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In your letter of the 22d of April, you have been pleased to observe Sir in answer to mine of the 12th same month concerning the capture of the Danish ship Mercator by Captain Maley of the United States, that proper instructions should be given to an attorney as soon as I had signified the District in which I wished the judicial proceeding to be instituted. As for the present moment I reside...
Deeply impressed with a sense of the invalueable rights of equal liberty, as the unalienable gift of Heaven to man,—I early enrolled myself their votary, and as far as was in my power commenced their defender,—When the invaded rights of the American colonists beat loud to arms, I was among the first to obey the call, and sacrificed nearly eight years of the prime of my life in the field, and...
I consider it my duty, acting as American Consul, to transmit to you a Copy of the judgment of the Court of Justice at this Island, against James Quick, Francis MacGoaly and Samuel Wheeler, three men calling themselves Citizens of the United States of America. It appears that in consequence of Mutinous conduct of these men on board the Schooner Atlantic of New York, commanded by Samuel C....
I had the honour to write to you on the 15. of last month, since when I have received by General Miranda who has arrived here, a letter from Mr. N. Vansittart⟨,⟩; a member of the British parliament, and who was likewise a member of the late Administration of Mr. Addington. Mr. Vansittart being a man of distinguished Probity, and in a situation to understand fully the subject on which he...
I wrote you a letter of detail yesterday, covering the 1st. of a set of Exchange drawn by James Madison (Secretary of state) on James Maury resident of Liverpool and endorsed by myself. referring to that letter, the object of the present is only to inclose the   of the same sd. and to repeat my salutations and assurances of esteem & respect. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
10 November 1804, Purveyor’s Office. “I have the honor to transmit you a Note of the monies expended, and to be expended by me for your Department, in relation to the Laws of the United States. This is done to facilitate your Statement for appropriation, which will of course soon go to the Treasury. Mr. Carey has been paid from time to time as he delivered the Books except that I sent him...
I have been honored with the receipt of your Letter of the 25th. Ultimo , together with a Report of a Committee of Congress, which accompanyed it . So far as may depend upon my Agency, no exertions shall be wanting to carry into effect in this Territory, the Militia System adopted by the National Legislature, “and in a manner the best calculated to insure such a degree of military discipline...
I had this honor on the 27th. Ulto. a Copy of which is inclosed. I cannot as yet give you any further information of the Schooner. This going by a British Vessel (The Jamaica Capt. Richardson) I have at the suggestion of Mr. Pinkney, inclosed his dispatch in my own which is under cover to Messrs. Campbell & Wheeler of Norfolk, the Consignees of the Vessel. There having lately appeared in the...
I paid you my respects on The 10th. last december—Since, I have been honoured with The Circular from The Department of State relative to future expenditures for The relief of our Seamen abroad to which I will pay a due attention, when occasion Will occur and I have observed with great pleasure by The grasious Messages from The president to Congress, That, it will be provided by more effectual...
My brother Joseph C Cabell who will deliver you this letter has just returned from Europe where he has been for several years past in pursuit of health & information. I take the liberty to make him known to you; & to assure you I shall feel myself much gratified by any attentions or civilities you may do him the honor to shew him during his short stay in Washington I have the honor to be with...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr White. he has read with satisfaction the plan of Doctr. Kirwan ; and does not doubt it’s excellence for the country under his contemplation, or any other, under a single sovereignty. but the complicated form of our government would not admit of it. the constitution of the US. has not given to the general government the powers over the soil, nor the...
James Wilkinson of Maryland Governor of the territory of Louisiana from & after the 3d. of July next for the term of 3. years then next ensuing, unless sooner &c Joseph Browne of N. York, Secretary of do. from & after &c *Return Jonathan Meigs of Louisiana to be judges of the * John B. C. Lucas of Pensylvania court of the territory Rufus Easton of New York of Louisiana from & after &c. George...
