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Herewith you will receive your commission as Minister Plenipotentiary to His Catholic Majesty, and the customary letter of credence. In presenting the latter, the President wishes you to enforce the friendly assurances it gives, by a repetition of them in terms that will best convey the sincere and earnest desire of the United States to cultivate harmony and confidence between the two...
9 June 1801, Department of State. In reply to Ogle’s 6 June letter [not found], agrees to send copies of the Maryland laws to the other governors along with laws of the U.S. If they arrive within a month, they will be forwarded with the laws of the last session of Congress. RC ( MdAA : Red Book 9). 1 p.; in Wagner’s hand, signed by JM.
9 June 1801, Department of State. Since the naval agent at New York reports freight charges on plank and timber from there to Philadelphia will amount to as much as purchase price, the agent has received orders not to ship. Instructs Whelen to provide those articles from another source. RC ( NN ). 1 p.; in Wagner’s hand, signed by JM; addressed: “The Purveyor of the U. states / Philadelphia.”
In addition to the special duties pointed out in the act of Congress relative to Consuls, passed on the 14th of April, 1792, which you will find in the 2nd Volume of the Laws of the United States, I must beg the favor of you to communicate to me, every six months, a report of the vessels of the United States, which enter at the ports of your district, specifying the name and burthen of each...
Le contenu de Votre lettre du 18. ayant été référé au département de la trésorerie, il a été Constaté que le 28. Xbre. 1798. la Somme de 11,02⟨2⟩. dollars a été passée au credit de la République française et que le Jour Suivant le Controleur de la trésorerie a notifié à l’agent de Mr. Létombe qui avait fait le dépot Sur lequel le crédit avait été passé qu’il y avait à opposer au crédit une...
I have the honour to acknowlege your letter of the 8th inst. on the subject of a Spanish Ship, commissioned with letters of marque and reprisal, which has arrived with a British vessel as her prize in the port of Philadelphia. I have lost no time in laying the case before the President, who has decided, in conformity to principles uniformly entertained by this Government, that the prize should...
Letter not found. 12 June 1801. Acknowledged in Yrujo to JM, 16 June 1801 . Informs Spanish minister of Jefferson’s order that captured British vessel, prize of the Santa Escolastica , immediately depart port of Philadelphia. Seeks further information about the capturing ship.
I recollect that on your leaving us you took with you certain papers relating to a case in which Mr. Bingham was concerned, and the U. S. alledged to be involved, with a view of examining them in your domestic leisure. I have just recd. the inclosed letter from Mr. Otis on the same subject, and beg leave to trouble you with it for the same purpose. Notwithstanding the budgets from abroad which...
Your communications by Mr. Sitgreaves on the subject of the proposed conversion of the claims against the United States, under the 6th. Article of the Treaty of 1794 into a definite sum, have been duly received, and taken into consideration by the President. Although there may be good ground to contest the real justice of the amount of Debt which will be assumed by such a stipulation, yet...
In adverting to the law constituting the government of the Mississippi territory, it appears that the Secretary thereof is authorised to discharge the Executive duties in no other cases than those of the death, removal, resignation, or necessary absence of the Governor. It follows that since the expiration of your term on the 7th. of May, no provision exists for the emergency, and that it is...
… It is intended that the vessel you have freighted for Tunis should, if possible, sail with the George Washington , now loading at Philadelphia … for Algiers, in order that she may avail herself of the protection of the latter. To enable me to judge of the practicability of this expedient, be pleased to inform me when she will be ready to proceed to sea.… Printed extract (Charles Hamilton...
The Bearer Mr Shields having occasion to visit to the N. Western territory, where he will be an entire stranger, I avail myself of the slight acquaintance I have with you, as an apology for introducing him to your attention. He has long been known to me, and I feel myself bound in justice to say of him, that he has a well-informed mind, irreproachable integrity, good qualifications for...
I suggested some time ago to Col. Habersham the objections to a Contract for 4 years for carrying the mail. His reply was that frequent contracts would not only be very troublesome, but by lessening the value of contracts, discourage good undertakers. He added that a clause in the contracts reserved to him a right at all times to make any of regulations he might chuse, making at the same time...
After the receipt of this letter, you will issue no commission to any private armed vessel of the United States, but without delay return to me all such blank Commissions and the blank instructions adapted to them, which may remain in your hands, as well as all such Commissions and instructions as may have been surrendered to you, and all the original applications for those issued, and which...
The letter of the day of March last from Mr. Lincoln, then acting Secretary of State will have made you acquainted with the grounds on which the President has permitted your return. A duplicate of that letter and a letter under a flying seal to His Catholic Majesty communicating the permission, are herewith forwarded. You will derive from them the sentiments which it will be proper for you to...
23 June 1801, Department of State. Owing to the interruption of all commerce between Spain and Portugal, David Humphreys has been unable to draw funds on deposit at Lisbon. Has directed Humphreys to draw on them for balance due him and for three months’ extra salary, to allow for his return. Will make an additional remittance to cover. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, IC , vol. 1). 1 p.
