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19 September 1804, Department of State. “I have the honor to enclose a copy of a letter I have written to the Attorney of the District of New York, respecting an irregularity alledged to have been committed by the French Frigates now at New York, and to request your cooperation in the enquiry he is instructed to make.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. JM to Nathan Sanford, 19...
5 November 1804, Department of State. “I have recd. your private letter of the 12th. Octr. [not found] and beg leave to inform you that the 3d. instalment of your claim will not be received from the British Government until the 15th. July next; and that if drawn for upon Mr. Erving before the 1st. of Sepr. next, it will not be transferred to the United States.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59,...
The impressment of the four seamen from on board the Brig Betsey, Henry White master, as stated in his protest just received from you, has from its manner attracted particular notice: I will therefore thank you to cause a supplemen[t]al deposition to be taken, explanatory of the following particulars, viz. was the name of the frigate making the impressment desig[n]edly concealed—what reasons...
Having received information that the British public armed Brig Busy is now in the port of New York, I take occasion to request you will be pleased to inform me as soon convenient, from such sources of information as you may have access to, what ground there is for a publication lately made in the public papers, that, except two, who were liberated from the Busy since her arrival on the coast,...
25 May 1805, Department of State . “The District Attornies of Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut & Massachusetts have been requested to send to your care the laws of their several States. They are intended for the use of the Government of the Michegan Territory, as are the laws of the U: States, which you will receive herewith. Be pleased to forward them to Govr. Hull at Detroit.” Letterbook...
I request that hereafter you will cause to be endorsed on the packets of Gazettes intended for the Ministers in Europe the words “ not to be put in a Post office, ” taking care as often as practicable & necessary to arrange with those who take charge of them the means of otherwise conveying them to their destination after the arrival of the Vessel. Whenever the Vessel is bound to a port where...
¶ To David Gelston. Letter not found. 24 December 1805. Acknowledged in Gelston to JM , 27 Dec. 1805 , as containing two bills of exchange.
I enclose an extract of a letter from a gentleman of respectability at Philadelphia, respecting the proceedings of Genl. Miranda at the port of New York, the information contained in which is confirmed by official complaints; and by the direction of the President I have to request an explanation how it has happened that the Officers of the Customs have neither given information of this...
The Secretary of the Treasury has communicated to me the report made to you by the British Ship of War Chichester on her entering the harbour of New York. As it does not appear what species of stores she has been sent to procure, I have thought it necessary to remind you, that she cannot be permitted to receive any articles of contraband of war nor any equipments of a nature merely applicable...
Your letter of the 20th. inst. to Mr. Gallatin, communicated by him to this Department requires no further answer than a reference to mine of the 19th. inst., with the single remark that as spars are not understood to fall within any of the prohibitions contained in the instructions now in force, Capt. Stafford is at liberty to procure & carry with him articles of that character. I am &c. DNA...
I have received your letter of the 6th. You will be pleased to forward the dispatches sent under cover to you the day before yesterday by some opportunity different from that of the witnesses. The dispatches however which you receive by this day’s mail you will commit to the care of Capt. Brewster, with a charge to deliver them as soon after his arrival as may be. He may also be made the...
I think it proper to apprize you that it being intended that two persons should have a passage in the dispatch Vessel you are authorized to engage, according to the reservation made in behalf of the Government. It will be well for you to let it be so understood by the Owner of the Vessel, that he may make his arrangements accordingly. I am &c. DNA : RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.
By the present Mail you will receive sundry packets for Mr. Pinkney, under cover to Mr. Fox, Consul at Falmouth. Should no fit passenger be willing to take charge of them, I request the favor of you to put them into the ordinary Channel by the Packet, and to pay whatever may be due as postage. Should a Passenger, bound to London, take charge of them, it will be proper to engage him to let Mr....
The motives which induce the writer of a letter to withold his name are generally suspicious, but not however always blameable. I consider anonymous letters as sufficient foundation for enquiry into the facts they communicate. as the person who is the subject of the inclosed letter is I presume within your department, I inclose it to you merely that you may do in the case exactly what you...
I have duly recieved your favor of the 12th. and thank you for your attention to the wine & nuts, as well as your purpose of forwarding them on to Washington which is exactly what I wish. being a stranger to the ceremonies requisite from the owner on an importation, I shall be ready to comply with all requisite formalities on your being so good as to inform me what they are, as also to have...
I recieved last night your favor of the 1st. inst. as I had before done that of the 21st. Ult. informing me of the forwarding the box of wine & cask of nuts, by a vessel bound to Alexandria & which doubtless may be now hourly expected. I will thank you to forward in like manner the ten cases of wine mentioned in your last by the first conveyance to Alexandria or Georgetown. the meeting of...
Th: Jefferson presents his respectful salutations to mr Gelston. he recieved last night his letter inclosing a statement of the disbursements for the books and wines by the Piamingo at 35 D. 14 c which he now incloses him in a post note of the Branch bank of the US. here on that at N. York with many thanks for the trouble he has taken with these articles. PoC ( MHi ); endorsed by TJ. his...
By a letter from Mr. Lee at Bordeaux I learn he has shipped for me to your address five cases of Bordeaux wines and 3. cases of preserves, the cost of the former 738 lt. of the latter not mentioned. I inclose you the bill of lading and will ask the favor of you to have the cases forwarded to this place by the first vessel, and to be so good as to inform me of the amount of duties & other...
Your favors of Jan. 24. & Feb. 5. have both been recieved. I took no step on the subject of the wine from mr Lee, put into Newport, because the advance of the season seemed to ensure it would change its position before any orders from hence could get into effect—should it come to N. York I must pray you to have it forwarded to this place.    that which comes from mr Jarvis of Lisbon is...
