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Mr. Kimball keeps the accounts of the Department; and, when not so engaged, does such other current business as is assigned to him. Mr. Thom fills up patents for Virginia Military lands and for useful discoveries and inventions, and does such other copying and recording as is assigned to him. Mr. Miller records the foreign and domestic letters written by the Secretary of State, and does such...
He proposes to establish three colonies under the authority of the U.S. to be peopled with emigrants from Germany, whose inducement to remove is the misery brought upon them by the prevailing war. 1st. Colony, to be settled at New Holland , either in the gulf of Carpentaria or the unexplored bay opposite the Island of Timor. 2nd. do. to be settled in Africa, at Dalagoa Bay, opposite the Island...
I have the honor to enclose you various letters, some of them merely for your information, and others which will perhaps require answers. Among them are the three letters you received from Mr. Thornton, with sketches of answers, I have drafted. They seemed to me to present a fit, if not a necessary occasion of explaining to him our right to admit French privateers and prizes to an equal...
I have the honor to enclose to you several public and private letters. Those of importance among the former, are from Mr. Lear, Mr. King and Mr. Thornton. I also received a letter from Mr. Savage, the Agent for seamen at Jamaica, in which he says, that a number of seamen have lately been discharged and that his certificates are respected, on which account he suggests, that the Masters of our...
I was duly honored with your favor of the 8th. The demurrage of the Peace and Plenty was advantageously settled, on the terms mentioned in the enclosed letter from the Purveyor, and the money has been paid. I am sorry that it should have been encreased by the tardiness of Capt. Shaw. With respect to printing the laws in a german paper in Pennsylvania, I promised Mr. Gallatin, that I would not...
I forgot to ask your direction about the Cattle mentioned in Mr. Eaton’s last letter. Are they to be sent? And if Dr. Gillasspy (to whom I have written) does not chuse to execute the timber-commission, ought we to do it? With perfect respect &c. RC ( DLC ). See 14 Apr. postscript to William Eaton’s 10 Apr. 1801 dispatch ( PJM-SS Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison:...
I was duly honored with your favor of the 15th. and another since received from Mr. Hooper. I am sorry it was not in my power to aid him in drawing the money from the southward, as the arrangements of the Paymaster General and Quarter-master General did not admit of their accommodating him, and as no other branch of Government, as I can learn, stand in need of funds there. Agreeably to your...
I have had the honor to receive, in due time, your letter of the last post. I have written to Mr. Helmbold, to inform me of his terms for printing the laws in German, and, if they prove reasonable, shall direct him to proceed. The enclosed two letters, which I have written to the Collector of New York, will shew the footing on which the business of the Ragusan Brigantine stands. I expect in a...
On Saturday evening arrived in this city Capt. Rogers of the Maryland, accompanied by Mr. Purviance, the bearers of dispatches from Messrs. Murray and Dawson. I have forwarded them to the Secretary of State, after they were perused by the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of the Treasury being absent in the country with his sick child. The latest letter from Mr. Murray is dated 9th. July,...
I have been honored with your favor by the last mail, with the several papers referred to, and some patents &c. from the President. I have very little to communicate at present. Of most importance are the letters from Mr. Gavino, mentioning the arrival of our squadron in the Mediterranean, and two naval combats between the French, Spaniards and British. The letters from Mr. Eaton are...
I very much regret the accident, which retarded the dispatches from France. Upon the enquiry I made, after the receipt of your favor of the 4th. it appeared that they had been detained in the Georgetown Post office, from the monday on which they should have been forwarded to the succeeding friday, by the mistake of the Postmaster. All the letters and packets I made up for the mail on the...
On the morning of saturday last Mr. Brent set out for Dumfries, with a collection of papers addressed to you, respecting the mission of Chancellor Livingston. At Dumfries he was to meet Mr. Graham, who was to proceed to your seat and arrive this evening. Enclosed are the weekly dispatches, a private letter for yourself and another for Miss Payne. In the course of the week I received two or...
