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Amidst the many and important Affairs that must engage thy Attention at this Time, my Heart impells Me to congratulate our Country and of Course thyself, on thy Promotion to the high Office of presiding over her Wellfare. What I have felt for several Years, and what I now hope, it is needless and would be difficult to express. As to the past, as far as I am enabled to form a Judgment, I...
I can not let so fair an opportunity pass for renewing my former acquaintance with you, and of offering my Warmest Congratulations upon your being placed at the Head of our Government, an event which fills the hearts of all true Republicans with joy! the more so (if possible) from the unwarrantable opposition which has been made. This last act of Fœderalism went far towards filling up the...
I inclose you another letter from mr Lieper, written after a further examination of the tobo. you will find it turns out that the tobacco has [never] been wet, nor otherwise injured, except one hhd, & whether that was [wet] between Richmd & Philadelphia is uncertain; that the [pretended?] great deficiencies in weight are entirely retracted: that the tobacco is not as good in quality by about ¾...
I have to thank you for a copy of your introductory lecture recieved some time since, & not before acknoleged for want of time. I have read it with great pleasure, and lament that while I have been so near to your valuable collection, occupations much less pleasing to me have always put it out of my power to avail myself of it. may I ask the favor of you to present my request to your son that...
Your favor of the 18th. did not get to my hand till yesterday. I thank you for the accomodation in point of time therein offered; circumstances may render it a convenience, in which case I will avail myself of it, without too far encroaching on your wishes. at this [moment] it is not in my power to say any thing certain on the subject of time. the declarations of support to the administration...
You have no doubt heard of the unfortunate fate of poor mr Holmes. he happened to be alone on his scaffold at the time; so no one knows what occasioned his fall. he was a valuable young man, and his loss has given great concern to me, as it must doubtless his friends. the object of the present is to see if you can procure one to supply his place. good humor & sobriety are the two indispensable...
In order to save you the trouble and expence of purchasing horses & carriages, which will not be necessary, I have to inform you that I shall leave in the stables of the United States seven horses and two carriages with harness the property of the United States. These may not be suitable for you, but they will certainly save you a considerable expence as they belong to the studd of the...
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.
I understand that the Senators & Representatives from Tennessee and Mr Marshall of Kentucky have united in Recommending Mr Roen and Mr McClung as proper persons to be nominated Jud g e in the Sixth Circuit—This was done without any Consultation being had with Mr Brown & the Representatives from Kentucky, which I deem unfair. I consider Mr Roen one of the first Law Characters in the Western...
From your conversation last Evening, I am impressed with the expectation that you purpose advancing Judge Sitgreaves to the Bench of the Circuit Court; in which event, I beg leave to take the liberty of Recommending and naming to your Consideration William H. Hill Esqr. of the House of Representatives to fill the Vacancy of District Judge of No. Carolina. I can assure you Sir, Mr Hill’s...
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)..
I request of the Senate that the letter and journal of our late envoys to France and the copy of their instructions and other documents relative to that negotiation may be returned to me or to the Office of State. Printed Source--A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897. 10 vols. (Washington, 1896-1899)..
The object of my writing at this moment is to comply with a Suggestion made, through Mr: Breck, by a great number of the most respectable and influential Merchants of this place, who have taken the alarm respecting the conditional ratification of the Convention with France, and who are now extremely anxious, that another reconsideration of it on the part of the Senate should, if possible be...
I have a thousand times wish’d to express to you my gratitude for the attentions I received from you during your residence here; and most particularly, for your kindness to my dear mother and family during her late severe illness; but a consciousness of the insufficiency of language to give a faithful representation of my feelings, has hitherto imposed upon me a silence which I fear may be...
We have reached this place for the night, after a very tolerable journey. I am in much better health than Spirits. The swiss-malady grows upon me very fast—in other words I am more and more homesick. This added to some other circumstances that do not give me pleasure at the present moment makes me rather heavy hearted. But we must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided. The...
In order to save you the trouble and Expence of purchasing Horses and Carriages, which will not be necessary, I have to inform you that I shall leave in the stables of the United States seven Horses and two Carriages with Harness the Property of the United States. These may not be suitable for you: but they will certainly save you a considerable Expence as they belong to the studd of the...
The liberality of the conversation you honored me with yesterday evening has given me great satisfaction, & demands my sincere thanks. it is certain that those of the cabinet council of the President should be of his bosom-confidence. our geographical position has been an impediment to that, while I can with candor declare that the imperfect opportunities I have had of acquaintance with you...
Vous n’avez jamais eu qu’ un Vice . Je fais mon compliment à votre Patrie et aux deux Mondes de ce qu’enfin vous l’avez perdu. Salut et respect. You have never had but one vice . I compliment your fatherland and both worlds on the fact that you have finally lost it. Greetings and respect. RC ( MHi ); at head of text in English: “To greatest Man in greatest Place of the United States”; endorsed...
