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Yesterday I was furnished with the copy of an acct. by Mr. Abram Bradley D.P.M. Generl. made agreable to the order of the Head of that Department. Mr. Granger has been informed what was the Sense of the Arbitrators on the undefined part of their report, from 16 Feby. to March 31—both by verbal communication with Colonel John P. Van Ness, & a Certificate of Caleb Swan before he left this City...
I trust in your goodness to excuse me for the liberty I take in my communication, if I err it is for want of better judgment; my zeal prompts me to every source which can benefit the public in the rout I am ordered to arange for the post road—I have returned thus far, and was hastening to Washington with all the Speed in the power of horses, to State to the President & to the P.M.G. the...
The bearer Mr. Kimball, from Hanover New Hampshire, is very desirous to See the President, to have an oppertunity of a few moments—to State Some business of considerable importance to himself, (and as he Say’s beneficial to the country) his native defidence is Such as Seems to require Some Sort of introduction—he has no acquaintance in this place—if the President can offer him a few minutes it...
The inclosed is the result of the defences in the cases between Gideon Granger Esqr. Post Master General, & myself in relation to the conveyance of the mail from this City to Coweta & from thence to Fort Stoddert, also from Nashville in Tennessee to New Orleans—and I trust Satisfactory to the government also when it is Considered it was an experiment to be made through a wilderness country 600...
My feelings compell me however (However reluctantly,) to ask for a moment of your important time, to make an appeal to your good sence, to your correct mind, and also to your Sencibility—I have forwarded to you Sir the result of the refereese in the cases between the Post Master General & myself. I laid before them proof of near twenty persons of unquestionable character, admitted by the...
On my return from Georgia where I have been to assist Doctr. Bradley, the agent of the Post Office, in this new arrangment of the New Orleans mail—I found my friend Mr. Beckley was no more —may I therefore be permitted to renew my application for the Office of Librarian to Congress—your Excellency had the goodness when I made my first application, through Capt. Lewis to inform me, that the...
There being an office in your gift connected with the Legislature where I am placed, the compensation to which, aded to the small pittance I receive from the government, would enable me to support my little family in this city, and thereby prevent a painful seperation which necessity enforces. I therefore beg leave to offer myself to your consideration for the appointment of librarian to...
I am from severe indisposition under the necessity of geting the aid of Colo. Hawkins to write to you.—I passed Chattahoche on the 21st. Septr. and progressed with the road to Mr. Cornells where I was attacked with a fever, accompanyed with great pain and debility, I however continued for six miles beyond Colo. Hawkins’s former residence, where I found myself totally incapable of proceeding...
From a Sincere & affectionate regard for your person, family & good fame, and a desire that I may not loose any Share of your opinion which from consious rectitude I feel myself in Some degree intitled, I request permission to put into your hands some papers which, I hope will Satisfy your mind, that the representation made by Mr. Granger in his report, respecting the delay of your express to...
At 4 oclock last evening I arrived at this place after cuting the road & Clearing it of obstructions—I first explored the big creek South fork of the Ockmulgee Several miles from its mouth, and assertained to my intire Satisfaction that no place could be found to pass it without going intirely too high up for any thing like a Straight line—then returned to the place at its mouth where I have...
I fear to intrude upon the Great, &, nothing but imperious necessity can apologize for this address—As the political Father and Saviour of a great Family, permit me prostrately, at your Feet, to place the impotency of a numerous and promising Family.—Soon after the termination of the revolutionary War, I imported Goods to a large amount, sold them on Credit, and thereby have become a...
I beg permission respectfully to represent, that I have for some time past acted in the capacities of Justice of the Peace , and Notary Public of this City, under appointments by the Executive of Maryland, but discontinued in both those capacities by the late President, in his appointments under the late Acts of Congress, respecting the Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia. In respect to...
Penetrated with the most lively sensations of gratitude to that Being who has preserved this country a second time from the fangs of tyranny by your elevation to the station of chief Magistrate—Permit me Sir to express my joy on the Occasion and to declare in the openness of an undissembling heart that no event of my countrys prosperity—not even the acknowledgment of its independancy has ever...
By my Friend, Col. Knight, I once more address You; I anticipate a kind Reception, from the easy Access & affability, with which, all those, who have the Honour of an Interview are received, and which, I myself, have experienced: permit me again to solicit your Notice, and Patronage: I do not wish your Favours, unless I have deserved them. Since I have taken up my Residence, in this State my...
With gr[eat diff]idence, I beg Leave to present your Excellency with two small Odes, one wrote on our National Festival of the 4th. of July & the other on the 11th of August with a view to inspire to defensive Measures, our hardy Yeomenry: they both had a good Effect & served to rause in american Breasts, the Spirit of 1775. never was Herd on the 4th. of July a more brilliant Feat in the...
When the foregoing Letter was given me by Governor Fenner, it was my Intention to have waited on you, at Washington, immediately after; but on Reflection, it accured, that you would probably be at Monticello, and I might possibly loose the expected Honour of a personal Interview, I have therefore, for the present, owing to some Indisposition, delayed my intended Visit untill the sickly Season,...
Tho it may seem presumtive for a private man to address you, yet I know you have given that Indulgence to many, and on that Score, I have ventured again to introduce myself to your Notice I know the Difficulties That Surround Characters in high Office, numerous are the applicants for Favours, all of us have reale or pretended Merits to usher us to Notice, but all can not be fortunate; but...