Extract of a letter from Mr. Mountflorence to the Secretary of State, dated Paris 3rd. Augt. 1801. “The ratifications were exchanged 31st. ult. and Mr. Thomas Appleton This is the name of our Consul for Leghorn. J Wagner has been entrusted by Mr. Dawson with that of the French Government delivered unto him by Mr. Murray.” Extract of another letter from the same to the same, dated 6 Augt. 1801....
J: Wagner presents his best respects to the President of the U. States and has the honor to enclose a list of the Justices for Washington County. Mr. Moore’s name being inserted on an erasure of the original commission , it is probable, that he was substituted for Mr. Law, and J:W. thinks he remembers that Mr. Stoddert was substituted for Mr. Laird RC ( DNA : RG 59 , LAR , 8:0412). Enclosure...
The Physician who attends me having advised me to ride to Baltimore, in the hope of finding an alleviation of my lingering disorder, I propose to commence the journey to morrow afternoon or the next morning. If any thing pressing should require my assistance in the mean while, a letter addressed to me at Baltimore will be certain to find me: and if Mr. Brent or Mr. Pleasonton will do me the...
I beg your excuse for the liberty I take in covering the two enclosed letters to your address. Since I have been here I have had the injudicious medical treatment I sustained at Washington corrected; and by the change of air and use of exercise there is a flattering expectation of my being restored to even better health than I formerly had. It is at present faulty only in the appetite, which...
The heavy oppression and gloom under which I am labouring and which I have no prospect of recovering from but by an entire exemption from business, accompanied with a change of scene, render it necessary, that I shou’d take my leave of your office. It is impossible for me to express to you the sensations with which this determination is made: they cannot be conceived but by those who have...
A relapse of my complaint prevented me from sooner rendering my best thanks for the favor of your last and expressing my sensibility at the obliging expressions it contains. The habits I have contracted by a long employment in the Department of State and the additional attachment produced by the personal qualities of its head, made my retirement a painful event to myself: and could I...
Your favor of the 26th. has found me here, on my way to Washington. I shall spend but a few days before I proceed thither, in the hope that I may be enabled to render such further services in my former station, as may be acceptable to you. With sentiments of the highest respect and attachment, I remain, Dr. sir, Your most humble servt. RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM. Letter not found. Wagner had...
J. Wagner has the honor to present his respects to the President and to return him the german letter and pamphlet sent to him on Saturday. The letter is complimentary from the author of the pamphlet, Mr. Angerman of Lingen in Westphalia. The pamphlet proposes a method of securing wood for house and ship-building from fire, decay and the worm, by means of a solution of pot-ash, common salt,...
Enclosed are some private letters and all the public communications of importance enough to meet your eye. I have transmitted a copy of the protest, respecting the impressment of William Blake, to Mr. Thornton in a private letter, intimating that I should forward the original to you. With respect to the other protest, which accompanies it, it relates no very great wrong, as the impressed lad...
I duly received your letter covering Miller’s pardon and on the same day a letter from the President, informing me of his having executed it, which he wrote with a view to provide against the possibility of the pardon miscarrying. I have also received the franked covers I sent to you some days ago. This morning Mr. Derieux presented the despatches with which he was charged by Mr. Monroe. You...
Your letter of the 19th. respecting Mr. Burnley was duly received and complied with; and this day another without date is come to hand, in consequence of which I enclose a copy of one side of Mr. Livingston’s cypher which will suffice for your present object: By the next post I shall transmit the other side. I have dispatched Mr. Derieux. Altho’ the Collector of Norfolk was requested to...
J Wagner presents his best respects to the President of the United States and encloses an application for a pardon by Thomas Hutchings and John Hopkins . A blank pardon accompanies the papers, which were put into J.W’s hands by direction of the Marshal, with a request that it might be intimated to the President that one of the applicants ( which is not stated) is labouring under a fit of...
I have nothing to forward by this post but the enclosed letter from Govr. Claiborne and the newspapers. The former has been shown to the gentlemen in the war-office. I have also to acknowledge the receipt of your’s of the 18th. inst. and remain With the greatest respect Your obed. servt. P.S. In the middle of last month orders were given by the war Department for stationing a detachment of...
