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The minister of France intending himself the honor of paying his respects to you at your residence in Virginia, I have taken the liberty to assure him of the pleasure it would afford you to receive him. He expects to set out this evening, & I avail myself of the opportunity of assuring you of the high consideration with which I have the honor to be your very obt. servant DLC : Papers of James...
24 December 1812, War Department. Proposes for JM’s approval various “Promotions in the Army of the United States.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 1 p. Monroe’s suggestions for promotions in the Fifth and Seventh Infantry Regiments were recommended to the Senate by JM on 31 Dec. ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of...
13 August 1810, Madeira. Cathcart acknowledges JM’s letters of 30 May and 15 and 26 June and informs him of the arrangements he has made for purchasing wine ordered by JM. RC , duplicate, and enclosures ( DLC ). RC 2 pp.; docketed by JM. Duplicate (3 pp.; docketed by JM) includes 16 Aug. postscript mentioning enclosures: invoice for £249 (1 p.); and bill of lading (1 p.) for wine shipped on...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to submit to the President, a copy of his letter to the Auditor of the Treasury, respecting the settlement of Mr. Hassler’s accounts, which will require the President’s approbation. CSmH .
30 October 1812 , “ Pine Hill Post office .” “I … Request … that you will give me by letter the prominent articles of your Religious Creed, the reason of such A singular request being solicited, is in Consequ[e]nce of the wonderful controversies that are kept up here concerning your Religious Sentiments.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p.; docketed by JM.
The laudable zeal you have invariably manifested for the honour, dignity and improvement of your native country, induces me to hope that the Museum of Virginia, about to be established in this Metropolis, will find in you a patron. I therefore take the liberty to forward to you the sub-joined proposals conceiving should I neglect to do so, that I would be deficient in respect to yourself and...
20 March 1810, Baltimore. Describes himself as an orphan placed under the guardianship of a “miserly ould uncle” who neglected his education and failed to curb his “idle propensityes.” The recent death of his uncle, however, has arrested his career of dissipation and rendered his future prospects “gloumy.” Requests appointment as a midshipman, as he desires to spend the rest of his days in the...
10 November 1810, Newport, Rhode Island. “In compliance with the request of a number of the gentlemen of the Bar of this State, we have the honor to transmit to you the enclosed resolutions.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Robbins”). RC 1 p. Enclosure (2 pp.) is a set of resolutions recommending Asher Robbins for the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of...
The enemy are advanced six miles on the road to the wood Yard, and our troops retiring. Our troops were on the march to meet them, but in too small a body to engage. General W. proposes to retire, till he can collect them in a body. The enemy are in full march for Washington. Have the materials prepared to destroy the bridges. You had better remoove the records. Tr ( DNA : RG 233, Committee...
Have been Informed that Judge Cocke the Present agent of the Chickasaw Nation is about to be Removed from Office. Should it be correct, I would gladly accept the Same. Should you think proper to Confer on me the appointment the favour will be thankfully acknowledged by your Hbe. Servt. DNA : RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.
20 August 1813, Liverpool. “In october last I had the honor to inform you of the sale of Four hhds of your Tobaccoe [not found] at d4 ½, since which three more have been sold at d7½.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p.
The business with Mr Bagot being suspended, & that with Algiers an acct of the Deys letter which I have sent first to New York, & in case of seizure there, to Mr Crowninshield for translation, & that with Russia in the same state, till I get an answer from Mr Ingersol, I shall take a trip for a few days to Loudoun, to look to my harvest, & to my health. Mr Hughes has returnd. His communication...
2 February 1813, War Department. Lists proposed promotions in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). JM forwarded the list of promotions in the Light Artillery Regiment, the First Light Dragoon Regiment, the Rifle Regiment, and the First through Seventh Infantry Regiments to the Senate in a message of 3 Feb. 1813 ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the...
Mr. Hillhouse will have the honor of dining with the President of the United States on Monday Next agreeably to his invitation. RC (owned by Charles M. Storey, Boston, Mass., 1961). Hillhouse was a Connecticut Federalist serving in the U.S. Senate.
13 June 1810, Providence. Reports that Justice William Cushing will resign from the Supreme Court and suggests Barnabas Bidwell be nominated as his replacement. Bidwell’s appointment would “gratify our friends in New England, and afford no cause for censure to our Enemies.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Bidwell”). 1 p. Fenner was the Republican governor of Rhode Island, 1807–11.
I have received your favor of the 4. instant; and shall alter the Circular on the currency, in the way which you suggest. The receipt of several additional reccommendations for the Loan Office in New-Hampshire, induces me to suspend an application for the Commission in favor of Mr. Plumer, until you have seen the doccuments now sent. I do not anticipate, however, a change in your instructions....
May I intrude on you so much as to write you this Letter and I hope you will not take as an insult from me, but my veins swells within me to hear you runn down sir. Although I am in British Government, yet that does not make me forget my native country. If I should hear a boy of my size say any thing against my country I would die, beneath his feet before I would surrender I was formerly of...
