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I inclose you an order of the B. Bank of this place on that at Baltimore for 194 D. 86c on account of David Higginbotham mercht of Milton, & to be placed to his credit with you as paid by Gent. Your humble sevt MHi : Coolidge Collection.
As the work you mention will cost as is supposed not more than 50. D. & is so necessary for the preservation of the wall, I think it may be so far considered as appurtenant to the wall & necessary to it’s duration, that it may be placed to that account. DLC : District of Columbia Papers.
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly salutations to Genl. Sumpter and informs him it has become an indispensible duty to remove mr Symonds the Collector of Charleston. would Genl. Sumpter be so good as to converse on the subject of a proper successor with Messrs. Marion Williams & Gaillard, who are supposed to be from that quarter, and to communicate to Th:J. his & their opinions on the...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Thos. H. Jones, and his thanks for the sample of Cumana or Watchus tobacco he has been so kind as to send him. not being himself a judge of this plant, he proposes to send it to a tobacconist at Philadelphia for examination. should he think it’s qualities likely to please in our market it will then become interesting to endeavor to procure the seed....
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of the Senators & Representative of the state of Ohio, to recommend to him a proper person to be a Commissioner of the Western road, and who resides so far beyond it’s Western termination on the Ohio, as to feel no interest between terminations at Steubenville or Grave creek. OChHi : Territorial & Early Statehood Manuscript Collection.
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Newton to request of Doctr. Fernandez about a Quarter cask of the Lisbon wine of particular quality of which he spoke with mr Newton, to be bottled, packed & forwarded to Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson at Richmond for Monticello. he troubles mr Newton with this request because he can best describe to Doctr. Fernandez the particular wine contemplated. he salutes...
Your letter of the 14th. was recieved by our last post, and as I shall be in Washington within a week after your reciept of this, I would rather defer answering it until I am in a situation to do it on full consideration & advisement. wishing you sincerely success in both the enterprises stated in your letter I salute you with esteem & respect. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Monroe, & on a view of the expences incurred & engaged for the Pensylvania avenue, that the funds will admit only to gravel it where it is wanting and as much only as is necessary to make it firm. the planting with oaks &c. & additional arch to the bridge must be abandoned. DLC : District of Columbia Papers.
I have this moment signed the bill for a general embargo on all American vessels. it passed by 82. against 44. the latter were one half Federalists, ¼ of the little band, the other fourth of republicans happening to take up mistaken views of the subject. my love to all our dear family & affectionate salutations to yourself. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The rent which you mentioned as due for Lego I will ask you to be so kind as to pay at your convenience to mr Higginbotham, to whom I am in debt a sum of money and promised him he should recieve all my rents. I have mentioned this to him. I propose setting out tomorrow morning for Washington. I salute you with friendship & respect. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
The representations I have recieved satisfy me that mr Lenthall ought to be allowed 4. Dollars a day from the beginning. be so good therefore as to settle with him accordingly, or if a settlement has been made, to correct it in conformity herewith. Accept my salutations & assurances of esteem P.S. I have desired that nothing may be forwarded to me here from the Post–office after the 5th. ViU .
If you will be so good as to make particular & diligent enquiry as to the riotous workmen, and to designate those who were active and insolent on the late occasion, & therefore most proper to be excluded from the public yards, I shall be willing that the residue be recieved again. it will be necessary that you report the list to me that I may communicate it to the other public works. friendly...
I have this day made a tolerably exact estimate of the digging already done at the President’s house, & that which remains to be done, for the lead drains from each end of the house, and the main sewer. there is done 1000. cub. yards. digging at 18 C = 180.D carrying away @ C = D
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Munro and informs him that mr Latrobe’s salary from the date of his removal to this place is to be 2000. D. that is to say to be increased 300. D. which last sum of 300. D. being stated as necessary to his removal, mr Munroe is hereby authorised to advance to him at this time on account. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Will you be so good as to call at the office of Hope’s Philadelphia price-current, enter me as a subscriber and pay 3. dollars, the year’s subscription. the paper must be addressed to ‘Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, near Milton.’   affectionately yours Privately owned.
Th: Jefferson incloses to mr Monroe a resolution of the H. of Representatives & prays him, with as little delay as he can to make the statement required as to the articles within his department, to wit, the Capitol, President’s house, public offices, and other objects of public expence within the city of Washington under mr Monroe’s care, he will percieve that it goes back to the origin of the...
The United States are not in the practice of engaging in any manufactures but those of arms, within which description that of white lead, proposed by you, does not fall. they have lately come to the possession of the lead mines of Louisiana, the most valuable probably in the world: but how they will be employed has not yet been decided by Congress. Accept my respects DLC : Papers of Thomas...
