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12 October 1801, Paris. Acknowledges receipt on 28 Sept. of JM’s 9 June letter with commission appointing him commercial agent for Paris. Encloses required bond with two sureties. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Paris, vol. 1). 1 p. Enclosure not found. JM to Skipwith, 9 June 1801 ( DLC : Causten-Pickett Papers). A full transcription of this document has been added to the digital edition.
On the 28th. Ulto. I had the honor of receiving your letter of the 9th. of June last accompanying a Commission from the President, by which I am appointed Commercial Agent of the United States for the City of Paris during his pleasure, and untill the end of the next Session of the Senate. I accept this mark of the President’s confidence, and I promise to discharge the duties which the trust...
29 October 1801, Paris. Since his letter of 12 Oct. acknowledging receipt of his commission, has received his exequatur as well as authorization to grant passports. Encloses list of judgments made by the Council of Prizes from its inception. Also encloses various documents relating to the condemnation of the Rodolph Frederic and its cargo as he believes the principles in the case may “interest...
By my letter of the 12th. Inst. I had the honor of acknowledging receipt of my Commission to this Agency, with the two letters accompanying, and of forwarding under cover thereof my Bond, as required by the Circular from your Department, for the faithful execution of the duties of my Office. I have since obtained my Exequatur from this Government, and am now in the exercise of those functions,...
I cannot let pass the opportunity by Mr. Dupont, of saying in this private manner some things which I am desirous of communicating to you, my dear Sir, but which I should feel an awkwardness in making the subject of a letter to the Department of State.—I shall in doing this expect your indulgence; perhaps, because I have so often experienced it. In a sketch here inclosed I have hazarded, for...
14 March 1802, Paris. Has not written to JM since Livingston’s arrival, having had nothing to report on American claims. “Respecting those Claims, I here submit two separate Statements, the first comprehending, under different heads, such as were committed to my charge, whilst in the Office of Consul General, and those … that have been intrusted to me, since my coming to the place of...
Since Mr. Livingston’s arrival at Paris, I have not had the honor of writing to you, having been in communication with him, concerning the Claims of our fellow-citizens, against this Government, and having had nothing within the Sphere of my Office interesting to impart. Respecting those Claims, I here submit two separate Statements, the first comprehending, under different heads, such as were...
30 March 1802, Paris. “With the approbation of Mr. Livingston I have taken on myself to appoint Mr. James Anderson of Charlestown, So: Carolina sub commercial Agent for the port of Cette in the Mediterenean, and I take the liberty of adding my own request to his, that the President may be pleased to confer on him the appointment of Agent or vice-commercial for the aforesaid port and its...
With the approbation of Mr. Livingston I have taken on myself to appoint Mr. James Anderson of Charlestown, So: Carolina sub commercial Agent for the port of Cette on the Mediterenean, and I take the liberty of adding my own request to his, that the President may be pleased to confer on him the appointment of Agent or vice-commercial for the aforesaid port and its dependences. The interests...
29 July 1802, Paris. Introduces John Jones Waldo of Massachusetts and recommends him for “one of the vacant commercial Agencys of this Country.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1801–9, filed under “Waldo”). 1 p. Addressee not indicated. Skipwith wrote a similar letter to Jefferson on 30 July (ibid.).
Under cover of my last letter of the 14th. March I had the honor of inclosing to you two seperate statements of the American claims in my charge, the first comprehending those commited to me while in the Office of Consul General, and the other those that have lately been placed in my hands as Agent of Claims for the United States. I informed you of my having submited both descriptions of said...
1 August 1802, Paris. “The foregoing being from a very respectable merchant of Philadelphia, and on a subject in my opinion of sufficient importance to shew the expediency of there being as speedily as may be a Commercial Agent at Antwerp, I beg leave to recommend its contents to your attention.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1801–9, filed under “Skipwith”). Skipwith wrote this note to JM on the...
8 August 1802, Paris. “Mr. Dobell lately appointed by the President, to the Commercial Agency of Havre, has declined accepting that Office.” Recommends John Lyle of New Jersey, “one of our best Republicans, an excellent Citizen, a Gentleman of very amiable mind, and as a Merchant, completely calculated to discharge the duties of the Office he now solicits with advantage to the Public.” RC ( DNA...
