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your favor of the 6 th has been recieved, and I will beg leave to add a few supplementory observations on the subject of my former letter. I am not a judge of the best forms which may be given to the gunboat; and indeed I suppose they should be of various forms suited to the varied circumstances to which they would be applied. among these no doubt Commodore Barney’s would find their place....
I was so unlucky as to write you a long letter of business , when, as I learned soon afterwards, you were too ill to be troubled with any matter of business. my comfort has been in the confidence that care would of course be taken not to disturb you with letters. my hope in writing the present is of a pleasanter kind, the flattering one that you are entirely recovered. if the prayers of...
I congratulate you on your release from the corvée of a session of Congress , and on the pleasure of revisiting your own fields & friends: and I hope your fields have been more fortunate than ours which have been wet but once since the 14 th of April , and present an aspect never seen since the year 1755. when we lost so many people by famine. but the present drought is only partial; that was...
I have been prevented setting out to Bedford as early as I had counted. I depart tomorrow. in the mean time I have consulted with as many as I could of the leading men of our county on the subject of the Principal assessor, as I proposed to yourself in my letter of the 15 th . of those consulted who are known to yourself were mr Divers , the mr Carrs , mr Randolph , Bankhead E t c. one...
A letter from Col o Earle of S. C. induces me to apprehend that the government is called on to reimburse expences to which I am persuaded it is no wise liable either in justice or liberality. I inclose you a copy of my answer to him , as it may induce further enquiry, & particularly of Gen l Dearborn . the Tennisee Senators of that day can also give some information. We have not yet seen the...
In my letter of yesterday I forgot to put the inclosed one from mr Mill s , which I now send merely to inform you of his wishes, and to do on it what you find right. he is an excellent young man, modest, cautious & very manageable. his skill in architecture will be proved by his drawings & he has had a good deal of experience. he married a daughter of Col o Smith of Winchester formerly...
Your favor of Feb. 7. was duly recieved. that which it gave me reason to expect from mr G. did not come till the 4 th inst. he mentioned in it that a state of things existed which probably would oblige him to make a solemn appeal to the public, and he asked my testimony to certain specific facts which he stated. these related solely to charges against him as a Burrite, and to his agency in...
I inclose you two letters from mr Burrall , postmaster of Baltimore . you will percieve by them that the removal of mr Granger has spread some dismay in the ranks. I lodged in the same house with him (Francis’s) during the sessions of Congress of 97. 98. 99. we breakfasted, dined E t c at the same table. he classed himself with the federalists, but I did not know why, for he scarcely ever...
The inclosed from D r Brown is this moment come to hand, and supposing it may possibly be of some importance I send it off immediately to the post office in on the bare possibility it may get there in time for the mail of this morning. if it fails it will have to wait there 4. days longer. ever affect ly yours PoC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “The Pres. US.”; endorsed by TJ. The
The inclosed paper came to me for I know not what purpose; as it came, just as you see it, without a scrip of a pen: perhaps that I might join in the sollicitation. Augustus Chouteau , the first signer, I always considered as the most respectable man of the territory , and the more valuable as he is a native. of the other signers I know nothing; and I know how easy it is to get signers to such...
It is very long since I troubled you with a letter, which has proceeded from discretion, & not want of inclination, because I have really had nothing to write which ought to have occupied your time. but in the late events at Washington I have felt so much for you that I cannot withold the expression of my sympathies. for altho’ every reasonable man must be sensible that all you can do is to...
It seems as if we should never find men for our public agencies with mind enough to rise above the little motives of pride & jealousy, & to do their duties in harmony, as the good of their country, & their own happiness would require. poor Warden , I find, has been thought an object of jealousy to Crawford , and the scenes of D r Franklin and mr Adams , D r Franklin & Lee , D r
I thank you for the information of your letter of the 10 th . it gives at length a fixed character to our prospects. the war undertaken, on both sides, to settle the questions of impressment & the Orders of Council, when now that these are done away by events, is now declared by Great Britain to have changed it’s object, and to have become a war of Conquest, to be waged until she conquers from...
I duly recieved your favor of the 12 th and with it the pamphlet on the causes and conduct of the war, which I now return. I have read it with great pleasure, but with irresistable desire that it should be published. the reasons in favor of this are so strong, and those against it are so easily gotten over, that there appears to me no balance between them. 1. we need it in Europe . they have...
