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So far as the enclosed Certificates may justify I presume to place myself before you as a Candidate for office, whenever it may be your pleasure, or occation may occur, to turn your attention to our state. In the Middle age of life, heretofore used to commercial pursuits, with a wife and family now distressed by the effect of political persecution, a Mind unambitious and Moderate Views, I...
Although I have not the honour of being made known to you, I am impelled as a member of the convention now in session and as a real friend of your administration of the general governmt. to enclose you a paper containing the Governors speech, by which you will discover the temper and disposition of his mind; as well respecting the policy of the national Legislature towards the United States...
The day after to morrow I expect we shall sign the Constitution of this new State; a Copy of which, accompanying an adress will be sent you from our body. The propositions of the law of Congress I presume will not be accepted without some modification, for which purpose we in all likelihood will send Col. Worthington with instructions to negociate with the National Legislature & adjourn to a...
The removal of Governor St Clair from Office has produced much Joy & triumph among the Republicans of this new State; especially as the administration of the Government devolves on Charles W Byrd Esquire, with whom the Republicans are universally pleased with us And certainly would elect him for our first Governor, was it not that we are not well supplied with proper characters for the...
The next Post will announc the result of our Election of Governor & Representatives for this new State—which took place last tuesday. I have not yet seen the return of votes from the different Counties, but we have no shadow of doubt of the election of Mr Tiffin to the Office of Governor—and sufficient ground to believe, that our first Legislature will be Republican—Nothing could exceed the...
Having been at this place for some days, I find every thing remaing in Statuco —The Intendant positively refuses to restore to us the Deposit—And it is commonly said to be in conformity to some secret instructions which he has received from the Court at Madrid He certainly has something to protect him of the kind, or he would not dare to persist. He possesses more information & ability then...
The fluctuating state of the Commerce, and Government of this Country, has till now prevented the adjustment of my business, but I flatter myself that in two or three weeks, I shall set out from this place for the City Washington. It is with great pleasure—that I see announced in the papers Officially, the Cession of Louisiana to the United States; and also the Island of New Orleans. I...
The Cession of the Island of New Orleans, and of Louisiana to the United States, is the most important event that has taken place since the establishment of the Federal Constitution. It will not only give us weight in the Commercial & political scale of European Governments, but, that of national Character and respectability in all the world. It will preserve peace and harmony among ourselves,...
I beg leave to inform you that Mr. Breckinridge Mr Wright Mr Jackson Mr Baldwin & Mr. Adams compose the Committee , to prepare & report a bill for the Government of the Ceded Territories. I learn they have met two or three times, but Cannot agree on the principles of a bill. Butlers proposed amendment to the Constitution is rejected. Those who voted in the affirmative are Mr Anderson Mr Butler...
Col. McKee has not been able to give any information on the Subject of enquiry this Morn. but states as his opinion, that the boundary of the Chocktaw Tribe, does not extend so far South as the Mouth of Pearl River. I am Sir very respectfully your most obedient Servt. RC ( DLC ); partially dated; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Dec. and so...
I have the Honor of transmitting herewith as early as possible, the five blank brevet Commissions required by your letter of the 16th inst.—and of informing you that the Secretary of War before leaving Washington, ordered that any communication from the Office to him, should be directed to the Post office at Gardiner in the District of Maine. With the highest consideration and respect I am Sir...
Impress’d with the solicitude which I know you feel for the well being of every Section of the Union, I take the liberty to enclose for your perusal of a letter from Mr. Brown, of New Orleans. Accept the assurance of the high regard & esteem with which I am my very dear Sir Your most obedt Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I inclose you Sir the name of Judge Tomkins. I am with the greatest respect yours DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
Lucas’s nomination is confirmed by a Majority of one— very respectfully your most ob Sert DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
J Smith has the honour to inform the President that the Senate have given their advise & consent to the nomination of Governor Wilkinson—The nomination of Judge Lucas is now under consideration & possibly will be rejected— DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
The strain of opposition, has prevented our taking the vote on Gen. Armstrongs nomination. I do trust that it will be successfully taken tomorrow. I hope you are better to day & that you will believe me to be yours in all weather. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The enclosed will show you the state of the vote in Gen. Armstrongs nomination—The event has evinc’d the mistake communicated in my former note—I stand corrected with chagrin. A very strong report, has just been made on the documents relative to the Tripolitan treaty—I am impress’d with the belief, that it will be rejected if now put to the vote, and therefore, I have advis’d a postponement of...
