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I recollect before I left Carolina I requested you by letter not to make any arrangements or take any step respecting that State until I had seen you as I had some opinions & information to communicate on that subject— On reflection since, I have been induced to suppose that this request on my part was an improper one, & that I ought not to presume so far as to wish to intrude on you my...
On considering the offer You have been so good as to make me to go to the Court of Spain I have determined to accept it as I can at all times return whenever my friends in Carolina shall advise me that my presence may be useful or required there in support of the republican interest—L As it will be necessary for me to return to my family for a short time before I embark for Europe I will thank...
MS ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 3:0377); undated; in Pinckney’s hand, except as noted below; endorsed by TJ: “S. Carolina. Mr. Pinckney’s 2d. memm.” Some of Pinckney’s recommendations on South Carolina appointments were incorporated into Burr’s memorandum of this date printed above. Pinckney probably left this memorandum with the president before he left for Charleston. In letters to Madison and TJ on...
I wrote you on the road respecting the Chief Judge of this circuit—as I am necessarily detained in visiting my plantations in the country I do not expect to be in Town before the 20th May after which I shall be enabled to write you from Charleston on that subject & to recommend to you some gentleman who will probably accept. I find our citizens in this neighbourhood extremely pleased & am glad...
I take the liberty of introducing to your acquaintance Doctor Blythe who is a gentleman of this state & of great respectability.—he is a member of our Senate & was one of our republican Electors in December last—he is at present on a tour through the northern states with his Lady & I feel much pleasure in having this opportunity of introducing him to your acquaintance as he is a man of letters...
Having been longer at my Plantations in settling my affairs than I expected I have not had an opportunity of seeing the Gentlemen I wished to consult to recommend to you a suitable character to fill the place of chief Judge for this circuit in the room of Mr Bee who declines—In my way down I saw & requested Mr John Keith of Georgetown to suffer me to mention him to you as qualified for this...
I Will be much obliged to you to do me the favour when you recieve this to write me in answer by any Vessel that may be going directed to me at Madrid to the care of our Minister if he should be arrived or Charge d’affairs at Paris—I am hopeful we shall sail in a fortnight & that the Vessel I go in will land me either in Holland or at Havre as I expect she goes to Hamburgh—it is the only...
In pursuance of my promise I have the honour to inform you that as soon as I recieved my instructions I sailed for Europe & had almost the whole way Eastwardly Winds—by which means the ship in which I arrived two hours agoe at Helder in Holland has had upwards of fifty six days passage—five of which we have been off the Texel & unable from the Winds to get in.—I propose to set out to morrow...
I had the honour to acquaint you that I arrived in Holland on the 10th of this month & yesterday reached Amsterdam—the fatigue & length of my very long sea Voyage & a desire to examine this storehouse of Batavia will keep me here a few days & then I mean to proceed by the way of the Hague & Brussells as rapidly as I can to Paris & from thence to Madrid—To you who are so well acquainted with...
I wrote you from Brussells that I had by accident met with a gentleman at that place who had from some private communications convinced me a peace would be immediately made between France & England.—that particular reasons would induce France at this time to give up to England points she would not at any other concede & that the force of popular opinion would compell her (England) to a Peace...
My last to you was from Paris on the subject of the Peace. since this I have left that city & am now in Bourdeaux on my way to Spain where I am hopeful to arrive in a few days.—as I informed You the Expedition to Saint Domingo will take place.— Benezech is appointed to the Civil Department with plenary powers & will go out as proconsul or Commissary.—this is fixed & it is said Rochambeau will...
I wrote You two days since by a Vessel from hence—& as another goes in a short time I thought I would send You a Line to say I had written you & delivered Your Letters to Mr Lee our Consul at this port.—it seems to be the general opinion in France that their government will at an early day adopt some thing like the Navigation act of Great Britain, but that at present such is the Want of...
I will now continue the confidential communication which I received, and which I hinted at in the last Letter I wrote you ; but had not time to go into as the opportunity closed upon me before I expected it—it was in substance that the Court had been tricked by M. Urquijo into the cession of Louisiana without being aware of it. that it was a thing patched up between Berthier and Urquijo when...
I had the honour of writing you several private letters from France & Holland & Spain but not having the pleasure to recieve an answer it struck me there might be an impropriety in my writing directly to you & that it might be better for me to write to you through the medium of our Friend Mr Madison—Since that time I have therefore always requested him to present me to you respectfully &...
I wrote you a few weeks since by Captain Gorham & finding another safe Opportunity by Mr. Preble I avail myself of it to send you a duplicate of what I wrote before and to add that subsequent Events have proved and confirmed beyond a doubt what I then told you, which was, that my conduct & the stand I made here was the true reason of precipitating the rupture between England & Spain. At the...
