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Permit me tho late to congratulate you & your amiable lady upon a return to your native Country, the pleasure & delights of which you must relish peculiarly after so long absence. I have never been much of a traveler, but I can hardly conceive of a Country under all circumstances more eligible; And the prospect of public felicity seems the brighter from the accession of ten states to a System...
I flattered myself my friends would have supported my election for the District of Suffolk but I am disappointed, But long dissciplined in the School of adversity, dissappointment sitts the lighter upon my mind; Espesially, as I rather viewed this an object whereby I might gain subsistence rather than gratify my vanity. I think Sir I shall hardly be dissappointed in my expectations that you...
Probably before this will reach you the election of Vice President will be determined, upon which I may venture to congratulate you Sir as I hear of no Competition of any importance. Mrs Adams & Col Smith can give you a more minute acct of public affairs & particularly of the dispositions of the people of this State, having good information from your friend Mr Jay and others, than it is in my...
There being nothing very interesting in this quarter except what the papers contain I shall enclose them after informing you that General Washington & yourself have a majority of Votes even admiting those not known should be lost to you. Being quite at leisure if there are any arrangements you want made here befor Col Smith returns you may freely command Your friend & most humble Servant...
Resolved, that a Committe of two Members from the Senate & three from the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Houses respectively, wait on the Vice-President of the United States as soon as he shall come to this City, and in the Name of the Congress of the United States congratulate him on his Arrival Read & Accepted April 16. 1789. The Senate proceeded by ballot to the Choice of...
After my most sincere congratulations upon your arrival at the present Seat of the Federal Goverment, I do myself the honor to enclose you a Copy of the Rules adopted by the Senate, A list of the members, present, a list of the members of the House, present, And a Copy of an order passed the Senate this day, which will be executed whenever your Honor shall appoint, as I presume the Committee...
Enclosed is the list of The House of Representatives in the manner requested. I think a Copy of what you were pleased to address to the Senate would gratify the public, and I find the Committee of which Mr. Strong is Chairman will probably apply for one. I have the honor to be / Sir / your most Hume Servt MHi : Adams Papers.
Members of Senate & abode Mr. Bassett No 15 Wall Street " Carrol " 57 Maiden Lane " Dalton " 4 17 Broad Street " Elmer " 47 Little Dock Street " Few "
It seems to have been a rule in Senate that Copies should not ordinarily go down to the House until the Journal is read the succeeding day—This I presume will apologize for not furnishing you this evening with the Copies, Which however will be ready to go down at any time after the Senate assemble tomorrow. Enclosed are two Copies of the Journals of the House—Should you have occasion only for...
You will pardon me for a few observations upon some apprehended arrangements by a Committee of Conference now in being— When Mr. Thomson was my competitor, it was a doctrine, that the Secretary of the Senate and the Secretary of State were inseparably blended by the Constitution and to elect other than Mr. Thomson Secretary of the Senate, would be an exclusion of him. The doctrine was admitted...
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.
As there was a degree of heat not usual in Senate, when the question was taken on the second reading of the Cunsular bill sent from the House of Representatives for concurrence, I think it incumbent to submit the journal to your correction on that question, & on the two last acts of Senate in their Legislative capacity; relying that if they are not perfectly right, you will be so good as to...
I do myself the honor to enclose you a letter from Mr Lee, with his acct. for your approbation; it being agreeable to law— The Report of the Secretary of the Treasury enclosed, in my opinion, should be brot. at large, on the journals of Senate; but I should be more satisfied with your approbation. Mrs Otis and myself shall be happy to have you and the family to dine with us, on Saturday, but...
I do myself the honor to enclose you two Journals of Senate one same “ H of Reps. two copies of the laws } 3d Sess: Also a package from Fenno the printer. The laws with Marginal notes, the third Sess: I have not been furnished with by the Secy of State. Whenever I am they shall be sent. I hope this will find you, your good lady & family all well. We have had the pleasure to see Mr. Smith in...
