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Having asked and obtained the opinion of the Attorney General on certain points stated by the Secretary of the Michigan Territory, and as the opinion may be of use to you as well as to him, I enclose a copy of it, and am, Sir, with great respect, Your Very Obt. Servt. DNA : RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.
11 June 1805, Department of State. “As no specific appropriation was made by Congress for the support of the Government of Michegan, it has been arranged, that the Salaries are to be paid out of the Contingent fund of Government; and the Governor Judges and Secretary may receive a quarters advance at the Treasury, reimbursable by the first salary which accrues to them respectively. It will be...
§ To William Hull. 17 January 1806, Department of State. “As the seals & seal-presses necessary for the Territory of Michegan may be more conveniently procured under your immediate direction, I shall be obliged by your taking it upon yourself. It is believed that hitherto a seal & seal-press, of a suitable nature for the territories, have not cost together more than 30 dollars. The expense...
I inclose herewith a number of printed copies of a proclamation issued yesterday by the President, in order to arrest an enterprize represented to be in preparation against the possessions of Spain. You will be pleased to make the disposition of them which you may judge the most suitable for the occasion. I have the honor to be with very great respect Sir, your most obt Sert. MH .
§ To William Hull. 17 March 1806, Department of State. “I have received your letter of the 26th. ult. [not found] and to observe, in answer, that the President foreseeing no inconvenience from the delay, which will be occasioned by your returning to Detroit, by the way of Lake Erie, instead of a journey through the woods, does not object to the mode you propose.” RC ( MH-H ); letterbook copy (...
The President having thought proper to revoke the Commission of Stanley Griswold Esqr. as Secretary of the Michigan Territory, you will receive from that Gentleman the Records and other articles belonging to the Secretarys Office. I have written a Letter to Mr. Griswold by this Mail desiring that he would deliver these things to you and I presume of course that there will be neither difficulty...
I enclose a pardon of the homicide committed by Mechosee, mentioned in your letter of the 18th. ult: and some of the documents printed by order of Congress. Having occasion to use the laws of the Michigan Territory, passed since the reassembling of the Governor and Judges this Summer, and particularly the law respecting the creation of a bank, I request you to be pleased to cause copies to be...
I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 8th. instant. The qualification of a freehold in land being required of the Governor by law, no power exists in the hands of the Executive to dispense with it: and an allowance for travelling expences in proceeding to the Territory, being also unauthorized by any existing law is equally beyound the purview of the Executive; whatever may be the...
I enclose an extract of a letter from the Postmaster General to the President containing information that trespasses are committing on a certain species of timber, growing on the public lands near lake Erie. It is the President’s direction that you warn by proclamation all persons from committing such trespass, and that you be afterwards watchful to cause the trespassers to suffer proper legal...
Thos: Jefferson asks leave to observe to Baron de Humboldt that the question of limits of Louisiana between Spain & the US is this. they claim to hold to the river Mexicana or Sabine & from the head of that Northwardly along the heads of the waters of the Missipi to the head of the Red river & so on. we claim to the North river from it’s mouth to the source either of it’s Eastern or Western...
I recieved last night your favor of the 24th. and offer you my congratulations on your arrival here in good health after a tour in the course of which you have been exposed to so many hardships and hazards. the countries you have visited are of those least known, and most interesting, and a lively desire will be felt generally to recieve the information you will be able to give. no one will...
Know all men by these presents, that we William Madison & James Madison are held and firmly bound unto Charles Humes Assign of Paul V erd er in the just and full sum of teen pounds thirteen shillings to be paid unto the said Humes Assin of Verder His certain attorney, His heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves jointly and...
19 July 1802, Department of State. “I have duly received your letter of the 12th. Inst. [not found] enclosing one from Mr. Pinckney and another from the Consul of the United States at Madrid, for which I return you my thanks.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. Probably Charles Pinckney to JM, 20 Apr. 1802 , and Moses Young to JM, 26 Apr. 1802 (not found) (see JM to Pinckney,...
Mr. Madison the Secretary of State being not yet arrived at this place, and a favorable apportunity of addressing you, offering itself by a government vessel going to France with our late convention with that country, I avail myself of it being authorized by the President of the United States to perform the duties of this department per interim. The Country in which you reside having as well...
The letter of the day of March last from Mr. Lincoln, then acting Secretary of State will have made you acquainted with the grounds on which the President has permitted your return. A duplicate of that letter and a letter under a flying seal to His Catholic Majesty communicating the permission, are herewith forwarded. You will derive from them the sentiments which it will be proper for you to...
I have to acknolege the reciept of your favor of Dec. 12. and to return you my thanks for the cloth furnished me. it came in good time, & does honour to your manufactory, being as good as any one would wish to wear in any country. amidst the pressure of evils with which the belligerent edicts have afflicted us, some permanent good will arise. the spring given to manufactures will have durable...
