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Th: Jefferson takes the liberty of presenting Mr. Pinkney the bearer hereof Alexander Donald esq. one of his youthful friends and found a constant one, even unto the end. He long resided in Virginia, is now established in London, and Th: Jefferson will be responsible to Mr. Pinkney that any esteem he may honor him with, will be worthily placed. PrC ( MHi ). Tr ( DLC ); 19th-century copy....
[ Ed. Note: TJ’s letter to Paine of 19 June 1792 was printed in Vol. 20: 312–13 as part of a group of documents on Paine’s Rights of Man .]
I received by the last post your favor of the 3d. covering the resolutions of the inhabitants of Petersburg and it’s vicinity respecting the President’s late proclamation. I shall have the honor of forwarding them by the first post to Mount Vernon to which place the President is gone. He will certainly receive with great satisfaction this testimony from the inhabitants of Petersburg and it’s...
I was in hopes Capt Stratton would have brought the 6. hhds. of my tobo. which still remain at Richmond. But he is come without them. I had waited supposing that on his arrival I might have settled the whole purchase with you. I shall immediately order them by the first vessel without waiting for Stratton. For the present however I must ask the favor of you to furnish me with a thousand...
I received in due time your favor of May 5. and the Volume of your papers which I had desired and now inclose you the price as stated in your letter towit 6D—16c. with thanks for your attention to the request, and am Sir your most obedt servt PrC ( DLC ); misdated; at foot of text: “Mr. Greenleaf.” Tr ( DLC ); 19th-century copy misdated 28 Jan. 1793. Recorded under 28 June 1793 in SJL .
On bringing together my accounts before my departure I find I have occasion for about 50. or 100. dollars more, and should therefore be glad of a note from you to be discounted at the bank for so much. I expect about half a dozen hhds. of tobo. more by captain Stratton during my absence, which please to receive and pay the expences of.—I am Sir Your very humble servt., PrC ( ViU ).
I am sorry that the short recess of the Executive happened at the time you were pleased to attend here with your Commission as Consul. I received your favour of November 8th. on the 23rd. of that month, together with your original Commission, which I exhibited to the President immediately on his return, and have now the honor to re-enclose it to you, together with the Exequatur, adding...
Not doubting but that the judgment formed by Mr. Strawbridge and yourself of the value of my tobacco is just, I agree to take the price you propose of four dollars and a half the hundred. I am Sir Your very humble servt., PrC ( MHi ).
All well, but not a moment to write. RC ( DLC ); addressed: “Thomas M. Randolph junr. esq. at Monticello near Charlottesville”; franked and postmarked. Not recorded in SJL .
An opportunity offering by a vessel bound to Mogadore, I avail myself of it to send you a collection of the gazettes of the last three months. To these I add herein a passage from a paper of this morning giving news, which arrived in town last night, of the defeat of Genl. Sinclair by the Indians. This of course will oblige us to another campaign.—As nothing has happened since your departure...
I have to acknolege the receipt of your favors of Oct. 28. Nov. 20. 23. Dec. 18. 26. 31. and Jan. 30. By Chiappe’s letter inclosed in the last I am in hopes the difficulty respecting your character will be got over by verbally announcing yourself under some character more acceptable than that of Consul, which I suppose to be what Chiappe has in view. I wish the crisis of affairs in Marocco may...
The situation in which I have left Colo. Nichs. Lewis leaves me not without pain and doubt for the event of his disease. I hope the best, but it may turn out otherwise. Besides the general loss which will be sustained by such a death, mine will be particularly great, as I have left all my affairs in his hands. The letters I receive from the President are so pressing to go on to New York that I...
Your favor of the 18th . came to hand yesterday, and I observe mine of the 8th. was received at Monticello on the 18th. On recurring to the dates and reciept of those from Monticello, I find they have come to hand very regularly on the 10th. day.—I find that the President will leave this about the middle of July. Consequently I shall set out earlier than I had expected, as I foresee nothing...
