, to be delivered into the hands of my...
The whole of the Intelligence, which has for sometime past been received from abroad, The Correspondences between this Government and the Ministers of the belligerent Powers residing here, and the Advices from the Officers of the United States civil and military, upon the Frontiers, all conspire to shew, in a very strong Light the critical Situation of our Country. That Congress might be...
Immediately after the adjournment of Congress, at their last session in Philadelphia, I gave directions, in compliance with the laws for the removal of the public offices, records and property. These directions have been executed and the public officers have since resided and conducted the ordinary business of the government in this place. I congratulate the people of the United States on the...
I, now transmit to Congress the dispatch number, 8. from our Envoys Extraordinary, to the French Republic, which was received at the Secretary of State’s office on thursday, the fourteenth day of this month DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
An edict of the Executive directory of the French republic of the twenty ninth of October 1798, inclosed in a letter from our minister plenipotentiary in London, of the sixteenth of November, is of so much importance, that it cannot be too soon communicated to you & to the public DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
In obedience to the Law, I now present to both Houses of Congress, my annual account of Expenditures from the Contingent Fund during the year 1797. by which it appears, that on the first of January last there remained in the Treasury a Balance of Fifteen thousand, four hundred, and ninety four dollars and twenty four Cents, Subject to future dispositions of Government. DNA : RG 46—Records of...
In compliance with the request in one of the resolutions of Congress, of the 21st of December last, I transmitted a copy of those resolutions by my Secretary, Mr. Shaw, to Mrs. Washington, assuring her of the profound respect Congress will ever bear to her person and character; of their condolence in the late afflicting dispensation of Providence, and entreating her assent to the internment of...
While, I congratulate you, on the arrival of General Marshall, one of our late Envoys Extraordinary, to the French republic, at a place of safety, where, he is justly held in honor, I think it my duty, to communicate to you, a Letter received by him, from Mr. Gerry, the only one of the three, who has not received his Congé, this Letter together with another from the Minister of foreign...
I have received a Letter from his Excellency Thomas Mifflin Governor of Pennsylvania enclosing some documents, which I judge it my duty to lay before Congress without loss of time— As my opinion coincides entirely with that of his Excellency the Governor, I recommend the subject to the consideration of both Houses of Congress whose authority alone appears to me adequate to the occasion— DNA :...
The Dispatches, from the Envoys Extraordinary of the United States to the French Republic which were mentioned in my Message to both Houses of Congress of the fifth instant, have been examined and maturely considered. While I feel a Satisfaction in informing you, that their Exertions for the Adjustment of the Differences, between the two Nations have been sincere and unremitted, it is...
I transmit to both Houses of Congress, for their information and consideration, copies of laws enacted by the governor and judges of the Mississippi Territory from the 30th of June until the 31st of December, A. D. 1799. Printed Source--A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897. 10 vols. (Washington, 1896-1899)..
On addressing myself to the Senators & Representatives of the United States, it would have afforded me the most sincere satisfaction to have been able to congratulate you on the restoration of peace to the nations of Europe whose contentions have endangered our tranquillity & to have invited your attention only to such measures as ordinarily occur, in managing the concerns of an extensive and...
I transmit to Congress a report received this morning from Elias Boudinot, esq., Director of the Mint, dated February 13, 1801, which will require the attention and decision of Congress before the close of the session. Printed Source--A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897. 10 vols. (Washington, 1896-1899)..
It is, with peculiar Satisfaction, that I meet the Sixth Congress, of the United States of America.——Coming from all parts of the Union, at this critical, and interesting period, the members must be fully possessed, of the Sentiments and wishes of our Constituents. The flattering prospects of abundance, from the labours of the people, by land and by sea; the prosperity of our extended...
The situation of Affairs, between the United States, and the Cherokee Indians, having evinced the expediency of a Treaty with that Nation, for the promotion of Justice to them, as well as of the Interests and convenience of our Citizens, I have nominated, and by and with the Advice and consent of the Senate appointed Commissioners to hold conferences and conclude a Treaty, our Treaty, as early...
A representation has been made to me by the judge of the Pennsylvania district of the United States of certain inconveniences and disagreeable circumstances which have occurred in the execution of the law passed on the 28th day of May, 1796, entitled “An act for the relief of persons imprisoned for debt,” as well as of certain doubts which have been raised concerning its construction. This...
Judging it of importance to the Public that the Legislative should be informed of the gradual Progress of their maritime Resources I transmit to Congress a statement of the Vessells with their Tonnage, Warlike force and Compliment of Men to which Commissions as private armed Vessells have been given issued, Since the Ninth day of July last DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
In obedience to the Law of the United States of the third of March 1797, entitled “an Act authorizing an expenditure, and making an appropriation, for the prosecution of the Claims of certain Citizens of the United States for property captured by the Belligerent Powers,” I submit to Congress the account exhibited to me, by the Secretary of State, with his report of the seventeenth of this...
At the commencement of this session of Congress, I proposed in course of it, to communicate to both Houses, further information, concerning the situation of our Affairs, in the territories of the United States, situated on the Missisipi River, and in its Neighbourhood; our Intercourse with the Indian Nations; our Relations with the Spanish government, and conduct of their officers and...
A Report, made to me on the fifth of this month by the Secretary of War, contains various matters, in which the honor and safety of the Nation, are deeply interested. I transmit it therefore to Congress, and recommend it to their serious consideration. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I nominate Joshua Sands of New york to be collector of the District of New york, vice John Lamb dismissed DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
The communication relative to our affairs with France alluded to in my address to both houses at the opening of congress the session is contained in the sheets which accompany this. A report of the Secretary of State, containing some observations on them, will be sent to congress on Monday DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
Message to the House of Representatives; Respecting the suspension of a French decree In pursuance of the request in your resolve of yesterday, I lay before you such information as I have received, touching a suspension of the arrêt of the French republic communicated to your house by my message of the 28th of January last. But if the execution of that arrêt be suspended, or even if it were...