I have to acknolege the reciept of your favor of June 28. and sincerely congratulate you on your safe return to your native country. you will doubtless be sensible of an inconcievable change in manners and opinions since you left it; tho’ less perhaps in Connecticut than some other places. After eleven years absence I imagine you will find it more difficult to return from European to American...
The President has received the letter you addressed to him on the 1st. Inst. As the constitution of the United States has left with Congress the exclusive authority to permit the acceptance of presents from foreign Governments by persons holding Offices under the United States, the President has thought it most proper that the ornaments addressed to Mrs. Humphreys by the Queen of Spain should...
In answer to your letter of the 20th. inst. I have the honor to inform you, that the diamonds, which were the subject of Mrs. Humphrey’s letter of the 20th. April last, were placed, several weeks ago, in the charge of Mr. Cathcart, who will arrive in Boston, about the time of your receiving this, and will deliver them to you with a letter. Mrs. H’s request was not received in time to admit of...
In answer to your letter of the 20th. inst. I have the honor to inform you, that the diamonds, which were the subjects of Mrs. Humphrey’s letter of the 20th. April last, were placed, several weeks ago, in the charge of Mr. Cathcart, who will arrive in Boston, about the time of your receiving this, and will deliver them to you with a letter. Mrs. H’s request was not received in time to admit of...
I have received your letters of the 29th. Ult and 4th. Inst. and the letters and accounts of Messrs. John Bulkeley & Son, which it enclosed. The latter have been adjusted at the Treasury, and 37.841 Milrees found due which will be remitted thro’ London to those Gentlemen of which in due time, they may expect to hear from the Bankers of the Treasury Department at that place. From a change,...
Your favor of Aug. 28 from Boston has remained through a multiplicity of agricultural occupations unacknowledged to this hour and notwithstanding the lively sensibility it excited both in Mrs. Adams & myself, we sincerely regretted that we were not to have the pleasure of receiving you and Mrs Humphreys at Quincy as we had hoped & expected. If in the course of your affairs you should again...
The letter for Mr. Young enclosed in yours of the 20th. April was sent after him to Philadelphia, but as he had sailed for Spain before it reached him, it will be forwarded to him there. With the point contended by Mr. Young this Department has no official connection, and the general subject of your accounts belongs to the Treasury Department. The diamonds presented to Mrs. Humphreys remain...
Th: Jefferson with his compliments to mr Humphreys incloses him an order of the bank of the US. at this place on that at Philadelphia for 12. D. for Edwards’s history of the W. Indies, according to the note recieved from him. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Your letter of the 4th. inst. was recieved a few days ago. you have been greatly decieved by the information that I had never paid the debt to William Hunter & that the bond is lost. I paid it to Joseph Royle’s executor & have a perfect recollection of the fact, and I have no doubt that at Monticello I can produce satisfactory evidence of it; probably the bond itself. I am not willing to...
5 May 1801, Department of State. Encloses certified copies of murder indictment and depositions against British soldier Levy Cole; requests extradition as provided for in article 27 of Jay treaty. RC and enclosures (Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, IC , vol. 1). RC 2 pp.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM; docketed by a clerk: “Recd. at York 28h Augt.”...
Letters which I yesterday received from the American Consul at Havana announce that the ports of the Island of Cuba were on the 25th Ult. closed against the admission of American and other foreign vessels. In an interview however, which the Consul had with the Governor, the latter unequivocally assured him, “that every possible indulgence and relief will still be extended to those vessels...
I take the liberty to ask the favour of your aid in respect to the inclosed notice from the Supreme Court of the UStates in the affair of the Schooner Peggy. It is to be delivered to the Agents of the Ship Trumball, who are Messieurs Howland and Allen and upon a copy of it an affidavit must be made before the District Judge of the UStates (who I am told resides at New London) that the original...
22 March 1805, Department of State . “The President of the United States being desirous of availing the public of your services as a Judge of the Territory of Michigan, I have the pleasure to inclose your Commission.” RC (http://rrauction.com, Catalogue 242, item 114, October 2000); letterbook copy of enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Permanent and Temporary Presidential Commissions). RC...
Th: Jefferson has recieved Major Hunt’s letter of Sep. 30. and also the Stylograph forwarded by mr Gelston, & returns his thanks to mr Hunt for his care of it, & his respectful salutations. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Major Hunt whose note of the 14th. he has recieved, and thanks him for his care of the package from Genl. Lyman. he proposes to be at Washington on the 3d. of the next month, & should Major Hunt be coming there by that time or find any gentleman coming that far in the stage who would take care of it, Major Hunt’s attention to the conveyance in that way...
having examined the proceedings of a Genl. Court Martial, of which Majr. Thos. Hunt was President, holden at Detroit on the eighteenth day of July last, for the trial of John Spence a private soldier in Captain John Whistlers Company, of the first Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States, charged with seditious conduct at Fort Wayne on the third day of May 1801, by assailing...
Having examined the proceedings of the Genl. Court Martial of which Majr. Thos. Hunt was President, holden at Detroit in the Month of July last past, in the trial of John Spence a private soldier in Capt. John Whislers Company of the first Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States, charged with seditious conduct at Fort Wayne on the third day of May in the year 1801, by...
