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M r Adams presents his Compliments to M r Nichols, and has the honour of inclosing a Resolution of the President and Fellows of the University of Cambridge Massachusetts of Feb. 14. 1786.
I have been desired by Patrick Miller Esqr, of Dalswinton to transmit to Congress the inclosed Paper of Experiments in Navigation. It is the Sequel of his Treatise on Naval Architecture, which I had the honour to transmit to Congress last Spring. I have the Honour to be, / with the highest Esteem, dear sir / your most obedient and most / humble Servant DNA : Papers of the Continental Congress.
With this is enclosed, an elegant volume of improvements in Naval Architecture, together with the original letters to me that accompanied it. I know nothing of the author but what is there said to wit that he is a gentleman of character and fortune—America is the place in the world the most likely for such improvements to be adopted, if they are really founded in Science and Utility. If upon...
In Answer to your Letter, I can only say that M r. Barclay is gone from France upon the public Service of his Country and I suppose will return in a few months, so that his absence will not be of any detriment to you, as I immagine—with much esteem I am &c
I am honoured with your Letter of the 7 th. of the month from Paris—and will support D r. Bancrofts application to the Danish Minister, as fully as may by in my power—But perhaps it will be most prudent according to an Idea in one of your Letters to the D r. to begin by writing to the Baron D e Waltersdorff— This I suppose propose to do immediately—& when I obtain an answer will convey it to...
M r Adams presents his Compliments to M r Jinks and requests the Honour of his Company to dine on Sunday next at 4 o’clock— The favour of an answer is desired
Your private Letter of the twenty fifth of July is very friendly and obliging as usual. give yourself no concern about my apprehensions of your Want of Attention. I know too well your constant and assiduous applications to the Duties of your public offices, as well as to the just concerns of your private friends, ever to suspect you of failing in either.—I Shudder when I think of your next...
The multiplied Cares attending the Removal of a Family, from one Country to another; and beginning a new Course of Life or resuming an old one, after an interruption of fourteen years; must be my apology, if any apology is neccessary, for having omitted, till this time, to Solicit the final Settlement of my Accounts, with the United States.—As Mr Barclay has, for many years, had the...
Last Evening, after mine to you of Yesterdays date, was gone to the Post office, yours of the Sixth, was sent me from thence. If I were to pray to Neptune, for Liberty of passing thro his Realm, again I should be tempted to Use the Form of a new converted American Indian, at Cape Cod, who went off in a fishing Vessell further to sea than he had ever been before, & was over taken by a storm. He...
Upon the Receipt of the first of the inclosed Letters from Dr Wren and Mr Mawbrey, by Express, I make Application to Government.—Lord Sidney was absent and Lord Carmarthen sick; but Mr Fraser the Under Secretary of State, took up the subject with Integrity and Politeness. He discovered a real desire to do every Thing that the Laws would permit, to crush in the Beginning this villainous attempt...
Last night I was honoured with your Letter of April. 7 th. and am happy to find that Twelve States, have granted to Congress the Impost. New York I am persuaded will not long withhold her Assent, because, that in Addition to all the other Arguments in favour of the measure, She will have to consider that all the Blame of Consequences must now rest upon her, and she would find this alone, a...
Your Favour of the fourth of october, I have had the Honour to receive, and have dispatched the Resolution inclosed in it to Paris to go from thence to Spain: but I hope M r Lamb is already on his Passage for America. The Commotions in New England, will terminate in additional Strength to Government, and therefore they do not allarm me I have lately received from Lord Carmarthen officially the...
I do myself the Honour to inclose Copy of Mr Fagels Letter to me of the 18th. and of my Answer of this day, and of my Letter to Mr. Dumas of this day. I am very Sorry for his embarrassed Situation. But know not the Cause of it, but by Conjecture. one Thing I know that the United States may very easily be involved in a war by indiscreet Intimacies between their servants and foreign Powers and...
I am much obliged to you for the Copy of your Dialogue, which does you honour. I am the more pleased to learn that you are to col­ lect the Mathematical Theses, as the Same part fell to my Share in the Year 1755. Your Reasons for preferring Newbury Port to Boston for the Study of the Law are judicious, and discover an Attention and a Consideration, which give sure Presages of your future...
In my Letter of the 29 th. Ult o. I inclosed Copies of the Letters which had passed between the secretary of State and myself—wherin this Day was fixed upon for my introduction to His Majesty—agreable to that arrangement the Master of Ceremonies waited on me at one and accompanied me to the secretary’s Office, from whence Lord Carmarthen accompanied me to the Palace— I was in a very short time...
I have received the Letter you did my the honor to write me on the 27 th. of January—and several others before that some of which contained Letters for America, which I sent with my first dispatches. I have not answered any of those Letters because they related to a subject with which I have nothing to do. I am not come to this Country Sir, to solicit emigrations to the United states of...