We the undersign members of the Bar beg leave to respectfully represent to your Excellency that from our acquaintance with Robert Trimble Esqr. we deem him a gentleman well qualified to fill the office of District Judge of the Un i ted States court, for the District of Kentucky which has become vacant by the death of the late Honble. Harry Innis. We therefore beg leave to solicit his...
Ca. 17 December 1812. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, Vermont, Ohio, New York, South Carolina, Connecticut, Delaware, and Tennessee. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 1 p.; undated; date assigned here on the basis of JM’s letter dated 18 Dec. 1812 submitting these appointments to the Senate ( Senate Exec. Proceedings...
22 July 1811, Madeira. Acknowledges receipt of the duplicate of JM’s letter of 28 May . “I feel great satisfaction that the wines I sent to your address are approved & will endeavor to execute your present commission similar to the last by the first good conveyance.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p.
10 November 1812, Boston. Encloses an offer of his services “as Judge Advocate in the trial of General Hull.” “I am induced to do this not with a view to any pecuniary recompence which may be attached to a discharge of such duty, but by a professional ambition which I hope is not exceptionable.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p.; docketed by JM. Enclosure not found.
I beg leave, respectfully, to be allowed an expression of the great sense of obligation I feel for the distinguished mark of confidence and favour with which you have been pleased to honor me, by the appointment under the government of the United States lately received at your hands. In tendering you my profound and most respectful acknowledgments for so flattering a notice I have only to add,...
I send, for your consideration, Govr. Plumer’s recommendation of his Son, to succeed Mr. Gardner, whose resignation of the Loan oOffice in New-Hampshire, was forwarded a few days ago. Mr. Smith, the Marshal of New-York, is dead, and you will, I presume, be harrassed with applications for the Office. I am, Dr. Sir, most respectfully & faithfully, Yr. obed Serv. CSmH .
10 December 1810, Dunkirk, France. Refers to a letter he wrote JM’s predecessor on 18 Mar. 1808 “to appoint me to one of the then vacant Consulates in this Country; Of which I have since heard nothing.” Has recently learned that “many, indeed most, of the Ports of this Country are actually void of American Consuls.… From Holland to Bayonne there remains now hardly One American Protector...
I send you a very interesting & indeed important Letter from Col: Jessup. Having this moment receivd it, I have not time to make any comment on it, especially as I have Cols. Barbour & Lindsay with me, as also Mr Monterey who lately left you. very respectfully yrs. DLC : Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.
We have the Honor to enclose you a Resolution passed by the Legislature of this State at their last Session and directed to be presented to you. Permit us at the same time to offer you our best wishes for a continuance of your happiness and valuable life and remain With great respect your Obedt. Servts. DLC .
Will you permit me to lay before your Excellency the Prospectus of a course of Publications, which I should wish to usher before the public with the Sanction of your Excellencys name. I beg leave to refer your Excellency for my character & standing, to the Hon: R. Rush, to whom I am personally known. I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedient & very humble Servant DLC : Papers of James Madison.
23 August 1811, Philadelphia. Offers himself as a candidate for the position of consul at Santiago de Cuba, recently vacated by the death of Maurice Rogers. “Having a perfect knowledge of the place from a long Residence, & being particularly intimate with its local Mercantile Usages, many Merchants of this Port, have intimated a wish that I had the Appointment, & would transact their business.”...
Mr Schureman is compeld by indisposition to decline the honor of dining with the President on Saturday next. RC ( NjP : Crane Collection). James Schureman (1756–1824), a 1775 graduate of Rutgers College, Revolutionary War veteran, long-time mayor of New Brunswick, and multi-term member of Congress, served as a Federalist representative from New Jersey, 1813–15 (John Howard Raven, comp.,...
The Secretary of State, to whom was referred the resolution of the Senate of the 20th. instant, requesting “the President to lay before the Senate a copy of the correspondence between the government of the United States and the government of Spain, relative to the subjects of controversy between the two nations, except such part as he may deem improper to disclose,” has the honor to submit to...
Nothing new has occurr’d, except the arrival of General Bloomfield, with whom I have had much conversation, & whom find well disposed to forward, all in his power, the measures necessary to the defense of the district confided to him. I enclose you a letter to genl Mason from Mr Skinner, which you will be so good as to return, after perusing. Respectfully yr friend RC ( DLC : Rives Collection,...
13 October 1812, Park Mills. “I received your favour of Septr 25 [not found] & have agreeable to Request given an order on you, in favour of James Leitch for 600 Dollars which he will want paid in Baltmore from whence he will probably send the order. I wish to get a few more Sheets of the Iron if you Can Spare it & will thank you to mention it to your Manager at Montpelier.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p.;...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to submit to the President of the United States, the inclosed report and estimate of the Collector of the port of Philadelphia, relative to the purchase of a site, and the erection of buildings, for a Custom-House in that City. CSmH .
20 September 1810, Paris. Solicits appointment as consul at Paris and agent for prize cases. Provides a résumé of his career and public services. RC , four copies ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Mountflorence”). 3 pp. Three copies in a clerk’s hand; dated September 1810.