I have received a letter from his Excellency Charles Pinckney Esqr. Governor of the State of South Carolina, dated the 22nd October 1797, inclosing a number of depositions of Witnesses to several captures and outrages committed within and near the limits of the United States by a French privateer, belonging to Cape Francois or Monte Christo, called the Vertitude or Fortitude and commanded by a...
On the mission to France – To be independent of all nations and at peace with all has been the sincere desire of the United States. From the commencement of the present war in Europe unexampled in the history of modern times, the proceedings of our government, guided constantly and uniformly by this honorable and pacific maxim, have as constantly received the general approbation and steady...
I lay before you the Copy of a letter from the Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, representing the inconvenience arising from altering the time of holding the Circuit Court for the State of Delaware, from April to June; and desiring that the existing law may be altered, by restoring the Spring-Session of the Circuit Court in Delaware to the 27th of April. DNA : RG 46—Records of...
In compliance with the request of the House of Representatives, expressed in their resolution of the second of this Month, I transmit to both Houses, those instructions to and dispatches from, the Envoys Extraordinary of the United States to the French Republic which were mentioned in my message of the nineteenth of March last, omitting only some names, and a few expressions descriptive of the...
The Secretary for the Department of War on the 30th day of December last made a representation to me of the situation of affairs in his office, which I now transmit to the Senate and House of Representatives, and recommend to their consideration and decision. Printed Source--A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897. 10 vols. (Washington, 1896-1899)..
According to an intimation in my Message of fryday last, I now lay before Congress, a report of the Secretary of State, containing his Observations on some of the Documents which Attended it. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
A report of the Secretary of war made to me on the twenty fourth of this month, relative to the military establishments, I think it my duty to transmit to congress, and recommend to their consideration DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I have received information from the Commissioner appointed on the part of the United States, pursuant to the third Article of our Treaty with Spain, that the running and marking of the boundary Line, between the Colonies of East and West Florida, and the Territory of the United States, have been delayed by the Officers of his Catholic Majesty; and that they have declared their intention to...
I was, for sometime apprehensive, that it would be necessary, on account of the contagious Sickness which afflicted the City of Philadelphia, to convene the national Legislature, at Some other place. This measure, it was desireable to avoid,; because it would occasion much public Inconvenience, and a considerable public expence, and add to the calamities of the Inhabitants of this City, whose...
In compliance with the request in one of the resolutions of Congress, of the 21st of December last, I transmitted a copy of those resolutions by my Secretary, Mr. Shaw, to Mrs. Washington, assuring her of the profound respect Congress will ever bear to her person and character, of their condolence in the late afflicting dispensation of Providence, and entreating her assent to the interment of...
The letter herewith transmitted will inform you that it has pleased Divine Providence to remove from this life our excellent fellow-citizen, George Washington, by the purity of his character and a long series of services to his country, rendered illustrious through the world. It remains for an affectionate and grateful people, in whose hearts he can never die, to pay suitable honors to his...
I have received a report from the director of the mint on the state of the business committed to his superintendance, and a statement of the coinage of the mint of the United States, for the year 1798 which it is proper to lay before congress. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I now transmit to Congress, copies of all the communications, from our Envoys Extraordinary, received since their arrival in Paris, excepting, those before presented by me, to both Houses— DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
A Report, made to me on the first day of this month, by the Director of the Mint, through the office of the Secretary of State, with the documents attending it, I transmit to both Houses of congress for their consideration DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
In complyance with the desire of the two Houses of Congress, expressed in their resolution of the Second day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety Seven, that some speedy and effectual means might be adopted of obtaining information, from the States of Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Tenessee, and South Carolina, whether they have ratified the...
In the Report of the Secretary of State, and the documents, herewith transmitted, will be found such information as is in our possession, of the losses recovered by the citizens of the United States, under the treaty made with Great Britain, which are now presented to the House of Representatives, in compliannce with their request, in their resolution of the first of this month. DNA : RG...
The inclosed report to me, made by the Acting Secretary of War, on the 14 of this month, appears to be so well founded in all respects, that I recommend it to the consideration of Congress DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
It appears that the Dey of Algiers has manifested a predilection for American built vessels, and in consequence has desired that two vessels might be constructed and equipped as cruisers, “according to the choice and taste of captain O’Brien.” But instead of two brigs, Captain O’Brien thinks it will be most eligible to build one brig of twenty guns, and a schooner of about sixteen guns. The...
I transmit to Congress for their consideration a letter from William Thornton, Alexander White, and William Cranch, esquires, commissioners of the city of Washington, with a representation of the affairs of the city made by them to the President of the United States, dated 28th of January, 1801, accompanied with a series of documents marked from A to H, inclusively, Printed Source--A...
The inclosed memorial from the commissioners appointed under an act of the United States entitled “An act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States,” representing the situation and circumstances of the city of Washington, I take this opportunity to present to both Houses of the Legislature and recommend to their consideration. Alexander White,...
I transmit to Congress certain documents which have relation to the communications made on Tuesday on the subject of the insurrection in Pensylvania on the renewal of commerce with St Domingo and the mission to the French republic DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I have received from our Minister in London two Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain, one passed on the fourth of July 1797 entitled “an Act for carrying into execution, the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation concluded between his Majesty and the United States of America” the other passed on the nineteenth day of July 1797 entitled “an Act for the regulating the Trade to be Carried on...
I now H ouses of Cong ress to law, my annual account of the application of Grants for the contingent charges of government for the year one thousand eight hundred. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.