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Th: Jefferson asks the favor of the Attorney General to meet the heads of departments here tomorrow at 12. aclock & to dine with him on the same day. RC ( MWA ); addressed: “Levi Lincoln esq. Atty Genl US”; Lincoln later wrote notes relating to land sales and payments on verso.
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Lincoln to do him the favor of delivering the inclosed according to their address, with his respects. they were lately recieved by him from Paris. he salutes mr Lincoln affectionately MWA .
26 February 1803, Department of State. Asks Lincoln’s opinion on the enclosed papers [not found] as to “whether the Indenture of Daniel Clark to Jane Clark, supposed by the Will of Daniel Clark Senr., is sufficient to authorize patents to be issued to the said Jane Clark on the enclosed surveys in the name of the Testator?” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.
13 March 1804, Department of State. Asks “whether the accompanying certificates will warrant a change of the name of the grantee of the within patent as required in the enclosed letter?” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.
Th: Jefferson requests the favour of mr Lincoln to dine with him tomorrow (11th.) at half after three. Oct. 10. 03. The favour of an answer is asked. RC ( MWA ); printed form, with blanks filled by TJ reproduced in italics; addressed: “Levi Lincoln esq. Atty Genl US.”; with unrelated notations added later by Lincoln perpendicular to text and on verso relating to land sales and financial...
You are not unapprised that in order to check the evasions of the embargo laws effected under colour of the coasting trade, we found it necessary to prevent the transportation of flour coastwise, except to the states not making enough for their own consumption, and that to place the supplies of those states under some check, a discretionary power was given to the governors to give licenses to...
On reading a paragraph in the N.Y. Evening post, I took up my pen to write a squib on it; but the subject ran away with me till I found I had written a treatise. it is one on which I have a great desire to reconcile the parties among the republicans, & the paragraph in the post seemed to offer an occasion of taking just ground, & introducing a public discussion of it, on which I have no doubt...
The inclosed is a case of the first impression and therefore needs consideration. the Louisianians have been heretofore allowed an appeal from their Govr. to the Govr. Genl. at Cuba. this seems intended as such an appeal. but tho’ Congress have authorised me to give to any person all the powers of the officers of the then existing government, yet I do not know that this includes the Govr....
in pursuance of the act of Congress providing that in case of vacancy in the office of Secretary of state the President of the US. may authorize a person to perform the duties of the same, I am to ask the favor of you & hereby authorize you to perform the duties of the Secretary of state until a successor to the office shall be appointed. I have the honor to be Sir your most obedt. servt PrC (...
I inclose you a petition from Nantucket, & refer it for your decision. our opinion here is that that place has been so deeply concerned in smuggling that if it wants, it is because it has illegally sent away what it ought to have retained for it’s own consumption. be so good as to bear in mind that I have asked the favor of you to see that your state encounters no real want, while at the same...
It gave me great pleasure to recieve your letter of the 17th. and especially to learn you had accepted your new post. The Newspapers tell us that Dr. Eustis has qualified. mr Gerry I presume & Genl. Heath must have reasons of justification for declining unknown to us at a distance. otherwise we should say that a good souldier does not retire on carrying the town merely, while the citadel is...
Will you be so good as to satisfy yourself and advise me on the following persons? Samuel Whittermore Surveyor & Inspector of Gloster to be removed and Zachariah Stevens to be put in his place. he is recommended by Capt Crowninshield. Nath. F. Fosdick Collector of Portland to be removed, and who to be put in his place? Would it do good or harm at Boston for mr Bradford the marshal of...
Be pleased to favor me with your opinion upon the 8th. section of the Act of the last session, entitled, “An Act regulating the grants of land and providing for the disposal of the lands of the United States south of the state of Tennessee,” whether every written document, copy or original, exhibited by any party for that purpose, ought to be recorded on the payment of the fees: what are the...
The Secretary of State will thank the Attorney General for his opinion, whether as G. A. Selden, the devisee of Samuel Selden, mentioned in the enclos’d papers, died without seizen of the Military lands in question, they revert to the heirs of S. Selden, or whether those of G. A. Selden will take them. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). Enclosures not found. Seisin: “possession of...
I hasten to call your attention to the resolution of the Senate of the 15th. instant now inclosed, on the subject of the lands of the US. in the state of Tennissee, at this time, because while the members of Congress are here you may be able to collect such information on the subject as to enable you to shape your course in the execution of it with more facility as well as correctness. Accept...
Your letter on the subject of mr Lee came safely to hand. you know our principles render federalists in office safe if they do not employ their influence in opposing the government, giving their own vote according to their conscience. if this be so as to those put in office by others, a portion as to those put in by ourselves. We have recieved from your presses a very malevolent & incendiary...
I recollect that on your leaving us you took with you certain papers relating to a case in which Mr. Bingham was concerned, and the U. S. alledged to be involved, with a view of examining them in your domestic leisure. I have just recd. the inclosed letter from Mr. Otis on the same subject, and beg leave to trouble you with it for the same purpose. Notwithstanding the budgets from abroad which...
