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At the Request of General Washington I commit to your Care the enclosed Letter for M rs. M c. Cauly Graham which I have received from him—the Vessel that carries this is preparing to sail—You shall hear from me again by Cap t. Coupar— I am D r Sir / Your Friend & Serv t.
I cannot omit this Opportunity of transmitting to You a Copy of an Act of Congress respecting M r. Temple. It appears to me to be a proper one—In my Opinion our public Conduct should be just and liberal on the one Hand, but firm and decided on the other.— I have the Honor to be with very sincere Esteem and Regard / Dear Sir / Your most ob t. Serv t.
I have the Honor of transmitting to you herewith enclosed a Copy of a Letter of the 21 st. December from M r: Temple to me, which I laid before Congress. They have been pleased to direct that you communicate it to His Britannic Majesty—That you inform him, that the Complaint stated in it, being in general Terms, and unsupported by any particular Facts, or Evidence, they do not think it...
I wrote to you on the 7 th: of last Month, and also on the 18 th: of this enclosing some Papers respecting an american Vessel seized at Barbadoes by a british Man of War. I have been honored with yours of 16 th. 25 th. and 28 th. May and 6 th. June last, which with the Papers accompanying them were immediately laid before Congress.— The Situation in which the Want of an adequate Representation...
I am sorry it is not yet in my Power to tell you any thing decisive and satisfactory respecting the Question between you & the collector. The want of a sufficient number of States in congress has prevented my asking & recieving their orders on the Subject. Your attention to the Rights of Office is certainly proper; and I assure you of my Disposition to secure to you the perfect & uninterupted...
LS : Massachusetts Historical Society We received the Letter you did us the honour of writing to us the 10th. Inst, with the project of a Treaty that had been transmitted to you by the Baron de Thulemeier, which we have examined, & return herewith, having made a few small Additions or Changes of Words to be proposed, such as Citoyens for Sujets and the like, and intimated some Explanations as...
Congress at length begins to do Business—seven States are represented, and Genl. St. Clair was three Days ago chosen President.— Since my last to you of 17th Ult. I have not had the Pleasure of receiving any Letters from you.— You will herewith receive a letter from Congress to the Queen of Portugal, which you will be pleased to transmit in the Manner suggested in my Report, of which you will...
As you are already informed of Col. Nortons Demand on the British Governor! it will only be necessary for me to observe, that it does not appear to me to be of such a nature, as that it would be proper for Congress to interpose and instruct you on the Subject; and I have Reason to think that it strikes them in the same point of view— As the Col. is an American Citizen, I feel disposed to be as...
One of these Days I shall devote a Leisure Hour to forming a Cypher, and will send it to You by the first good Conveyance that may afterwards offer. at present I am engaged on many Committees, so that my attendance on them and on Congress, keeps me fully employed. I observe with Pleasure that in this Congress there appears to be good Talents & good Dispositions. none of their more important...
In whatever Point of Light our two Countries may in future view each other, or whatever System of Politics may prevail in either, I always ^ shall ^ continue to consider you as one to whom who merits my Esteem as a public Man, and my acknowledgments as a Friend. I regret my leaving England without having seen ^ had an opportunity of bidding ^ you farewell, and the more ^ so ^ as it is not
We received the Letter you did us the honour of writing to us the 10 th. Inst, with the project of a Treaty that had been transmitted to you by the Baron de Thulemeier, which we have examined, & return herewith, having made a few small Additions or Changes of Words to be proposed, such as Citoyens for Sujets and the like, and intimated some Explanations as wanted in particular Paragraphs. The...
Since my last to you of 25th. February I have not been favored with any Letters from you.— Congress have made some Progress in my Report on your Letter of 4th. March 1786 and the Papers that accompanied it—They lately passed the Resolutions of which you will find a Copy herewith enclosed. Having been ever since and still being too much indisposed to prepare Instructions for you on these...
private I lately wrote you a few hasty Lines just to as the vessel which carried them was departing; and inclosed and a Pamphlet containing my Correspondence with a M r Littlepage, who was formerly in my Family. The attack which produced that Pamphlet, was not only countenanced but stimulated by some of the Subjects of our good allies here. It is no Secret either to You or me that I am no...
