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As it seems that it will be my unavoidable lot to be again brought into publick life, however contrary to my inclinations, I must prepare myself to meet with many occurrences which will be painful and embarrassing; but I can truly say that few events would distress me more than the realizing of the apprehensions of so respectable a body of my fellow Citizens as the Quakers of Philadelphia; as...
The Mail of the 30th brought me your favor of the 23d—For which, & the regular information you have had the goodness to transmit of the state of things in New York, I feel myself very much obliged, and thank you accordingly. I feel for those Members of the new Congress, who, hitherto, have given an unavailing attendance at the theatre of business. For myself, the delay may be compared to a...
With a heart duly impressed with a sense of the kind invitation you have been pleased to give me to your House I receivd your favor of the 29th ult., and pray you to accept my thanks for this farther testimony of your polite attention to me; but at the same time I offer you this tribute of my gratitude, I must beg your excuse for not complying with the request. For, however pleasing it might...
I have been duly favored with yr Letter of the 26th Ult. —and had before seen a letter from you to Mr Lund Washington on the same subject. In answer to them both I can say no more to you at present than what I have already invariably said to many—very many others—that if it should be my lot to administer the Government, I am resolved to enter upon my office totally free from every engagement...
Je profite de la permission que vous m’avez donné de vous adresser mes lettres pour l’amerique. Voulez vous bien avoir la bonté d’Envoyer celles-cy directement a Madame Banister sous votre couvert, car je suis tres inquiette de ce quaucune de mes lettres ne sont encore parvenues a mes amies. Quelquautres personnes, à ce que je soubsonne, pourroient bien se les Etre appropriées, connoissant mon...
It is a long while since I have done myself the Pleasure of writing you; but the variety of concerns of a public and private Nature, together with the constant attention which I am necessarily obliged to give to an affectionate wife, who is in constant ill-Health, have suffered one week to steal after another, and leave me in shameful silence. I cannot however permit Mr. Cutting to quit us,...
I have served the Publeck in some or other Capacity ever since I was twenty years old, now forty years, without any Emolument except a Bounty of Land, as a field-Officer, under the Proclamation of the King of Great Britain in the Year 1763; during the late Revolution I never quitted an active part as far as my Health and Abilities did admit, nor untill after the new Constitution of America was...
As I am now in the act of bidding an adieu to my home—for a longer time perhaps than I wish—I will inform you that it is my intention (if your exertion⟨s⟩ shall appear to deserve it) to make the wages of the year you are now engaged for Fifty pounds instead of Forty although I consider myself under no legal or honorary obligations to do so—my only motives for it being to encourage you to use...
I am about to leave my home whether for a length of time, is more than I can tell at present. But be this as it may I expect the agreement to which we have subscribed, will be as strictly complied with on your part as it shall be punctually fulfilled on mine to enable you to do this, you would do well to keep two things always in remembrance—First that all Bargains are intended, for the Mutual...
Although it may appear a degree of <pre>sumption in me to address Your Excellency, yet were I to neglect it, it might be deemed a fault, the occasion I trust will plead my excuse—The inclosed Letters will explain the motives, which I hope backed by the opinion of The Senators from this State, will have some weight in continuing me in the Office of Collector for this Port under the new...
The bearer of this, Mr Caleb Stone, is desireous of settling on some of my lands on the Kanawa, and will probably carry several others out with him to settle thereon; As I would wish to hold out such terms to settlers as will induce them to set down upon my lands (provided the terms are not very unreasonable for the Landlord) I will thank you to let him view the land; and if he should incline...
I have received your letters of the 17th & 21st Insts. the latter containing a Draft on Mr Josiah Watson for one hundred pounds, which he informs me shall be paid agreeably to the sight mentioned. I have no objection to the Gentlemen who are proposed to settle the line between Mr Scott and myself; and I think with you that the sooner it is done the better. When it is completed I would wish you...
Having given very full & ample details of the intended crops—and my ideas of the modes of managing them at the several Plantations, little, if these are observed, need be added on this subject. But as the profit of every Farm is greater, or less in proportion to the quantity of manure which is made thereon, or can be obtained; and by keeping the fields in good condition. These two important...
Your Excellency by this Post will recvd. two Letters . This I was obliged to write by it’s self, as it is a Letter only for your Excellencies private reading. Your Letter of the 24th. of Mar. arrived this day and as it is Five days a going, I thought proper, contrary to my first intention to answer it immediatly. Dr. Bancroft and myself wait for your Answer to his Last Letters however in the...
I wrote a letter to Mr. Dana sometime ago, in which I desired him to request your influence, that I and my son might be appointed to offices under the New Government. In his answer he informed me, that he had spoken to you upon the subject;—that you was pleased to express yourself handsomely of me, and the desired that I would write to you, least a multiplicity of business might prevent your...
