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Concerns of a Nature intirely private having brought me to this Country, your particular Friend & worthy Relation Mr. Ellery favoured me with the inclosed with such special Intimations of his Desires to have it safely conveyed to you that I take the first Opportunity to comply with his Commands as well as to enjoy the Opportunity of presenting my very sincere & cordial Respects— I make no...
Give me leave Sir to bring myself to your rememberance by soliciting your notice of the reverend Mr Toulmin the son of a respectable dissenting minister of that name who is in persuit of such information – respecting Americans as may make him useful to a number of persons who wish to find an assylum in that country. His character is such as may make him a valuable acquisition yours such as...
However since long time that I received your orders notwithstanding the distance of the situation justified my direction in it; and I have the honor to include the answer of the Bolonian University to the other of Cambridge. Your Excellency be pleased to grant me the permission to seize this happy opportunity in order to confirm You the sentiments of my esteem and respect, to wish You and your...
Whenever there shall be a sufficient number of the two Houses of Congress assembled to proceed to business, I request to be informed of it. And also at what time and place it will be convenient for Congress that I should meet them, in order to make some oral communications at the commencement of their Session— I have the honor to be / Sir / your most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George...
We are duly favoured with Your Letter of the 27th September last which We take the Opportunity of the first Packet to answer & to acquaint You what We thought You must have known before this Time, that Soon after Your departure Sir Clement Cotterell paid us agreable to Your directions the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds being the usual present deducting fifteen pCt. as the Customary allowance to...
I lately received a pacquet from Dr. Bancroft, containing the inclosed for you. By the date &c of the Doctor’s to me, it appears that it was designed for me at Rathbone Place, London; but not being seasonably to meet me there, has been forwarded by a friend, the latter end of October last.— The Doctor likewise mentions two Volumes said to accompany it;—but these, the friend who forwarded the...
Long before I read your Excell Defence of the Constitution &c I saw their criticism by the Reviewers, which enlarged my desire of perusing itself, flattering mÿ with the idea that I should acquire a fair opportunity of sending some strictures upon it to Mr. Adams, because the first announcing a fear of a to ardent Love for Democracÿ, and the following declaration, that those fears were...
A quorum of the House of Representatives have assembled, and are ready to proceed to business. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
The House of Representatives have appointed Messrs. Gilman, Ames, and Seney, a committee, on their part, to wait on the President of the United States. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
The House of Representatives have resolved, that two Chaplains, of different denominations, be appointed to Congress for the present session, one by each House, who shall interchange weekly. Printed Source--Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America. 16 vols. (Baltimore: 1972)..
I feel very sensibly the impropriety of Your Address to me in Senate yesterday. As it was a very indellicate departure from the line of Your Official duty, I did expect that You woud, while in the Chair, have made at least the same Apology You did out of it. Namely, that You meant me no offence. The strong desire I have of promoting and preserving harmony in that branch of the Legislature...
The Bearer of these Letters Mr. S. T. G. Mappa, late Commander of the armed citisens in the Province of Holland, was one of the most distinguished caracters of the Dutch Patriots. His abilities in different re Spects—his manners—his braverÿ & knowledge—his Sacrifices wil entitle him to your Excellencÿ’s protection. there the manÿ obligations with which your Excellency was pleased to honour me...
I am pleased to find that the President in his late Speech to both Houses of the American Parliament has specifically called their attention to Foreign Affairs and to those necessary provisions, preliminary to his nomination in that Department. The rising Consequence of this Country in the scale of Nations will doubtless be a subject of much political & commercial speculation in the European...
In may . . 89—while I was Engage in supperintending some work at the Congress House Mr Ottis requested I Should Direct the Execution of Several matter wanting in the Secretary office & committee Room’s to the Senate—Such as writing desks’s , tables & presses for papers which I accordingly ordered to be done and the cost thereof to be charged in a bill to the Senate of the United States for...
We may at length congratulate each other on well founded Expectations of a speedy Adoption of the Constitution by this State. Agreably to the Information in my last, our Genl. Assembly sat at Providence the last Week. The Opposers were to a Man upon the Ground except one Sick. The Town of Warwick having four Members, had heretofore a heavy Majority against Us, and had instructed against a...
From the knowledge I have formerly had of your benevolent disposition, & steady attention to the public good, I am encouraged to request your attention to a matter, which, if it answer the Inventor’s expectation, may be of great use in printing public securities &c, & entitle the author of the Invention to the notice of Congress.—Mr. Francis Bailey, a printer in this City, & the bearer of this...
This will be handed to you by Mr. Francis Bailey, printer of the Freemans Journal in this city. I esteem him as an intelligent, ingenious & honest man. He has lately invented a simple method of making ornaments, devices and eventypes for securities, certificates and other public papers, which cannot possibly be counterfeited. As soon as his invention shall be made known, it can be used by any...