My last letter to you, if I may believe my letter book, was Apr. 19. Yet I think I must have written to you the 26th. also, as I do not recollect the having missed writing to you or my daughter but one week, which was about the 3d. or 4th. instant. Yours of Apr. 9. 16. and May 7. [i.e. May 4] have been duly recd. Mr. Brown’s note on Clow, inclosed in the last is accepted for payment. I...
The marriage of your son with my daughter cannot be more pleasing to you than to me. Besides the worth which I discover in him, I am happy that the knot of friendship between us, as old as ourselves, should be drawn closer and closer to the day of our death. I am perfectly contented to leave to yourself the provision for your son. What you propose is liberal. I feel myself tied up by the...
In my letter of Aug. 20 . I inclosed you the 1st. of John Wilcocks’ bill on Messrs. Edwd. Mc.Culloch and Co. of London for £1077–11–9 sterl. (cost here 5000. Dollars) payable to yourself at 60. days sight to be applied to the use of our diplomatic gentlemen abroad. In my letter of the 11th. inst. I inclosed the 2d. and now the 3d. of the same bill. I have also engaged the bank of the US. to...
I received some days ago from Mr. Hylton, the gentleman who forwarded my tobacco to me, the statement below. By this it appears that there were two hhds. of which I had not notice. I presume they came during my absence, and were the two for which there was no bill of lading, and are to be added to the 39. of which I gave you a statement before. The two which he mentions last are now arrived...
The bearer hereof Mr. Robert Leslie, a watchmaker of this city, goes to establish himself in London. His great eminence will unquestionably ensure his success, if he can but be known. I have considered him and the deceased Mr. Rumsey (both born in the same neighborhood) as the two greatest mechanics I have ever met with in any country. Not to mention many other useful inventions, we are...
I am favored with yours of June 12.—Mr. Jefferson my relation had detained the letter to you till he could write back to me and inform me of the difficulty of getting to Charlottesville, and how much more convenient it would be to him to take his goods in Goochld. My business made me late in answering him, and I then repeated my request to him to apply to you, as I observe that from a want of...
I received the day before yesterday your’s of the 9th. From an expression in that, as well as the preceding one, I fear you may not have received my letters which have been regular and constant once a week, except once when the post day was perceived to be changed. I then accomodated the day of my writing to the day of the departure of the Western post from Richmond.—I have received...
Your favor of the 5th. came to hand on the 16th. inst. The Southern post which should have arrived on Tuesday, is not arrived yet (Friday) so that letters by that cannot be yet acknoleged. I inclose you some seeds of the Acacia Farnesiana, the most delicious flowering shrub in the world. It will require to be in boxes, and to be kept in the house in the winter. I formerly made use of the South...
I am now to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of Nov. 11. I have yesterday received a letter from Mr. Mazzei authorizing the immediate sale of Colle, and shall therefore write to Mr. Lewis on the subject. I sincerely wish you may be able to get some of Mr. Carter’s land adjoining. But I should think it worth your while to go further than 300 acres, and that by a negociation with Dobson you...
The George Barclay has fallen down the river before I had notice she was about to sail: I have therefore only had time to send out and get the inclosed bill of Mr. John Vaughan on Messrs. Bird, Savage & Bird of London for £13–13 the amount of the model of the threshing machine you were so kind as to send me. It is gone on from New York to Virginia without my having seen it. Accept many thanks...
I am honoured with your favor of yesterday on the subject of the laws of the U.S. furnished to you from my office. I would with pleasure add a third copy, but that, your Excellency will percieve, on turning to the act of Congress which establishes my department, that that has fixed the number of copies of the laws to be furnished by me to the Executives of the states, and of course that the...
Your favors of Nov. 29. 30. 30. and Dec. 1. came duly to hand and gave sincere pleasure by announcing your disposition to accept the appointment to London. The nominations to Paris and the Hague having been detained till yours could be made, they were all immediately sent in to the Senate, to wit, yourself for London, Mr. G. Morris for Paris; Mr. Short for the Hague. Some members of the Senate...