In obedience to the orders of Congress I have the Honor of informing you, that Phineas Bond Esqr. has presented to Congress a Commission from his britannic Majesty, constituting him commissary for all commercial Affairs within the United States, and another Commission constituting him Consul for the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.— Congress being desirous...
on my Return two days ago from Jersey, I had the Pleasure of recieving your favor of the 11 Ult.— A sufficient number of Delegates to form a Congress not being at present in Town, it is not in my power to communicate it to that Honorable Body— nor indeed does it appear to me very probable that a sufficient number will be convened during the winter, unless some circumstance of Importance should...
You will recieve this at a Moment, when you will again find yourself surrounded by your amiable Family— it is a pleasing Circumstance, and I congratulate you on the occasion. We are much obliged to M rs . Adams for having honored us tho for a little while with her Company— it has confirmed the Esteem which her Character had inspired.— If wishes were not vain, I should wish you all well settled...
Although I have nothing important to say or transmit, yet I cannot let the Packet sail without a few lines for you.— I wrote to you the 31st. of July by Major Sears, and have since received yours of the 16th. June with the Contract mentioned in it—They are on the Table of Congress, but the want of an adequate Representation of the States has prevented any Thing being yet done on that or indeed...
You will receive herewith enclosed a Copy of a Letter to me from the Honorable D. Huger Esqr. a Member of Congress, dated the 2d. April last, together with the Papers that were delivered to me by the Mr. Masters mentioned in it. As that gentleman is seeking Redress in the Course of judicial Proceedings, the Object of his Application to me doubtless is that I may so far recommend his Case to...
I had the Honor of writing to you on the 16th Day of last Month, and now have that of transmitting to you herewith enclosed a Duplicate of the Ratification of your late Contract, together with a Copy of two Acts of Congress, Viz., one of the 18th. Day of July authorizing Mr. Jefferson to redeem our Captives at Algiers, and the other of the 12th. Day of October appropriating the Residue of the...
I have been favored with your Letter in which you mention M r Warren. Your opinion of that Gentleman, added to the Merits of his Family, cannot fail to operate powerfully in his Favor. I have communicated that Letter to M r King, an able & valuable Delegate from Massachusets; who I have Reason to think wishes well to you, and to all who like You, deserve well of their Country. our Friend Gerry...
Having read in the Papers of to Day, an Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman in France to one at Boston, mentioning an Edict excluding foreign whale oil, I waited on the minister of France to be informed whether he had rec d . official Information of it. He told me he had not.— we had much Conversation on the Subject, and from it I was led to conclude, that he did not think it improbable that...
Still I am unable to give you satisfactory Information on the old and interesting Subject of your Return. My Report on it is not yet decided upon by Congress, altho’ some Progress has been made in it.—My Endeavours to forward it shall continue unremitted.— My last Letter to you was on the 4th. Day of September, since which I have not had the Honor of receiving any Letter from you. Your Letter...
Your Fav r . of the 20 th . Inst. arrived last Evening— It is not in pursuance of a recent or hasty Resolution, that I am preparing to return: It has been long taken & maturely considered. The public accounts still detain me, for tho’ always kept by M r Carmichael, I do not chuse to leave them unsettled behind me— When that Obstacle ceases, which I expect will be very soon, I shall leave...
I have been favored with your Letter in which you mention M r Warren. Your opinion of that Gentleman, added to the Merits of his Family, cannot fail to operate powerfully in his Favor. I have communicated that Letter to M r King, an able & valuable Delegate from Massachusets; who I have Reason to think wishes well to you, and to all who like You, deserve well of their Country. Our Friend Gerry...
In my Negociations with M r . Gardoqui I experience certain difficulties which in my Opinion should be so managed, as that even the Existence of them should remain a Secret for the present. I take the Liberty therefore of submitting to the Consideration of Congress whether it might not be adviseable to appoint a Committee with power to instruct and direct me on every point and Subject relative...