I have received your letter of the 23d Inst. and am in hopes that the Buckwheat will arrive in season. I will thank you to send me, by the first post after this reaches you, fourteen yards of Livery lace agreeably to the enclosed pattern; and let it be directed to me, or, in my absence, to Major George Augne Washington at this place. With great regard, I am, Dear Sir, Yr most Obedt Hble Servt...
The chagrin of the members who first arrived still exists, one senator and two representatives being yet wanted —The latter will arrive certainly in a day or two from Jersey and Pennsylvania, but unless Mr Reed from Delaware shall come on, the senate may be deficient during the whole of the present week. The tardiness of the members is more unfortunate at this season than at any other—The...
I have been favored with your Letter of the 19th by which it appears that a quoram of Congress was hardly to be expected until the beginning of the past week. As this delay must be very irksome to the attending members, and every days continuance of it (before the Government is in operation) will be more sensibly felt, I am resolved, no interruption shall proceed from me that can well be...
Ever since the second day of February I have been confined with excrutiating Gout—and to this moment altho I am nearly recover’d since my first attack I have never partaken of a morsel at any Table but my own. This with my retired situation—which prevents easy Access to post offices—and affords little worth communicating—will account for my silence hitherto—for I assure you my wishes for your...
I have been favored with your Letter of the 19th.; by which it appears that a quoram of Congress was hardly to be expected until the beginning of the past week. As this delay must be very irksome to the attending Members, and every days continuance of it (before the Government is in operation) will be more sensibly felt; I am resolved, no interruption shall proceed from me that can well be...
Mr. Paradise writes to you by this post on the subject of the proposition made to him by the Creditors to take the money in the funds and a third of his Virginia income instead of £400 a year. I think with him that he should accept it. My greatest objection is that it will not admit of a plain and unsuspicious execution. For it will be a question, pretty difficult to decide in England, and...
Mr. Jefferson has the honour to present his compliments to Messieurs Boyd & Ker and to inclose them a letter for Mr. Rutledge, with two bills of exchange of twelve hundred livres each. PrC ( MHi ). SJL Index records an undated letter from Boyd, Ker & Co. under this date, perhaps an acknowledgment of the above.
Tho’ I may be among the last in congratulating my dear general upon his elevation to a rank which few men are born to enjoy, and still fewer deserve, yet I am persuaded you will beleive that I feel as much sincere joy on the occasion as those who may have been earlier in their demonstrations. You are now a king, under a different name; and, I am well satisfied, that sovereign prerogatives have...
Letter not found: from John Francis Mercer, 29 Mar. 1789. On 5 April GW wrote to Mercer : “The letter with which you was pleased to favor me, dated the 29th Ulto came to hand.”
I find Mr Dunlop had not parted from any of the money in his hands —he has however been dispppointed, as yet, in receiving the sum expected from Govr Lee—notwithstanding which there is still a considerable sum of money collected, which is either paid into your hands by this time, or will be with you in a few days—It is however difficult to procure money for bills at this time, and I mentioned...
My last was committed in December to Mr. Gouverneur Morris. I was then on my way to Virginia. The elections for the new government commenced shortly after my arrival. The first was of Electors, to Ballot for a President and Vice President. The successful candidates were General Wood, Mr. Zachy Johnson, Genl Edward Stephens, Doctor David Stuart, Mr. W. Fitzhugh of Chatham, Mr. Warner Lewis of...
My last was committed in December to Mr. Gouverneur Morris. I was then on my way to Virginia. The elections for the new government commenced shortly after my arrival. The first was of Electors, to Ballot for a President and Vice President. The successful candidates were General Wood, Mr. Zachy. Johnson, Genl. Edward Stephens, Doctor David Stuart, Mr. W. Fitzhugh of Chatham, Mr. Warner Lewis of...
Your favour of 21st instant came to my hands Yesterday: and I now comply with your request as far as in my power. The report of the Committee of Council at Quebec to Lord Dorchester was sent early in the last Spring by a Gentleman of Glasgow to a friend of mine, as an authentick paper transmitted to the British Ministry. It seems Canada is now divided into two Provences, and the part of it...
The Gentleman who will hand this to you is Mr Joseph Shallcross of Wilmington a perticular freind and acquintance of mine I have taken the liberty to introduce him to you. Mr Shallcross has a favor to ask of you there are a great number of candidates for the Navel Office under the New Government for the district of New Castle, this office has been kept at New castle hitherto although almost...
As it seems to be the general Opinion of your Friends in this quarter that you will comply with the wishes of our Countrymen and accept of the presidency, I take the liberty of laying before you an extract of a Letter I recd lately from a relation of mine in Philadelphia, and as it concerns a Numerous people in that City, who suffered much in the propperty, had their persons insulted and were...