Mr. Dobell lately appointed by the President, to the Commercial Agency of Havre, has declined accepting that Office. Mr. John Lyle a native of the State of New-Jersey is desirous of succeeding to it, and not having the advantage of being known to you, has requested of us to offer you the informations which a long acquaintance with him may enable us to afford of his Character and fitness to...
I beg you to excuse, my dear Sir, my writing to you personally on the subject of my Countrymens claims against this Government. I know that any communication of mine on that head, to be either correct in its manner, or useful to the public, ought to be addressed to the Department of State. But as in the present instance I have a personal motive of doing justice to myself, and cannot render all...
20 November 1802, Paris. “The papers accompanying this were left with me by Mr. Clarke, three days ago on his departure from hence for London, with a desire that I should transmit them under cover to you by the American Ship Plow-boy about to sail from Bordeaux for Philadelphia. Mr Clarke, who, I have some reason to suppose is personally known to you, remained a fortnight in Paris … in great...
The papers accompanying this were left with me by Mr. Clarke, three days ago, on his departure from hence for London, with a desire that I should transmit them under cover to you by the American Ship Plow-boy about to sail from Bordeaux for Philadelphia. Mr. Clarke, who, I have some reason to suppose, is personally known to you, remained a fortnight in Paris, and was during that time in great...
The President, by the time this reaches you, will have received from Mr. Livingston & Mr. Sumter respectively a statement of the causes & issue of their present open and avowed rupture, being in a great degree the renewal of a misunderstanding that unfortunately commenced between them last Winter. On that occasion, as well as on the present, the Ministers conduct in respect to some of the...
3 February 1803, Paris. “The Council of Liquidation having refused to liquidate several Claims committed to my charge, for supplies made at different Periods to the french Colonies by our Countrymen, & having refered the Claimants to the respective Colonial Administrations, I supposed these particular Decisions were the Effect of a general Regulation or Arrêté, and therefore I applied to them...
The Council of Liquidation having refused to liquidate several Claims committed to my charge, for supplies made at different Periods to the french Colonies by our Countrymen, & having refered the Claimants to the respective Colonial Administrations I supposed these particular Decisions were the Effect of a general Regulation or Arrêté, and therefore I applied to them for an authentic Copy of...
The bearer of this Mr. Thos. L. Halsey , a Gentleman of very distinguished connexions in the State of Rhode Island informed me of his intention of waiting on you soon after his return to his native Country, and having expressed his design of soliciting a grade in the army of the U.S. is willing to charge himself with a letter of recommendation from me, with others from several of your friends...
20 May 1803, Paris . Conceives the business of American claims against the French government and of his agency “to be drawing to a close.” “The emoluments of my Office of Consul are almost nothing. My own fortune is unequal to the support of myself & family. My zeal & exertions to serve my Country at some of her most difficult periods both here & in the W. Indias have been great. My sacrifice...
I was favored about the middle of June with your letter of the 4th. May, with a remittence, in a bill on Messrs. Dupont de Nemours pere et fils & Co., for 2100 francs, to be invested in Wines, principally of the non-mosseux Champagne. Your predilection in favor the Wines raised formerly by Mr. Dorsay induced me to address myself to his family, he though living being ruined & insane. By his...
Being charged by Mr Livingston, during his absence from Paris, with his Correspondence with this Government, I think it proper to inclose here Copy of a letter lately delivered me from the Minister of foreign Relations, in reply to one written to him by Mr. Livingston on the subject of certain Negros forcibly embarked by the Captain General at Guadalupe on board of Vessels of the U. S. Having...
Letter not found. 11 September 1803 . Calendared as a three-page letter in the lists probably made by Peter Force (DLC, series 7, container 2).
With this I have the honor of forwarding a Copy of my last letter to you of the 24th. Ulto. Mr. Livinston has since returned to Paris, and of course it becomes less necessary for me to continue my communications with you respecting most of the public concerns between our Government and this. My situation however, in relation to the late Convention & the business of our Countrymens claims,...