Some taxes are, however, more partial in their first operation than others; and, in some cases, they totally ruin one part of the community in working their way into general diffusion. Others are particularly objectionable on account of the mode of their collection. When they employ too many hands in proportion to their produce, and thereby not only cause a serious deduction from the...
I wrote you a few weeks since by Mr. Gorham, & finding another safe opportunity by Mr. Preble, I avail myself of it, to send you a Duplicate of what I wrote before, and to add that subsequent events have proved and confirmed beyond a doubt what I then told you, which was, that my conduct & the stand I made here, was the true reason of precipitating the rupture between England & Spain. At the...
Anxious that yourself & Mr Madison should be fully informed of every Event both officially & confidentially Colonel Monroe & myself have written you very much at large by Captain Dulton. lest however any accident should happen to him I send to Mr Madison by this which I consider a very safe opportunity a duplicate of a summary of Facts &c: &c: which I sent yourself & him before, which I have...
I have the honour to inform You that I have this moment arrived & have thank God found my family well. I experienced three severe gales on the Voyage & was 52 days on board Via Lisbon.—it is my intention to go on to Washington in the spring to have the pleasure of paying my respects to Yourself & Mr Madison & our other friends of bringing my accounts.—when I have the pleasure of seeing you I...
I had the honor sometime since of mentioning Mr. Freneau to you as a proper person to be the Collector of Charleston & we have some reason to suppose that had you known in time of his willingness to accept he would have been appointed.—I now have the honour to say that should the Floridas be ultimately obtained & annexed to our territory & any such office therein should be offered to him as...
Having been absent for some weeks on the reviews in the interior of this country I had not the honour of receiving your letter until this day.—as I was constantly shifting my situation every day I ordered all letters to me to be kept for safety in Charleston & therefore was surprised to see in a late Newspaper a letter published addressed to me which I had never seen or recieved from Mr....
I had the honour by the last post but one to inclose you the proceedings that had taken place in consequence of the late outrage & I now have the honour to apply to you by the request of the General Committee to have a part of the sum appropriated for the defence of this City & Harbour laid out for it’s immediate protection & to expedite the permanent defence thereof & to direct an adequate...
Our latest intelligence from Europe & Washington inducing an opinion that the Embargo will not soon be taken off, & possibly that a rupture will soon take place with Great Britain, I consider it as my duty to state that our Legislature adjourned in December long before we knew of the Embargo or the receipt of the Blockading Decrees of the belligerent powers & of course made no provision but...
I have the honour to recieve your favour of the 6 May & shall govern myself by the instructions therein contained.—I have also the honour to inclose to you the proceedings of the federal Circuit Court on the same & shall wait your further instructions—the Consumption of this City & neighbourhood is about 3000 Barrells a month which comes from Philadelphia Richmond & Baltimore & I shall give...
I have had the honor of recieving your favour of & am pleased to find my conduct has met your approbation—It is to be feared too many attempts are still making to break the Embargo & that all the vigilance of the officers & means employed will be necessary to prevent it.—Since I had the honour to write you last some important events have taken place in Europe, particularly as it respects the...
(Confidential except to Mr Madison or Mr Gallatin) In my last I mentioned to you the certainty of Mr Madison’s being returned by this State—Since that on hearing of the New England Elections, of the asserted republican divisions in New York & Pennsylvania, & Some untoward Elections in districts in North Carolina the federalists here (who are always very numerous in this city) erected...
I had the pleasure of recieving your favour with the inclosure—as by the rotatory nature of our constitution I am ineligible again to the Executive here for four years & my time is just expiring I thought I owed it to your administration & to my constituents to make the inclosed communication in order that our citizens may understand the grounds on which You have made a stand against invasions...
I wrote to you the 4 instant from this & enclosed the copy of the within But as it went by a circuitous route & may have miscarried I send you a duplicate thereof.—I mentioned we had given Mr. Madison an unanimous Vote here & are pleased with stand the Government are about to take as to the Belligerents I will thank you if any vessel or dispatches go to Mr Pinkney or the Consul to Send the...
I had the honour to write to you from Co Lum Bia lately & to send you the communication I made to that Legislature & I now send you the proceedings of our representatives founded thereon—At a time like this when attempts are made by resolutions like those from Massachusetts, & speeches such as Mr [Wirts] & Pickerings to prove that Great Britain has not wronged us but that every thing is owing...
Since my arrival in this City—lately I have been so confined by the indisposition & serious illness of one of my family that I have been able to attend to little else otherwise I should have written You more fully than I leave you a Number of occurrences here which You no doubt of have heard through other Channels—as the post goes out in an hour or two I send this line & shall write by the...