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Mr. Biddle takes charge of a dispatch for you from me, on the subject principally of the affr. of the Chessapeake frigate. As it is possible that he may go to Washington I take liberty to mention that he has been here some months, & while Mr. Purviance was absent very much with me. He has much information of our affairs, and of those of this country with Europe generally, & can therefore be...
I left Paris on the 12. and arrived here last night very much fatigued with the journey. I have not announc’d my arrival to the minister of foreign affairs, but shall do it tomorrow and endeavor to obtain my recognition of the king as soon as possible. My last to you was of the 19th. ulto. in which I informed you that I shod. sit out for this place in a short time, in obedience to the views of...
I have the honor to send you a copy of a correspondence with Mr Canning touching a difficulty wh. he supposed Mr Rose might experience in entering the bay of Chessapeake, in consequence of the proclamation of the President. In the interview invited by his last note I expressed my surprise that any doubt shod. exist on the subject of it, and assured him that Mr. Pinkney & myself would be...
I have yours of the 1st. and have since seen Mr. Callendar with whom I had much conversation, in which I endeavored to tranquilize his mind, and bring him to view the cause of his disquietude with more temper and candor. I retrac’d the commencment of his acquaintance with the person on whom his displeasure chiefly rested, to shew there was no period at which the attentions of that person were...
The enclosed letter is from Captn. De Butts in whose vessel, and under whose command I sailed to France. I have known him since that time and believe him to be a very honest deserving man. This letter exhibits such a picture of unmerited misfortune & distress as is calculated to excite the simpathy of every benevolent mind. I send it to you to request you will be so kind as look into the...
My expenses abroad having exceeded unavoidable the compensation allowed me in the station I held & the mismanagement of my estate in my absence, make it an object to me to command on loan the sum of about 10,000 dolrs. I should therefore be happy to receive the accomodation from the bank provided it would be willing to make it, on su ch terms as I could accept, or indeed comply with. To enable...
I omitted to state in my letter of Saturday last that the copy which I then sent you of a proposition, which Mr Pinkney & I presented to the British comrs. relative to impressment which was mentioned in our letter to you of Novr. 11th. 1806. and which, as I believe, we afterwards renewed to Mr. Canning, was a copy only of the amendment which we offered to your original project: you will I...
I received lately a letter from the house of Mackenzie and Glennie of this city giving an account of a fraud which has been practiced on them in the name of Commodore Preble, by which they have paid to his account in favor of the United States £4000. sterling. I transmit you a copy of their communication and beg to assure you that I shall not fail to make all the exertion in my power to trace...
We have been honored by your favors of the 18th April & the 28th May, as they both relate to measures that might lead to the accomplishment of the Treaty which was executed previous to their arrival no remarks upon them are necessary Except that one idea is held out in the last that Britain interested herself in preventing the possession of Louisiana by France. The fact is that she was totally...
This will be presented you by Mr. Gauvain who with his Lady have made us a visit since I wrote you last. He is the Gentn. of whom I wrote you & whose trip I wished to delay a week on account of particular circumstances, of a domestic nature. He was in my family near a year, or indeed rather more, after the appointment of Mr. Skipwith to the consulate. He is amiable, well informed, perfectly...
I enclose you a press copy of my letter to you of the 14th. wh. I find however was not dated in the original sent by Liverpool. The postscript of the original is supplied by my official letter wh. accompanies this. I send this copy being anxious you shod. see the considerations wh. influence me at this time, or rather embarrass me. If I was to give an opinion as to the course to be taken, or...
I have just received your letter of the 13th. of January, relative to the trial of Captain Whitby, of which you desire me to obtain a postponement if possible. I shall accordingly address a note to Lord Howick on the subject, as soon as I can prepare it. The note shall be sent to him tomorrow or next day, and I shall not fail to give it all the aid I can in personal conference. I hope the...
I requested Major Coleman to enclose you lately 300. dolrs. which are intended as a remitance or deposit to enable Mr. Livingston to purchase two swords, one for the heir of Genl. Campbell the other for John Jouett, for services rendered in the course of our revolutionary war. You will receive herewith a letter to Mr. L. on that subject which you will be so good as peruse, seal & forward him...
Major James Barbour of Orange has lately intimated a desire that I wod. make you acquainted with his wish to visit Europe in some station, in which he might render service while it contributed to defray his expence. The consulate, & the comn. to adjust claims with Spain are the objects to which his attention is directed. I think him a young man of genius & good capacity for business, and have...
We have the honor to transmit herewith inclosed a Duplicate of our last under date of the 11th. instant. Some circumstances have since occurred with which it is proper that you should be made acquainted. On the 13th. we dined with Lord Grenville at his house in Downing Street, where we met the Lord Chancellor, Lord Howick, Lord Auckland, Marquis Wellesley, Lord Holland, Mr. Erskine, and...
