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Notes on a Draught for a second inaugural Address. The former one was an exposition of the principles on which I thought it my duty to administer the government. the second then should naturally be a Compte rendu, or a statement of facts, shewing that I have conformed to those principles. the former was promise : this is performance . yet the nature of the occasion requires that detail should...
Your letter of the 28th. was recieved yesterday, and I have only time to thank you for all the kind expressions respecting myself personally, and to inform you I have this day written to Governor McKain, on the subject of it, so as to produce any dispositions & measures on his part which my interposition can produce. the date of this letter will shew you it is written on the last day of the...
I have made some small verbal changes on the following grounds 1. the law recognises the right of the sheriff to use his posse comitatus without consulting any body. it is only on his opinion that his posse is insufficient, that the act comes into his aid by authorising him to apply to a judge or justice for an order to an officer for a military force. the law allows him to make the...
I have the pleasure to acknolege the reciept of your last favor, and I assure you with truth that the rumors set about by designing persons, & which are the subject of your letter, were perfectly understood by me, & made not the least impression. along life spent in the service of the public & going always directly and openly to it’s object, is better evidence to me of your conduct than vague...
I nominate Thomas Hill Williams of the Missisipi territory to be Register of the land office West of Pearl river. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I recieved yesterday your favor on the subject of the alteration in the route by which the mail was carried. the subject was laid before me by the Secretary of state on your letter, if I recollect rightly the contractors for setting up a mail stage absolutely refused to make any contract without that alteration, & the question was whether we would have a stage with that alteration, or no stage...
I nominate Robert Smith, now Secretary of the Navy, to be Attorney General of the United States— Jacob Crownenshield of Massachusets to be Secretary of the Navy— Obadiah Jones of Georgia to be one of the judges of the court of the Missisipi territory. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the Chief justice of the US. and asks the favor of him to administer to him the oath which the constitution prescribes to the President of the US. before he enters on the execution of his office, on Monday the 4th. instant at twelve aclock in the Senate chamber. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
In a message of the 14th. of January I transmitted a letter from the Secretary at war proposing certain military promotions & appointments, & nominating the persons accordinly by reference to the letter: which nominations the Senate afterwards advised & consented to. among these was the nomination of 2d. Lieutt. Henry Hopkins to be promoted to the rank of 1st. Lieutt. in the 2d regiment of...
I nominate Robert Williams of North Carolina to be Governor of the Missisipi territory. Daniel T. Tomkins of New York to be judge of the court of the District of New York. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I beg leave to inform the Senate that I shall take the oath which the Constitution prescribes to the President of the United States before he enters on the execution of his office, on Monday the 4th. instant, at twelve aclock in the Senate chamber. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I now lay before Congress a statement of the Militia of the United States, according to the returns last recieved from the several states.    it will be percieved that some of these are not of recent dates, and that from the states of Maryland, Delaware & Tennissee no returns are stated. as far as appears from our records none were ever rendered from either of these states. DNA : RG 46—Records...
I now render to Congress the account of the fund established by the act of May 1. 1802. for defraying the contingent charges of government. No occasion having arisen for making use of any part of the balance of 18,560. Dollars unexpended on the 31st. day of December 1803. when the last account was rendered by message, that balance has been carried to the credit of the Surplus fund. DNA : RG...
A Supplementary note on the Mould board described in a letter to Sr. John Sinclair of Mar. 23. 1798. inserted in the American Philosophical transactions Vol. 4. and in Maese’s Domestic Encyclopaedia voce Plough. The chief object in that description was to establish the true principle on which the mouldboard of a plough should be constructed, and to point out a mechanical method of making it’s...
I nominate William Hull of Massachusetts to be Governor of the territory of Michigan. Stanley Griswold of Connecticut to be Secretary of the territory of Michigan Samuel Huntington of Ohio to be a judge of the court in the territory of Michigan Frederick Bates of Michigan to be a judge of the court of the same territory Augustus B. Woodward of the territory of Columbia to be a judge of the...
Mr. Dufour called on me yesterday, with the wine. his object seems to be to get my own opinion & that of others on it’s merit, in order to decide on the expediency of continuing the pursuit. but it should be observed that no wine on earth was ever drinkable the spring after it was made. country people may indeed drink it, as ours drink new cyder from the press. but I mean that no judgment can...
Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to mr Crownenshield & returns him the inclosed letters which he has read with much regret. but he must still ask an interview with mr Crownenshield. Privately owned.
In further compliance with the desire of the House of Representatives, expressed in their resolution of Dec. 31. I now transmit the Report and map of Isaac Briggs, referred to in my message of the 1st. instant, and recieved by the last post from New Orleans. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
The act of the Virginia legislature which is the foundation of the inclosed will become null by it’s own provision that it should be so if not assented to by Congress before Mar. 3. it is too late for Congress to take it up, but as it possibly may be brought forward at the next session it will be well in the mean time to procure necessary information. LNT : Davis Collection.