Will you be so good as to forward me Govr. St. Clair’s papers by the Mail as soon as the two Secretaries Dearborn & Smith with yourself shall have examined them. I make the request on the idea that they can be spared in time to be examined by me during my absence. I expect to return to this place about the 1st. of June, and to be four days on my journey back. The mail leaves this every tuesday...
The inclosed paper signed Claudius is so bold, direct & false in it’s assertions respecting the clerks, that it ought really to be contradicted. would it not be worth while to ask of each head of department whether he found any republican clerk in his office & how many, and to state the fact, not naming the authority, but appealing to the notoriety of the fact. perhaps even the names as given...
4 January 1803, Department of State. “The Secretary of State requests the Attorney General to favor him with his opinion, whether a patent may be issued to the assignee of Robert Holliday for the land contained in the within survey [not found]. The doubt arises upon the variation between the survey and the description of it in the devise contained in the enclosed will [not found]. The land...
Averse to recieve addresses, yet unable to prevent them, I have generally endeavored to turn them to some account, by making them the occasion by way of answer, of sowing useful truths & principles among the people, which might germinate and become rooted among their political tenets. the Baptist address now inclosed admits of a condemnation of the alliance between church and state, under the...
4 November 1803, Department of State. Asks “whether the payment of freights claimed against the French Government is embraced by a sound construction, in the Convention with France of the 30th, April last?” “The manner in which this has been made a question appears from the enclosed letter from our General Commercial Agent at Paris.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. The...
I now return you the papers recieved in yours of the 15th. inst. with thanks for the perusal, and sincere congratulations on the pleasure you must experience from the possession of a son whose talents afford a prospect not less comfortable to his family than promising to his country. amid the dreary prospect of a rising generation committed from their infancy to the education of bigotted &...
Observing that the usage has been to insert the treaty at full length in the proclamation , on a conference with the Secretary of state, we have concluded it safest to follow the usage, and further to insert Buonaparte’s ratification & the subsequent advice of Senate verbatim. this being merely mechanical will be done by the clerks in the office of state; but in the mean time I must ask of you...
The Attorney general will be pleased to carry into execution the inclosed resolution of the Senate of Apr. 30. respecting the claims of John Cleves Symmes . PrC ( DLC ); undated. Enclosure not found, but see below. A 30 Apr. RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE requested that the president direct the attorney general to examine the 1788 contract between the United States and JOHN CLEVES SYMMES for a grant...
Tho’ much hurried in preparing for my journey home I can not leave this place without thanking you for your last very kind letter, and wishing you all the happiness in your domestic situation which will be added by the perfect reestablishment of Mrs. Lincoln’s health, and that of her mother. Mine in which you are so good as to take an interest, ⟨h⟩as with a slight bilious interruption...
I had no conception there were persons enough to support a paper whose stomachs could bear such aliment as the inclosed papers contain. they are far beyond even the Washington Federalist. to punish however is impracticable until the body of the people, from whom juries are to be taken, get their minds to rights; and even then I doubt it’s expediency. while a full range is proper for actions by...
I should have set out for Washington this morning, but that it has now been raining upwards of a week, with some intermissions, is still raining & the wind at North East. of eight rivers between this & Washington, 5 have neither bridges nor boats. as soon as the one on which I live is fordable, it will be a signal that the others are so. this may be tomorrow; and in that case, if it has ceased...
I know that I need not examine my letter files to decide that I am in your debt in our epistolary account: but I know also that your indulgence will not ascribe it to a want of esteem, but to it’s true cause, the abundance of things pressing on me, and the duty of doing that first which is most indispensible.   We are in want of a Consul for Tunis. you know that those places require a person...
Th: Jefferson incloses the Executive proceedings of Govr Sinclair for the consideration of the Attorney General, with a view to the power exercised by the Governor of laying off counties , establishing courts therein fixing the time and place of holding them, and, as would seem from the proceedings of Oct. 30th. of determining their legislative representation. the Attorney General is desired...
In April 1804 you were so kind as to recieve from mr Barnes 13. D. and to pay the same to the editors of the Chronicle, Democrat, Aegis, & Salem register. being desirous of closing all newspapers accounts and bidding adieu to that kind of reading I have written the inclosed notes to three of the editors. these I should certainly have sent direct, without troubling you, but for the inclosed...
I inclose you for your consideration the case of the Betsy Cathcart, a prize brought into the US. some years ago, sold, & the money deposited in the treasury for safety. had the only question been between us and the captors, we should have delivered up the money without troubling you. but a doubt has been suggested whether, as the prize was never condemned, the original proprietor may not...
I have the honor to enclose a letter, yesterday, received from the Envoy of Great Britain, and to request your opinion, whether if the facts therein stated, relative to the arrest and commitment of Henry Scott, should be proved, they would constitute an offence cognizable in any and what Court of the United States. I am &c. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). Addressed to “The...
The inclosed letter came to hand by yesterday’s post. you will be sensible of the circumstances which make it improper that I should hazard a formal answer, as well as of the desire it’s friendly aspect naturally excites that those concerned in it should understand that the spirit they express is favorably viewed. you can judge also, from your knolege of the ground, whether it may be usefully...
