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Permit me to have the honor of presenting to you Mr. Peter Hoffman, a Merchant of this City, of the first respectability, Independence & political Rectitude—he Visits you in Company with Mr. J. G. Rapp, who has emigrated at the head of a large number of persons lately Subjects of the Duke of Wirtemberg, in whose behalf he will present a Memorial & State their Wishes—I have on looking at the...
The Writer of the inclosed letter Mr. Hatch Dent (a Native of Maryland) imigrated last Winter to N. Orleans.—he lived for seven year in this City & is highly estimated by those Citizens to whom he was known—He was highly recommended by Mr James McCulloh (one of our Senators) for the place of Naval Officer or Surveyor—to either of which I knew him (myself) well qualified—But the application...
We are requested by Mr L Harris of St. Petersburg, to receive & forward to you, a Box containing a Bust of the Emperor of Russia, which has arrived here in the Ship Restitution from thence; be pleased to direct in what manner it shall be forwarded and believe us to be With due respect Sir Your Obedt Servts CSmH : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Mr. James Lowrey Donaldson, a young Gentleman of the Bar, of very handsome talents, has a disposition to reside in the Western Country. he has been 4 Years a practising Lawyer—and Studied four years prior thereto.—his Character is unblemished his Connexions respectable—his Politicks, has been proved by Some handsome pieces in the public Papers they are Republican, his Age about 25—Permit me to...
I did myself the honor to recommend for your Attention Mr. James Lowrey Donaldson, a Gentleman of the Bar of this City for the Office of Commissioner to Ascertain the Titles to Land in Louisiana—I have taken some pains to ascertain the Character of Mr. Donaldson, and find it unblemished—his talents are highly estimated by Gentlemen well acquainted with him, & his Capacity to fill the Office...
Permit me to return my Sincere thanks for the Appointment Conferred on Mr. Donaldson, I am persuaded that he will afford no Cause to regreat—His Father Coll. William Lowrey has been regularly bred & Accustomed to the Selling of Goods of all kinds, is a Man of Integrity and conversant in Accounts—I take leave to mention those qualifications that (Should Such a Character be wanted) he may be...
I do myself the honor to Send You the inclosed—Mr. Keene is a young Lawyer from this City, the Gentleman who married Mr. Martins Daughter. I have the honor to be, Your Obedt. Servt. DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
My Son Louis B. Smith has it in Contemplation to Spend the Winter at Madrid. will you do me the favor to give him an introduction to Mr. Bowdoin—he perhaps may not be at Madrid but It is possible he may, in any Case your letter will be of infinite importance,—I have not the least Acquaintance with Mr. Bowdoin.—If required Louis might be the Bearer of Dispatches he will land in Lisbon, and...
My Son is personally acquainted with Mr. Irving to whom you have been So polite as to give a letter of introduction. he prays me to return you his Sincere Thanks. Mr. Irving, being in a foreign Country will probably pay attention to Americans—In London he was too much occupied.—I am extremely Sorry that I have given you the trouble of writing, for Louis found it impossible to be prepared for...
I was led (by the Secretarys Report to the last Session of Congress) to believe that there was no more Salt Petre than what was Contained in that Report—I find the Report is only for that at the Arsenal in Philadelphia. I had no Recollection of any at any other place—If that is the whole that we have, It will produce little more than a Million of Gunpowder,—which I Should Consider not a...
Agreeably to the request of Commodore Truxtun I do myself the honor of presenting his Sketch of the late Battle of Trafalgar, and have the Honor to be your Mo. Obedt Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
When in Balte. a few Days past, I mentioned to Capt. McLellan (of the Artillery) that Genl. Wilkinson had been Charged with having induced the Sheriff of St. Louis to pack a Jury. He said he did not beleive the Charge. The next day he met the Sheriff by Accident in a Store a Copy of whose Deposition I took the liberty to send you least any impression should be made unfavorable to the General...
Mr. Tracy’s motion for a Call for the Letter of Mr. Munroe has been under discussion & has been adjourned until tomorrow—Many Gentlemen have declared that they were absent when the letter was Read—others that they had not attended (all our friends)—I therefore take leave to Submit the propriety of Sending the Letter tomorrow early—It may be requested that (after reading) the Same shall be...
My Colleague Mr. Wright, informs me that he wishes the appointment (now Vacant) of the Associate Judge for the District of Columbia to be given to his Son Robert—I am not much acquainted with the Young Gentleman, I Can only Say that I have never heard any thing to his disadvantag he is about 26 or 27 years of Age, has taken a Degree in College & has Studied & practised Law for Seven years—of...
I do myself the honor to Inclose you a letter recieved from Judge Davis.—The Territorial Governors have their Enemies. I am Sir/ your Obedt. Servt DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
My Brother has gone this Morning to Baltimore, he has taken with him his Eldest Son, not quite recovered from a Violent Cold, and Swelling in his throat. he will find his youngest Son dead, (he died on Saturday night.) and his only Daughter, extremely Ill, without a hope left of her Recovery. a Dropsy in the Brain is Suspected. her head has been Shaved & Blisters were applied—His Distress &...