The dangers on the road to Natchez are really serious, & calling for attention. mere stationary posts, as proposed by Govr. Roan, appear to me inefficient. either a small body of cavalry, or mounted infantry, to be perpetually scouring the road and hovering about the caravans of passengers, as a marechaussée, seems worthy of consideration, as also the employing Indians in the same way, or...
In Answer to your Letter of the 27 of January I request you to make Provision for Advancing me, by Mr Shaw one thousand one hundred and twenty five dollars and fifty Cents, or thereabout, which is the amount of an Obligation I owe to Miss Thaxter, or if you choose and I think there is but one remaining due to that Family. Your Mother has written you on the Subject of Caucus’s. I am not of her...
After my letter of yesterday was sent to the Post office, I recieved one from mr Jefferson of Richmond informing me that the fish had just come to that place, having passed circuitously to it. I hope you will recieve the present by the same post with yesterday’s so as that I may have given you no further trouble respecting this. Accept my thanks for your attention to this matter and my...
I remitted you some time ago a memoire from Col. Devienne who had been in our service—who with a wife & three children is reduced to the utmost distress—since you forbid any advances on the public account I have at different times been compelled to give him about twenty guineas on my private account to keep him from starving, I pray you if Congress are siting when you receive this to take up...
I had the honour of addressing you under the 31 Ulto. since which I have not received any orders from Government. The merit of this is chiefly to cover copies of two letters which I received by the last Packet from Algiers dated the of this month, & to which you will please be refered. There has not appeared any Cruizers whatever on this Coast belonging to the Barbary States, but I have taken...
I enclose a copy of the instructions of the French Government to their Commercial agent at Tripoli upon the Subject of our prisoners. I Shall Send it by the Post to morrow to Leghorn, with directions to Mr Appleton to forward it by the first conveyance, & if none offers to Send a Small vessel with it, & the notes I have Sent him to Commodore Prebble to whom I have written on the Subject, &...
Mr Andrews after two Messages—sent his Assistant to inform me, the ornaments were securely packed up. in one large Case & 3. middle size Boxes. I prevailed with him to go with them—that very Eveng. (Friday.) or early next morning from the point—to Alexandria in order—if possible—to meet Mr. Wanscher who perhaps had not yet left that port, or—in Case he had left it, to see them shipped on...
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury to me, together with the documents accompanying it, containing an account of the monies drawn out of the Treasury under the several appropriations made for defraying the expenses incident to the intercourse with the Mediterranean powers, and statements of the credits obtained or claimed at the Treasury by the persons to...
Permettez à un français passager en cette ville et vivant dans l’obscurité, de s’élever un instant jusqu’à votre Excellence et de lui offrir un juste tribut d’hommages. c’est moins comme au chef d’un état puissant que j’ai l’honneur de les adresser, que comme à l’ami au protecteur des arts et des lettres. ils n’ont cessé d’être cultivés dans ces tems de calamités dont le seul souvenir afflige...
The more overbearing and more attrocious a Vice is, the more conspicious is virtue displaied by opposing it. And Sir, was there ever amore attrocious and overbearing Insult, than that of Great Britain, assuming dominion over all the seas. Bonnaparte is acused of usurpation, & of being a dangerous usurper. Pray Sir what has been the author of his Tyrany (if we may so call it) An opposition to...
The inclosed commission and letter have Just been handed to me—which I return to you. I doubt if [I] am the person intended. And if I am, such a commission could not induce me to change a resolution not to accept any appointment. Your obedient servant To Mr. Madison— private . I am exceedingly sorry you and the presidt. have been so misinformed as to one or two of the characters on the...
Proposal for finishing General Hamiltons, country House—Vizt. To Build two Stacks of Chimneys to contain eight fire places, 2 exclusive of those in Cellar Story. To fit in with brick all the outside walls of the 1st. & 2d. Stories, also all the interior walls that Seperate the two Octagon Rooms and the two rooms over them fr the Hall & other Rooms in both Stories. To Lath & plaster the Side...