To Capt. Thomas Hyde, and the officers & privates of the first volunteer company for the counties of Jackson, Clark and Franklin in the state of Georgia. The offer of your service in support of the rights of your country merits and meets the highest praise; and I tender you for your country the thanks you so justly deserve. Having directed the Governor of the state to carry the acts concerning...
I inclose you a postnote on the bank of the US. at Philadelphia drawn by the branch bank here, in discharge of a bill for instruments to that amount furnished to Isaac Briggs partly for him & partly for myself. Accept my salutations. MoSHi : Bixby Collection.
I return you the inclosed proclamation, & to avoid an innovation which might produce uneasiness, I believe it will be best to continue it in it’s usual form. With respect to inclosures, so long as the former proprietors keep up an inclosure, & the streets in it are not pressingly wanted for the public, we will permit them to remain, but whenever the owner has once taken away his inclosure, we...
While Th: Jefferson regrets the cause which obliges mr Munroe to be absent from this place, it is too imperative a one to admit of objection. as Th:J. will be absent himself shortly, he wishes, before mr Munroe’s departure to give orders for whatever monies may be wanting from the different funds for July, Aug. & Sep. dating them monthly. on this subject, a previous conversation might perhaps...
Th: Jefferson, with his compliments to mr. Munroe, incloses him a letter to John Davidson for his perusal & to be forwarded, retaining a copy with the original now inclosed, for the use of his office. DLC : District of Columbia Papers.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Colo. Worthington, & incloses a draught of a section, which he proposed to Genl. Smith to add by way of amendment to the Volunteer bill. knowing Colo. Worthington to be friendly to this important measure, he has taken this liberty, as he had with Genl Smith that of delivering him the original. Privately owned.
All is well here, as I hope with you also, & I have not time to say more except that the question decisive of the bill repealing the late judiciary law in the H. of R. will not be taken till tomorrow or next day. my love to my dear Martha & the young ones. RC ( DLC ); address clipped: “Thomas Mann R[andolph] at […]”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by Randolph.
I ask the favor of you to communicate, in such way as you shall think most proper, the inclosed answer to the address of the legislative council and House of Representatives of the territory of Orleans of March 29. and to accept for yourselves the assurances of my high consideration and respect. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I have considered your proposition ‘to let out as much of the axe-work on the Western road as can be conveniently done along the whole length of the line from Cumberland to Brownsville, and in such parts of it as the Commissioners shall judge it may be advantageously done, leaving the trees which are to be taken out by the roots in the middle part of it which is to be paved,’ and I approve...
Your favor of the 23d. is at hand, and I will thank you to send the lamps (half a dozen) bespoke by mr Claxton which you have imported, with the note of their cost. vessels are constantly coming from Philadelphia to this place, or to Alexandria, which will bring them safely. with respect to the Mantle piece fountain lamps, perhaps you could give me some idea of their forms by a sketch which...
Th: J. presents his compliments to mr Munroe; he is so much engaged as to be unable to read the inclosed with attention, but has no doubt it is sufficient to obtain the injunction on; & should it need any thing material afterwards, it can be amended. DLC : District of Columbia Papers.
Your favor of the 24th. was recieved last night. the purchase of the 2. doz. desert knives with silver blades, the silver Castors in preference to plated, and the sallad dishes, is approved. the knife sent on for a model is therefore not returned. Accept my salutations & best wishes. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly salutations to mr Law, and returns him the Agitations with thanks for the perusal. both it’s poetry & prose have been read with pleasure, and it’s philosophy is sound. the disease of the mind, ennui, for which the English have no name, tho’ like others they know it’s afflictions, and sometimes end them by the halter, finds it’s true remedy in agitation or...
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly salutations to Colo. Worthington & will take it as a great proof of his kindness if he will call on him as he passes any time to-day or tomorrow. Catalog--Christie’s, American and European Manuscripts and Printed Books.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Thomas and his thanks for the copy of Ramsay’s life of Washington forwarded to him. but having recieved a copy as a subscriber, he has thought it improper to retain it, & therefore sends it by this mail to mr Thomas. as to the reading & giving an opinion on it, all the spare moments he can devote to the reading of books do not enable him to read an...
