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The Book forwarded herewith was sent to me at Cowes when on the Eve of my departure or I would have transmitted it to you by a less circuitous Route: the want of a fit opportunity to convey it hence ’till the present time has likewise occasioned the detention of the inclosed letter which was written shortly after my arrival. I beg leave again to offer my sincere wishes that your retirement may...
My absence from America at the time when the United Voice of our fellow citizens testified their gratitude for your past services, & their regret that they were about to be deprived of a Chief Magistrate so deservedly the object of their approbation & affection will I hope apologize for intruding my individual assent to these sentiments, and permit me without impropriety to indulge myself in...
I have the honor of forwarding herewith two parcels addressed to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Cambridge & a letter addressed to yourself as President of that Society, which were committed to my charge by Count Rumford. A duplicate of the letter and one other parcel are sent by a different conveyance.With my best wishes for the prosperity of that valuable institution & for your...
In my letter of the 7th of May I took the liberty of assigning my reasons for postponing for the present to make the overtures, authorized by your favor of the 5th of March, to the imperial Minister as I then entertained some hope that this Government might be induced to interfere in behalf of M. La Fayette. this hope was not quite extinguished till the begining of this month, and I was...
Your several favors of the 20th & 20th of February & 5th of March were delivered to me a few days ago by the Captain of the Ship Favorite; the letters which accompanied them have been forwarded in the manner you pointed out; & the printed notification shall be used in conformity to your desire. Be pleased, Sir to receive my best acknowledgements for the very friendly mode in which you...
The Chevalier de Irujo Minister Plenipotentiary from his Catholic Majesty to the United States purposing to embark for Norfolk I avail myself of the opportunity of inclosing to you a duplicate of my letter of the 16th. of the last Month, the original having been sent by a more circuitous route. Nothing new has occurred here since that date except the certainty of the war being to be continued...
Your favor of the 8th. of September last reached London when I was on my return from Spain to England by which means I did not receive it till after my arrival in this Country: the letters inclosed for Mrs. Church and Mr. Mazzei were forwarded by Mr. Deas previous to my return. You will receive herewith a letter from the hereditary Prince of Parma who married, during my residence in Spain, a...
The situation of my family and the attention necessary to my other domestic concerns requiring my return home, I take the liberty of requesting the favor that you will direct my letters of recall to be expedited so as to reach England by the middle of the month of June next, unless you should intend to recall me at an earlier period. Before that time arrives I shall have served four years in...
I arrived at this Metropolis on the 28th of the last month but finding that the Court were still at Aranjuez I proceeded to that place: their residence there however was so short after my arrival, that I could do no more than obtain an introduction to the Duke de la Alcudia. I returned to Madrid on the 2d of July where the Court remained only ten days; of course every thing was in a kind of...
An Incident has occurred which having no Connexion with my Mission does not form a part of my Letter to the Secretary of State but as I conceive you ought to be apprized of it I take the liberty of informing you that I am given to understand by a letter from Mr Monroe that he was instructed to declare to the Government of France that no power was given to Mr Jay to treat on commerce with this...
I should long ago have given you some account of the Progress of my Enquiries concerning a Box supposed to be lodged for you at a Bankers here, had I not had the almost daily Expectation of being able to give a more satisfactory account of it. The same reason would induce me still to postpone writing on this Subject, but as I have occasion to address you on another Business, I avail myself of...
In a letter which I have lately received from the Secretary of State I am desired to make such arrangements as may be necessary previous to a Mission which you have prepared for me as Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Spain. Although from a knowledge of the extent of your unavoidable correspondence, and of the value of your moments, I have generally avoided addressing you directly, yet while...
I inclose to you a letter received under Cover from Colo: Humphreys and with it another for Baron Munchhausen which you will oblige me by forwarding by Post to its Address. I am with sincere regard / My dear Sir / truly yours MBBS : Colburn Autograph Collection Additions.
[ London, October 21, 1794. On January 21 1795, Hamilton wrote to Pinckney : “Your letter of the 21st of October by duplicates … has recently come to hand.” Letter not found. ]
Report says you are in France, if that report is founded, the interests of Madame Lafayette, on whose account your fellow citizens here are under the utmost anxiety, will of course be supported by your influence and exertions in manifesting the gratitude of our Country for the services we have received from her unfortunate Husband. I am happy to think that we may the more freely indulge this...
[ London, March 2, 1794. On July 12, 1794, Hamilton wrote to Pinckney : “I am to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the second of March 1794.” Letter not found. ]
I have no occasion to introduce Mr La Colombe to your acquaintance—as you are no stranger to his merit & services & to the confidence reposed in him by our unfortunate friend M. Lafayette —but I take the liberty of troubling you with my sollicitation that in case any difficulties should be made to this Gentleman’s receiving what is due to him from the United States, on account of the absence...