I am hurt by your unexpected & I think unmerited resentment this morning, for I had not the most distant intention to give offence So many reflections have passed on the expenses of my office, I have redoubled my exertions to keep them as moderate as the nature of business will permit. I did accordingly at the close of the last Session agree with Mr. Heysham to bring up the business of the...
I hope this will find you agreeably reposing at your pleasant Seat after a tedious and fatiguing Session—which however is not ended nor do I know when it will be. They have agreed to Saturday next but such long speechifications as took place on the excise &c will protract the time two or three weeks.—The Senate are almost unemployed and wish for a recess, but it will hardly do for them to...
At the closure of a long and very fatiguing Session, it may be some amusement to see the minutes of the business and I have accordingly sent them since your departure. The House would have sat longer but the Senate got out of all patience, and as usual hurried over the business, reading off bills by their titles, and three readings in swift succession, Hurrying & scolding at poor Secretary...
What a sad lesson against anarchy is indeed my honored & respected friend to be learnt, in the accts fm France! St. Bartholemew with all its horrors is again passing in review & sickens & astonishes the eye—I will not repeat the dismal tale you must have it in all its particulars before this can reach you—And surely every man not devoid of good policy & humanity will join you in deprecating a...
I do myself the honor to write you on the subject of your own and your Lady’s health, which I very sincerely wish may speedily be restored— I find your competitor is to be Col. Burr altho I am convinced he will not be a very powerful one. Major Butler says the Southern States are misrepresented when classed with your opponents. He appears your warm advocate and assures me there will be no...
I do myself the honor to enclose you a minute of the proceedings of Senate, the speech & answer of the Senate thereto. In addition to what appears on the journals there are official documents to evince that the hosti Southern Indians are determined to join in hostile measures against the US—And those documents evince that the Executive is doing everything possible to conciliate & be at peace....
By the enclosed Sketch of this weeks proceedings you find no great business perfected, or even began. On Monday the Senate are going upon weights & Measures, The House of Representative have taken up the judiciary as they are fond of puting the first finger in every pie. Your friend are in hope and expectation that you are on the Road & in hope of seeing you soon I remain with compliments to...
I do myself the honor to enclose you the minutes of the last week and to repeat my wishes to see you here as soon as possible, and as I hear Mrs Adams has quite recovered her health and that your own is restored I flatter myself those wishes will soon be gratified. I have every day less fears of an unfavorable election of the two first officers in the Government—People seem to look with solemn...
I suppose by this time sober hill is in great glory, at least if your spring has been forward in any measure as ours has. And when we compare our peaceful Towns & happy villages with the garrisons & wasted fields of Europe we ought to bless God who has divided us by 1000 leagues of water. But the question occurs will this distance from that great awful & distressed Theatre of human misery &...
Fully impressed with a sense of your Goodness and Candor, I am induced to observe that having taken the liberty to express my thoughts to the President of the United States on the appointment of a Consul to the Island of St. Domingo, and to solicit the appointment (having resided in this country seven years and having been two years establish’d in business here) and I have to request your...
I am obliged for your favor covering the Clerks accounts. The affairs of Europe are changed since the last autumn and indeed are daily assumg a new face. Tis generally supposed that Dumorier is filed off, whether with or without an army is not yet ascertained. The next Ship from England, and must bring important accounts. We are disturbed here with the bickerings of French and English Sailors...
Agreeable to intimation I have been enquiring for accommodations for you but to no purpose unless you should like rooms in Francis’s house. It is not easy to know exactly what will be agreeable to our friends tho we may sometimes please ourselves— I have gone so far however as to engage with Francis on condition you like & wish for your immediate answer— Francis’s house is in 4 th Street near...
