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After the freedom I have used in writing to you under cover to Mr Gregg a few days Since, the present attempt might Justly require an apology. The confidence I have of your good nature and of your favourable opinion of my intentions, is however the only apollogy I shall make free to offer Since the State Legislature adjourned I have travailed through several of the most oppulent Counties of...
Among the Magistrates to be appointed for this District, of Columbia, it would be pleasing to many of our fellow Citizens in Washington to see the name of Benjamin More .—A man whose industry, talent, and integrity, we are persuaded will enable him to discharge the duties of that station with honor to himself, and advantage to society. We are sir with respect Yours &ca. RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR...
The kindness and effect with which you have been so good as to exert yourself in procuring me a Maitre d’Hotel require and recieve my friendly thanks to you. I accede to the proposition to recieve the man you speak of and his wife at the annual wages of one hundred guineas. I should be glad to recieve him as soon as possible. his wife may come at her leisure, as I shall probably leave this...
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 (...
March 5th 1801 Bot. of John Minchin     One pair of Shoes 3.     One ditto Silk Strings  .25     One ditto Bootees 6. $9. 25/166    Received payment infull MS ( MHi ); in Minchin’s hand and signed by him; at head of text: “His Excellency Thos. Jefferson, President of the United States”; with order in TJ’s hand at foot of text: “Mr. Barnes will be pleased to pay the above. Th: Jefferson.” John...
Permit me to present to yr. acquaintance the bearer Mr. Voss of Culpepper county, a young man of merit, who has expressd a wish of being personally known to you. He is a lawyer by profession, of respectable standing at the bar, and a fair prospect of becoming eminent if he pursues his profession. He intends making a visit this spring to the south, and hearing that it is proposed to adjust the...
MS ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1:0665); undated; entirely in TJ’s hand, probably written at three sittings, as indicated by the horizontal rules, the first entries dating from early March; endorsed by TJ: “New Jersey Attorney Marshall.” Before he left Washington in early March, James Linn recommended George Maxwell as district attorney and Dr. Oliver Barnet as marshal for New Jersey. In April, Linn...
I received, my dear Jefferson, yours of the 12th. Ultimo after its circuitous Rout through the Post Roads to Richmond, & thence by the Weekly Post-cross-Road to Gloucester Court House, where I suppose it arrived eight days later than it would have arrived had it not reached Richmond after the Gloucester weekly mail had been closed, or sent off. I mention these Circumstances as an Explanation...
I recollect before I left Carolina I requested you by letter not to make any arrangements or take any step respecting that State until I had seen you as I had some opinions & information to communicate on that subject— On reflection since, I have been induced to suppose that this request on my part was an improper one, & that I ought not to presume so far as to wish to intrude on you my...
Permit us in behalf of a number of respectable Citizens of this Town to offer to you our sincere congratulations on your elevation to the first magistracy of the United States— Persuaded as we are that a government entirely elective is alone consistent with the dignity of man—best calculated to promote his happiness & exclusively adapted to the genius—habits & situation of the People of the...
The offices of Secretary of state, Secretary of war, Attorney general of the United States, and Minister plenipotentiary to the republic of France being vacant, I nominate the following persons to them James Madison junr. of Virginia, to be Secretary of State: Henry Dearborn of Massachusets to be Secretary of War: Levi Lincoln of Massachusets to be Attorney General of the United States: Robert...
It being more agreeable to the feelings of Mr. Caldwell , to whom the enclosed papers relate, to present them in person than through the usual official channels, I have at his request Sir, taken the liberty of introducing his name to you. The lapse of time & the consequent alterations produced by it in the person, would otherwise perhaps prevent your recollecting in him Sir the adopted son of...
The voluntary expression of those sentiments of just and enlarged policy, which you were pleased to make me the organ of conveying to His Majesty’s Government, encourages me to request a few moments’ audience, on another subject no less important to the two countries.— The Packet Boat, now lying at New York, will be dispatched in a few days to England; and the King’s Ministers will naturally...
Albany, March 6, 1801. Acknowledges receipt of Ingraham’s letter of February 26, 1801 . Regrets that he cannot serve as Ingraham’s attorney because of unavoidable delay in Albany. ALS , Mrs. Jean Ahnfeldt, Los Altos, California. Letter not found. Ingraham was declared a bankrupt on February 19, 1801 (RG 21, Records of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,...
This letter is particularly intended to transmit to Government, the circular letter received this day from our Consul at Tripoli, announcing the imminent danger of an immediate rupture with that Regency. While I refer this communication to your attention, I cannot but anticipate from the various representations heretofore made by our Consuls in Barbary, that adequate measures will already have...
6 March 1801, Tunis. No. 34. Reports British pressure on bey has forced Tunis to expel French diplomats. Notes resulting change in plans for American charter vessel Anna Maria . Believes British-French hostilities and disruption of French Mediterranean trade offer opportunity for American shipping to replace French in Indian trade. Quotes from earlier statements of bey supporting improved...
The letter which I had the honor to address to the department of State Dec. 20. gave advice of the destination of the Ann Maria, a change in the position of this regency with France necessarily involved a change of her destination. It was the intention of this Bey, notwithstanding the orders of the grand Signor, to maintain the neutral posture he had taken: but, before his dispatches went off...
