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Letter not found. 22 July 1804. Acknowledged in Erving to JM, 12 Sept. 1804 (MHi: Winthrop Family Papers), as an offer to Erving of the U.S. consulate at Tunis.
Your several Communications relating to the awards Seamen &c have been just received & with them your private letter of Sep 1. As the subject of this last may render an early answer interesting to you I hasten to give it. Your Observations on the reasonableness of some remuneration for your services have, as you wished, been submitted to the President. The Result of hi⟨s⟩ reflections for the...
1 November 1803, Department of State. “Enclosed is a deposition [not found] made by Mr: Mc.Elwee of this City, formerly of Philadelphia, respecting the case of his son Alexr: Mc.Elwee, who was impressed into the British service about the year 1799. It was formerly represented to the Admiralty by Major Lenox, but without any successful result. In now committing it to you, I have to request all...
Expecting that the bearer hereof, mr Louis B. Smith, will find you arrived at Madrid, I take the liberty of addressing a line to make him known to you. he is the son of Genl. Samuel Smith, a member of the senate of the US. with whom I believe you are acquainted, but certainly with the respectable estimation in which he is held in this country as well as others of his family. mr Smith, the...
I take the liberty of putting under your cover the inclosed letters. two of them contain pamphlets, & I would therefore wish them to be so conveyed as to avoid the expence of postage. that to Sr. John Sinclair can be left at his house in town, from whence he has doubtless regular means of conveyance to his residence in Scotland where he probably is at this season. I do not know that mr...
In a letter from Mr. Monroe of 20 Augt. and from yourself of the 24th. of same it is signified that according to an arrangement formed under the existing state of things, you were to proceed to Madrid; Mr. Bowdoin remaining away, until he should be furnished with new instructions. On the supposition that this arrangement will have been adhered to, and that you will be found at Madrid, I avail...
It appears by the enclosed letter from Mr. King, that on the application of the Proctors for his promise that their long or untaxed bills should be paid, he explicitly told them he could make no engagement to that effect, and that their demand must be decided by the Government of the U: States. It being uncertain whether the Commissioners, under the 7th. Article of the treaty, included in...
You will receive this from the hands of Mr. Christie heretofore a member of Congress from the State of Maryland. He proposes a visit to England, and I beg leave to make him known to you as a fellow citizen entitled to your esteem & civilities. As he leaves this country at an interesting moment in our public affairs, he will be able to give you a variety of information which cannot be detailed...
§ To George W. Erving. 1 May 1806, Department of State. “I have received your No 4 dated on 21st. January, with a private letter of the same date, and also your letter of the 21st. February. Messrs. Armstrong and Bowdoin being charged with a special Mission respecting our controversies with Spain, it is more essential than ever that the forbearance so strictly enjoined in my last letter, to...
Among the reforms in the economy of our government which we propose to make, is the discontinuance of the diplomatic missions to Berlin, the Hague & Portugal. Lisbon however being an important scene of commerce, and one where a public functionary may find occasions of rendering valuable services, it is necessary that we send thither a consul in whose talents, principles & prudence we have...
19 April 1804, Department of State. “The instructions under which you act requiring that no partial payments upon recoverey [ sic ] should be made to claimants, and that they should draw for the whole sum in one set of exchange, may produce inconveniences, and in some instances be impracticable, if taken in their strictest construction. In future therefore you will be pleased to answer the...
Congress have appropriated a sum of money to the procuring books for their use. about one half of it was laid out in London the last year, but at such prices as forbid an application to the same bookseller. mr Duane is employed this year to make the importation, partly from Paris, partly from London, & to execute the details. but, as I am anxious to have it known that the public money must be...
16 June 1803, Department of State . “You will receive herewith a certified copy of a deposition of Alexander Wiley concerning his son, William Wiley, which you will please to make use of to procure the discharge of the latter, who is stated in the deposition to have been impressed into the British service some time ago, and to have been lately detained in the Leopard, ship of war, supposed to...
15 December 1803, Department of State. “Mr. Joseph W. Alsop of Connecticut having obtained an award of the Commissioners under the 7th. article of the British Treaty, in which with his own are included compensations due to the Master & Seamen of the captured Vessel, and finding it impracticable to embrace more than his own in the draft he proposes to make upon you, you will be pleased to admit...
27 July 1801, Department of State. Announces president’s decision to appoint him to London as agent for managing American claims and appeals in the High Court of Admiralty, court of appeals, and before the board of commissioners under article 7 of the Jay treaty. Instructs Erving to obtain documents relating to claims and appeals from former agent, Samuel Williams. Notes that Erving will also...
The letters which I have received from you since your arrival at Madrid are under dates of 25th. Octr. 20 Novr. and 7th. Decr. last. The communications made in the last relating to the general dispositions of the Spanish government and of the presiding character in its councils, are not without importance; but in the actual posture of the relations between the two Countries, it continues to be...