The Writer of the inclosed letter to me, Coll. William Lowry, is an excellent Tactition, has devoted much of his time to his Regiment—He has for Some time Acted as Deputy Naval Officer for the Port of Balto. in which place he has rendered Satisfaction, he has been regularly bred to Commerce—is a Man of Strict Intigrity—he has resided some time at New Orleans, & is Acquainted with the Manners &...
I have this day recieved the inclosed letter from Genl. Wilkinson. I presume from the Postscript that he has made an offer to relieve you from the Situation in which he Supposes you to be placed by his appointment,—I cannot think that this would be the proper time to make any Change,—nor am I of the opinion that any Change ought to be made, at any Rate, not until he has had full time to shew...
I am honored with your letter & I perfectly correspond in opinion with you as to the Appointments in Louisiana, I have always thought & still do think that Genl. W. was precisely the man best fitted for the appointment in every point of view. I take leave to observe that I do not agree with the construction given, at the Navy Department, relative to the law fixing the navy peace Establishment....
You will do me the honor to recollect that Sometime in last Winter, I handed you an application from Coll. Lowry, requesting a place in the Customs in Orleans,—he Still appears anxious to have an appointment there, and has requested me to forward the inclosed Certificate from the Collector, Naval Officer & Surveyor of this Port, respecting his Capacity for the Duties of the Office,—Coll. Lowry...
I am about to ask of you a particular favor. Not an Office for any of my friends, but that you will not Nominate Col Hammond to be the Successor of Genl Wilkenson. I ask it as well on your Account as because that I verily believe his appointment will greatly Estrange the affections of the ancient inhabitants of Louisiana from you and from the Govt of the U.S. General Wilkenson has made himself...
I do myself the honor to send you a Copy of a letter I have this instant recieved from my friends in Liverpool—and am sir/ your friend & Servt. Gent    Liverpool 26 July 1806. We have only time to accompany the enclosed Price Current with information that the British Parliament is prorogued, & that it is officially announced, in the Speech on that occasion, that our Government is engaged in...
Letters Such as the inclosed Shew with more truth the State of things at St. Louis than any Official Communication that will be Sent. I Still Continue to be of opinion that It will be for the General Quiet to appoint Some New Man, not known to any of the Parties to the Government of Louisiana & am Dr. Sir/ your friend & Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I did myself the honor to inclose you a letter from Major Lenox recommending to the vacant Consulate of Glasgow Mr. George Johnston—I have this moment recieved the inclosed from my very worthy & particular friend Mr. [Arsto] Gracie, in whose recommendations I would place great Reliance. I take it for granted that Mr. Johnston must be a Federalist, for I presume no Democrat would ask a place in...
I do myself the honor to inclose you two letters I have recieved in Consequence of the Death of the Collector of this Port,—The Writers are both Gentlemen of Capacity, Respectability & Integrity, and either would Fill this Office with Security to the Government—As to thier politicks.—Mr. Delozier has acted with the federal party—Mr. Brice’s family Connections are all federal, he has been...
The public papers will have informed you of the afflicting loss I have sustained by the Sudden Death of my Eldest Son.—I return’d to my Seat to Seek consolation in Retirement—as yet I find it not.—I find that I want that kind of Philosophy which forbids feeling—Here I received your letter—and Sent Capt. Peckman’s Receipt to Mr Buchanan.—I desired him to give you the Information required—from...
The enclosed Calculation, if Correct, and I believe it is, Shews how much more expensive to the Nation are indirect Taxes “in their Collection” than Direct taxes would be—Yet Such is the disposition of Man that he would pay more willingly an indirect tax of three times the Amount, than a single tax in any other way.—Yet Sir, It does appear to me that when Peace Shall be restored to the World,...
When I left home Mr Christie was dangerously Ill, being considered in the last Stage of a consumption, my letters just received Say that he cannot exist another Month—Under those circumstances I beg leave to observe that appointments Such as the Collector tend to increase or diminish the Confidence in the ruling powers, and in Baltimore have a powerful Operation on our Elections & politick the...
Extract of a letter from Genl. Wilkinson dated Natchitoches, 23 Octr 1806 “Say to the President that Mr. Mead the Secy. of the Missisippi Territory, has wished “ the Spanish Country might intercept me on my Route to this place because if this did not happen, we should have no War .” the same Man before I reached Natchez actually talked of attacking Baton Rouge. he has condemned my Orders to...
I am applied to by Mrs Rivardi to apply for an appointment for her husband Major Rivardi. her letter inclosed will Shew better her Wishes & expectations than I Should be able—Major Rivardi is an excellent Mathematician, a Man of Science & a compleat Draftsman—I believe him from personal knowledg to be a Gentleman of Integrity & honor, he was deranged by the new Organization of the Army.—if the...