General Dearborn returned the day before yesterday. At Frederick-town he met with Mr. Pichon, who informed him that he was in possession of orders to Mr. Laussat to receive possession of Louisiana and deliver it to us. You must be already apprised that he has received the ratifications of the treaty and conventions. The enclosed letter from Mr. Monroe intimates his intention of proceeding to...
I have the honor to enclose two private letters and four official ones. You will also receive under another cover a copy of the documents relating to the war as published by the French government. I have written to Mr. Pederson an acknowledgement of his letters and that I am expecting your answer to the first. The letter from the French Minister of Marine to Mr. Gallatin I have forwarded. Its...
Among the papers transmitted, by this post you will notice a copy of an award against the United States made by the Commors. under the 7 art: of the British treaty. The appropriation made for the payment of such demands having expired with the year 1800, there is at present no fund applicable to its discharge, and so I told Mr. Wood, the holder; at the same time suggesting that Congress would...
I transmit a copy of the enclosed very important letter from the Spanish Minister, by this mail to Monticello, lest the President might not receive it with the greatest celerity. If I entered into a reflection upon it, it would be that orders have been doubtless issued to the Spanish officers in Louisiana to delay the delivery to France, who, as she has no troops there will therefore be unable...
Lest the annexed may not come to your hands in original, via Orange Ct. house, as soon as by this direct address, I have thought it best to avail myself of it. With perfect respect I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most humble servt. (copy) Por medio del Embaxador del Rey mi amo en Paris ha llegado a su Rl. noticia, que aquel Govierno ha vendido al de los Estados Unidos la provincia de la...
Jacob Ridgway of Pennsylvania— Antwerp . Note a blank commission for this port was sent to Mr. Livingston at Paris with authority to fill it up. This happened many months ago: and lately the offer has been made to Mr. Barnet to take his choice of it and Havre. Francis Coffin (a Frenchman) of Dunkirk was formerly our Consul there. Quer. is he intended? Henry Wilson of Maryland— Ostend. Wm....
J. Wagner has the honor, by the direction of the Secretary of State, to enclose a Statement relative to agencies of a diplomatic nature which have heretofore taken place. It is not meant to be understood that it contains all that have existed: it is merely a collection from memory. RC ( DLC ).
Gouverneur Morris was appointed to London by a letter from Genl. Washington to enquire into the objections to the execution of the treaty of peace and on what terms G. Britain would enter into a treaty of commerce. Mr. M. was expected to be in London at or near the time when the letter would arrive there. I once enquired at the Auditor’s office, out of what fund he was compensated; but was...
Yesterday came to hand an exemplification of the Act of Tennessee approving the amendment of the constitution respecting the choice of President &c. Nothing therefore is wanting to authorize the official notification of the amendment being constitutionally ratified but the exemplification of the Act of Georgia upon the subject, which we have not hitherto received. As it is not to be imagined...
On saturday last I had the honor to send you a very important letter from Mr. Monroe, foreboding in an impressive manner what we have to expect from Mr. Pitt’s Administration. It appears from the enclosed letter from Mr. Pinckney, that the Spanish convention is in equal danger with the British. Mr. Merry’s answer to your several letters respecting the proceedings of the British ships at New...
Having very few papers to send you by this mail, I have thought it a convenient time to request you to be pleased to sign some of the accompanying passports and Franks: of the former there would have been no need but for the supply of New Orleans, and the latter are rendered necessary in as-much as the quire, you signed here, is nearly exhausted in covering the laws of the last session. The...
I have had the honor to receive your favor of the 26th. inst. The letter to Genl. Armstrong, with the new commission and credence, was forwarded to New York to the care of Mr. Gelston, with a request to forward it by a safe and early conveyance, if there was no prospect of overtaking him before he left the port. By this post I forward duplicates of those documents for signature and by the next...
I have the honor to enclose, according to your directions, two Sealed commons, one for Samuel Travis as mate of a Revenue Cutter and the other for a commor. of Loans for South Carolina. The blank pardon enclosed is for a different person and crime from those about which you gave the former direction. Last week I had the honor to forward the blank commons for the officers of Orleans territory,...