Being unwilling to become the depository of secrets valuable to their author I will not give you the trouble of a meeting proposed in your letter of Aug. 23. nevertheless as I should not be justifiable in shutting the door to any benefit which your patriotism might intend for your country, I will observe to you that the Secretary of the Navy, mr Robert Smith is the person to whom such a...
On the 13th. inst. I had the pleasure of recieving your favor of Dec. 22. covering one from Madame D’Houdetot, of whom I had not recieved information for several years. I am happy to learn that she is living and enjoying a retirement in comfort. the proofs of friendship which I recieved from her in France were such as to make a lasting impression on my mind, and to inspire me with sincere...
To Capt. Thomas Hyde, and the officers & privates of the first volunteer company for the counties of Jackson, Clark and Franklin in the state of Georgia. The offer of your service in support of the rights of your country merits and meets the highest praise; and I tender you for your country the thanks you so justly deserve. Having directed the Governor of the state to carry the acts concerning...
I called yesterday at the Patent office to enquire respecting Macomb’s mill according to the request in your letter of the 15th. inst. there is a drawing of it, but no model; and no copy can be permitted to be taken from the office till the patent expires, which will be on the 28th. of August next. it is really nothing more than a bad edition of Barker’s mill, which no mode hitherto devised...
I have duly recieved your favors of Mar. 27. & June 1. the former had come during my absence and when I returned, which was a month after it’s date, I presumed you had already proceeded on your voyage. I thank you for it’s kind congratulations on my appointment to the first Executive office, and am sensible how much my powers are overrated. I have two important objects before me, to reduce the...
I have considered the speech you have delivered me, and I will now give you an answer to it. You have told us on former occasions of certain promises made to you at the treaty of Grenville by Genl. Wayne, respecting certain lands whereon you & your friends live. But when we looked into the treaty of Grenville, we found no such promises there; and as it is our custom to put all our agreements...
Some of you are old enough to remember, and the younger have heard from their fathers, that this country was formerly governed by the English. While they governed it, there were constant wars between the white & the red people. to such a height was the hatred of both parties carried that they thought it no crime to kill one another in Cold blood whenever they had an opportunity. this Spirit...
This is the first time I have had the pleasure of seeing the distinguished men of our neighbors the Wiandots, Ottawas & Chippeways at the Seat of our Government. I welcome you to it as well as the Poutewatamies & Shawanese and thank the great Spirit for having conducted you hither in safety & health. I take you and your people by the hand and salute you as my Children; I consider all my red...
I have considered the speech you have delivered me, & will now make answer to it. you have gone back to antient times, & given a true history of the uses made of you by the French, who first inhabited your country & afterwards by the English. and how they used you as dogs to set upon those whom they wanted to destroy. they kept the hatchet always in your hand, exposing you to be killed in...
The very great pressure of business for some time before and after the meeting of Congress, obliging me to suspend nearly all correspondence, I have not till this day been able to reach your letter notifying me of the obliging offer of the use of a pew in the new Protestant Episcopal church near the Navy yard on the part of the vestry of Washington parish. I pray you to convey to them my...
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,...
Assurances of attachment & support from any description of my fellow citizens are accepted with thankfulness & satisfaction. I will ask that attachment & support no longer than I endeavor to deserve them by a faithful administration of their affairs in the true spirit of the constitution, and according to laws framed in consonance with that. the sentiments expressed on my undertaking the...
Your favor of May 25. is duly recieved & I have to observe that I used the mouldboard you mention with the common bar share plough; nothing about it being changed but the mouldboard. I can assure you that the same horses, in my farm, would make a furrow with this mouldboard 2. I. deeper than they could with the common mouldboard, owing to the difference of resistance. adhering to the principle...
I recieved, my dear Sir, your note of yesterday, and am sensible of the friendly spirit which dictated it. but you must pardon me for repeating my request to inform me of the price of the wine. this is such a transaction of meum & tuum as must follow the same rules between us as between others. it is sufficient obligation to me to spare me so excellent a supply, and if not done on the usual &...
Your favor of the 18th. is recieved. in the meantime you will have recieved one of the 19th. from me . I have inserted in a letter to Colo. Humphreys what might be said with effect on the subject mentioned in your letter. if in time, I hope it will weigh. if not, when you take leave, you will of course recieve a letter, the tenor of which shall do you the justice due to you. I am in hopes...
I have received a letter from Mr. Foronda the Spanish Chargè des Affaires complaining that a certain Archibald Clarke, of the Town of Newton, in Camden County Georgia, had passed over into the Province of East Florida with armed Men, and taken by force a Negro Woman from the House of David Garvin, an Inhabitant of that Province; and that notwithstanding the immediate application of Governor...
I beg leave to communicate to yourself, & through you to the Senate & Representatives of Georgia the inclosed answer to the resolutions of that legislature of the 6th. of December last, and to add to it the assurances of my high respect and consideration. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.