As I troubled you on a former occasion with mr Briggs’s case, I take the liberty of committing the inclosed letter from him to your attention. when mr Briggs proposed to undertake exploring the road to N. Orleans, it was in the belief it would not cost him more time trouble or expence to go that way to Natchez, than by the tramontane rout. under this belief I accepted his offer, neither of us...
Spanish alarm & proposns to Indians. Feb. 21. Spanish movemts to Adaïs & Lanana S. Antonio. Turner to Claiborne Cados, Paunies. send factory immedly court them. Bayou Pierre, Span. settlemt on Red rivr. 70. mi. above Natchitoches
Can mr Smith print 50. copies of the inclosed within a week from this time for Th: Jefferson? he would wish to have it an 8vo. page on a 4to. leaf, so that the leaf may bind up either with the Philosoph. transactions, or Maese’s dictionary DLC : J. Henley Smith Papers.
I communicate for the information of Congress a letter of Sep. 18. from Commodore Preble giving a detailed account of the transactions of the vessels under his command from July the 9th. to the 10th. of Sep. last past. The energy & judgment displayed by this excellent officer thro’ the whole course of the service lately confided to him, and the zeal and bravery of his officers & men in the...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Avery; he has this morning examined the law erecting the territory of Michigan, and finds that the Marshal or sheriff is not appointed by the President, but by the Governor. nevertheless he is so well satisfied of the indispensable necessity that that office should be filled by a person speaking French as well as English, & of the convenience of...
Will you be so good as to adopt either the former or latter proposition at the Salines, as you shall think best? if you think them equally good, perhaps it will be as well to leave to Govr. Harrison the choice, as it might increase his activity and responsibility to execute his own plan. I am quite ignorant of the situation of such a claim as that of Abernethie’s inclosed. will you be kind...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Dr. Thornton, and sends for his perusal a book lately procured, and which may furnish some amusement to mrs Thornton & himself. DLC : William Thornton Papers.
I recieved from a gentleman travelling in Italy a box containing the seeds or eggs of the fine Italian silk-worm. I do not know that I can better fulfill his patriotic views than by transmitting them to mrs Anderson & yourself, who alone as far as I know pay attention to that branch of culture. He says that towards the 1st. of May when the leaves of the white mulberry are grown & yet tender,...
Th: Jefferson presents his respectful salutations to the Vice-president of the US. and his thanks for the friendly sentiments of his letter of this morning. the request for transmitting to the V. President elect the notification of his election, is put into a train for execution. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th: Jefferson presents his respectful salutations to mr Franklin and mr Stone, and acknoleges the reciept of their letter on the subject of a road thro’ the Cherokee country. with every disposition to comply with the just views of the state of N. Carolina, those views on the present occasion will require further explanation. What part of the Cherokee country is it desired that this road should...
One of my family has desired me to procure the following books, some of which I find in your different catalogues, and the others it is probable you have, and I will therefore ask you to forward by the stage. Les oeuvres de Moliere. } editions in-18s will be preferred des Corneilles de Racine Milton’s Paradise lost. see Catalogue No. 111. pa. 7. Lucrece de la Grange. in the 4to. catalogue 2....
The inclosed papers, with some eggs of the silk-worm of Italy were sent to me from Siena, by mr Robert K. Lowry travelling in that country. the eggs I have disposed of in their proper climate: and I do not know that I can better second the benevolent views of the writer than by committing his papers to the A. Philosophical society. should they deem them proper for publication, their benefit...
Your favor of the 1st. inst. has been longer unanswered than I could have wished. the correspondence between Dr. Priestly and myself was unfrequent & short. his fear of encroaching on my public duties deprived me of communications from him which would have been always welcome. I have examined all his letters to me since Mar. 1801. (those preceding being at Monticello) & find they do not...
I have safely recieved the volume of Dr. Priestley’s works which mr Priestley has been so kind as to destine for me. the matter is worthy of it’s author, and the mechanical execution does honor to the American artists. I observe in your catalogue the following books. pa. 18. Brown’s view of the civil law & law of Admiralty. 2. v. 8vo. 62. Chatham’s Anecdotes. 2. v. 8vo. 67. Enfield’s history...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Dallas & thanks him for his note on the subject of the Prohibition. the observation that it does not remove the cause, and consequently cannot come within the description of ‘writs necessary for the exercise of their jurisdiction’ had not occurred to him & is weighty. but it suggests to him (and a 30. years abstraction from legal studies makes him...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Read and thanks him for his note on the subject of the Prohibition. he suggests for his consideration at the same time the English process of Habeas corpus cum causâ which not only stops proceeding below but removes the cause to the superior court. this part of the English law may have been adopted in Delaware. it was so in Virginia, and in daily...