Having been inform’d that Allen McLane Collector of the Port of Wilmington, in the State of Delaware intends resigning his office—I have been requested to mention Major Peter Jaquet of the County of New Castle—as a Candidate for that appointment—he Served as an Officer in the Delaware Regiment , through the whole Revolutionary War—Supported a fair Character, and has never appostatized from his...
Since our conversation on the administration of the department of the Postmaster General, I have made it my business to trace to their causes, as far as was in my power, the complaints which, I find, are so industriously circulated against that officer. 1. I have no doubt there is an intrinsic difficulty in the discharge of the duties of that department, so as to give any good degree of...
We rejoice in common, with the rest of our republican fellow Citizens, that the Clouds which lately overshadowed our Country, are happily dispelled, and our political horison again exhibits a serene aspect, in consequence of your accession to the Presidential Chair—It is with difficulty that we can refrain from expressing our indignation, at the nefarious efforts, which have been made, to...
Permit me to assure you, that my not paying you a visit before I left this place, did not proceed from a want of due respect to you, or to the high office you fill.—taking upon yourself a trust of great weight—rendered more difficult by conflicting political opinions; I concluded your mind must be engaged on subjects highly interresting; from which it would be, wrong in any friend, to toll it...
The Judges of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, informed of Mr. Stockton’s resignation of the office of the U. States Attorney for that district, have drawn up & unanimously signed the enclosed certificate in favor of Isaac H. Williamson Esq. with the hope that it might promote his nomination to fill the vacancy. Prior to it’s rect. the late President had nominated Mr....
No pleasure can exceed that which I recieved from reading your letter of the 21st. ult. it was like the joy we expect in the mansions of the blessed, when recieved within the embraces of our fathers, we shall be welcomed with their blessing as having done our part not unworthily of them. the storm through which we have passed has been tremendous indeed. the tough sides of our Argosie have been...
By an act intituled “An Act to amend the act intituled “An act providing for the sale of the lands of the United States, in the territory north west of the Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river,” passed 10th May 1800, it is provided, that the purchase money shall be paid in four equal payments, the first payable within 40 days & the three last within two, three & four years respectively...
I recd your favor of the 16th. ult. just as I was leaving New York for this place which has delayed till now my acknowledging the distinguished attention you have shewn me in procuring for me the honor of a place among the American philosophers. The moment you chose for doing has not a little encreased the obligation, since it was one in which the whole American world (except the man who...
I am much obliged by the kind & prompt attention you have been so good as to pay to my letter of the 26th. your testimony and mrs Morris’s in favor of mr Tate would have been decisive with me, but in the interval between that date and my receipt of your answer a proposition came to me of a very capital Maitre d’Hotel, whose character was so well vouched that I thought it imprudent to let it...
Your favor of yesterday is just now put into my hands. it is so far from being improper to recieve the communications you had in contemplation as to arrangements in your state, that I have been in the constant expectation you would find time to do me the favor of calling & making them, when we could in conversation explain them better than by writing, and I should with frankness & thankfulness...
Should the office of Marshall for the District of Columbia become Vacant I beg leave to tender to you my services and to Solicit from you the appointment. Unknown to You my Self I have Sought for the Recommendation of those Whose Characters have been Respected. I have the Honour to inclose you letters from Mr. Duvall one of our Supreme Judges Mr. Duckett one of the Judges of our County Court...
Harrassed with interruptions & worn down with fatigue; I take up my pen at midnight to scribble you a line. Mr. Nicholas who sets out by day light promises to call and give you the particulars of this place, & I will inclose a paper just recieved giving the details of an armistice between France & Austria, a second great victory, and the commencement of hostilities by England against Russia,...
I have promised in this letter to give you some account of the institutions in the province of Silesia, for the education of youth. The university at Breslau, and the academy of nobles at Liegnitz, I need not mention, having noticed them in my letters at the time when we visited those places. Besides these, there are what we call grammar schools, where latin is taught in almost every town in...
Since my last which went by the mail in course, the papers of my deceased father have been opened. His will was made thirteen years ago, since which two of my brothers have died, one of them leaving a large number of children mostly minors, and both of them intestate. The will itself, besides the lapsed legacies, does not cover all the property held at the time; & valuable parcels of property...
Owing to the continuance of the King’s illness, the change of the Ministry is still incomplete, and very little business, beyond the ordinary routine, is transacted. It is supposed to be on this account that no measure has been adopted in consequence of the Prussian Note avowing the King’s accession to the Northern Confederacy, the Principles of which, according to every appearance, are to be...
7 March 1801, Berlin. No. 184. Conveys news, received in letters from England, of George III’s illness, Pitt’s fall from power, and the suspension of public business. Suggests that these events and Prussian firmness in support of neutral league may postpone issue of war. Speculates on British plans to accommodate Czar Paul on question of Malta. Believes British overly hopeful that Danes will...