I have the pleasure to enclose you my letter on the subject of the treaty, in conformity with what passed between us when I was at Washington. I have had many other objects to attend to or I should have sent it to you much sooner. I have to repeat what I mentioned to you at Washington, that if there should be any remark in it which in the slightest degree departed from the friendship & respect...
Jas. Monroe presents his best respects to Mr. Madison & requests he will be so good as forward the enclosed to Mr. Lee. As it is in answer to a proposition of his for supplying the State with arms wh. are not wanted at present, but in arrangments for wh. he may incur some expence it is desirable that he receive it as soon as possible. J. M hopes that Mr. & Mrs. Madison are in good health....
On my return from Albemarle two days since I found the enclosed from Mr. Forbes which I beg to submit to yr. consideration. I was well acquainted with Mr. Forbes in France, and considered him one of the best informed & most deserving of our countrymen at that time in that country. He was educated at Cambridge in Mass: and bred to the law, wh. he declined in favor of commerce, having at the...
Permit me to present to yr. acquaintance the bearer Mr. Blake consul at St. Domingo who is represented to me by respectable authority to have rendered useful service to his country in that office. I am persuaded on inquiry into the character and services of this gentleman, you will find him what I believe him to be on the authority of his introduction to me, very deserving of yr. attention and...
On the 21. I desired an interview of Lord Harrowby for the purpose of “ascertaining the sentiments and disposition of his majesty’s govt. on the subjects depending between the two nations” to which I recd. an answer the next day appointing the 29. for the meeting. I expect on that occasion either to conclude the business for the present by a postponment of it, or in case of agreement, to fix...
A bill wh. has been presented before the house of Reps. has produc’d much sensation here; I cannot say any thing positive as to the effect, as the principle of the bill seems to find no support in the country among the people. On the presumption that a particular measure alluded to in mine of the 2d. by Captn. Tompkins, had taken place, I was desirous that a certain other one shod. be taken...
The letter enclosed was sent to the tavern for Mr. Beckley, but the tavern keeper omitted to give it to him. Will you be so good as deliver that to him personally if at Washington. I communicated to Mr. Jefferson the wish of David Gelston for employment in the collectorship at New York, & he told me, he wod. be attended to. He is a very honest, respectable republican, one to whom the cause is...
The trial of Captain Whitby took place on the 17th. inst. at Portsmouth, before a Court Martial, by which he was acquitted. As I have not heard from Mr. Canning since the decision, and no statement is given in the gazettes, of the proceedings of the court, it is not in my power to inform you, on what ground he was acquitted. I shall endeavor to obtain correct information on that point, which I...
I expected to have had the pleasure of see[i]ng you before this in my route to New Yk., but a late indisposition and the pressure of my private concerns, compell me to postpone a visit to my friends to the claims of business which will lead me first to the westward. The day of my departure is not positively fixed, but will be in a few days. I shall pass thro’ the federal city in March when I...
I wrote you on the 16. & 18th. from Bordeaux so fully as to leave nothing to be added here, except that I am still in health & to proceed on my journey in the morning, every preparation being made for the voyage such as guards procured, bedding & provisions bought &ce, in the same manner as if I was to travel thro a desert country. It is understood that Spain has declared war agnst England at...
I thought that Mr. Pinkney had concluded the business of the bank stock, when I wrote the last letter, but found that he had left it unfinished, for Deal to which place he followed the vessel, being compelled to go by the situation of Mrs. P., & his engagments with the captain. The state of the affr. promising a prompt conclusion on his return he was sent for & actually did return & conclude...
It is understood that the functions of the marshall here ceased on the last of June, by virtue of the late law repealing the former Judiciary law of the UStates. By the former Law this State was divided in to two districts, an Eastern and a western district, & Major Scott was appointed marshall of the Eastern. By the 13. Sect: of the last Law that division is abolishd, the whole State is made...
I arrived here on saturday so much overcome with the fatigue of the journey that I kept my bed yesterday & was attended by a phisician. To day I am better tho confined to my room. In a day or two I shall be well. A ship was engaged for me, the cabbin prepared, & she detained sometime at my expence, & finally sailed, on acct. of the great expence of her detention and the uncertainty of my...
We arrived here yesterday in 29. days from the Hook. The voyage was as favorable in other respects as it was in point of dispatch, having experienc’d no storm or other unpleasant incident in it, the sea sickness of my family excepted. To avoid the expence of entering the port with the ship, the Captn. had contracted to land us from the road which he proposed doing in his own boat, but as there...
§ From James Monroe. 3 October 1805, London. “The object of this is to present to your acquaintance Major Forman with whom I became acquainted soon after my arrival in this country in 1803. I have had much communication with him on the subject of Louisiana, of which he now is an Inhabitant, having movd lately from the Natchez to the neighborhood of N. Orleans, & derived from it much...