I have to acknowledge your private favor of the 12th. of December covering a bill for 13 st. which is duly honor’d. I wish the threshing machine may answer the purpose, I have no doubt that on a proper stream of water the effect of it would be astonishingly great and the principle being accurately described in the model may be applied to smaller machines for farmers whose strength of Cattle...
I thought we might secure the enjoy[ment of our neut]ral rights by our commercial arrange[ments; the lat]e treaties of Great Britain render that calculation [very uncerta]in but the disclosure of their intention not to cede [the posts] seems to render our taking a part in the war inevitable a[s] it will now be inst politic and popular: when I retire from hence I wish to spend 6 or 8 months in...
The above is the duplicate of my last by the Mohawk. I omitted to mention therein that I have directed insurance to be made on the whole of the copper against the dangers of the seas only. I have no instructions on this head but have acted as I should have done for myself. By desire of the correspondents of the Owners I inclose a statement of the case of the Ship Laurens concerning which there...
No alteration has taken place since my last in the conduct of this Government towards the neutral powers, they still assert the propriety of preventing the provisions specified in their additional instructions from being sent to French ports, and of making prize of their enemy’s property in whatever Vessels it may be found—the execution of these measures of course creates much uneasiness among...
In consequence of your favor of 15 March concerning M. La Fayette I renewed to the Prussian Minister here in an authorised stile the application I had before unofficially made to him in behalf of our unfortunate friend, declaring the interest taken by the United States in his welfare and suggesting the obligation his liberation would confer. I was hopeful that before this time I should have...
Mr. Miller the bearer hereof is an English Gentleman of science and good reputation who was recommended to me by the Marquis del Campo. He is now going on business to Canada, and as in the present state of warfare between his Country and France it is not impossible that he may be captured and carried into one of our ports, I rely upon your love of science and general philanthropy to excuse the...
Having in my former communications related the conduct of this Government to the neutral powers with the reasons assigned by Lord Grenville for this conduct which reasons as far as they concern enemy’s property on board of neutral Vessels his lordship informed me he had directed Mr. Hammond to represent fully to our Government I have only to add that from subsequent conversations there does...
I send herewith the case of Mr. Phillip Wilson as stated by me to Lord Grenville and by him referred to the Lords of the Treasury: Some time after my first application on this subject Lord Grenville told me that on the report of Sir Willm. Scott the Kings Advocate General he had referr’d the matter to the Treasury as a compassionate case; I told him I considered it as a case of justice, but if...
The frequent interruptions our vessels experience especially in navigating the European seas induce me to address you in cypher. I have had several conversations with Lord Grenville, but do not find that this government will at all relax in the measures they have adopted toward the neutral nations . I have urged every thing in my power in opposition to the policy as well as the right of these...
I was hopeful you would have received the Copper for the mint by this conveyance but the Contractors have already carried a small quantity down to the Wharff and I have no doubt they will put 20,000 wt. which will be near half the quantity our funds can purchase on board of the Pigou Captn. Loxley who will sail in a few days. I have to acknowledge the receipt of your favors by Majr. Jackson...
I wrote to you by the way of Falmouth on the 5th. of this month and sent a copy of that letter by this opportunity since closing this last I received from Mr. Johnson the inclosed Protest stating the misconduct of the commander of a French Frigate. Mr. Johnson was particularly requested to forward it to our Government or I would have sent it directly to Mr. Morris at Paris. As enquiries...
The inclosed copy of additional Instructions to the Commanders of British men of War and Privateers will shew the farther embarrassment to which our commerce will be subjected in the present War. These instructions though dated the eighth of June were not finally issued to the Admiralty till the 28th. Lord Grenville justifies them from the authority of the writers on the law of nations...
Since my letter of the 14th. of June which goes by the same conveyance with this I have received your several favors of the 15th. 16th. and 20th. of March, of the 12th. of April and the 7th. of May. The letter you mention to have written on the 26th. of April is not yet arrived. This I presume covers the Presidents Proclamation relating to our neutrality which I shall be glad to receive...
I have to acknowledge the favor of your private letter accompanying the Presidents correspondence for Mr. Carew the directions concerning which shall be observed. I am happy to hear of the arrival of the Pigou at Philadelphia after a short passage as you will have been informed thereby that one of my papers which had been missing and about which I was extremely sollicitous, had been sent by...
Dr. Adair who is going on his private business to Virginia being introduced to me by a Gentleman of my acquaintance here, I avail myself of the opportunity of forwarding to you the model of the threshing machine which I have been so long in getting the mechanic who made it to finish. He has made it upon the improved plan of Mr. Adam’s which will execute much more than one I saw first at Mr....
Mr. Harriott is so obliging as to take charge of your news papers up to the present date—with these I inclose a copy of the instructions given to the commanders of Vessels carrying letters of Marque, on which it will be necessary for our Merchants to observe that the property of all persons resident in the Dominions of France is liable to capture and the decisions of the British Courts of...