Th:J. incloses to mr Randolph a check on the bank of the US. which however is dated tomorrow & cannot be drawn till then, because it is only on the 4th. that a deposit is made in the bank for him by the Treasury. he prays him not to consider it as a loan at all, being always desirous to do any thing for him which his own circumstances place in his power. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The inclosed applications from & on behalf of a mr Meer, relating to matters under your superintendence, I inclose them to you to do therein what you find best for the public interest, and add my salutations and assurances of esteem. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson with his compliments to mr Munro, sends him the inclosed copy of a letter to mr Latrobe, that he may be informed of the plan of proceeding on the public buildings for this summer DLC : District of Columbia Papers.
Mr. Higginbotham presses me for the paiment of which your rent was to make a part. as soon therefore as your convenience admits I would sollicit the paiment, to be made to him. I would not urge it but that he has been entitled some time to expect it of me. I salute you with affection esteem MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I have but a single moment to announce to you the death of Trist at N. Orleans. one letter brought us news of his extreme illness, and another, by the same post, of his death. the situation of his family is to be deplored indeed; and I am afraid they will expect what the public mind will not admit. God bless you all. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to mr Munroe, and is of opinion there can be no doubt of Majr. L’Enfant’s title to interest. it was validly engaged by the commissioners, and their offer has been approved by the legislature. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
We are in want of a judge for the District of Orleans in the room of mr Sprigg who has resigned. mr Waddy Thompson of your state has been named to me as a suitable character to be appointed. will you be so kind as to favor me with your opinion on that subject? I need not add that I shall consider it as entirely confidential. I salute you with great friendship & respect. MoSHi : Bixby Collection.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Mr. Munroe, and asks the favor of him to turn to the letter of Th:J. of April 3d. 1805 from Monticello, where he will find that mr Lenthall’s allowance Was to be 4. D. a day from the beginning of his employment. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson presents his Compliments to Capt Truxton and his thanks for the pamphlet of mr Hoppe on the improved Sextant, which his late return to the seat of government and immersion into other business waiting for him, has not permitted him yet to look into. having recieved half a dozen copies from the author, and supposing from mr Hoppe’s letter to Capt Truxton that a single copy only...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Munroe. he has this moment seen a wooden house building in F. street near mr Hoben’s which seems indubitably beyond the limits allowed. he prays him to have it examined, & if found unlawful, to have injunctions instantly served on all liable to them. DLC : District of Columbia Papers.
I recieved last night your favor of the 12th. I can say with truth that I do not remember ever to have recieved such a paper as is the subject of your letter. I might ascertain this by a recurrence to my files; but it is unnecessary for another reason. it is so important to the public service that I should be the center of information as to whatever concerns them, that in order to induce it to...
It being perfectly understood that the appropriation of Mar. 3. 1803. for ‘keeping in repair the highway between the capitol & other public buildings’ had in view only ordinary & light repairs in the stile which then existed, it would be contrary to that view to make it the foundation of expending on them such a sum as 5. or 6000.D. altho’ it is very possible that this would be cheapest in the...
I inclose you a letter from the Secretary of the Navy on the subject of Tarleton Webb. at the next appointment of midshipmen he can probably come in; but mr Smith cannot say when that may take place. Martha informs me that your own affairs are so arranged as to permit you to direct the repairs of my mill dam. this will indeed be rendering me a great service. Bacon is so little acquainted with...
My memory is so unfaithful that I am always afraid to affirm any thing on it’s authority. but I believe I am not decieved in saying that a little before I went out of office in 1793, I did recieve from you the specimens of coins you describe, with an account of the falsifications going on in England, and that I published in the news papers what related to the latter in order to guard the...
I have recieved your favor of the 6th. inst. informing me that the American Philosophical society had been pleased, at their late election, unanimously to re-elect me President of the society. in desiring, in my letter to the Vice-presidents, that I might be permitted to withdraw from that honour, I asked from a conscientious persuasion that I was keeping from that important station members...
I take up my pen merely because I have not written to you since my arrival here, and simply to inform you I am well. I shall be happy to hear the same from you; and hope this day’s post may bring me that information, or that Fontrees’s waggon will do it which I expect will arrive tomorrow or next day. we are selling off all our vessels except the 13. frigates established by law; bringing 7 of...
A collector for the port of Hampton is wanting in the room of mr Kirby, removed for gross delinquency. Mount E. Chisman has been proposed. can you inform me of his character & circumstances? or can you recommend any better person? I must ask your answer without any delay, as I believe the case presses. indeed I am not certain if it’s pressure may not oblige the Secretary of the Treasury to...
The mass of business which occurs during a session of the legislature, renders me necessarily unpunctual in acknoleging the reciept of letters and in answering those which will admit of delay. this must be my apology for being so late in noticing the reciept of the letter of Dec. 20. addressed to me by yourself, and several other republican characters of your state, of high respectability. I...