Paul Randall Esq r , who has been with M r Lamb to Algiers will have the Honour to deliver this Letter. in order to lay before Congress the earliest Information of all that has come to his Knowledge, in the Course of his Journeys and Voyages he proposes to return, without loss of Time to New York. He has conducted, as far as I can judge, with Prudence and Fidelity, and has merited a...
Your two favours of May 4. came to hand by the post from Falmouth, in a Packett of Pamphlets and News Papers which cost between six & seven Guineas for the postage, This is so material an Expence for our Country, that it is proper to attend to it, so far as to pack News Papers and Pamphlets by themselves—in this Case one may save the Postage by giving up the Papers—but the Package should be...
M r Randall who prepares to Sail in a few Days for N York will deliver you this Letter. If I have not Overlookd any Article in your Account you have drawn Bills upon me which have been accepted & paid to the amount of 32 hundred and 12 Pounds 12 shillings Sterling for the Expenditure of which you will Account with Congress and pay the Ballance into their Treasury after paying M r Randall his...
I am asshamed to have let your Letter of the 15th. of December remain so long unanswered: but the subject of it so entirely out of my Sphere, that I really knew not what answer to give to it. At length however, I have concluded to inclose it to His Excellency Governor Bowdoin & pray him to communicate it to those Persons, to whom it belongs to consider it—and I hope they will do Justice. I...
I have only Time to introduce to you Coll Smith and to request in his behalf the Honour of your Friendship.—His Conduct in every Part of Europe, where he has been, I have good Reasons to believe have done honour to himself and gain a favorable Idea of his Country. His Honour and Interest as well as those of his Family are very dear to me, and I wish he may be employed in some position or other...
I have received the Letter you did me the honor to write to me on the 27 th. of January—and several others before that some of which contained Letters for America, which I sent with my first dispatches. I have not answered any of those Letters because they related to a subject with which I have nothing to do. I am not come to this Country Sir—to solicit emigrations to the United states of...
I duely received the Letter, you did me the Honour to write me, on the Subject of a Treaty with Prussia and have communicated it to the Baron de Thuelemeier. The King agrees to take the Treaty with Sweeden for a Model and if your Excellencies have any Alterations to propose I should be obliged to you for the Communication of them. The Baron waits the further Instructions of the King, before he...
The night before last, Commodore Jones arrived, with Dispatches from Congress. Two Packets were directed to the Ministers, and one larger one to D r Franklin. The two first I opened. One of them contained nothing but News Papers, The other contained, a private Letter from the President and a Sett of Instructions to the Ministers for Peace. These I copied, and Sent on the originals to Passy,...
We have received your two Letters, of the 15 & 18. July from Alicant and are sorry to learn that your indisposition discourages you from travelling by Land or sea We still think it most adviseable, both for your own interest & that of the United states, that you should return to Congress, for their further Instructions, as soon as possible, & we again propose to you, to embark from Spain, by...
Your Favour of the Seventeenth of this Month, was delivered to me, last night.— I left London on the third of this Month So that your kind Present of Game, afforded a Regall, to M r Stockdale in Piccadilly, but I am not less obliged to you for it, than if I had been so fortunate as to receive it myself.— I beg you sir to accept my Sincere Thanks for it. As the Nephew of my most valuable...
We Suppose, that you had your Degree last Wednesday, and upon that Supposition, I congratulate you upon it. it is hinted that you think of studying Law with Judge Dana till next Spring. if you can have the Honour and the Priviledge of studying under, two such great Masters as Judge Trowbridge and Judge Dana, I approve very much of the design. You cannot be in so good hands. but will the...
I have the Pleasure of yours of July 30. and advise you to purchase the Coach and prepare every Thing to set off with me to Dover in a Week from this Day. I will not loose a Moment, of the agreable Company, that I can avoid. Indeed I have repented 20 times that I did not go with you. The Pas of Calais and the Pas of Harwich will make me sick, but do me no harm. Purchase Johnsons Lives of the...
the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, did me the Honour of a Visit yesterday and delivered me a Letter a Copy of Which is inclosed with which was inclosed a Letter to the Committee. It contains an answer to that which I had the Honour to deliver to his Grace at your request. the Bishops desire to be informd of the Alterations made by the Convention in the Liturgy you will be so good as to deliver the...
Your favour of the 27. April is, before me.— I wish very Sincerely that my family had made a Visit to me, or I to them on the Conclusion of the Peace. The two Ladies will be affectionate Friends, I dare answer for it, if they should ever meet. There are Things constantly to be done here, but if there were not, it would be impossible for me, to come to Paris at present, without arranging...