It gives me much pleasure to have the enclosed letter from Mr. Monroe to communicate to you, as it removes the unfavourable impression of the disposition of the British government produced by his former one. Genl. Armstrong has received your letter accompanying his new powers. The enclosed letter from Mr. Merry will perhaps be as unexpected to you as it was to me, and that you may have the...
I have been honored with your favor of the 5th. with the accompanying packages. The enclosed letter from Mr. Livingston ought to have been forwarded on Thursday but was accidentally omitted. Not having received a return of Mr. Merry’s letter in which he complains of irregularities committed by the French at Baltimore, I have not been able to send the extracts with the letter to the Attorney...
I have been honored with your favor of the 9th. Mr. Newman, mentioned in the memorandum it contained, is living at the place described viz. at the Grange near Port Tobacco. It was on his return from a visit to that gentleman (whose wife is a Rhode-Island lady) that Mr. Ellery was attacked by Mr. Rutledge. I have communicated to Mr. Newman the nature and manner of the enquiry, and in your name...
I have had the honor this day to receive your favor of the 15th. The post office is aware of the irregularities in the conveyance of the mail between this city & Orange and has from time to time flattered itself that they would be made to cease. The President’s letter for the Marquis Yrujo has been received and I shall punctually attend to his directions respecting it. Mr. Gallatine returned...
The Marquis Yrujo is here and will depart this afternoon or to morrow morning for Monticello. He mentions that the terms on which the Spanish Government would alone ratify the Convention correspond with those mentioned in the Gazettes: 1st a protraction of the time for receiving claims: 2nd. the repeal of the 11th. section of the Collection Act, & 3rd. the renunciation of claims for captures...
To the Marquis Yrajo I have had the honor to deliver the letter enclosed in your note of the 15th. He proceeds this afternoon or to morrow morning on his journey to Monticello, and having stated to me that he will have occasion, when there, to make use of a copy of the Spanish Convention, I undertook to transmit one to you, Sir, which you will find enclosed. Nothing new has occurred since my...
I have had the honor to receive your favor by the last mail, and herewith send drafts of two or three letters. I am informed that the Marquis declared to Mr. Law, that he was empowered to negotiate an exchange of the Floridas for part of Louisiana, and that a vessel was waiting for him in order, that, if he failed in his negotiation, he might immediately depart for Spain. It now appears...
I am honored with your two favors of the 21st. and 22 inst. The wine has been received from Norfolk and is stored in your house. Not being certain that you have with you a copy of Mr. Livingston’s cypher I have enclosed the original to enable you to translate his confidential letter. Mr. Dawson, who arrived yesterday from the Northward, informed me that the Marquis gave out, on his journey...
A blank temporary commsn for this office was sent to the Southward before the last session of Congress, which was returned with Mr. Chambers’ name after the adjournment. As therefore this will be the second temporary commsn for the same person and office, qu. how far constitutional? [ Draft of reply in TJ’s hand: ] Kirby’s lre of Feb. 5. gives reason to suppose that Chambers’s commn was dated...
William G. Garland, of Louisiana, Naval Officer for the Port of New Orleans.—29 May— Edmund P. Gaines—Collector for the District of Mobille and Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of fort Stoddart 3 July— John Thibaut of Orleans Surveyor and Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of Bayou St John. 6th July— John Brent, of Maryland, Collector for the District of Nanjemoy, and Inspector of the...
Mr. Wagner has the honor to present his respects to the President. The enclosed letter is altogether incoherent and lunatic, and the object not discernible. It would seem that the writer is in prison at Baltimore, if indeed his expressions are not figurative of the condition in which he supposes his soul to be, for his epistle is filled with references to religion and with the assertion of his...
J. Wagner’s best respects to the President of the U. States. He has learnt at the French Minister’s, that the style of addressing Jerome Bonaparte, used by the Minister and proper to be used by others, is Monsieur and Sir, in the manner a private frenchman was addressed before the Revolution. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.