I recieve Gentlemen with profound thankfulness, this testimony of confidence from the great representative council of our nation . it fills up the measure of that grateful satisfaction which had already been derived from the suffrages of my fellow citizens themselves, designating me as one of those to whom they were willing to commit this charge, the most important of all others to them. In...
The agreeable News, which Reached us yesterday Morning of your Election to the Presidential Chair, have afforded me singular satisfaction, and Now beg, you will accept of my most sincere congratulation on the Occassion. I have the honor to be with great esteem, and Respect Sir Your most obt and humble Servt RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “Thoms. Jefferson Esqr. Vice-President of the United...
I congratulate you & our Country on the determination of the important question in which every real friend to his Country found himself deeply interested. I received a Letter last evening from our friend John Dickinson of Wilmington, no man is more anxious for the republican cause. The Legislature of this State have continued in Session to this time, in order to take measures in case of an...
The important contest in which the friends of Liberty have been so long and so arduously engaged, having been so happily decided, I cannot refrain from congratulating you, and through you, Mankind, not one of whom but must, more or less, sooner or later, participate in the benefits immediately or remotely resulting from the present triumph of republican Principles.— As the period will very...
Your favor of the 2d. instant did not come to hand until last Saturday night; I had written a long answer, and detailed my intended operations in case of a certain unfortunate event in the decision of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Engaged in this work a little before eleven this forenoon our Express arrived from Washington with letters from my friends, announcing the glorious...
I am honor’d with your answer , so far as it was, then in your power to reply—and I am truly sensible of your kindness. We have now the grateful sound of bells & cannon, on the happy event, of your election.—to us, who have risque’d our future hopes, on the issue, who deem’d our country lost, or saved, by the result, you must suppose it was music to the soul—to others, the news was like the...
Having lately arrived in this City with the view of erecting sundry patent Machines to facilitate the business of agriculture, I take the liberty of addressing you for the purpose of knowing, whether you will be pleased to accept of one, to cut straw upon a principle different from Any now in use—. If this offir should be accepted, I will with pleasure forward the machine to any place you...
Inclosed is a resolution of the house of Representatives of the 17 of this month relative to arms foundaries &c which I request you to take immediate measures to execute. With great esteem I am Sir your most obedient servant MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
Inclosed is a letter to me from the Vice President of the U.S. with a resolution of the Senate, dated the 18 of this month & a certificate of the Vice President of the election of Aaron Burr to be the future Vice President of the United States. I request you to select a proper person, according to the usage in such cases, to proceed to N York and convey this certificate to Mr Burr With great...
I beg you to accept my thanks for the honor conferred on me by the nomination as Minister to the French Republic. Under most circumstances I should have been extremely gratified with such an opportunity of rendering myself serviceable to the Country. But the delicate Situation in which the late presidential election has placed me forbids me exposing myself to the Suspicion of having adopted...
In the expectation that you will think it expedient to appoint a Judge for the sixth Circuit from among the Citizens of Kentucky I take the liberty to recommend to your notice Buckner Thruston Esqr., long a resident of that State as a Gentleman who in my opinion is well qualified to fill that Office. Mr Thruston is now of middle age, has had the advantage of a good education, & possesses an...
Mr. Robert Greenleaf of East Greenwich in the state of Rhode Island &c. has expressed a disposition to serve in the Navy of the United States as Lieutenant of Marines, and has desired that I put to you my Opinion of his Qualifications, it is with Pleasure I remark that he has a fair moral Character, and I consider him possessed of the Qualifications necessary for the proper discharge of the...
I reachd this city on tuesday Evening. at Baltimore Leiut Parker came in to see me, and offerd his service to me; I had engaged a carriage of Evans to take me here with good horses and a carefull driver, for which I was to give him 80 dollars or in proportion if I could not get across the Susquahannah I offerd mr Parker a seat with me. he was very usefull to me and exerted himself very much or...
We have been rejoycing with exceeding joy at the news of the result at Washington—Now we hope the Gentleman will do Something. I got your letter of Monday & at the same time was informed that the choice was finally made. Our former suspence was so uncomfortable, that any thing would have been considered a relief—It comforts me that New-England would not yield, but the rest have done better...
I gave you the earliest information of Mr. Jeffersons election. Last night a mob of about fifty collected about the houses near to the capitol and compelled the inhabitants to illuminate them in honor to Mr. J. This passive submission of the federalists to the will of a rascally mob is in my opinion degrading in the lowest degree. I never would have submitted I would have died first. No...
Believing, as I do, that you know my conduct and exertions in the cause of truth and liberty , to have been pure, uniform, disinterested and decissive, on all occassions, and in all situations, I take the liberty to sollicit your countenance, and protection, should an opportunity intervene, whereby you could introduce my name to Mr. Jefferson. On my arrival from Europe in 1778, I had the...