Having already written by this opportunity I have only to request the favor of you to forward the inclosed. The accounts you will see in the last news papers of the destruction of Marat, Robertspierre and other leaders of the Jacobine party in Paris and of french troops being landed in Jersey are without foundation. I have the honor to be with great respect Dear Sir Your faithful and obedient...
I send herewith the Gazettes to the present time which contain all the public intelligence. I fear that some of your dispatches intended for me must have miscarried as your last letter received by me was dated the first day of this year and I have only got the newspapers up to the 17th. November 1792—although there are letters here from Philadelphia of the 18th. March. I am well informed that...
London, April 26, 1793. Introduces “Mr. Archdekne and Mr. Godfrey … Gentlemen of independent Fortune who purpose visiting as Travellers several parts of the United States.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
I avail myself of the delay of the Ship James, by which I have already written, to send the news papers up to the present time as they contain intelligence of some importance. The Armament of this country both by sea and land continues with spirit. A divi[si]on of the dominions of France is talked of in which the French W. Indies will be again allotted to Great Britain. I have no hope of...
I inclose the Copy of a Letter from Mr. Holloway an Engraver here who by the Enquiries I have made would answer very well as Engraver to our Mint. He would be satisfied with the Salary annexed to that Office, but wishes to have some Engagement that a Provision will be made him for life in case old Age or Infirmity should incapacitate him from continuing the Duties of his Office. He has a...
In a Conversation I had this day with Lord Grenville I conclude that no Ship coming to the ports of the King of Gt. Britn. will be permited to proceed to ports under French dominion with grain or other provisions or naval stores or any goods called contraband: that this government intends to make prize of enemies property on board of neutral Ships and all provisions going to ports blockaded ....
Finding Captn. Loxley still detained I avail myself of the opportunity thereby afforded, to inform you that I have received the paper concerning which I was sollicitous from Mr. Morris, to whom it had been sent by mistake, and that I shall observe the directions contained in your favor of the 1st. Jany. I am happy to find that circumstances have not occasioned the detention of this paper to be...
M. de Noailles who is the bearer of this requires no introduction to you, his situation & services during the late War you witnessed, & are well acquainted with the subsequent events which have placed him in his present predicament. You will find him warmly participating in the anxiety we all feel for the welfare of our friend M. de la Fayette —on this subject I have only to say that I have...
The printed copy of the Passport which I mentioned as being inclosed in my letter of the 11th. of last month not having been sent to me in time for that purpose I transmit it by this opportunity, and as Mr. Morris differs from me in opinion on this subject and his ideas may likewise prevail in America I here add extracts of my letters to him on this subject which contain my principal reasons...
I was hopeful to have been able to send to you by Mr. Marshall the model of a threshing machine which a mechanic promised to finish by this time, but I am for the present disappointed; I expect however it will be in time for the next Vessel. On further inquiry I find this machine well spoken of by all whom I have met with who are acquainted with its operation—it is said that the Mill whence...
Mr. Albion Cox having been recommended to me to fill the Office of Assayer of our Mint I made all the requisite Enquiries concerning his Abilities and Integrity and received a satisfactory account of both, but as he has been under Misfortunes in America I thought it prudent not to make a final Agreement with him unless his Character should bear the Test of Enquiry there as well as in this...
Messrs. Talon and Bonnet applied to me in the Month of October last expressing their intention to settle in the United States and requesting Information in what way it would be most advantageous to vest a considerable property they purpose placing in that Country. I recommended (what indeed I found to have been their original plan) to examine and determine for themselves. To facilitate their...
Within these few days I have written to you by the Packet, the William Penn and the George Barclay; by the harmony which will convey this to you I have only to inclose a copy of the Passports I have given to our homeward bound Vessels, being the highest evidence we can give of their being American bottoms and as near the Passports required by our treaties of Commerce as the circumstances of...
The Masters of the American Vessels in this port homeward bound have applied for passports conformable to our treaties of Commerce; stating that they can not get their insurance done on moderate terms unless they are furnished therewith. I have doubts of the strict right of any person out of America to grant these Passports, but as war has been declared by France against Great Britain and...
This will convey to you the assurance of my sincere regret on being informed by your favor of the 8th. of November that you purpose relinquishing your situation at the head of the department of State. I truly lament the loss the public will suffer from your retirement but I must confess myself selfish enough to feel most sensibly the apprehension of the removal of those kind attentions and...
I had just concluded mine of the 30th. ulto. herewith, when your favors of the 30th. of December and 1st. January were brought to me, seeing the latter was in cypher I immediately opened the Drawer in which I kept all my confidential papers when to my great mortification I saw that my counterpart of the Cypher was missing; after the most accurate search I can not find it, nor can the strictest...
Altho I write fully by the William Penn which will sail in a day or two for Philadelphia yet as I am informed that there is a Vessel in the Downs bound to New York I send this to Mr. Auldjo at Cowes to endeavor to get it on board in order to acknowledge the receipt of your favors of the 30th. of Decr. 1792 and 1st. Janry. 1793—to say that the contents of the first should receive due attention;...