Will you be so good as to give the inclosed a scrupulous examination, and suggest any alterations for the better, and without any reserve. the sooner you return it the better, as, when it has been separately examined and amended by the gentlemen, I mean to ask their joint attendance to consider it finally. RC ( MHi : Levi Lincoln Papers); undated or date clipped; endorsed by Lincoln as 25 Nov....
I inclose you the message on the state of the nation to be sent to Congress on their meeting. I will ask the favor of you to give it serious perusal & to favor me with such observations, corrections & queries as you may think expedient: to observe also on any negligences of style, which may be corrected without weakening expression: for wherever by a small sacrifice of the rigorous rules of...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of the Attorney general to prepare a proclamation agreeable to the inclosed advice of Senate . he understands the Judges have some cases awaiting this determination . it would be well therefore if they could be certified of the ultimate sanction of the treaty either by the proclamation itself, or by a communication of the advice of Senate on Monday. RC (Privately...
Mr. Joseph Cabrera who was introduced to me by the Spanish Minister, as a Gentleman attached to his Mission, and who has exhibited, among other original documents, his instructions from Mr. Cevallos Minister of State of His Catholic Majesty, as an adjunct to the Secretary of his legation to the United States, is detained under the circumstances disclosed by the communication from Mr. Dallas,...
Your favor of the 14th. came to hand yesterday. having written to you two days ago only, I have but to acknolege the reciept of the letter before mentioned and to refer to you a case in which the US. seem threatened with the danger of having a considerable sum to pay, contrary to law & justice, and if the inclosed statements are right, merely by the negligence of their district-attorney . the...
13 June 1802, Department of State. “The Secretary of State presents his compliments to the Attorney General of the United States and requests his opinion on the points stated in the enclosed letter of the 9th. inst. from the Secretary of the Treasury—all the documents relating to the case which were received from Mr. Gallatin being also herewith sent to Mr. Lincoln.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG...
Th: Jefferson with his compliments to mr Lincoln returns him mr Crowninshield’s letter . the appointmt. of a substitute for mr Story shall await further information.—he has not been at all moved to doubt the propriety of Fosdyck’s removal. Mr. Lincoln is perfectly free to retain the copy of the Syllabus, & to make any use of it his discretion would approve, confident as Th:J. is that his...
Yesterday I recieved your favors of the 8th. & 9th. and as the delay of the post here is short, I can only acknolege their reciepts. before the next post (a week hence) reaches you I shall be with you myself; that is to say on the 28th. health & weather permitting. till then I can say nothing on Priestman’s case: & the rather, as having been already the subject of a deliberate decision, it...
I reached this place on the 4th. having passed an evening with mr Madison who is in as good health as for some time past, but that is very indifferent. he will set out for the seat of government about the time I shall. I did not percieve till I got here, that I had brought away the inclosed commissions before they were sealed. I therefore return them. if sealed and returned to me in Thursday...
It will be necessary to lay before Congress the aggressions of the British vessels before the harbour of New York. for this purpose it will be necessary in the first place to examine all the cases, and to class them according to the principle of the aggression, and secondly to prepare a succinct statement of them, for I believe that would be more proper than to furnish them the documents. they...
I recieved last night your letter of the 26th. proposing to resign your office, and I recieved it with real affliction. it would have been my greatest happiness to have kept together, to the end of my term, our executive family: for our harmony & cordiality has really made us but as one family. believing too that another four years will consolidate the basis on which we are building the...
Your favor of the 16th. is recieved, and that of July 24. had come to hand while I was at Monticello. I sincerely condole with you on the sickly state of your family and hope this will find them reestablished with the approach of the cold season. as yet however we have had no frost at this place, and it is believed the yellow fever still continues in Philadelphia if not in Baltimore. we shall...
Your favor of July 28. was recieved here on the 20th. instant. the superscription of my letter of July 11. by another hand was to prevent danger to it from the curious. your statement respecting the Berceau, coincides with my own recollections in the circumstances recollected by me, and I concur with you in supposing it may not now be necessary to give any explanations on the subject in the...
Your favor of the 15th. came to hand on the 25th. of June, and conveyed a great deal of that information which I am anxious to recieve. the consolidation of our fellow citizens in general is the great object we ought to keep in view, and that being once obtained, while we associate with us in affairs to a certain degree the federal sect of republicans, we must strip of all the means of...
Extract of a letter from Thos. Barclay British Consul at N. York, to Dewitt Clinton esq. Mayor of the city dated June 18. 1804. ‘His (Capt. Bradley’s) orders from Vice Admiral Sir Andrew Mitchell direct him to proceed from hence, on the delivery of his dispatches, on a cruize for the protection of the trade not only of His Majesty’s subjects but of that of the people of these states, and which...
Sentence of death having been passed by the Circuit court of Columbia , against a citizen of Washington county, guilty of an aggravated murder, a question arises Who is to sign the warrant for execution? By the act of Congress 1801. c. 86. the laws of Maryland , as they existed at that date, are in force in Washington county: and by the law of Maryland 1795. c. 82. the Governor of Maryland is...