On considering the plan of your house, I find it will make considerable odds to me that in the room over the kitchen, the door be placed in a corner of the room; I presume it must be in the left hand corner as you enter, or the Northeast corner of the room. Perhaps it may be better to leave this door in it’s present state, whatever that be, and also the cornice &c. in that end of the room (the...
I recieved with great pleasure your favor at the foot of Mr. Volney’s letter , and had learned with still greater from Mr. Rutledge, a few days before, your recovery from the situation in which I left you. I have the better opinion too of your felicity as I find you date from the country. I am myself so passionately devoted to a country life, that my mind rarely recurs to the scenes it has...
The present will be delivered you by Mr. Greene, whose demand on the justice of the British government was the subject of frequent conversations between us, and of a particular letter, when you were here. The magnitude of his losses will call for all the attentions and patronage we can give him consistently with those considerations of ultimate friendship and peace between the two nations...
I take the liberty of troubling you to forward the inclosed letters to Mr. Cathalan and Fenwick; and as you may very possibly be applied to in the course of the business, I send them open that you may be acquainted with the train into which it is put. When you shall have read them, be so good as to seal and forward them. Knowing the interest you take in the success of this essay, it would be...
I left in the room where I lodged a volume of Lopez de Gomara which I must beg the favor of you to take care of for me till I have the pleasure of seeing you. We arrived here late having a crowded stage and moving very slowly. We set out at day light tomorrow morning, and the weather being intensely cold we have not a comfortable prospect before us. Be so good as to present my respects to...
I wrote to my daughter this day sennight. I think it certain the Post office bill will now pass, and that there will be a branch of the general post from Richmond by Columbia, Charlottesville and Staunton. The postage of newspapers stands at present at a cent and a half for any distance above 100. miles. There will still be an attempt to reduce it to one half. But even as it now stands it is...
The death of Mr. Barclay having rendered it necessary to appoint some other person to proceed to Algiers on the business of peace and ransom, the President has thought proper to appoint Colo. Humphreys, and to send on Capt. Nathaniel Cutting to him in the character of Secretary, and to be the bearer of the papers to him. I am to ask the favor of you to communicate to Colo. Humphreys whatever...
In my letter of the last week I believe I did not acknoledge the reciept of yours of July 3. With respect to Mr. Thompson he had been named to the Consulship of the Canaries: but as these offices have no direct emoluments, depending for indemnification on the consignments and other business they may produce, he has declined accepting any. Your application needed no apology. I know the...
I wrote you last on the 7th. of May, since which I have received yours of Mar. 12. Apr. 5. 6. 6. and 10. Tho’ the character of Mr. Albion Coxe here was not exactly what we would have wished, yet he will be received if he can give the security required by law. With respect to Mr. Holloway, my former letters will have informed you that the necessity of proceeding in our coinage would admit no...
I now inclose you, and shall continue to do so, Fenno’s and Freneau’s papers. The latter in two papers a week will contain at least as much good matter as Bache’s six papers a week, and will be a relief to the post. Those I send you will enable our neighbors to judge whether Freneau is likely to answer their expectation. I have not given in Colo. Bell’s list of subscribers , because I do not...
I received your favor by Capt. Heath, and notice what is said therein on the subject of the Marquee. Capt. Singleton has been certainly misinformed as to the delivery of it at Monticello. You know it was in the summer of 1782. I was at home the whole of that summer. My situation at that time enables me to say with certainty that I was not from home one day from the time the Marquee was...
I took the liberty, some short time ago, of putting under cover to you some packets containing copies of official papers which Mr. John Carey had been permitted to take and publish, accompanying them with a request that you would be so good as to deliver them to him particularly, but to no other person should any accident happen to him. I now trouble you with another packet of the same kind...
All well here and in expectation of seeing you on Sunday next. Dr. Taylor has enjoined my judgments against him for delay. The pretext is that I have refused to execute a deed to him for Elkhill . But I never was so mistaken if I did not by his direction reacknolege the former deed before the clerks of the General court in Richmond on the 4th. of June 1794. or within a very few days after...
