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Rochefort, 4 Apr. [i.e. May] 1789 . Wrote Saturday from Bordeaux, and learned after posting letter that “the great opening of the States general would be on Monday the 11th, that it would be public &c. &c.” Will make “a push in hopes of arriving in time,” but this will mean giving little time to places en route and possible arrival late Sunday night. If he has been mistaken as to the opening...
Amsterdam, 4 May 1789 . Having received no reply to theirs of the 16th ulto. enclosing remittance of £15,500 to enable TJ to fulfill contract for dies, and expecting one by return of post, they are “apprehensive for its safety, which induces us to transmit a duplicate,” an acknowledgment of which they request by return post. RC ( DLC ); in a clerk’s hand, but signed by the members of the firm....
Mrs Hay call’d, and left me your Letter. tho I have not written to you before I have had you constantly upon my mind, and have been anxious for your Health. I have heard of you several times. I think you would mind an advantage in drinking valerian & camomile Tea, for those spasm’s you complain of. I am not able to say to you as yet, when I shall go to Newyork. I have received only one Letter...
Mr Dawes sent me word that he was going to Newyork this week. I would not omit any opportunity of writing to you, tho I know I must sometimes perplex you with domestick matters I would not do it, but that I wish your advise and direction. I wrote you in my last that the wall was compleated between mr Bass & you, and Barley has been sown. the Hill before the window, your Brother has had cleard...
The patriotism of the bearer, Capt. Gustavus Fellowes I believe has never been suspected, by long experience have found him a gentleman of strict probity, towards the close of the late war in his endeavours to annoy the common enemy he lost considerable property. He wishes to Serve his Country & himself by filling some Office under the general goverment, should thair be aney vacancy, & you...
With heartfelt pleasure I congratulate your Excellency on the auspicious Event of the Votes of the Electorrs of the United States. Permit me, Sir, to recommend the Bearer of this, my esteemed, Neighbour & Friend, Capt. Gustavus Fellowes, as a Gentleman of the best establish’d Character; whose merit, as it has, in times past, secured him universal Esteem & Confidence, render him now very worthy...
In conformity to the intimation you were pleased to honor me with on evening last I have reflected on the etiquette proper to be observed by the President and now submit the ideas which have occurred to me on the subject. The public good requires as a primary object that the dignity of the office should be supported. Whatever is essential to this ought to be pursued though at the risk of...
I beg you to accept my unfeigned thanks for your friendly communications of this date—and that you will permit me to entreat a continuation of them as occasions may arise. The manner chosen for doing it, is most agreeable to me. It is my wish to act right; if I err; the head & not the heart, shall, with justice , be chargeable. With sentiments of sincere esteem & regard I am Dear Sir   Your...
In answer to the questions you were pleased to put to me this day, I take the liberty to trouble you with the following detail. I was born in the Delaware State, my Father still lives there, & I have resided there ever since the dissolution of the Army. I served an Apprenticeship of four Years to a Merchant in Philadelphia, at the expiration of which in 1776 I was appointed a Liut. in the...
I take the liberty of introducing to the knowledge and notice of your Excellency, my son, who will have the honor of presenting this. He wishes to be so happy as to obtain the approbation & nomination of your Excellency to the appointment of Collector of imposts or duties for New Jersey. Motives of delicacy prevented my mentioning this matter either by letter or in person in the course of your...