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Judge Nelson who was assigned to this Circuit has resigned his Office, & my friends have procured my consent to become a Candidate for it. The Law requires that his successor shall reside within the Circuit & there is not any person here to dispute my pretentions. I presume the Executive will not deem it good policy to send strangers to us to fill our local offices, for the reason that it...
The enclosed letters particularly the one for Mr. Dublois are upon business the most urgent please forward them as soon as convenient. I have recd. one short letter from you since we parted, not one from Lucy. Never was a poor sinner so much exhausted with an election campaign as I am; what with riding & talking I am quite sick; the second monday in March I was at M⟨or⟩gantown from thence to...
Farewell my dear Sister & say good bye for me to my beloved friend Madison. He carries with him into the Presidency the most affectionate good wishes of my heart: produced by an intimate acquaintance with his public & private virtues for nine years past; & I can say with great truth that not one single act of his life during the period I speak of has excited a momentary doubt as to its...
I am again at Clarksburg after an absence of two months, worse than mispent in the western Country. I have not even the consolation to believe that any benefit has resulted to the community from my expedition, & therefore there is no offset for ⟨m⟩y in⟨di⟩vidual sacrifices of time & money. I left General Harrison at Franklinton about the 1st. instant & the Virginia troops at Delaware four or...
I have never acquired the legal character of Guardian to my Child—Guardians ad litem can only be appointed by the Courts issuing process against infants; & as there has been no appointment there would be an impropriety in my acknowledging service of the Spa., which I should not hesitate to do if the act would be legal. Your Mo Obt Servt There can be no objection to acknowledging the service by...
You have heard no doubt that the Republicans have taken me up for Congress in this district, & the question is now settled in my favor. The Election was held here on this day, I obtained 549 votes, Mr. Wilson 205 Majority in Harrison 344. My Majority in Ohio was 83 Wilsons in Monongalia 173—giving me an aggregate majority of 254 votes. Brooke County will vote next Monday it gives usually 300...
I am charged by a numerous meeting of the military & Citizens held at this place on yesterday to forward a copy of their proceedings to you. It is their anxious wish to be employed in repelling the invasion of our Country & chastising the enemy. If 5000 men be a sufficient number to effect this 10,000 will meet with a feeble resistance, & it will be an economy of blood & treasure to strike a...
I reached this place last Week after a fatigueing journey through the Mud almost impassible. My return was very opportune for never were there such exertions by the Federalists to elect their candidates in all the districts round me, & particularly in my own. I believe however the majority will not be diminished in this district, but I am sure that if I had not opposed the unfortunate...
The astonishing events in Europe—the return of Buonaparte to the throne of France by the acclamation of the french people, give a new aspect to the affairs of the world & to those of this Country essentially connected with them. I wish sincerely it had occurred in November, yet I hope its occurrence in March will be in time to dispose the ministry of England to listen, in the spirit of...
We have just closed the warmest contested Election here I ever witnessed. McKinley whom you know was the Republican candidate Wilson who ran twice against me the federal one the votes were on the 4th. day at night in this County (Harrison) McKinley 404 } 155 majority. Wilson 249 The Polls were kept open in Monongalia where both Candidates attended four days also: & on the evening of the second...
I received by the last Mail a commission from the Executive of Virginia appointing me in conjunction with Genls. Porterfield & Trigg Commissioners on the part of the State of Virginia to superintend &c the line between the Virginia Military reservation, & the lands ceded to the U States by the State of Virginia. Altho’ I feel anxious to undertake the duty of that office, so important to a...
I arrived at this place a few days since with a small party of my friends from Clarksburg to join the North Western army destined to Detroit; & cooperate with them as a corps of mounted Riflemen. On our Arrival we found Govr. Meigs here. Genl. Harrison returned from Chelicothe on Monday. I communicated to them our wishes & expectations; namely that we were anxious to be actively employed in...
The polls are just closed for Harrison, & the result is Jackson 409 Lindsley 219 — last monday Monongalia — Jackson 320 — do — 284 729 503 Wood & Ohio — 274 241 1003 744 Majority 259 the Counties of Brooke & Randolph have 450 votes & will give me 300 of them. The elections have been more warmly contested than ever heretofore & thus far my majority has encreased. In haste yours affectionately &...
Have the goodness to enclose the within Packet to Mrs. Washington. We hear very little now of the movements of the British Cabinet towards us, & still less of Jackson’s course—the public expectation has so long been abused that a state of Apathy and indifference has in some degree succeeded the excitement produced by British perfidy. They do not now contemplate the evils inflicted by G B with...
Some of the leading Republicans of Ohio have joined in recommending to you Samuel Herrick Esq of Zanesville to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Creighton District Attorney of Ohio. I am personally acquainted with that Gentleman and ask permission to join my opinion with theirs that he is a man of worth & talents & unquestionable political principles: And it will afford me...
