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James W. Moss e[s] quire now of Mason County in this State has made some arrangements to move to that part of the Indiana Territory which appears by a late law of Congress to be made a Separate Territory. He has suggested to me a wish to recieve some secondary appointment in the Illinois Territory, such as Secretary, Register or reciever of public Monies or indeed any other you might please to...
We have just rec[e]ived your Speech here and I assure you it appears to be much admired even by the Federalist of Cincinnati. Mr Rowan passed this about 10 days ago he spoke of it & your self in respectful terms, which was more than I expected from his opposition to the late Administration generally. He observed & it appeared to be assented to by several of the highest Federal characters in...
I am informed by The Honble John Coburn that he has lately rec[e]ived a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury informing him that he must not draw on him for his Sallery until he explanes the Circumstance of his bills being uniformly dated from this state. From the intimacy between us & the connection between our families I think I have a pretty correct Idea of his veiws & intentions and I...
I take the liberty of calling your attention to the situation of the claim to Land of a Number of the Officers (and their representatives) of the Va. Cont. line. I am the agent of a number of Persons whose claim I am sure amount to at least 40,000 acres which have been located North of the Indian boundary line & south of a line to be run from the head of the Little Miami to the head of the...
Some time last fall Lt. Hezekiah Johnson of the United States Army was here and expected to procure a furlough soon after, to go to Maryland, the place of his birth. I took the Liberty to give Mr Johnson a line to you, this I the more chearfully did, as I conceived him to be a Warm friend both of your self & my own. I conceive him to be a sound republican an excellent Officer and very much the...
I hope this will find yourself & my amiable friend Mrs. Madison in good health, also her son. My family is in good health except my self. I have been much indisposed for about two Months, but have been able to go about principal part of the time. I am in hopes I shall gain strength as the weather is geting cooler. We have had a fine crop of grapes this Season for the age of my Vines. We often...
9 November? 1809, Newport. Capt. Jervis Cutler has solicited Taylor’s intervention on his behalf. Cutler has been dismissed from the service, probably owing to an allegation that he had interfered in the election of a congressman in Ohio. Cutler denies charge. Taylor praises Cutler’s abilities as a recruiter. RC ( DLC ). 3 pp. Dated “9th. 1809.” Docketed by JM. Address on cover indicates...
I have this moment reached this am informed that The Honble John Coburn has been recommended by many of the respectable Citizens of St. Louis as the successor of Governor Lewis. Having heretofore expressed to you my high Opinion of Mr. Coburns Capacity & disposition to serve his Count[r]y it would appear superfluous to say much in this letter. I shall only say that I am clearly of Opinion that...
I have taken the liberty of inclosing to you a letter to my friend Mrs. M and one to Mr. Coles. I hope this will find your self and Mrs. M in the enjoyment of perfect health. It leaves my family and our friends generally in the enjoyment of that blessing. I am sure you are pleased at the event of our election, The result in Lyons district will shew that when ever a man deviates from Correct...
The enclosed pamphlet was this day given to me by Genl. James Findlay of Cincinnati. I endeavored to Obtain his opinion as to the effect it would have, he appeared unable to answer me, and said he could not make up his mind fully on the subject as he had just got hold of it; That he was of opinion it could not rise into a Matter of great mischief, but found there were men supporting it of more...
Be so good as to make my best respects to Mrs. Madison & inform her I have recd. her very friendly letter of the 10h inst and will answer it shortly. I am much pleased to understand that our differences may probably be adjusted with all the Billigerents. I was at my brothers lately himself & family were well, and our fri[e]nds generally are so in this state. If Mrs. Washington is with you be...
I think it my duty to inform you that a man by the name of Benja. W. Lad from Virginia and Genl. Duncan McArthur of this state has lately made a number of entrys & surveys on lands that have been sold out by the U:States West of the line run by Ludlow from what he supposed the head branch of the Little Miami to the head of the Sciota. It is beleived and I have no doubt but that Ludlow struck...
I promised to drop you a line on the subject of the petition &c. I did my self the pleasure to address to you some time since. I am happy to inform you that I am of opin[i]on there is nothing to be apprehended from this association. Indeed I am informed it is very unpopular among the land holders in that quarter of the state where it has met with the most countenance. The Legislature of this...
Judge Coburn informs me his commission as Judge of Louisiana expires in November next during the recess of Congress; that under similar circumstances a Commission was renued (before it had expired) so as to prevent a failure of an important term of that Court. I expect the Judge will write to you on this subject and state to you the reason why it would be proper to renew his commission during...
Inclosed I send you a letter I lately recieved from my friend Judge Coburn. It was intended for my sight alone; but as it explains the cause why he did not attend his Court in Louisiana last Spring, I had a wish that you should see it from under his own hand. This letter contains some expressions which so well comports with my own sentiments & feelings, as to our political & foreign relations,...