We had the honor of receiving your Favour of the 20 th: Inst, and are persuaded that the Communication of the Friendly Disposition of his Prussian Majesty made to you by the Baron de Thuilemeyer will give great Pleasure to Congress. The Respect with which the Reputation of that great Prince has impress’d the United States, early induced them to consider his Friendship as a desirable Object;...
Last night I rec d. your obliging Favor of the 7 Inst. & the Letters mentioned to be enclosed with it— The one for M r Laurens was immediately sent to his Lodgings. The Circumstances you mention are interesting, and will afford matter for Deliberation & Comments when we meet. My Return to London will depend on one of two Things Viz t. on being satisfied that I am to expect little or no Benefit...
I have been honored with your Letters of the 10th. 19. & 30 April and 1st. May last. Since the sitting of the Convention a sufficient number States for the Dispatch of Business have not been represented in Congress, so that it has neither been in my Power officially to communicate your Letters to them, nor to write on several Subjects on which it is proper that Congress should make known their...
I wrote you on the 7 th: of last Month, and also on the 18 th. of this enclosing some Papers respecting an american Vessel seized at Barbadoes by a british Man of War. I have been honored with yours of 16 th. 25 th. and 28 th. May and 6 th. June last, which with the Papers accompanying them were immediately laid before Congress. The Situation in which the Want of an adequate Representation had...
The enclosed Extracts from the Journal of Congress will inform you of your Appointment to go as Minister to the Court of London, and of M r. Smith’s being elected Secretary to the Legation. I congratulate you on this Event. It argues the Confidence reposed in you by the United States, and I am persuaded will redound to their Advantage as well as to your Reputation.— The necessary Papers are...
I have considered the Hint suggested in your Letter of the     my long, and I may say habitual respect for the Sentiments of D r . Franklin, at first inclined me to adopt them relative to the Subject in Question. Further Consideration induced me to suspect that he has estimated the Influence of my opinions beyond their Value— If the Reasoning in the Pamphlet you allude to is just, it will have...
The Rev d. Doctor Provost is so obliging as to take Charge of this Letter together with other Dispatches which he will deliver to you.— This Gentleman being elected by the Convention of episcopal Congregations in this State, and having the most express Recommendations from that Body, as well as from a general Convention lately held at Wilmington, is going over to be consecrated a Bishop.—...
Accept my thanks for your Letter mentioning the Marriage of your Daughter, and my cordial congratulations on that pleasing Event.—They who best know the Col l. speake of him as brave and honorable; and Strangers to the Lady draw the most favorable inferences from her Parentage, and from the attention and Example of a Mother whose Charater is very estimable. I sincerely wish my dear Friend that...
The Packet not sailing until to morrow has put in my Power to get your Commission, Instructions and Letter of Credence completed. I also send You in another Parcel, of which M r. Randall is also to take Charge, the Journals printed since those with which I understand you have already been furnished.— With great Esteem & Regard / I am Dear Sir / Your most ob t. & hble. Serv t: RC and enclosure...
accept my thanks for your Letter mentioning the Marriage of your Daughter, and my cordial Congratulations on that pleasing Event.— they who best know the Col l: speake of him as brave and honorable; and Strangers to the Lady draw the most favorable Inferences from her Parentage, and from the attention and Example of a Mother whose charater is very estimable. I sincerely wish my dear Friend...
I congratulate you my dear Sir! most cordially on your Return to your native Country, and am greatly pleased with the Reception you have met with— You deserve well of your country, and I am happy to find that the acknowledgment of your Services is not left solely to Posterity. our Convention is still sitting. The opposers of the Constitution have proposed many amendments. As yet we proceed...
I have the Honor of transmitting to you herewith enclosed, a Copy of a Report on the Case of the Brig Jane and Elizabeth of Portsmouth in New Hampshire seized by a british man of War at Barbadoes; together with Copies of the Papers on that Subject annexed to it.— The Conduct of the Captain of the Boreas as stated in these Papers appears very exceptionable, but unfortunately for the Brig, her...
I congratulate you my dear Sir! most cordially on your Return to your native Country, and am greatly pleased with the Reception you have met with—You deserve well of your country, and I am happy to find that the acknowledgment of your Services is not left solely to Posterity. our convention is still sitting. the opposers of the Constitution have proposed many amendments: as yet we proceed with...