The present will be handed you by Mr. Edward Fell Bond. Mr. B has resided during the last three years at St. Genevieve he Speaks the French & Spanish languages appears Sensible & well informed—he has purchased land in the territory of Orleans where he means to Settle.—he was born in Harford County, of respectable connexions, his politicks republican.—I am (personally) not Sufficiently well...
I do myself the honor to inclose to you a letter just received from Genl. Dearborn—I do not admire either the Cost in Mariners or Mastters—I asked for the loan of two Brass field peices which I had brought back from the Western Insurrection and which I had Caused to be delivered in good order to the commanding Officers at the Fort—and am answered by reflections on the State of Maryland—I told...
An untoward Circumstance has greatly mortified the Master Mariners of this City, (who had lately made an Offer to you of their Services.) in your Answer you unfortunately directed to William Cowper & others instead of Thorndick Chase, (their Chairman), under whose letter their Address was sent—Copy whereof I now inclose—Capt. Cowper was formerly a Master Commandant in the Navy, his Conduct...
I recd. your letter yesterday covering One for Capt. T. Chase—Do me the favor to send the inclosed to our friend It is doubted here, whether Louis has abdicated the Crown of Holland, but not that the Emperor has been very much incensed against him for permitting the Trade with England to be as free as it had been prior to his Decree—the Death of the Child has probably broke every Tie that...
On the other Side I have taken leave to send you a Condemnation under a principle entirely novel—the same Judge has lately Condemned a Brigt. of mine the Eutaw from Batavia to Baltimore,—because that she did not go direct to Batavia from Balto.—but went first from thence to Smyrna and thence to Batavia—every Voyage being illegal between a Neutral & an Enemies Colony (agreeably to his Law) that...
I have this moment been informed that Colo. N. Ramsey (Naval Officer for the Port of Baltimore) is dead—I take an early Oppertunity of Saying, that Mr. James H. Culloh, late a senator of the State of Maryland, is a Gentleman of high respectability, and that his appointment to the Naval Office of Baltimore will give almost universal satisfaction to the Republicans of that City—I have the honor...
I do myself the honor to send you an Extract of a letter recieved in Baltimore from our Navy Agent in London—The Idea of making all the Ports in G.B. Free is grand & may operate powerfully to support her sometime longer. I am your Obed Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The Marine Militia Bill has had a fair & full discussion this Day & yesterday. And on a motion to postpone until the first Monday of December, all the Senate except Seven rose in favor of the Motion—So that the principle of the Bill may be Considered as virtually rejected— No Reliance ever Can be placed in a similar Bill ever obtaining —Our Reliance must in my Opinion be placed in a Land Army...
I believe it is more than a Year Since I took the liberty to Suggest to you that in Case of the death of Mr. Christie then expected, Mr. James. H. McCulloch. a native Citizen, was every way worthy of the Office of Collector for the port of Baltimore—I now take this liberty, (in Consequence of a letter recieved last night from Mr. McCulloch), again to Call your attention to my former letter,...
At the request of General Smith, we have purchased, & have the honor herewith to enclose, Wm. Patterson & Sons draft on Severyn & Hauebroeck Amsterdam for two thousand five hundred Guilders, equal, at the Exchange of 40 Cents ⅌ Guilder, to One thousand dollars, & which we have paid for, in a Check for that sum, remitted by General Smith. We are with the highest respect Sir Your Obedt Servts....
In consequence of the power to grant reprieves, and pardons for offences against the U. States, vested by the constitution in the President of the U States, and a full reliance, and confidence in your excellencies wisdom, justice, and humanity, I am induced to address you in behalf of Morrow Lowry, Andrew Lowry, and John Lowry, to request you to take their case, as stated in the accompanying...
I do myself the honor to Inclose for your perusal—three letters just recieved.—I will only observe that—this will be another Charge of French Influence, and that if Turreau has recd Money—for those permits he ought instantly to be put out of the Country your Obed Servt DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I ask a favor, I ask it as an Act of friendship, that you will give the Command of the vacant Company of Cavalry to Doctr. George E. Mitchel (of Cecil County)—he has been and Still is a Delegate to the State Legislature, a leading Member of the Republican party—a Gentleman of unblemished Reputation, young, active Brave and of a fine form—he resides at Elkton, and I have no doubt Could Soon...
I recieved yesterday the Chask Sent by your Servant, and now do myself the honor to Enclose the Bill, Kuhn on yourself for $200.68—and am Dr Sir/ Your friend & Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I do myself the honor to Enclose a Postcript of a letter received last night from One from your friends.—Is it not easy to Counter Order this intention—I have the honor to be/ your Obedt. Servt DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson. P.S. The Cotten Seed is the present federal Theme, however proper it might be for Mr Jefferson as Mr. Jefferson to comply with a Request from an Agricultural Society,...