31 July 1812, Washington, North Carolina. Had arranged for the arrival of his family from Great Britain in November; however, “by the circumstances attending on a state of war between these countries, this cannot take place.” Has “determined to return to them by the first suitable opportunity.” Requests JM’s “permission, and the protection of the United States to cover a small vessel belonging...
§ From James Monroe. 21 February 1815, War Department. “I have the honor respectfully to propose for your approbation the appointment of James J. Ryan & Patrick McKeon, as Second Lieutenants in the 27th. Regiment of Infantry.” RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, Nominations, 13B–A3); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Monroe. Letterbook copy dated...
§ From James Brown. 18 January 1816. “Mr Brown” accepts JM ’s “polite invitation for Saturday next.” RC ( PHi ). 1 p. Unsigned; in hand of James Brown, senator from Louisiana.
Major Thompson belongd to a Pena. brigade in the revolutionary war, when I knew him. He was I think a subaltern. I have seen him often, since I came here, & apparently in indigent circumstances. I have always thought well of him, without any minute knowledge of him. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML). Enclosure is John Thompson to Monroe, 15 Apr. 1816 (1 p.), seeking any appointment that...
Letter not found. 10 September 1810, Elbert County, Georgia. Listed in Registers of Letters Received by the Secretary of War (DNA: RG 107), which indicates that Terrell requested a pardon for his brother, William Terrell, a deserter from the U.S. Army who was “very penitent” and desired to return to duty. The entry in the register records that the letter was sent to the adjutant and inspector...
Whilst the revolution which has recently occurred in Europe astonishes and confounds by its unexpectedness and importance, its possible consequences to us are calculated to produce, a painful solicitude among all descriptions of our citizens, with those to whom a share of the public confidence is dispensed, that solicitude is necessarily increased. This will account for the trouble I give you...
I have just received your favor of the 15t. instant, and, conforming to it, I shall cease to act in the Treasury, after the dispatch of tomorrow’s mail. The kind expressions of your letter, make a deep and lasting impression. I shall resort to the testimonials of your approbation and confidence, for consolation, whenever the past reminds me of any Sacrafice to be lamented; or the future shall...
It is not known that the British govt. has accepted the mediation of Russia; nothing has been receved from our ministers employed under it; and no intimation to that effect has been communicated to this govt., either from the Emperor of Russia, or from the British govt. Early accounts, after the appointment & departure of our Envoys, indicated the rejection of that friendly overture, & altho...
I received by Sundays Mail your favour of the 12th inst. and Shall accordingly accommodate our work to the present height of the Ceiling. We yesterday Made a general examination of the Chimneys and find that it would not be prudent (if practicable) to Attempt any alteration in the Chimneys without takeing them down from the begining of the Shaft, the Shaft I beleive May be Saved: it is yet...
A Severe indisposition has confined me to my bed for three days. I am sufficiently recovered, however, to decide upon beginning my journey this afternoon, or tomorrow morning. I have left every thing here in order; and I shall continue, with great pleasure, to transact the business of the Department, until you are ready to relieve me. You will, of course, give me notice of a day, on which I am...
The manuscripts, & pamphlets, which I had the forwardness to offer you will probably be of no use to you. You have perhaps all possible information relative to the western members of this empire. My object, you will doubtless believe, was an honest intention to promote the welfare of the land which gave me birth, where all my friends live—& friendship to yourself. If you have condescended to...
12 September 1811, Madeira. Advises that the wines JM ordered are cased and awaiting a vessel for Alexandria or Baltimore. Both JM’s and Monroe’s wines will be forwarded as soon as a ship is available. “I have taken the liberty to include the Pipe of wine for Mrs. Lucy Washington in the bill I have drawn upon you this day in favor of Matthew Cobb Esqr. of Portland for £378. Stg.” Wishes to be...
§ From James Monroe. 16 December 1814, War Department. “The Senate having declined confirming the promotions of Captains Graham & Massias of the 1st. Rifle Regiment, the confirmation of the other promotions in the Rifle Regiment, conformably to the list now before the Senate, would be irregular. I have, therefore, the honor, in lieu of it, to propose the enclosed list.” RC and enclosure ( DNA...
I arrived here this morning at 8 OClock, and have been since within 4 miles of Benedict, at Butler’s mill, where it was reported the enemy, on their march, had arrived. The report was unfounded. The enemy landed yesterday at Benedict, and had advanced their pickets, within a mile and a half of that mill, for security only. From a height, between that mill and the Patuxent, I had a view of...
I return you mr Jefferson’s letters, having shewn them to mr Dallas. I enclose some letters from mr Pinkney in one of which he is joined by mr Nicholson. As the communication is of a delicate nature, I do not wish them to be returnd here till about thursday next, as I leave town to morrow for Loudoun & may not get back till wednesday evening. When returnd, note, them as private. I see nothing...
I have yours of the 6th. I am willing & ready to act in either character alluded to. The effect on public opinion would be greater, if indeed any useful effect might be expected from it, by appointing me to command, than merely making a visit to the country. In the latter case, I would do every thing in my power to promote an organization of the forces, to digest their plan of operations, &...