(A true Copy) By Express from the City of Washington to the Editor of the Times!! This Moment the Election is Decided. Morris from Vermont absented himself, so that Vermont was for Jefferson—the four Members that had voted for Burr from Maryland put in Blank Ticketts—the result was then Ten for Jefferson. I hope you will have the Cannon out to announce the News. Yours—— N.B. This was the...
After exactly a week’s balloting there at length appeared 10. states for me, 4. for Burr & 2. voted blanks. this was done without a single vote coming over. Morris of Vermont withdrew, so that Lyon’s vote became that of the state. the 4. Maryland federalists put in blanks, so that the vote of the 4. Republicans became that of their state. mr Huger of S. Carolina (who had constantly voted for...
Some time in December last, I had the honour of sending you by post, a large packet of Letters from Mr Paine at Paris, particularly entrusted to my care by the writer, which with the books accompanying the same, I hope you have received.—Permit me to congratulate you on your late appointment to the Office of President of the United States—It will greatly add to the triumph of Republican...
As it is now settled that I am to [remain here] I can no longer […] to build myself the nailshop at Monticello which I proposed to you to undertake. I must therefore engage you to do it yourself out & out, and will give you the price you then stated to be the lowest you could take. what that was I do not now recollect with certainty, but I have a note of it at home, made at the time as I...
I nominate Elizur Goodrich Esqr, member of the House of Representatives for Connecticut to be Collector of the Customs for New Haven in the place of David Austin deceased DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I nominate Henry Prebble Esqr. of Massachusetts to be Consul of the United States at Cadiz in Spain in the place of Mr. Iznardi John Jones Waldo of Massachusetts to be Consul Commercial Agent at Nantes in France Isaac Cox Barnet of New Jersey to be Consul Commercial Agent at Bourdeaux John M. Forbes of N York to be Consul Commercial Agent at Havre de Grace William Lee of Massachusetts to be...
We beg leave to recommend William Lee Alexander Esquire of North Carolina as a person highly qualified to fill the office of Circuit Judge and to express a wish that this Appointment May be conferred upon him We have the honor to be / with great respect / your Mo Obedt / humble Servant MHi : Adams Papers.
Permit me to recommend to your notice Mr. Samuel Johnston of North Carolina, as a person well qualified, to discharge the duties of a circuit Judge, I do this the more cheerfully, because you were acquainted with him, when he was a senator from No: Carolina in the senate of the United States, He is now one of the supreme Judges of the state. I am with due respect / Sir / yr most obt. Sert— MHi...
The “Act to provide for the more convenient organization of the Courts of the United States,” having passed into a law, I beg leave to recommend to you, to fill one of the appointments of Circuit Court Judge for the fifth Circuit, John Sitgreaves Esqr, the present Judge for the District of North Carolina, which appointment he has held for ten years past, with a fair and unblemished Character....
Permit me to say that I consider Saml. Johnston, Esq. of N. C. at present a circuit judge of the State, an eligible character to fill the like office under our newly organized Federal system— That State has, indeed, at various times of his life made th him the object of its first honours, &, so far as I have understood, he has always acquitted himself with general approbation. If then, Sir,...
I nominate the Honorable John Lowell Esqr of Massachusetts to be Chief Judge The Honorable Benjamin Bourne Esqr of Rhode Island and the Hon. Jeremiah Smith Esqr of New Hampshire to be judges of the first circuit under the act of Congress, in their present session, to provide for the more convenient organization of the courts of the United States John Davis Esqr. to be Judge of the district of...
Notwithstanding the suspected infidelity of the post, I must hazard this communication. The Minority in the H. of R. after seeing the impossibility of electing B. the certainty that a legislative usurpation would be resisted by arms, and a recourse to a Convention to reorganise & amend the government, held a consultation on this dilemma, Whether it would be better for them to come over in a...
I do myself the honor to enclose to you a Resolution of the Senate of this day. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient and very humble servant RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; in hand of Samuel A. Otis, signed by TJ. Not recorded in SJL . Enclosure: Senate resolution of 18 Feb. (same, in Otis’s hand; see below). The Senate on 18 Feb.,...
The House of Representatives having yesterday concluded their choice of a person for the chair of the US. and called me to that office, it now becomes necessary to provide an administration composed of persons whose qualifications and standing have possessed them of the public confidence, and whose wisdom may ensure to our fellow citizens the advantages they sanguinely expect. on a review of...
Your favor of the 3d. inst. has been duly recieved. I percieve in it that friendship which I ever found in your character, & which honors every character in which it is found. I feel myself indebted also for the justice you do me as to opinions which others, with less candour, have imputed to me. I have recieved many letters stating to me, in the spirit of prophecy, caricatures which the...
qu. Lowell (now district judge) to be Chief judge + Benj. Bourne (R.I.) } judges of 1st. circuit + Jer. Smith. (N.H.) qu John Davis. (now district atty) judge vice Lowell — H. G. Otis distr. atty vice Davis. qu. Ray Greene distr. judge vice Bourne — E. St. L. Livermore. N.H. distr. atty vice Smith. 2d. circ uit + Benson. chief judge