Your letter of yesterday is recieved, as also the maps of Rome, & that of the 4. quarters of the earth which I had desired. Cellarius I have already, & shall therefore return. Lamarck shall be examined. If you have any more copies of Catineau’s Dictionnaire de poche, I shall be glad of 2. more for particular friends. I observe in mr Fleischer’s Annuaire de la librairie pa. 477. les Fables de...
I recieved the night before last only, your letter of the 9th. the subject being entirely new to me, I have referred it to the Superintendant of the city to report facts. were I to hazard a primâ facie thought on the subject, it would be that the United states have no interest in the question & should take no part in it. the question seems to lie between the heirs of Byrne & Beatty, which of...
Will you be so good as to give the inclosed a strict revisal, and to suggest on a separate paper any alterations which occur to you as for the better. the sooner you can return it the more thankfully will the kindness be acknolegd. CtY .
In the message to Congress at the opening of the present session I informed them that treaties had been entered into with the Delaware & Piankeshaw Indians for the purchase of their right to certain lands on the Ohio. I have since recieved another entered into with the Sacs & Foxes for a portion of country on both sides of the river Missisipi. these treaties having been advised & consented to...
I now inclose you a draught of the US. bank at this place on that of Philadelphia for 249.33 D the amount of nail rod shipped about the latter end of October.   by a letter of Dec. 9. I asked the favor of you to forward two tons more, which in yours of the 15th. you proposed to do soon after unless hindered by the ice. not having heard further from you, and knowing the state of the weather...
According to my letter of yesterday I now inclose you the treasurer’s order on mr Gibbons for 600. D. which I hope will get to hand in time to prevent disappointment. will you be so good as to send to Monticello a hogshead of best molasses, but in a double case in sound & good condition or it will be no better than a hogshead of water when it arrives there. if there is any syrop of punch to be...
I intended by yesterday evening’s post to have sent you the treasurer’s draught on mr Gibbons for 600. D. but unfortunately on calling at mr Gallatin’s office, he had left it. I called on him to-day, but it being Sunday, the draught cannot be procured till tomorrow. it shall certainly go by the post which leaves this tomorrow evening & consequently will get to hand 24. hours after this is...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Reid, and his apologies after 30. years abstraction from law questions, for intruding into them with mr Reid who is in daily familiarity with them. but he means only to make such suggestions as may draw mr Reid’s own attention to the subject of their yesterday’s conversation. he has no law books here but the Abridgments. by turning to Comyns’ digest...
From the two last boxes sent here I have selected the following Desodoart Revoln. de France 2. 40 Bibliotheque geographique &c. Campe. 20. v. 10. Elemens de Zoographie 1. Elemens physiques de la jeunesse . 40 histoire de Mathematiques Bossut 4. Lettres sur la botanique 2. 80 Voiage cosmographique 1. Cours de Morale de Dumoustier .
Your favors of Jan. 24. & Feb. 5. have both been recieved. I took no step on the subject of the wine from mr Lee, put into Newport, because the advance of the season seemed to ensure it would change its position before any orders from hence could get into effect—should it come to N. York I must pray you to have it forwarded to this place.    that which comes from mr Jarvis of Lisbon is...
Aborn Henry. To be Consul. Martinque Aborn Thomas was one of the Midnight appmts as Coml. Agent to Cayenne. he is of R.I. no comn. ever went. Henry Aborn must have assumed the deputn witht authority. DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
I am now able to resume my paiments, which have been interrupted by the great expences of the season: and which indeed experience has proved to be unavoidable at times, by an accumulation of calls beyond ordinary expectation. I inclose you a draught of the bk US. here on that at Philadelphia for 500. D. we had been in hopes that the ceremony of the impeachment now going on at this place would...
Your letter of Nov. 26. came to hand May 14. the books some time after, which were all distributed according to direction. the copy for the E. Indies went immediately by a safe conveyance. the letter of Apr. 28. & the copy of your work accompanying that did not come to hand till August. that copy was deposited in the Congressional library. it was not till my return here from my autumnal visit...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mrs Warren & returns her the paper she had been pleased to inclose to him with his own subscription & that of the heads of departments except General Dearborne who had signed another paper. he learns with great satisfaction that mrs Warren’s attention has been so long turned to the events which have been passing. the last thirty years will furnish a...
The Secretary of State has lately recieved a note from the Danish Chargé des affaires, claiming, in the name of his government restitution, in the case of the brig Henrich, communicated to Congress at a former session; in which note were transmitted sundry documents, chiefly relating to the value and neutral character of the vessel, and to the question Whether the judicial proceedings were...