So long as there be no change in our consular establishment in Europe—or So long as a neighbouring Power shall exercise the means of Shutting out our Vessells from the port you have been pleased to confide to my care,—I Shall be debarred the opportunity of gaining that Subsistence which moderate wants and a long faithful agency authorize me to hope for.—And while I Seize this occasion to...
My letter of March 18th. acknowledged the receipt of your dispatches and of the Treaty signed on the 31st. of December, of which Mr Purviance was the bearer, and signified that the sentiments and views of the President formed on the actual posture of our affairs with Great Britain, would without any needless delay, be communicated. The subject is accordingly resumed, in this dispatch, with...
Inclose the Commission for Kirby according to your parting request; also three others for Indian Comssrs. in blank, which you will be so good as to return. The last communications from N. Orleans are also inclosed. They are in several respects interesting. We have recd nothing from abroad since you left us, and every thing here remains as at that date. With respectful attachment I remain yrs....
The late president, mr Adams, having not long before his retirement from office , made several appointments to civil offices holden during the will of the President, when so restricted in time as not to admit sufficient enquiry & consideration, the present President deems it proper that those appointments should be a subject of reconsideration & further enquiry. he considers it as of palpable...
It is now become very material that the whole of my doors should be finished & got to Monticello as speedily as possible, as my painter will otherwise have left me. he is a most capibal hand, and should he not paint them, it may be years before I have another opportunity. Capt. Andrews is gone to New York, he told me before he went away that he was desired to leave some money for you in my...
3 January 1805, Vienna Customhouse, Collector’s Office. “In 1795 I recvd, two commissions from President Washington, one as collector of the customs for this District and the other as Inspector, which commissions was consum’d by fire as well as my dwelling house on the 30th. Janry. 1804. I have acted under the authority given me ever since, and has endeavored to discharge my duty with...
After a long silence Rembrandt again communicates to me, dated London March 28th.—1803. “ The best news I can tell you , is that we are all well from, Influenza, coughs & colds, and feel the balmy breath of Spring; Nothing but a tempory Fog obscures the morning Sun, our Parlour fire is extinguished, the buds are bursting & the fragrant Hyacinth is drest in all her gaiety: such a pleasing...
Owing to the interruption of the communication between this country & Holland, I have not been able to Receive any remittance from, or to draw on Messrs. Willinks & Vanstaphorst Since the 6th. July last. I was therefore under the necessity of drawing on your department under date of Sep. 22. 1808 in favor of Richard Hackley for the sum of 1400 Ds., being a few dollars more than half 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...
The Address of the Chiefs of the Shawnees Nation, to the President and Sacratary at War: Fathers. We have all meet this day together to hold a Council for the good of our selves, our women and Children, and to assure you that what was said to us at your Town last winter, we wish to keep in rememberence, we have not forgot that you told us to Collect all our Nation to one place, but some of our...
22 April 1805, New Orleans . “Mr. Brown the Collector, has just informed me of a contest which the Revenue Cutter has recently had with two Privateers in the Vicinity of the Balize. The particulars are as follow. For some time past, two British Privateers from Providence, have been cruising of[f ] the Mouth of the Mississippi, and were in the habit of Boarding every Vessel coming in and going...
Mr Eppes thinks we had best remain here My Dear Papa till we hear further from you about the measles, I must therefore beg you will write as soon as you can conveniently after arriving at Monticello, you know not how anxious I am to see you, after having so long look’d forward to this period with so much pleasure, to be disappointed at the very moment which was to reunite us after so long an...
The boxes alluded to in your favor of the 25th, were re-shipped to Baltimore on the 21st. Yr. Very humble Servt. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
Tengo la honra de poner en noticia de este Gobíerno, de orden de S. M. C. el Rey mi Amo Fernando VII, y comunícada por el Exmo. Señor Dn. Pedro Cevallos, primer Secretario de Estado y del Despache, con fha. del 19. de Marzo, el decreto adjunto, por el que resulta la abdícacion de Carlos IV. de la Corona en su Hijo Fernando VII. interin se expiden las cartas de Cancílleria de notífícacion para...