My last to You was dated 4 th: Ult:, since which I have been honored with several from you viz t. two dated 24 th. November last—9. 16. 17. 20. 22. 26. & 27 th. February and 4 th. March last—all of which with their several Enclosures were immediately laid before Congress.— I have at length the Pleasure of informing you that nine States begin to be frequent in Congress, and consequently that...
Your Fav r. of the 20 th. Inst. arrived last Evening— It is not in pursuance of a recent or hasty Resolution, that I am preparing to return: It has been long taken & maturely considered. the public Accounts still detain me, for ’tho’ always kept by M r Carmichael, I do not chuse to leave them unsettled behind me— when that Obstacle ceases, which I expect will be very soon, I shall leave Paris....
It gives me pain to have occasion so often to repeat that the irregular attendance of the members of Congress has, for a long Time past, prevented their paying a reasonable attention to their foreign affairs; for there have been very few, and those very short Intervals in which nine States were represented in Congress this Year. Hence, and from some other affairs deemed more pressing, it has...
I thank You for your obliging Letter of the 24 th . Ult:, inclosing a Paragraph respecting me in M r Oswalds Paper of the same Date— You have my authority to deny the Change of Sentiments it imputes to me, & to declare that in my opinion, it is adviseable for the People of America to adopt the Constitution proposed by the late Convention—If you should think it expedient to publish this Letter,...
I have been favored with your obliging Letter of the 18 March, and should sooner have thanked You for it, had ^ not ^ a Variety of Matters concurred in constraining me to postpone that Pleasure till now. My Endeavours I assure you shall not be wanting to put the Affair of M r Soderstrom in such a Train as that it may be terminated to the Satisfaction both of that Gentleman & of his Creditors....
I have the Honor of transmitting to you herewith enclosed, a certified Copy of an Act of Congress of the 21 st. Instant, instructing you to communicate to M r. S t. Saphorin, the high Sense, the United States in Congress assembled, entertain of the liberal Decision made by his Danish Majesty, on the Question proposed to his Minister by You, respecting the Ordination of american Candidates for...
In the Price I paid you for my Picture & the Copy to be paid made of ^ of it ^ for M r Bingham, I find on Recoll n that no Provision was made for the Frame of the Latter ^ To supply that omission ^ I now therefore enclose
In my late tour to Boston I engaged with Mess rs Joseph Barrell, Crowel Hatch of Boston and M r . John Derby of Salem on a Voyage to the Northwest coast of America on discoveries and for which we are preparing two Vessels, the Ship Columbia about 220 Tons burthen, and the Sloop Lady Washington of about 90 Tons burthen, under the Command and direction of Captain John Kendrick. As there is the...
on recieving yours of the 4 Jan y last, I immediately communicated it to the Chief of the episcopalian clergy in this City, viz t . the Rev d . M r Provoost, the Rector of Trinity Church. He is greatly pleased with the Manner in which you attended to their application, as well as with the Reception it met with from the archbishop. The next Convention of the Clergy will doubtless present their...
A Vessel will sail from hence for London about the 20 th. Ins t. by her you will hear from me again. Since the Date of my last Viz t. 19 th. August, I have been honored with your Letters of 16 th. and two of 27 th. June and 30 th. & 31 st. July last, which with the Papers enclosed with them were immediately laid before Congress.— You will hear of Commotions in New-England. The enclosed Account...
I have been favored with your Letter in which you mention M r Warren. Your opinion of that Gentleman, added to the Merits of his Family, cannot fail to operate powerfully in his Favor. I have communicated that Letter to M r King, an able & valuable Delegate from Massachusetts; who I have Reason to think wishes well to you, and to all who like You, deserve well of their Country. Our Friend...
I had the pleasure of writing you a few Lines on the 2d. of last month, since which I have received and communicated to Congress your letters of 9th. 24th. and 27th. January and 3d. & 24th. February last.— My health continues much deranged, and I purpose in a few days to make an Excursion into the Country for about a fortnight.— A motion has lately been made in Congress to remove to...