The bearer hereof Dr. Edwards, a citizen of the US. proposing to visit London, I take the liberty of presenting him to you. Tho I have not the honor personally of a particular acquaintance with him, yet his reputation, and the recommendations I receive of him from several persons and particularly from Colo. Burr and Doctor Rush authorise me to ask your attentions and good offices to him with...
We are still without any letters from Monticello since our departure. I received one yesterday from Mr. De Rieux of Nov. 15. in which however he does not mention the family at Monticello. I suppose that some irregularity of the post occasions this. I have never failed to write once a week, and Maria has written several times . Stratton did not sail till yesterday, so that by the time you get...
Your’s of the 4th. to Maria arrived last night. Mine of last week mentioned a contagious fever which had broke out in Philadelphia. Since that it is so much spread, as to have driven every body off, who can get out of the town, and to have suspended business of every kind. I have never been into the town since the President’s departure on the 10th. But I find it impossible to keep my servants...
My letters of the last post inform me of Mussi’s having sent on my clover seed; so that it is to him I must remit the 51 D.—67 c. balance of Stras’s money, after taking out Mr. Lyle’s and Taylor’s. I must trouble you therefore to try and get a bill on Philadelphia for that sum paiable to Joseph Mussi, merchant Philadelphia, at the corner of 7th. and Market streets, and to inclose it to him....
Your favours of Feb. 8. and 21. have both come to hand. The former not till 4. or 5. days ago. I am made happy by learning that my daughter is so well as also the little stranger . According to your desire expressed in the letter first mentioned, tho’ last recieved, I take the liberty of proposing for her the name of Anne , a name which must be very dear to you, and belongs also to Patsy’s...
I must ask of you a note for 200 dollars in such form as may be negociated at the bank. The marks and weights of the 4. hhds. of tobo. which you wished to know are as follows. nett TI. No. 1. 1223℔ }
Your favor of the 7th. came to hand yesterday and brought me the news, always welcome, of your being all well. I have taken effectual means of repairing the loss of the sugar maple seed, by bespeaking a new supply of seed, and purchasing a considerable number of young trees from Prince in Long-island who will forward them to Richmond in the fall. The species of rice which has succeeded, is...
Having failed to write last week on the regular day, my letter carried you three of Freneau’s papers. Consequently the present covers but one. Fenno’s are sent through Mr. Madison to you.— Maria’s mistress is just now on her departure for England. She came home yesterday. Whether she will enter with Mrs. Brodeau immediately or not, I have not determined. My tobacco is all arrived here, but in...
I have to acknolege your two favors of May 31. and June 13. I was so much pressed the last week on the post-day that it was impossible for me to write. The President is at this time gone to Mount Vernon, for a few days only. Maria has the mumps in the city, so that she has not been with me for a week past. She has it favorably. The person engaged for me as a manager , came up from Elkton to...
In my letter of July 24. I acknowleged the reciept of yours of the 7th. which is the last letter I have had from Monticello. I presume you will have seen in the Virginia papers an advertisement of Aug. Davies’s on the subject of a post through Columbia and Charlottesville to Staunton. He writes me word he has no doubt of getting an undertaker to perform the ride once a week, so that I hope we...
Mr. John Carey having had permission to copy and publish such parts as might be interesting to the public, of the correspondence of the Commander in chief, the officers commanding in separate departments &c. and proposing to print them in Europe, it has been thought safer to put the M.S.S. books under cover to you. There go with this letter about 12. or 13. packets of them. I have to ask the...
Your favor of Aug. 7. came to hand on the 6th. inst. and gave me the first certain information of your safe arrival. Mr. Otto being about to sail for London, furnishes me with an opportunity of sending the newspapers for yourself and Mr. Barclay and I avail myself of it chiefly for this purpose, as my late return from Virginia, and the vacation of Congress furnish little new and important for...