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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...
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...
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...
If the nomination and appointment mentioned to me in your favor of the 6th of this Month should take place I will endeavor to execute the duties of the mission to the best of my ability. In thus explicitly declaring my acquiescence in the honor conferred by this mark of confidence I fear I have rather complyed with my desire of being useful, than consulted the means of being so; and I trust I...
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...
The apprehension of appearing in an improper point of view to those whose esteem I earnestly desire to conciliate, occasions my giving you this trouble, in addition to the dispatches of a public nature forwarded by this opportunity.—A Paragraph has this morning appeared in a daily print of this City mentioning my intended mission. I have only to assure you that no trifling indiscretion of mine...
This will be accompanied by dispatches received from Mr. Morris since the last Vessel sailed for Philadelphia, together with a continuation of the Gazettes &c. These will convey all the intelligence relating to the present busy scenes in Europe. In this Country every body of consequence is still out of London. I shall wait impatiently for instructions concerning the tenor of my conduct in...
I have waited ‘till the last moment of Colo. Smiths departure in order to have forwarded by him the address and debates thereon, but as the papers are not yet out I write this additional line to inform you that the address which is as usual an echo of the speech was carried by a Majority of about 250 to 90 and that the speeches delivered by the Ministers in both Houses spoke more fully on the...
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...
Mr. Willm. Weston who is engaged to conduct the inland navigation in the State of Pensylvania and purposes sailing in the Packet having called for my commands, I forward by him the Leyden Gazettes received since my last. The other papers being more bulky I purpose sending them by a merchant Vessel which is to sail in a few days from this port. This will at the same time serve as an...
As I learn from your favor of the 17th. of the last month that my remaining at home till after the vernal equinox will be attended with no inconvenience to the public, I mean to avail myself of the accomodation thus afforded, by staying in Carolina till the expiration of the month of March; after which I purpose to embark in the first Vessel that shall sail for Philadelphia. I trust, Sir, you...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I arrived at this place on the evening of friday the 4th of this month and the next morning my old acquaintance and school fellow Mr. Burgess under Secretary of State for the foreign department paid me a visit and informed me that my lord Grenville had made his arrangements to go out of Town that day but would be glad to see me then if convenient to myself: I immediately assented and...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...