Th Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Gelston, acknoleges the reciept of his letter of the 4th. (since his return to this place) and will thank him to forward the two boxes of wine to this place or neighborhood by the first vessel. he will also, at his convenience, be so kind as to inform Th:J. of the reimbursements he has to make him. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I troubled you yesterday with a letter for mr Appleton to be sent by the John Adams, but if she be gone, to be returned to me. I take the liberty now of asking the same favor as to those inclosed addressed to Messrs. Cathalan, Higgins & Woodhouse and salute you with friendly respects. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
Your favor of May 15. has been duly recieved, and I now inclose you a draught of the US. bank here on that at New-York for 111D.82C the amount of the duties you have been so kind as to answer for me, with my thanks and respectful salutations. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I recieved yesterday your favor of July 23. & will thank you to send the cases of wine from mr Appleton to Washington by the first vessel to that place, Georgetown or Alexandria, & if any precautions can be adopted for their avoiding heat as much as possible they would be desirable, as those wines are peculiarly delicate & liable to spoil.   with respect to the articles from Halifax, they...
Hoping that the present favorable change of weather will re-establish the health of New York, and restore it’s commercial communications, I take the liberty of recalling to your mind your letter of July 23. in which you mentioned that you had recieved from mr Appleton a bill of lading for 10. cases of Tuscan wine, & that you would forward the wine. I presume the wine itself arrived and now ask...
Your favor of the 9th. was recieved last night and I now remit you a draught of the bank of the US. of this place on that at New York for 102.48 D say for duties frieght & post charges on 10. cases wine by the Eliza from Leghorn 88.06    freight by the Fabius 14.42 102.48
Your favor of Dec. 30. came to hand on the 3d. of Jan. but it was not till within these three days that I recieved the two samples of wine from mr Jarvis. I conclude to take one of the pipes. tho there was no mark on the two vials to refer each to it’s proper pipe, yet this can be done by the colour of the wine. the one is a pale yellow. the other is pale also, but has a slight reddish tinge...
I recieved in due time your favor announcing the shipment of one of the pipes of wine from mr Jarvis for this place, and I have heard of it’s safe arrival at Alexandria. I now inclose a draught of the bank of the US. of this place on that at N. York for 51.48 D the sum you had been so kind as to advance for me on it. Accept my salutations & assurances of esteem & respect MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I now inclose you a draught of the bank of the US. here on that at New York for 22 D. 22 c the amount mentioned in your last letter. with many thanks accept my salutations and assurances of great esteem & respect. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I yesterday recieved your favor of the 1st. inst. announcing the reciept of 95. bottles of wine for me. it is a wine of Nebioule in Piedmont, and I presume of the non-enumerated class in the tariff of duties. that a box of medecines should come to me is incomprehensible, nor have I any advice of it. but as I am in the habit of recieving seeds & plants from mr Appleton, and from the Botanical...
Your favor of Oct. 9. was recieved in due time, & the articles mentioned in it are safely arrived. I now inclose you a draught of the US. bank here on that at N.Y. for 13.50 D which covers your account of 11. D. for duties &c, and I have taken the liberty of including with it 2.50 D for a mr D. Frazer of N. York author of a book entitled the ‘History of Man’ printed by Southwark & Hardcastle...
I inclose you a bill of lading just recieved from mr Cathalan of Marseilles for a box sent by the Franklin Capt. Avery to New York, the contents of which are expressed in the bill. I have recieved no invoice, but mr Cathalan in a letter informs me they cost 201 ₶ . which he has included in a larger draught on me @ 5 ₶ .35 per Dollar making 37 D .50c which may enable you to fix the duty. I will...
After writing the within it occurred that the Vice President might have left New York. I therefore think it best to inclose it open to you for perusal, & to desire you to do immediately what is therein desired to be done by you, & then seal & have the letter delivered to the V. President, saying nothing of it’s contents to any other person. I pray you to lose not a moment in taking &...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr Gelston for having forwarded the Stylograph recieved from Majr. Hunt, which came safely to hand. he has no information what it cost, in order to ascertain the duty; but observes by a printed advertisement that those of the highest price (folio) are 4. guineas in London, the middle price 3. guineas, the lowest (8vo.) 2. Guineas. his being a 4to. is...
Having occasion to pay to mr Cheetham 30. D. for newspapers, I take the occasion of including that with duties &c on wine by the Franklin 6.95 & duty on the Stylograph 3.67 in all 40.62 in a draught in your favor on the bank of the US. and will pray you to pay to mr Cheetham the 30. D. on his calling on you which I have desired him to do. Accept my salutations & assurances of esteem & respect...
Your favor of May 26. was recieved on my return to this place. I have no information of a plough destined for me from England. but the Agricultural society of Paris informed me some time ago that they should send a plough for me to one of the ports of France, as a model. I presume this is the plough arrived, and that the vessel may have been carried into England. of the cost I know nothing,...
Two tierces of cotton seed sent me from Savanna to Baltimore I have desired messrs. Falls & Brown of that place to forward by the first vessel to New York in the hope they may arrive there before the departure of the public vessel bound from thence to France. should they arrive in time I will pray you to put them on board that vessel, with a card on them addressed to ‘M. Sylvestre Secretary of...
Having changed my intentions with respect to the destination of the cotton seed, of which I wrote to you in my last, and countermanded it, I now inclose you a ten dollar bill to cover the disbursements noted in your last which crossed mine on the road. I pray you to accept my thanks for the many friendly attentions you have paid to matters of this kind for me, and which it was impracticable...