I am informed that application will be made to you in favor of a Mr. Sloo for an appointment as Indian Agent. He informs me that he was in the revolutionary army from nearly the beginning to the close in the quarter Master department, & that his father was an officer during I think the whole War. I have known Mr. Sloo for a number of years slightly but not well enough to speak of my own...
I have taken the liberty of troubleing you very frequenly lately on the subject of my freinds, I must now say a word or two as to my self. You Know that I have for many years done the duty of U:States agent in this State, and I trust I have discharged the trust with punctuality and fidelity. I suppose from the present appearances of our Affairs that there will be some purchases to be made in...
I have the honor to inform you that having been honored by the Hon Secy. of War with the charge of furnishing the transportation & supplies for the Ohio Troops to Detroit & the Pay Master having requested me to advance the Troops their pay as it may be due, and in consequence of the Warm solicitations I have recd. from Gov Miegs & Genl Hull I have concluded to accompany the Ohio Troops to...
I have just recd a line from my friend H. Clay esqr. informing me of my rejection by the Senate. I have just written to the Secretary of War & enclosed him Mr Clays letter and requested him to hand it you afterwards. Mr C. informs me that Major Morison is to be nominated. If he appl[i]ed for the appointment or his friends urged his nomination before I was rejected I should suspect that he had...
I have the honor to inform you that we reachd this place on the 6th. inst in good Spirits & health generally. We have been so unfortunate as to have all our public stores taken by the British with I think four officers & Twenty three non commissioned officers & Privates and a great lot of our private baggage. The Genl. was so desirous that we should arrive at this place that he did not...
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Genl. James Findlay a particular friend of mine. The Genl. Commanded one of the Regiments from this state who were unfortunately Compeled to surrender prisoners of War at Detroit on the 16t. August. The Genl. has been induced to take Niagara and Genl. Dearborns head Quarter in his way to the City of Washington. I refer you to Genl. F for any...
I have the honor to inclose you a Copy of a statement made at Cleveland in order to send on to our Army which I supposed was proceeding on toward Detroit. I did myself the honor to give one to Genl Wodsworth & to forward to Genl Harrison & Gov Meigs each one. When I arrived at Urbana I was very unwell & indeed became ill before I left that place. I fully intended to have seen Genl Harrison,...
I most sincerely congratulate you on the Certainty of your being again called on to Preside over the destinies of my beloved Country, but I more particularly congratulate my country, as I conci[e]ve it a most fortunate occurrence that could have happened, both as it relates to the Man & principle. I hope Genl Harrison will be more fortunate with the Present N. W. Army than the a[r]mies lower...
I had the pleasure of seeing Govr. Howard lately and was much pleased in hearing from his own lips an account of his efforts in protecting the frontier of his Territory. Would it not be well to confer the rank of Brigadier Genl on Gov Howard. He is a Military Man & it appears to me that all the Troops in his Territory ought to be under his command. He would accept of it & receive either the...
When an Individual undertakes the developement of his own peculiar situation, should Egotism be prominent, it is almost unavoidable in common cases: But when he has the Honor to address the Chief Magistrate, as is the Object of the present, it becomes then of primary necessity. The person who has now that Honor, has much to say of his unprecedented persecutions, of his ruined Fortune, But of...
I have the honor to enclose to you a letter I have just receivd from Doct Charles Taylor Jr. I presume it is unnecessary for me to say any thing of this gentlemans claim to your attention, as I presume you know him personally. As to my self I know but little of him personally; I had the pleasure of Spending a day with him when I was in Virginia three years ago. And I have had a number of...
I have taken the liberty of recommending to the Hon. Secry of War among other persons to be appointed officers from Kentucky. Hubbard Taylor Jr son of my brother for the appointment of Captain and Nathl. Pendleton Taylor for the same appointment should there be vacancies, I believe you saw Hubbard on his return from Litchfield, He has for several years devoted himself to the Study of the Law...
13 April 1813, Washington. “The enclosed Letter from my Son, will shew you at a glance, what must be my feelings. “Agonized as they have been, by the destruction of my property, by the Severeance of a dear and endearing part of my Domestic bliss—And this alone, alone, from my attachment to principles, emanating from my feelings to the Administration. “I now Madam, Apply at least, for decision,...
20 September 1813, “Mt. Sion,” Caroline County. “Capt. Wm Jones being an applicant for the appointment of Collector for the District of which Caroline is apart, and believing him well qualified to discharge the Duties of that office, having formerly acted as Sheriff, since, Commissioner of the Revenue and Represented this County in the State Legislature and being a Sober discreet Man, have no...
I reached home on the 12th ulto & had the pleasure to find Mrs. Taylor & my dear little ones in good health. I have made a trip to the upper Counties since I came out, one of the objects was to make arrangements to forward your mules by the time you expressed to me you would wish them to arrive, towit early in Feby. As I am compeled to be absent my brother Hubbard has obligingly promised to...