In your letter of the 28 January, I received the result of your application respecting Alexander Mc.Elwee. It is impossible for his father to point out the ship on board of which he now is if yet living; he only knows that it was on board the Pelican he was originally impressed, and it is presumed, as before observed, that from this known point it is in the power of the Admiralty to trace him....
18 January 1804, Department of State. “Mr. Norman Butler, a claimant in the case of the Sally, Benton, has applied for the accommodation yielded in some few instances to others, in being permitted by joining with himself all the other claimants except the mariners, to draw upon you for what is due to him & the former. I therefore request that the claimants bill in this case may be accepted...
24 November 1804, Department of State. “I enclose proof that Joseph Trowbridge who has been detained by Capt. Timothy Clinch of the British public armed Brig Buisy is a Citizen of the United States. The circumstances of this impressment being peculiar on account of the station Mr. Trowbridge held on board his Vessel, the clearness of the proof of that station and his Citizenship at the time of...
By Mr. Smith to whom this is committed you will receive the public letter in which the course approved by the P. is marked out for your conduct at Madrid. The grounds for it are strengthened by the posture of things in Europe, and by the approach of the Session of Congs. The impression made on this Country by the proud & perverse conclusion given by Spain to the endeavors of Mr. M. & Mr. P. to...
§ To John Armstrong, George W. Erving, and James Monroe. 4 December 1805, Department of State. “Inclosed is a copy of the message of the President yesterday delivered to the two houses of Congress. The importance of its contents makes it desireable that you should receive it with as little delay as possible.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, IM , vol. 6); RC ( DLC : Curry Autograph Collection);...
It has been deemed expedient, that all monies now in your hands, or which may come to them from future instalments in your character of Public Agent, and not in virtue of special powers from individuals, should be drawn to the United States. Notice will accordingly be given in the Newspapers that after the 1st. of Novr. next such monies will be receivable only in this City, and will cease to...
27 December 1804, Department of State. “I have received the enclosed papers [not found] from Mr. Jacob Smith of Rhode Island, representing the very extraordinary conduct of the Governor of St. Helena, respecting his Ship Richmond, & the extensive injury which will insue from it, should she even be restored on her arrival in England. If the affair should be brought before the Courts of Justice,...
In the case of the Molly, Deland, Master, Isaac Starr having transferred his share of the recovery to the Treasury of the United States, I request you to pay his proportion of the 2d. & 3d. installments to Sir Francis Baring & Co., to be disposed of as that Department may direct: and the balance due to the other persons concerned in the interest of the case, is of course to be paid to their...
Your last communications were of Decr. 24 and Jany 9th. The bearer Mr. Hollins, intending to go directly to Madrid, I take the favorable opportunity of sending another copy of my letter of Jany 20th. and of its inclosure on the subject of the Marquis de Casa Yrujo. This gentleman continues at Philada. and in its neighbourhood, giving out occasionally, it would seem, that he will soon leave the...
3 December 1803, Department of State. “Mr. John R. Livingston has represented that he has recovered an award for a considerable sum in the case of the Ship Somerset, and that according to the general rule prescribed as to the manner of drawing bills in such cases, it would be requisite that the portion claimed for the Captain, Christopher Miller who has since deceased, should be included in...
19 April 1803, Department of State. “At the request of the Secretary of the Treasury I have to desire you to pay into the hands of Sir Francis Baring & Co., subject to the drafts of the Treasurer of the United States the balance of the reimbursements deducted, and to be deducted from the recoveries in prize causes on account of advances or responsibilities incurred by the United States, after...
Extract from the letters written to mr Short & mr Erving. ‘mr Duane is employed this year to make the importation, partly from Paris, partly from London, & to execute the details. but as I am anxious to have it established that the public money must be laid out with as rigorous economy as that of an individual, the proceedings of mr Duane’s correspondent are made subject, by my agreement with...
The enclosed statement contains the case of Mr. Hunter of Philadelphia, whose Vessel, called the Mary Ann, being on a voyage from Cape Francois to Havana, was captured by the Lark British Sloop of War, carried to Jamaica and there acquitted. On her clearing from the latter place, she was provided with a passport by Capt. Loring of the capturing Vessel, notwithstanding which she was again...
I now acknowledge your several letters of Feby 8. March 17 April 8. June 20. July 13 & 26th. If the Spanish Government meant to assert the doctrine that the decisions of its Tribunals, on questions affecting the rights of other nations under Treaties and the law of Nations were definitively binding on other nations, it has taken a ground which its own reflections must abandon. Every sovereign...
Presuming that you will have reached Madrid and Mr Bowdoin having been detained by indisposition from proceeding thither, the following communications are proper to be addressed to you. Congress adjourned on the night of the 3d instant, that being the time to which the Session was limited by the Constitution. A collection of their Acts will be forwarded as soon as they shall be in print. For...
The President of the United States, desirous of availing the public of your services as Secretary of the Legation to Madrid, I have the honor to inclose your Commission. James Bowdoin Esqr of Boston, who has been appointed the Minister Plenipotentiary, will not, on account of an unfavorable state of health, proceed on his Mission for some time to come. To provide therefore for the contingency...