I had written the inclosed letter but had not yet sent it to the post office when mr Nelson calling, informed me you were to leave Washington on Tuesday last (the 20 th ) I have thought it better therefore to inclose it to you at Montpelier . I am laboriously employed in arranging the library, to be ready for it’s delivery. and as soon as I can name the day on which I shall have finished I...
After I had sent my letters of yesterday and the day before to the post office the return of the messenger brought me a letter from Sam l H. Smith informing me you had directed Milligan to come on whenever I should call for him. I mention this to save you the trouble of further writing on that subject. the same mail brought me the Aurora, beginning the publication of the Causes and Conduct of...
I have totally forgotten the writer of the letter I forward to you , and every circumstance of his case. I leave it therefore on his own letter and that of the Marquis de la Fayette to you, which came inclosed, and is now forwarded with the other. I shall set out for Bedford within three days, and expect to be absent as many weeks. the newspapers have begun the war for the European powers; but...
However firm my resolution has been not to torment the government, nor be harrassed my self with sollicitations for office, cases will now and then arise which cannot be denied. Charles Jouett formerly of this neighborhood , was appointed by Gen l Dearborne an Indian agent. this was on the sollicitations of W. C. Nicholas , mr Carr & every respectable person of this neighborhood , and indeed...
I recieved yesterday from our friend Gov r Nicholas a letter stating that very advantageous offers had been made to his son at Baltimore (late a colonel in the army) which would induce him to go and fix himself at Leghorn , and that it would add very much to his prospects to be appointed Consul there, and counting on my knolege of the character of his son , he supposed my testimony of it to...
One of those cases now occurs which oblige me to relax from my general wish not to add to your troubles in the disposal of offices. I inclose you the papers which produce the occasion, and they will present to you all the grounds of interest which I can possibly feel in the success of the application. they will have with you exactly the weight they intrinsically merit & no more. Accept the...
Puis que la Bibliothèque du Congrès , où M. Jefferson avait déposé le Manuscrit d’une Constitution de ma composition, a été détruite, j’ai l’honneur de vous en envoïer six Exemplaires imprimés, en vous priant de vouloir bien en faire mettre trois au même dépot, et d’agréer l’hommage des trois autres. J’ai lû, Monsieur, dans un Message que vous adressâtes au Congrès , le 4. 9 bre 1812, que les...
Declining in every possible case to harrass you with sollicitations for office, I yet venture to do it in cases of science and of great merit, because in so doing I am sure I consult your partialities as well as my own. mr Hassler furnishes an occasion of doing this. you will find his character, his situation and claims stated in the inclosed letter from Rob. Patterson , whose integrity &...
I beg leave to reffer you to the contents of the letter, I addressed on this day to the Secretary of States, James Monroe Esq r in which I request him to Lay it before you; You will be pleased to observe that I claim against the unprecedented exceptions he has instructed H Ex y Will. H Crawford to reject from my Statment of disbursment & acc t Current with the U.S. in reimbursing me of my...
M rs Randolph , Ellen & myself intended before this to have had the pleasure of seeing mrs Madison and yourself at Montpelier as we mentioned to mr Coles ; but three days ago mrs Randolph was taken with a fever, w
I do not know whether you were acquainted with the late Major Duncanson of Washington , uncle of the writer of the inclosed letter . he was one of the earliest adventurers to the city of Washington . he had made a princely fortune in the E. Indies , the whole of which he employed in the establishments of that city and finally sunk. his political merits were a most persevering republicanism in...
In a late letter from mr Spafford of Albany I received the inclosed with a request that after perusal I would forward it to you, adding a desire that, when read, you would address it under cover to him, as he sets some value on the possession of it. his object in desiring making the communication to either of us is not explained, but perhaps it may be understood by you. your frank on a blank...
The bearer hereof, mr George Flower , is an English gentleman farmer, was the companion of mr Burkbeck in his journey through France , and is the person to whom the dedication of that book is addressed, he came over on behalf of his own family and that of mr Burkbeck , to chuse a settlement for them. having made the tour of the temperate latitudes of the US. he has purchased a settlement near...