In the Year 1800—in the Month of March I Received on Board of my Vessel, thirteen Portugues Seamen who were taken By me from a Wrack in the greatest distress, off the western Islands, at least 1 300 leages from Land. The Expence of Victuals & Clothing furnished them untill they were landed at Norfolk, I consider should be paid without a moments delay, either By our Govt. or the Portugues...
1 March 1804, Department of State. “On the receipt of the proceeds arising from the sale of the guns and other articles lately made thro.’ Messrs. Pettit and Bayard, you will be pleased to account with and pay over what may remain, after deducting the expenses, to the Treasury.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. This is a clerk’s error for “gums” (see Coxe to JM, 3 Feb. 1804 ,...
I Received your favor of the 18th I most sincerely wish I had it in my power to recommend to you a person, to fill the place of Mr Wilkins at Cherrystone, but I am so little acquainted, that I have it not in my power.—The Eastern shore, I apprehend contains but few republicans & those I am acquainted with, I have reason to beleive if Mr. Peter Bowdoin would accept the office, he would...
I dare say you will be much surprised at receiving a letter from one you have not the least acquaintance with upon-earth. And much more so when you hear the subject—it is upon. necessity Sir compels me to write to you for the lone of a little money to carry me to Baltimore: when I get there I will remit what your kindness will please to inclose me, I hope Sir you will not deem this impertinent...
The honor of your letter Dated November 30th. was handed to me by the Governor of the territory, on the 25th. January at about nine oClock in the morning, and immediately in Pursuance of the orders of the President Proceeded to the Bature in front of the suburb St. mary and in my official caracter Ordered away Sundry Persons whom I found labouring thereon and which Persons I know had commenced...
I do myself the honor to acknowledge the receipt of my commissions from your Exelency. I feel the weight of obligation which your good opinion has laid on me, and desire you to accept of my most hearty and sincere thanks for the trust and confidence that you have seen fit to place in me— It shall be my greatest study to fulfil the duty of my office with fidelity and correctness, and in such a...
Some compliment being proper for the militia of Tennissee who went to Natchez under the command of Colo. George Dogherty may not something like the following be said on the part of the President in a letter from the Secretary at war to Colo. Dogherty or to the Governor of Tennissee? ‘the President has seen with great satisfaction the willingness with which the militia under your command [or...
I have the honor to enclose you a Genoa Gazette received by this mornings mail, which contains the late degree sic of His Majesty the Emperor of France declaring Great Britain in a state of Blockade &c &c &c. The Vessel which has on board my letters of yesterday, is still off the harbour, & have dispatched a Boat with the hope of placing this on board. With profound respect & Consideration I...
Letter not found. 7 September 1802. Mentioned in Daniel Brent to Wilson, 11 Sept. 1802 (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14), as an inquiry about Wilson’s claim against the British government on account of his ship. Brent replied in JM’s absence that “the dispatches of Mr. King which were brot. by Major Lenox, contain no intelligence concerning your claim,… but I will lose no time in examining some of his...
Would Mr Jefferson lease Jno. Curle a hundred acres of his land on Ivy Creek for 8 or 10 years Curle not to Clear more than 60 acres & not to make any wast of wood, only to use what the farm might Require Curle would wish to build Such Houses as migh accomidate 8 or 10 people in a comfortable maner— PS. or would Mr Jefferson lease Jno Curle 50 or 60 acres to work 2 hands on and to farm it only...
I communicate for the information of Congress a letter of Sep. 18. from Commodore Preble giving a detailed account of the transactions of the vessels under his command from July the 9th. to the 10th. of Sep. last past. The energy & judgment displayed by this excellent officer thro’ the whole course of the service lately confided to him, and the zeal and bravery of his officers & men in the...
Washington, D.C., 16 May 1804 . TJ issues a “full free and entire pardon” of James Medcalfe of Pennsylvania, mariner, who was convicted by a U.S. Circuit Court in Pennsylvania of a misdemeanor violation of an act of Congress entitled “An Act in addition to the act for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States.” Medcalfe had been sentenced to three months imprisonment and fined...