Being on a Circuit of our Superior Courts, & finding a Vessel ready to sail for New-York, I embrace the occasion of congratulating your zeal on the effectual opperation of the federal Government. Its Quick progress to its present stage is a phenomenon in the history of Mankind. But in such new and perplexed concerns a perfect combination of the various parts cannot be expected; and it is a...
The House of Representatives have agreed to the appointment of a committee on their part, consisting of Messrs. Sherman, Thatcher, Hartley, White, and Jackson, to confer with the committee appointed on the part of the Senate, to consider and report whether or not the business begun previous to the late adjournment of Congress, shall now be proceeded in as if no adjournment had taken place....
This will be delivered to you be my esteemed Friend Mr. Nathan Reed, who was a very worthy Tutor to your eldest Son, and to mine, when at the University. He is a Gentleman whose acquaintance with the Principles of Natural Philosophy and the Mathematicks is very extensive, and he is more particularly well versed in the application of those Principles to the purposes of constructing usefull...
I wrote you some time ago, & desired Mr. Lovell, who told me he should see Mr Ames before he left Dedham, to forward it by him. Your Son Tom writes me that you have not received it. I shall inquire of Lovell what he did with it. It contain’d several letters, one to Mrs. Smith, one for Louisa, one or more for my Aunt, one for Tom & one for Charles. Our Legislature is now sitting. A question has...
Altho’ we differ in our Opinions About the Latin and Greek languages, and some Other matters of perhaps less consequence, yet we both agree in the propriety & duty of rewarding old & faithful servants of the public. Mr And: Brown who will have the honor of delivering you this letter belongs to that class of worthy citizens. He goes to new york to Solicit an Appointment Under the federal...
The House of Representatives do agree with the Senate in their resolution, that the business unfinished between the two Houses, at the late adjournment, ought to be regarded as if it had not been passed upon by either. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
The House of Representatives have passed an act for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
It is reported here that orders now are, or soon will be Issued for the raising two or three regiments, If this is or soon will be, I have to request your early attention influance and interest in behalf of Mr. Martin Brimmer Sohier a Young Gentlemen of this Town, He was appointed a Lieut. in the late regiment raised by this Commonwealth, commanded by Genl Henry Jackson (of Boston) could he...
The Petition of William Brown & Jam. Hopkins with advice of the Honourable John Jay most humbly sheweth that they being now in Confinement in the new Goal of this City suffering under the greatest cruelty that can be inflicted on any human Person & from the Noble Character that Yr. Honour bears induces them to apply for redress hoping that if consistent Your Honour will free them from the...
This comes to you with a Discourse which has been much talked of here; and which, I hope, you will accept as a Small testimony of my gratitude and respect. It is an effusion of zeal in the cause of human liberty and virtue; and, tho a Subject of censure with many in this country, I can be confident that you will approve the Spirit of it, and the general Sentiments it contains. I thought myself...
We beg leave to refer to our last respects of 8 dec: since whch time we continue without your agreable favors, we are now paying the intrest due on the 4 Per Ct. Obt: and request Your sending us the Coupons of yours & to dispose of Said amount; it is highly agreable to us to See the American Credit on a Respectable footing, in Consequence the 5 Per Ct. Obt: are advanced at 99 1/2 Per Ct. and...
I shd. not have troubled you with a Letter—but upon the peculiar instance of having received a Letter from Messrs; Wilhem of Amsterdam, a few Months ago; in which he states in consequence of the receipt of a Letter from you—he has made Enquiry about your Volumes of the Defence of the American States &c—but cannot find any of the Second Volume—I immediatly returned for answer—Fifty Copies of...
I hope not, that your Excellencÿ will find me troublesome, that I soo often intrude myself upon you. It is some mere Leisure, this winter, occasioned by mÿ intendeth departure to the Western Parts, which I can spent with my Librarÿ and which affords me if not an opportunity, at least an excuse, for adressing a few Lines to your Excellency. However it would be pardonable, if I did judge, bÿ the...
Messrs. Gilman and White, are appointed a Committee for Enrolled Bills, on the part of the House of Representatives, agreeable to the joint rules of the two Houses. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
The Speaker having signed the enrolled bill, entitled “An act for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the state of North Carolina,” I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of the Vice President. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
Your letter found me on my return from the session of our Superior Court at Haddam—Since which I have attended a three weeks session of our County Court here. So that I have had little leisure to prepare for my defence in a capital Trial. To your charge of reading myself to death , I now propose to plead double by leave of the Court. My first Plea is that I am yet alive. Lord Hale advises...