For some time past, I have been waiting to obtain from Havre & Rouen, a note of the expences paid by Mr. Mitchell & Mr. White on the ten hampers of Wine shipped from Havre for your account, in order to furnish you with a general account of their cost & charges, which are as follows fs. C. fs. for 400 Bottles non-mosseux Wine a 3.75 1500.—. 101 do    Chambertin  do. 3.25 353.50. Expences paid...
You have here a copy of my last Letter to you of the 13th. of Septemr. The Board, as I there informed you, Since Mr. M.clures accession to it, had thought proper to suspend granting their certificates for the final Liquidation of claims untill they Should hear of the Ratification of the Treaties, It was then my opinion, & is now, that they might with Safety & propriety have concurred with the...
16 November 1803, Paris. “To day I have been fortunate enough to have a long & very Satisfactory conference with Mr. Defermon, who has more than confirmed my Suspicions that Mr. Guillaume, his chief had prompted him to write to the minister of the U. S. from other motives than those of Public good. Mr. Defermon to the Credit of us all, Knew nothing of the misunderstanding between the minister...
I have here the honor of transmitting the Statement of claims referred to in my last letter of the 14th. of novemr., including such as are to be found in the conjectural note designated by the Convention, Such as were exhibited a little before the signing of that convention, in my Statement to the Minister of the united States, & lastly all the claims, which have been Since presented to the...
From the first arrival of Mr. Livingston in Paris, I have been fully sensible, and am now as sensible as a man can be, of the deference, duty, & respect I owe to him as the Minister & Representative of the United States. I have not yet ceased to feel that harmony, & not discord, between his public proceedings & mine here is the return that I, at least, owe our Government for the trusts it has...
3 March 1804, Paris. Believed his letter of 21 Feb. would be his last to JM regarding the misunderstanding between him and Livingston. “But … I find myself under the necessity of furnishing you with the relation of another incident … of a Still more unpleasant nature, than that which happened in the Presence of mr. marbois.” Quotes a 29 Feb. letter from Livingston he received “A few days ago”...
5 March 1804, Paris. “Just at closing these dispatches I received from the Minister a letter dated three days back in answer to mine here annexed. Notwithstanding, as you will see by the Copy of his letter also annexed, that he threatens to cause my Exequatur to be withdrawn from me, & my Consular Powers to be Suspended , if I do not enter into a justification of myself with him, & in fact...
30 March 1804, Paris. “This, in addition to my letter to you of the 3d Inst. will I persuade myself be the last that I shall take the liberty of writing to you on any subject concerning personally Mr. Livingston & myself.” Transmits a copy of his request to Cottrau for a written declaration of his recollections of Skipwith’s and Haley’s interview with him, along with a copy of the reply. Also...
7 April 1804, Paris. “Since closing my last Packet I have received from our Minister a Note, a Copy whereof I now annex, by which it appears he has appointed an Agent (a Mr. Hawkins) to perform certain official duties, and has thought proper, at the same time, to appropriate one half of the Salary that had been allowed me to the emolument of that Gentleman.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, CD...
9 May 1804, Paris. “By post[s]cript to my last letter of the 30th. of March I informed you of the Minister, Mr. Livingston, having appropriated the half of the Salary that he has heretofore allowed me, under your instructions to him, to the emolument of an Agent, who he has thought proper to appoint to perform Certain official duties. I then forwarded a Copy, & now inclose another of his...
18 July 1804, Paris. “The inclosed copies of correspondence between our Minister & myself, respecting the American Vessels captured by French privateers & condemned in the different ports of Spain, I deem of sufficient importance to communicate, tho’ I presume the Minister himself will not fail to make you fully acquainted with the subject upon which it treats. With this correspondence you...
28 July 1804, Paris. “With a duplicate of my last letter to you, dated the 18th. Ulto., I have the honor of accompanying this with a tolerable correct view of the actual State & progress of claims, received into the french offices as American claims, & Consequently Submitted by me to the American Board for their examination & provisional Certificate of admission to liquidation, as such, we may...
