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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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
§ From James W. Clark. 14 January 1817. “J. W. Clark accepts Mr. Madisons invitation to dine with him on thursday next.” RC ( Nc-Ar : Miscellaneous Papers, ser. 1, 2:85). 1 p. James W. Clark was a Republican representative from North Carolina in the Fourteenth Congress.
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...
Sir 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 so, 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...
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,...
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...
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.,...
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.;...
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...
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 RC ( DLC : Rives...
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...
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...
The death of Judge Innes has occasioned a vacancy in the Federal Circuit Court for the district of Kentucky. As a fit person to fill that vacancy, I beg leave to mention the name of Mr. Robert Trimble of Paris, Kny. As a lawyer Mr. Trimble has for many years ranked at the head of his profession in this state. For three years ending in the year 1810 he was one of the Judges of our supreme court...
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...
Mr Bagot has offerd, an alternative, in the coast of the Island of New Foundland, from Cape Ray to the Raimia Islands, if preferr’d to that on the Labrador, from Mt. Joli to the bay of Esquimaux. I have conferr’d with Mr Homans respecting it, who fears that it is too much Subjected to fog. I believe it will be best to refer it to Mr Adams with all the light we can obtain, together with the...
§ 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, &...
The Secretary of State, to whom was referred the Resolution of the House of Representatives of the Eleventh inst, requesting the President to communicate to the House any information in his possession and which it may not be improper to divulge in relation to the omission or refusal of the French government to accredit the Minister Plenipotentiary sent by the United States to that Court, or of...
Understanding that your waggon is now on its way to washington I take the liberty of encloseing you a Memdm of articles that now are, or Shortly will be wanted here, that you May have an opportunity of Sending them by its return, Should the waggon not be able to fetch all you Can Curtail the quantity; I will also take it as a particular favour if you Can Send Me a Grindstone as those here are...
I delivered to Mr. Eno the two Ewes allotted to you by Mr Jarvis, which he selected out of the whole Flock recd. by the Ship Citizen. I have this day delivered to him the two other Ewes which he selected out of the same Flock, next after yours. The Freight of your two Ewes is Six Dollars each, and I estimate your propo: of the expences attending them since they were landed, at one dollar. You...
Mr Joy has desired me to forward the inclosed. Wheat & Flour advanced very suddenly some days ago & the prevalent opinion is that prices are yet to be higher. I have not been able to do any thing satisfactory with the Tobaccoe you were so good as to consign me in 1810. It is all on hand. With high respect & esteem I have the honor to be your obliged friend & Servt Flour 70/ a 74/. ⅌ barrel...
§ From James Tate. 12 February 1814, Charleston. “Your petitioner James Tate Mariner and residenter of this City: Two months ago having caught a violent Cold in comming from Savannah here inland, and notwithstanding every medical exertion has been essayed for the purpose of its removal without any desired effect, being apprehensive it has lodged itself on my lungs? Phisicians agree with me...
I have receivd yours of the 12th. Since my return home I have recover’d daily from the debilitating effect of my late indisposition, so that I have reason to presume on a thorough restoration in a short time, if circumstances shod. allow me to remain here. I feel however uneasy lest something shod. occur in which my absence might be improper. I am surprised that we hear nothing from our...
We have had no rain since my arrival here, nor had there been any for some time before. The most discouraging prospect for corn exists, which added to a defective crop of small grain, menaces us with almost a famine. I am glad to hear that the Neptune has enterd the Delaware. Of the Passengers we shall be better informd tomorrow. I send every paper back to the depts. lately receivd except that...
The free shipping of Goods to the United States subsequent to the revocation of the orders in council suggested to me that some chease might not be unacceptable & I have, without order , sent you two by the Argo for Alexandria, which I hope you will recieve in good condition: to insure which they are in Lead as before. I inclose the bill of parcels. All your Tobaccoe ⅌ Adeline is on hand. I...
I beg leave to present you my congratulations on your becoming president of the United States, hoping you will experience that comfort in the office, which those, who undertake so arduous an one under the influence of such motives as your’s, so highly merit. The partial repeal of the Embargo law was indeed very unexpected in this country; but the late revocation of the orders in council has...
Mr Serurier presented to me yesterday a copy of his letter of credence from the Emperor reappointing him Minister to the ustates. He read me at the same time the letter accompanying it from the minister of his govt., by which he was instructed to state that his govt. was resolvd to cultivate the most friendly relations with the UStates: that in case they engaged in war, they would respect our...
I quartered last night near charlotte Hall, and took a view this morning at 8 oClock, from a commanding height, below Benedict Creek, of all the enemy’s shipping near the town and down the river, to the distance at least, of 8 or 10 miles. I counted 23 Square rigged vessels. Few others were to be seen, and very few barges. I inferred from the latter circumstance that the enemy had moved up the...