At the Request of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery, I have the Honour of presenting to your Excellency the enclosed Petition, which I beg leave to recommend to your favourable Notice. Some further Particulars respecting it, requested by the Society, will appear in their Letter to me, of which I enclose a Copy, and have the Honor to be, Sir, / Your Excellency’s / most...
The House of Representatives have passed a bill, entitled “An act providing for the actual enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States,” to which they request the concurrence of the Senate; The President of the United States has approved of, and affixed his signature to, “An act for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the state of North Carolina;” and has...
Ever since the last week in Octobr I have been engaged in composing & delivering a new course of lectures on the theory & practice of Medicine in the College of this city. This arduous business has confined employed me so closely that it has separated me from my friends,—detatched me from all Other pursuits—and—what I regret most of all, has deprived me for the a while of the pleasure of your...
Permit me, dear Sir, to recommend to you my worthy friend the Revd Dr Cutler of Ipswich whose Character in the botanical Line is doubtless, known to you— His engagements with the Ohio Company & his concern in the settlement of the Western territory & the establishment of a permanent foundation for Literature in that new Region, will give him consequence in your Eye; & may require some advice &...
I doubt not but You have been inform’d that our Genl Assembly have order’d a Convention to be called to meet at South Kingston the first Monday of March. The Delegates were chosen the 8th. of this month and from the Returns we Count Thirty Two Federals and Thirty Eight Antis, so that the Battle will go hard against us if some methods cannot be hit upon to affoard us some help. As I hinted in a...
We Are Sorry to Inform You that the Members of the Convention of this State as Chose on Monday the 8th. Inst. to Consider and Determin on the New Constitution are by a Majority of About 8 or 10, AnteFedderal Viz about Thirty Deligates for the Adoption of the Constitution and about Forty Against it & for Continuing out of the Union and will we suppose Adjourn the Convention to some Futer Day...
I have the Honour of remitting your Excellency the Inclosd which I recieved but yesterday and must have remained some time on Cadiz from whence it Came. If I may Sir, take the liberty of communicating the feelings of a Brother on this business, have to represent that his request for the Commision in question, dus not proceed from any pecuniary Dews, his Circumstances in life puting him fare...
“The Pennsylvania Society” incorporated by Law “for promoting the Abolition of Slavery, and for the relief of Free Negroes unlawfully held in bondage and for the improvement of the Condition of the African Race” Respectfully requests the favor of the President of the Senate of the United States to present the Address and Plan herewith conveyed to the Senators as directed— Signed on behalf of...
I intended to have observed to your Excellency, that upon what was intimated yesterday, I have induced the Clerk of the H of Representatives to join me, in authenticating & publishing copies of the acts of Congress, until the further orders of Goverment I have the honor to be / Your Excellency’s / most obedient / Hume Sert MHi : Adams Papers.
The House of Representatives agree to all the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act for the actual enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States,” except the 22d, 23d, 24th, 25th, and 26th; to which they disagree. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
From the friendship you have always expressed for me I am led to acquaint you with some circumstances in which I am interested & to request your advice & assistance—Pardon me this liberty, which I should not have taken, had not my situation required it, & but from a reliance on the same good nature to which I am already so much indebted.— The speculation I am upon here does answer my...
Your remarks upon the conduct of the tories, and the “young fry” who are now crowding into the Councils of our Country, perfectly accord with my own observations. The present convention & assembly of Pennsylvania, and the present Corporation of Philada: are all filled chiefly with men who were either unknown in 1776, or known only for timidity or disaffection. Your old friends have mingled...
The Speaker having signed an enrolled bill, entitled “An act providing for the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States,” I am directed to bring it to the Senate, for the signature of the Vice President. Printed Source--Senate Journal.
Engaged as you are in public business, and this State not having shown a disposition to join the Union I did not wonder, although I could not but regret, that my letter should remain so long unanswered.— I wish that our affairs now afforded a prospect of a speedy accession.— Before you receive this letter you will have heard of the proceedings of our Convention.—They met, framed a bill of...
Since I had last the honour of writing to you, the vacancies in our supreme Court have been filled up; & the event has proved, that you knew better the character of our Chief than many of Us did, who expected different persons from those who have been appointed. there was however, We are told, a severe struggle between his inclinations & his fears. certain it is, that one person of the...
The House of Representatives have passed a bill, entitled “An act to vest in Francis Bailey the exclusive privilege of making, using, and vending to others, punches for stamping the matrices of types, and impressing marks on plates, or any other substance, to prevent counterfeits, upon a principle by him invented, for a term of years;” to which they desire the concurrence of the Senate; The...
The House of Representatives have passed a bill, entitled “An act to establish a uniform rule of naturalization;” to which they request the concurrence of the Senate. Printed Source--Senate Journal.