I suggested some time ago to Col. Habersham the objections to a Contract for 4 years for carrying the mail. His reply was that frequent contracts would not only be very troublesome, but by lessening the value of contracts, discourage good undertakers. He added that a clause in the contracts reserved to him a right at all time to make any of regulations he might chuse, making at the same time...
Letter not found. 24 June 1801. Acknowledged in Gallatin to JM, 14 July 1801 . Encloses requisition designating Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard as bankers at Amsterdam to whom $50,000 will be remitted.
… I am not acquainted with either the person, or the character of Mr. Corran. My respect for his Lady is nevertheless sufficient to give me all the interest in her wishes, which public considerations will permit. I shall consequently not fail to keep the President in mind of Mr. Corran as a candidate for the posts you mention. I must observe at the same time that there are so many applications...
I have duly recd. your favor of the 16th. I am not acquainted with either the person, or the character of Mr. Corran. My respect for his Lady, is nevertheless suffic[i]ent to give me all the interest in her wishes, which public considerations will permit. I shall consequently not fail to keep the President in mind of Mr. Corran, as a Candidate for the Posts you mention. I must observe at the...
25 June 1801, Department of State. “You will herewith receive sundry papers [not found] relating to Wm Smith and Joseph Cox, Impressed American seamen.” RC (offered for sale by University Archives, Westport, Conn., 1999); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, IC , vol. 1). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM; docketed by Lenox as received 5 Oct. and answered 12 Oct. 1801 ( PJM-SS Robert J....
Mr. Marbury reports, that he cannot have the beams shipped so as to reach you under three weeks, nor the remainder of the cordage under five weeks. After all, as the beams, when reduced, would not be quite clear of sap, and the freight high, it would not be adviseable perhaps to send them, if it could be seasonably done. They were never designed by this Department for the George Washington....
I have received your favor of the 23d. instant, inclosing one of the 15th. from Mr. Webster. The subject of Quarantine laws in Europe which oppress our commerce, had been brought to the attention of the Executive by suggestions from a Consul in Lisbon; and some arrangements have been under consideration for diminishing if not removing the evil. The interesting remarks in your letters, will...
The President has thought proper to appoint George W. Erving of Massachusetts, Consul for the United States at the Port of London, and has directed me to acquaint you that both your commission as Consul, and your appointment as Agent for claims and appeals, will cease on his arrival. Mr. Erving will sail, it is expected in two or three weeks. From this probability you will be able to estimate...
30 June 1801, Department of State. Encloses letter to Samuel Williams and refers the matter of Williams’s recall to King’s attention. RC ( CSmH ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, IC , vol. 1). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. Enclosed JM to Williams, 29 June 1801 .
1 July 1801. Invites the Pichons to dine with the Madisons “on Sunday next at 3 oClock.” RC (Biblioteca Civica, Torino, Italy). 1 p.; in Dolley Madison’s hand.
Every thing in your favor of the 24. ult: gives me pleasure, but the determination which it discloses to decline the share to which you were invited in the present administration. We had all flattered ourselves with the hope that we should have had you among us. The apology you make for disappointing us is by no means satisfactory. You should have allowed your friends to decide the point which...
Letter not found. 2 July 1801. Acknowledged in Gallatin to JM, 14 July 1801 . Encloses requisition designating Bird, Savage, and Bird to receive U.S. funds.
7 July 1801, Department of State. Jefferson has renewed Cathalan’s appointment to post at Marseilles. Encloses new commission in which Cathalan is designated commercial agent. Also encloses bond to be executed. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, IC , vol. 1). 2 pp. Enclosures not found. A note in the letterbook indicates that “A copy of the Instructions to commercial Agents” was sent to Cathalan...
You will receive herewith a list of men who alledge they are American citizens, born in the State of Pennsylvania, and are detained on board British ships of War, for want of proof of their being such, together with an additional one of persons in the same predicament, whose places of birth or abode in the United States ⟨are un⟩known. Both these lists are sent to you ⟨for the⟩ same purpose,...
I can not at so late a day acknowledge your two favors of without an explanation which I am sure your goodness will accept as an apology. Having brought with me to this place a very feeble state of health, and finding the mass of business in the Department, at all times considerable, swelled to an unusual size by sundry temporary causes, it became absolutely necessary to devote the whole of my...
I have recd. your favor of the 1st. instant. Your observations on Neutral rights & the means of promoting them are certainly very interesting, & will merit consideration. It is questionable however whether any leading arrangements by the U. States during the war, even in an eventual form adapted to a state of peace, would be free from the danger of entangling us too much in the present...
I have been duly honoured with your letter of the 6th instant. Mine of the 12th of June made you acquainted that orders had issued for the immediate departure of the British prize brought into the port of Philadelphia by a Spanish armed Ship; and that the circumstances of the latter would be enquired into particularly as a guide to any farther steps that might be requisite. Information has...
I have been duly favored with yours of the 6th. instant inclosing the Memorial of Mr. Torey. It has been for some time supposed that an American Consul at St. Petersburg might be useful, in the present course of trade and general turn of affairs; but besides the difficulty of finding a Citizen well qualified for the service & willing to undertake it, there has been no regular proof as yet that...