  In compliance with the request made in your note of yesterday we recommend Mr Joseph Kerr as a proper person to be a commissioner of the western road. This gentleman resides near the seat of Government of the state of Ohio 160 miles from the nearest termination of the road on the river Ohio and as far as we can decide can have no interest in its termination other than the public good. He is...
Under a law of the present Session of Congress, a road is to be laid out from Cumberland, to a given point on the Ohio. Commissioners are to be appointed for designating the passage of the road, & the President is empowered to appoint those Commissioners. Doct Ezekiel W. Bull of Jefferson County Virga wishes to be employed in this business, & we beg leave to recommend him to your attention....
It is believed that Col Sandford of Kentucky has lost his Election, by voting with J Randolph against the passage of the Bill prohibiting certain articles of British manufactory, and that a Mr Johnson is the Successful Candidate. We shall know oficially to morrow. Thus you see the attatchment of the public sentiment even in this remote corner to the Administration of our happy Government. God...
Last night at a late hour an express arrived from Governor Tiffin ordering another detatchment of Militia to be call’d out & Stationed at & near this place, for the purpose of arresting all suspicious Boats in descending the River—that 10 Boats were arrested at or near Marietti & that Tyler & Blannerhosset had fled & were pursued—The dispatches of the Governor were accompanied by the copy of a...
In Consequence of an application to the President of the United States, for the Pardon of Jacob Coleman—I have been instructed by the Judge of the District, to obtain from the Inspectors of Prison—a representation of the Conduct of the Convict, during his Confinement—Which representation, is enclosed for the Consideration of the President—It becomes also My duty to State, that I waited on the...
J Smith has the honour of transmitting herewith correct copies of the papers No 1 & 2 to the President of the United States, as requested in his note of the 28th instant. DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
As I understood Mr Baldwin was not aprised of the complaints lodg’d against his Brother, I thought it advisable this day to communicate to him the subject of them, as I have, though I knew it to be a matter of some delicacy. In doing this I was cautious, & concived it to be a duty, that in like circumstances I should be glad to have done to me; & under this impression he seem’d to recive it. I...
As I become more & more convinc’d of the necessity of giving you information from every quarter of the union, I beg leave to subjoin an extract from a letter Just received from Greenville Mississippi Territory under date of the 6th ultimo— “We have had a considerable alarm of late concerning Col. Burr & his intended expedition, but I believe it will evaporate in smoke. We want a good Judge...
I have the pleasure of believing, that the Senate will agree to provide for the defence of its Orleans Territory, in the mode you recommend, for promoting & encourageing an American population in it. I hope the H. of Representatives will concur in the measure, as surely it is of the utmost importance to the Territories on the Mississippi & the western States— Permit me to trouble you with the...
J Smith begs leave to present his Compliments to the President & to trouble him with the perusal of the accompanying documents. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I regretted exceedingly the circumstance of your indisposition, which prevented my having the pleasure of seeing you near the time of my leaving Washington to return hither. I call’d twice, and was twice told you were too ill to see company. I sincerely hope you have before now perfectly recovered, and safely arrived at Monticello, to which place I shall direct this letter. Three days ago, it...
Since my last I call’d on Elias Glover for a copy of the deposition lately transmitted to you. He denied having made one in the most solemn manner—but from the manner & degree in which he seem’d agitated, I know he was affirming falsely, and therefore I persevered in a pointed course of enquiry, and assured him at the same time, that you could not be the depository of secret changes without...
Finding a republication of the North Bend resolutions in the Aurora & National Intelligencer, I have taken the liberty to trouble you with the enclosed depositions. It is not in my power to alter the solicitude I feel to hear from you on the subject of those complaints, stated in my two last letters. I hope you will favour me with information of my accusers, and the nature of their accusations...