I hope you have returned safe back to Montpelier whither the last papers stated you had again set out. As I conjectured and as I wished, I perceive you have by your recent proclamation renewed the non-intercourse with G Britain. Some of the papers particularly the “Enquirer” with more promptitude than discretion, or judgment; pronounced it beyond your powers. It was hoped & expected that Mr....
It was very gratifying to learn from your letter that Harrison had arrived at Vincennes without any other rencontre with the indians than the battle near the Prophets town. I greatly apprehended that encumbered by his wounded, & badly supplied with provisions they might follow on his heels & gall his army in the most distressing manner. Their forbearance augurs well of their conduct during the...
I thank you with great sincerity for your congratulations on my union with Miss M. Nothing is now wanting to complete my wishes but her introduction to my best friends beyond the mountains, & my restoration to health. The first is dependant upon the last, which has received so severe a shock by my late unfortunate fall that I shall be unable to travel to W-City this year: & hence the necessity...
Your favor of the 12th. reached me on the 16th. The preceding day was that of our Election, on which the District turned & I am sorry to say the Federal Candidate obtained a majority of 102 votes—he is elected. Mr. McKinley never was here before & his coming ruined our hopes, as his manners &c are unpopular, & here the People vote for men more than principles. On the morning of the election I...
I have the honor to transmit to you the enclosed resolutions, in compliance with the wishes of the officers and privates of the 119th regiment of Virginia militia. I derive peculiar satisfaction from assuring you, that notwithstanding many of the persons who united in the resolutions have been inimical to the last and to the present administration, their hostility is particularly offered up...
Your favor with the accompanying papers by the last mail reached this place before my return on yesterday from the Ohio, whither I had gone to attend the Elections—those of Wood & Ohio Counties are over, & the result has been as favorable as was expected. Never were so many voters polled in W & O for never were the exertions of My friends & those of Mr. Lindsley my opponent half so great. At...
I often resist the desire to write you from a consciousness that the labors of your station make the task of reading letters irksome; & render any thing like a regular correspondence impossible. But as our meeting again is doubtful, or at best remote; I venture sometimes to obtrude myself upon you as the only mode in which I can have the pleasure of communing with you. A conjecture has reached...
I flatter myself that the fine air of your mountains has restored you to perfect health by this time, & that you will take care not to risque it by a too early return to washington. Indeed I think it will be indispensible to remain at Montpelier until the billious season shall have passed by, in order to confirm you against the danger of a second attack. Since my return home I have cast about...
I shall set off this morning for Clarksburg, not however without the expectation that your proclamation will soon reach me for convening Congress. The british perfidy has kindled a flame throughout the Country, & if the Prest. assume the responsibility of doing, or forbearing any thing he may incur much censure. I write to you my dear Sir freely. You know me I trust perfectly, & will...
I am highly gratified with the declaration of War by Congress, & the friends of the administration in this quarter unanimously approve of it. After so many outrages, & so long forbearance it was expected that greater uninanimity [ sic ] would have been witnessed in the decision: but knowing as I do the secret springs which move some of the Minority hitherto associated with the republicans I am...
I have once more escaped from the Jaws of death last night for the first time I went to the Theatre. At ½ past eleven it caught on fire 800 persons present & in a few minutes the whole was in flames. I kept back to permit the crowd to precede me until the black warm smoke suffocated all around me, & falling also I made a mighty effort & sprung forward far enough to descend about 12 feet on the...
Having commenced my sheep Shearing I cannot resist the desire to send you a sample of a singular fleece produced by a species of sheep purchased in this Country by me. The Animal is entirely covered with similar wool & has a curious appearance tho it differs from the ordinary sheep only in its wool. I presume it would be valuable in the manufacture of shawls &c. If you obtain any information...
I have for some weeks designed to write you that I may ascertain the practicability of procuring a pair of Merinos, or a Ram only, & the price; and as I know that you delight even in the midst of political engagements to turn your mind from their perplexities, to the more pleasant ones of domestic economy and have the information of all the Gentlemen now at W of that kind: I presume to make...
I have been intending for some time to write you but the alarming & fatal illness of my beloved Mother has suspended my correspondence entirely—she expired on the 22d. It excites the most gloomy reflections that nothing can conquer the inveterate hostility of the opposition: the damning proofs of british perfidy furnished by the documents you communicated to Congress have failed to unite them...
Judge Nelson has resigned his judicial office & the Executive of Virginia will soon appoint a successor. The Law requires that he shall reside within the Circuit & the probability is that the preference will be given to a Candidate already here rather than incur the risque of offending by sending a stranger to us. My Friends have solicited my consent to be a Candidate & some of them have...