13 July 1801, Department of State. Encloses list of French ships taken by U.S. naval vessels and not condemned by 1 Oct. 1800 as well as those taken since that time. This list comes from the Navy Department, and Pichon can probably add to it. Given the lack of reliable sources, the list is not as correct as desired. Accordingly, JM reserves the right to correct it if, as a result of subsequent...
13 July 1801, Department of State. Directs Randolph to deposit western Virginia census returns and related documents with Edward Carrington at Richmond. The suggestion in Randolph’s 6 July letter concerning payment for exertions he made “in execution of the Act for taking the Census” deals with a subject handled only by the Treasury Department. Expresses belief that Treasury Department will...
Your ship being loaded with a Cargo, the property of the United States and intended for Algiers, you are to proceed to Sandy hook, and take under your convoy, the Ship Peace & Plenty bound to Tunis, with a Cargo of Military & Maratime Stores also the proporty [ sic ] of the United States, and such Mercht. Vessels as may be ready to join you. You will then make the best of your way with the...
16 July 1801, Department of State. Acknowledges receipt of Pichon’s 10 July note listing the different points contained in previous letters. Responds to them in numerical order, omitting the fifth, which JM has already answered. Defers answering the first as much for reasons Pichon indicated as because the current situation does not suggest a need to interpret the treaty immediately regarding...
Enclosed is the invoice of the ship Peace and Plenty, which carries out the last cargo of the stores, stipulated to be delivered to the Bey of Tunis. We hope they will be favorably received, and that the business of the present of jewells has been arranged at as small a sacrifice as possible. By the last advices from Mr. King it is probable, that they have before now arrived at Tunis. If you...
The following memoranda, & the inclosed letter from Mr. Dallas will present to the President the state of the information in the office of State on the subject of the indictmt. under the sedition act agst. Duane, at the request of the Senate. The President will observe, that another prosecution agst. him, at Common law , is pending in the same Court. 16. May. 1800. Mr: Lee’s letter to Mr....
You will receive this from Capt. John Shaw, commander of the Frigate George Washington, which carries a cargo, as per the three enclosed invoices, viz No. 1. of ship Timber, naval and military stores, in pursuance of the order transmitted by you last year, and some cables and gun-carriages, you had borrowed of the Regency for the use of the Polacre Dey. It also includes some masts not ordered,...
It is objected that the act of Congress Mar. 3. 1800. c. 14. sect. 1. 2. entitles a citizen owner of a vessel to restitution until the vessel has been condemned by competent authority on paying salvage to the captor. Every man, by the law of nature, and every fellow citizen by compact, is bound to assist another against violence to his person or property. Tho’ therefore by the law of nature...
The following memoranda, & the inclosed letter from Mr. Dallas will present to the President the state of the information in the Office of State on the subject of the indictmt. under the sedition act agst. Duane , at the request of the Senate. The President will observe, that another prosecution agst. him, at Common law , is pending in this same Court. 16. May. 1800. Mr: Lee’s letter to Mr....
It is the pleasure of the President of the United States, that you should enter a nolle prosequi upon the indictment found against William Duane, in the Circuit Court for the District of Pennsylvania, for an offence, by a seditious libel against the Senate of the United States contrary to the Act entitled “An Act in addition to the Act intituled [ sic ] ’An Act for the punishment of certain...
20 July 1801, Department of State. Acknowledges Pichon’s two notes, the first requesting JM to authorize payment of $11,000 credited to the French Republic on the books of the Treasury Department, the second containing Pichon’s opinion on the propriety of an arrest carried out on a foreign warship in a U.S. port. By a letter to the secretary of treasury, Pichon’s request on the first object...
Letter not found. 20 July 1801. Mentioned in JM to Pichon, 20 July 1801 . Concerns Pichon’s request for the payment of $11,000 credited to the French Republic on the Treasury Department books.
Letter not found. 20 July 1801. Acknowledged in Jackson to JM, 3 Aug. 1801 (ViU). Reports efforts on Jackson’s behalf regarding a postal contract and conveys news of French army in Egypt. Encloses copy of Strickland’s Observations on the Agriculture of the United States .
Your letter of the 11th. instant has duly come to hand. This being the first notice received by the Executive of your being still in the United States, no time is lost in observing to you, that under circumstances where services cannot be rendered to the public, it is deemed reasonable that the public should not be chargeable with the expense attached to them. I am accordingly instructed by...
21 July 1801, Department of State. “You will receive herewith Copies of certain Documents [not found] concerning Nathaniel Heard and Negro David, a Slave, two Impressed seamen belonging to the United States, who are supposed to be detained in British Ships of War on the English Station. Agreeably to the request of Mr. Lowndes, a Merchant of George Town, his Master, I recommend the case of the...
You will be pleased to furnish this Department as soon as possible with a statement concerning impressed American seamen, that have come under your notice since your appointment as Agent in which shall contain the following particulars: 1st.   An annual and aggregate account of the number impressed. Citizens { Native Aliens { British