I received by Genl. Armstrong the letter you have done me the favor to write in date of the 11th. of July last. The sentiments, which that letter expresses in support of the high character & personal independence of the General, I would at all times have been disposed to respect; but under existing circumstances, how much more consolatory to my feelings is it, to add that, after acquaintance &...
I have lately had the honor of receiving your letter of the 10th. of Novemr. last on the Subject of Mr. Barney’s claim against this Government for 156,559 Livres. The explanations offered by that Gentleman were not necessary for the information of any one of the late Authorities Acting under the Convention of 1803, because the evidence accompanied the vouchers in Support of that claim, of his...
§ From Fulwar Skipwith. 2 September 1805, Paris . “I have the honor to inform you of my being about to depart from this for the United States and that I have authorized my Colleague Mr. Barnet to fill my place during my absence. “The several marks of confidence and favour with which the President and yourself, Sir, have been pleased to honor this gentleman, leave me no doubt but my choice of...
§ From Fulwar Skipwith. 26 March 1806, New York. “I arrived yesterday forenoon in this City, after a detention of one day at Baltimore. Capt. Dent by the same stage which brought me received his orders from the Secretary of the Navy; hence my detention has not operated to detain him. Indeed the Weather has been for some days excessively bad, & is now so stormy that it seems uncertain whether...
I have not thought it necessary for me to anounce to you my arrival here. Having delivered to Mr. Bowdoin the Dispatches intrusted to me by you for him, & to Genl. Armstrong those addressed to him conjointly with Mr. B, as well as his own, I Concluded that they would not fail to give you the earliest intelligence thereof. The Hornet sailed from L’orient for the Mediterrenian on the 19th. ulto....
To the Memorials referred to in my Letter of the 5th. of June, on the Subject of my claim against the French Government, which were then omitted to be sent, I now add a Supplement (No. 3) lately presented by me to the Emperor and his Council of State, which I beg the favor of you to peruse. Having in that letter imputed to our Minister an improper and unjustifiable acquiescence to the...
I accompany this Letter with Copies of the correspondence which has passed between Genl. Armstrong & me, since the date of my Letter to you of the 1st. Inst. I am preparing Copies, which I shall forward authenticated by one of the late board of american Commissioners, of the Documents on which Mr. Swan obtained the two payments mentioned in my letter to the Minister of the 14th. Inst. (No....
Mr. Nast, the china Manufacturer, has, at last executed the order which I gave him on my arrival here for your Table and Dessert Sets of china, & they have lately been forwarded to my correspondents at Nantes, Messrs. Sherburne & Eakin, who will profit of the earliest Safe opportunity to convey them to you. This china in Whiteness is not much inferior to the china of the celebrated Manufactory...
(2d. in) Exche. for 595$ 35 cts. Paris. 7th. Sepr. 1806. At Thirty days Sight of this my Second of Exchange (1st. & 3d. of Same tenor & date unpaid) please pay to the order of Messrs. Maclure & Robertson, Five hundred & Ninety five Dollars 37 cts. as advised by my letter to you of the 3d. Inst. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
Tho’ justice may be forever denied me with respect to my interest, I owe it to the principles which have governed my public Agency here, as well as to my Character as an Individual, to repel the invidious Suggestions of Genl. Armstrong, of my having brought forward to him any thing like "false & Scandalous allegations". With these Sentiments, & from the result of a close &, I trust, impartial...
Believing it useless for me, under present Circumstances, to renew my efforts with the Council of Prizes, to change the principles & rules of their proceedings, whereby the definitive trial of prize Causes is Still delayed, & depending, before that Tribunal; and, considering that the Minister of the U. S. only is Authorized to call the attention of the Fr. Government itself to this Subject, I...
It is my duty to inform you that among the papers, lately inventoried & deposited with a French Notary public, found belonging to the deceased Joseph Miller of Philadelphia, is an original letter from Albert Gallatin, addressed to R. R. Livingston, Minister of the U. S. at Paris, instructing him to secure the payment of a claim of the American Government against said Miller, according to the...