7 March 1801, Málaga. Sends by the schooner Samuel departing for Boston a copy of 17 Feb. letter from O’Brien just received. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Málaga, vol. 1). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received 28 Apr. The enclosed letter from O’Brien to Kirkpatrick reported the release of four hundred European troops by the Algerine regency and speculated that the terms the Swedish representatives had...
7 March 1801, The Hague. No. 129. Encloses translation of state paper from the French Directory laying basis for change in Batavian ministry. Discusses opposition to plan and expresses relief that U.S. is “physically & politically beyond such influences!” Speculates that ports of any successful northern confederacy of neutrals would be closed to American shipping. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG...
7 March 1801, Lisbon. Reports that Spain has declared war on Portugal and embargoed its ships. Believes that “the present System of France” is “to force Engd. into a peace by excludg. her from all the ports of Europe.” Encloses copy of treaty shutting British out of Tuscany. Recounts rumor that a secret treaty grants France Spanish territory north of Ebro River (Biscay, Navarre, Aragon, and...
I communicated to you by the last mail the afflicting event which took place on the 27th. Ult. I said nothing on the subject of the testamentary dispensations which it is proper should be made known to all the parties interested in them, because at that time none of the papers had been looked into. I now inclose the copy of the Will found among them; and which tho’ of not so late a date as...
The Schooner Samuel being on the departure for Boston, I have only time to enclose Copy of a Letter, which I have this moment Received from Consul O Brien of Algiers dated 17 Ulto. to which I refer you. I have the Honor to be with much Respect, Sir Your most obt he. S. The preceding is the full transcription of a document that was previously abstracted in The Papers of James Madison ,...
The knowledge which I have acquired by experience in the location, rise and progress of this city, from the year 1792, in the most difficult and trying times of the laying off of the same, and in which many deviations were made from the original design, all of which I opposed except those for the publick good, and the causes of which are known to very few others except myself, emboldens me, at...
From your Character for integrity which I have been taught to respect ever since I entered the Army of the United States in our revolutionary war in the year 1777, and from the excellent sentiments contained in your inaugural Speech, (every one of which is congenial to my heart) I have been led to believe no subordinate Officer of the General Government who has not been defficient in duty,...
Since my last which went by the mail in course, the papers of my deceased father have been opened. His will was made thirteen years ago, since which two of my brothers have died, one of them leaving a large number of children mostly minors, and both of them intestate. The will itself, besides the lapsed legacies, does not cover all the property held at the time; & valuable parcels of property...
I had written the inclosed letter to mrs Trist, and was just proceeding to begin one to you, when your favor of the 6th . was put into my hand. I thank you sincerely for it, and consider the views of it so sound, that I have communicated it to my coadjutors as one of our important evidences of the public sentiment, according to which we must shape our course. I suspect, partly from this, but...
I have had a conversation with Genl. Sumpter in Genl. terms about his country man P—y . Sumpter says his standing in S.C. with our friends is not good, that he is not respected either as a public or a private man, that he has been made use of by the republicans, and that he has made use of them because they were convenient to each other—the opinion of one man cannot be conclusive, you will...
Wishing to submit my slender Performances to the candid Examination of those of my Philosophical Associates whose talents and acquirements inspire me with the utmost deference, and whose approbation is the first object of my Ambition, I took the liberty of sending you, among others, a Copy of my thermometrical improvements in Navigation . Permit me now to ask a place in your private Library,...
The corporation of the Borough of Wilmington beg leave to congratulate you, on your elevation to the first magistracy of the United States. The painful suspence previously suffered, serves but to enhance the triumph of sentiments in the final prevalence of the voice of the people, fairly and decidedly expressed. So far as acknowledged talents, examplary morals and disinterested patriotism can...
Permit me to state to Your Excellency that being desirous to obtain an employment under the Federal Government, I have thought the present a favorable and a pleasing opportunity to make application. The Vice President, Sir, and the Honorable A. Galatin are acquainted with my Character . And the open testimonial addressed to General Muhlenberg I beg leave, as that Gentleman is absent from this...
Th. Jefferson presents his respects to Mr. Adams and incloses him a letter which came to his hands last night; on reading what is written within the cover, he concluded it to be a private letter, and without opening a single paper within it he folded it up & now has the honor to inclose it to Mr Adams, with the homage of his high consideration and respect. MHi : Adams Papers.
I left Washington the 5th. and arrived here last evening. The letter which you did me the honor to write the 22d Ult. reached me on the 4th when I was occupied in arrangements for leaving the Seat of government. I remained in Washington on the 4th. thro’ necessity tho not without some curiosity to see the inauguration & to hear the speech. The scene was the same as exhibited upon former...
[ Albany, March 8, 1801. On March 9, 1801 , Hamilton wrote to his wife: “Yesterday, My beloved Eliza, I wrote you.” Letter not found. ]
8 March 1801, Alicante. Transmits copy of dispatch of 19 Feb., since which he has received letters from Leghorn and Genoa, one of which is enclosed, giving an alarming account of affairs in Tripoli. Will detain the brig Fanny of Beverly to carry dispatches. This post brought another letter from Appleton of 18 Feb. enclosing letters for Cathcart to be forwarded by express. RC and enclosure ( DNA...