I wrote you soon after my arrival that I had engaged you lodgings at Franciss Hotel, Two rooms first floor, for 20 dollars, but not having your answer shall relinquish them—And for two reasons— 1 st The place is two public—you must dine with a large Company and not the most respectable part of Congress; in short you must lodge at a tavern and at a dear rate— 2 d I have got you two rooms on the...
Probably this will find you very happy with your Lady & family, to whom the residents at 198 desire kind remembrances— We had a curious election of pro tem—Mr Izard had in no trial more than one or two votes—The first tryal the Candidates were Livermore, Langdon & Tazewel. The 2d trial Livermore carried it. Who declined—A 3d trial was made and Tazewell & Langdon became candidates. The 4th time...
In answer to your favour of yesterday, when I hinted at keeping bachelors-hall together I contemplated leaving my family in Boston this winter, but under all circumstances, find it will be expensive to carry them back to our old habitation; re, the pleasure I have had in your company, & a sincere wish to render your situation agreeable, are strong inducements to your accommodation, but for the...
Agreeable to promise I do myself the honor to inform you that the Senate have elected Mr Levermor Pres pro tem. 13 out of 19. In regard to accommodating you the next winter I have not yet made my own arrangements. I have some expectation of removing from the house I now possess; Yet I know not to what house I shall remove. Add to this the difficulty of engaging & retaining good servants, makes...
After our agreeable journey we arrived here in the midst of Election, and by lies, abuse & bribery the disorganizers will carry their tickets thro the State. This I supposed with the efforts of Massachusetts Jacobins would have given Jefferson the vote—But old Samuels defeat which I think but a prelude to his overthrow, has revived my hopes. The No of Votes 138, 70 makes a Majority— I count on...
I have heared it suggested that the establishment of a Consulate at the Caraccas would be of public utility, and that in such an event Augustine Madan is in every respect qualified to discharge the functions of Consul—He being highly recommended by several respectable Merchants of Massachusetts. Submitting this to your consideration / I have the honor to be / Sir / Your most obedient / humble...
Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to lay before the Senate, the Instructions given to our Minister at the Court of Berlin, with the correspondence respecting the Negotiation of the late Treaty with Prussia. Attest, MHi : Adams Papers.
We have the honor to address you on the subject of the appointment to an office, created by an Act lately passed for the establishment of a general Stamp-office, & to recommend Mr. James Greenleaf for the same. As an accurate Accountant, no one can be better qualified to discharge the duties of this office, and as a man of probity, we have good reason to believe, & indeed have seen very...
In conformity to the order of Senate of The United States I do myself the honor to lay before you a copy of their proceedings in their Executive capacity, inclusive of the last Session. I have the honor to be / Sir / Your most obedient / humble Servant MHi : Adams Papers.
Ordered, that the Secretary wait upon the President of the United States, and acquaint him, that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, and that in the absence of the Vice President, they have elected the Honorable John E Howard President of the Senate pro–tempore. Attest, MHi : Adams Papers.
Resolved, that the President of the United States, be requested to lay before Senate the instructions given to our late Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary to the French Republic. Attest, MHi : Adams Papers.
There being a probability of at least one vacancy on the Bench of the supreme Court, Mr Read of So. Carolina hath requested me to mention him as a Candidate for the office of Judge. His Lady entertains such apprehensions from a Southern climate as have induced his determination in favor of a more Northern residence. The important stations in which Mr. Read hath been placed, added to his law...
Enclosed is a letter from Mrs Otis who with her family are at board at Mr Stilles our old quarter s. Congress have as you see commenced their Session and the daily papers give you a view of their business. I expectd opposition to my continuance in office but was agreeably disappointed. Not a word was said nor do I think any injury was wished except amongst the Hamiltonians, you recollect King...
With my hopes that you & your good Lady enjoy a good degree of health & spirits, & my best wishes for their continuance, I enclose a letter for Mrs Adams. I presume you have the papers regularly and of course all the news. We are frequently alarmed with earthquakes, and they have been preceeded & accompanied by numerous events out of the ordinary course of things You probably remember Col....