The Planter, with all due Respect, presents The inclosed Strictures for your Excellency’s Perusal, if they have any Merit in your Estimation, it will extremely gratify The Planter, if there be Errors in Judgment, he knows from the Purity of his Intention, They will receive Remission, & Your Excellency will pardon The Imperfections— DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
Though I have not the Honour to be personally known to you, yet your Character, for easy Accessibility, invites me to address you: Generosity and Candour will always pardon Deviations from the Line of Propriety; while the Reverse gives Disgust, and unpleasant Tidings to the innocent Mind.— I have had for some years past an invincible Propensity to be known to your Excellency; though Chance has...
I am favoured with yours of 5th. instant. In the course of the summer or autumn I intend to visit the Cavities of Ice, and to make more particular observations than heretofore. Should I in the mean time obtain information which may deserve attention I will communicate it. I am much surprised at Hobans conduct—; his agreement with the late Commissioners, as entered in their Journal, ought...
To enable me to comply with your request respecting Samuel Davidsons claim , I have re-examined all the papers in the Commissioners Office relative to that case, and find that his claim rests solely on a supposition that L’Enfants Plan is the proper Plan of the City; that it received its confirmation by the transmission thereof to Congress; In respect to which President Washington , in his...
Agreeably to a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the 30th. Ulto, I went to Annapolis on Thursday last. The Governor was in Virginia and not expected to return soon. Mr. Shoaff, one of the Council was likewise absent, but expected on friday Evening. I waited on the other Members of the Council, and procured a meeting on Saturday when all the Members in the City attended, but Mr....
In consequence of what you were pleased to mention this morning I send a rough sketch of a Resolve respecting a subject which I do not feel myself competent to act on I have examined the Essays of Nicholas King while he was in the employ of the Commissioners, and acting under the auspices of Doctor Thornton, from which it appears that their Idea was to carry a Water Street 80 feet wide through...
Agreeably to my expectations expressed in a former letter , I, on the 9th. instant, visited the ice caves, or as they are called by the People of the Neighbourhood the cold holes I found the face of nature much changed since I saw them before—the hill at the foot of which these holes are, appears to be a pile of stones, a large space of it immediately above the holes, is perfectly bare, not a...
In the last conversation I had the honour to hold with you, you observed that you had not expected anything further would have been paid to the Commissioners on account of the square conveyed to the U. States for the site of Marine Barracks —This has occasioned me to reflect in what passed between us on that subject previous to the purchase; and if my memory does not fail me, the idea...
I am inclined to believe that those in power at the close of the former administration, did not attach much merit to the preparing the permanent Seat of Goverment for the reception of Congress; otherwise the man who had promoted that measure by seven years assiduous and successful attention , would not have been entirely overlooked, when the good things which the institution afforded were...
Draft of a Resolution for the City of Washington Resolved, as the opinion of the Board that a Plan of the City of Washington on which the public appropriations, as they are described in the several Acts of the Presidents of the U States directing the conveyance thereof to the Commissioners; the squares or Parcels of ground which have been divided, or prepared for division, as building lots;...
I returned on the 6th. instant a good deal indisposed. Although my disease (a diarrhoea) is in some measure checked, yet my health is not so far restored as to enable me to take an active part in business My Colleagues having answered your letters of the 24th. and 29th. Ulo. before my arrival I have nothing to say on the subjects of them, except to observe that it has been the practice of this...
Memorial of Amos White of New Haven State Connecticut Praying that your Excellency will take in consideration the situation of your memorialist that he has bin obliged to fly from his Native place New haven and leave their a wife and two Children totally destitute of any support and reside in New Brunswick in consiquence of their being taken from on board the Sloop Ann of that port belonging...
Altho’ I am an entire stranger to you as well as in the country whereof you are elected President, yet as I am so well assured of the great interest you take in every thing that is connected with the benefit of the States I do not hesitate a moment to address you on a subject that cannot fail to prove advantageous to the country.   it is very well known that a considerable sum of money goes...
Douz chefs Saquia sont venué L’etté Dernier Dans mon villagé, mont aporté un grand colliér, aux nom de plussiaurs Nations, et me demande En meme Tens De Venir sur le Mizourÿ, à La Rivière à La Miné, Enfin D’avoir un grand, Conseillé, avec Tous ce memes nattion, me Disent quil n’aiment point Les amériquain, Et qu’il faulut Donnois La maine à un autre Perre, Dans ce moment meme ils ont donnois...
j,arive Volla quatre jour Du haut de La Rivierre des Arq, avec mon Frerre Choutaux nous avons eu Boucoup des painne Dans Les Voÿagé Vue Les Mauvaise intension de Cetté Bande D,hommé mechant qui Vivent comme Les animaux Des preries il Est tems mon grand perre que Vous m,aidiés a Les Reduiré En fin D,aretter Toute mauvaise Suite, Vous m,aveis promisse un Forgeron Est un Moullin a cheval Dan mon...
With a view of serving Mr. Samuel Bryan, as far as in our power, we beg leave to recommend him as a meritorious character—Mr. Bryan has been, many Years Register General, and some three or four Years past Comptroler for the State of Pennsylvania, The duties of the several offices which he filled have been performed with fidelity, and in a manner completely satisfactory to the Public— To Mr...
Your kind, unthought, of, condescension in writing me, incites my gratefull acknowledgment which long since I should have expressed: But have been waiting for the Publication of the Inquirer, Pamphlet [wise?], which I had heard was like to take Place, that, herewith I might send you one enclosed, as You informed me you did not recollect having seen them in Mr Moss’s Paper . Please to accept of...
At a meeting of Captn William Moor’s Company of light Infantry belonging to the first Regt. & first Brigade of the Militia of Delaware it was agreed their Services be offered to the President of the United States as Volunteers conformably to the Law of Congress— Whereupon it was Unanimously— Resolved That the Oficers in behalf of the Company be requested to tender their Services to the...
To Thomas Jefferson, President of the united States of Americai, the following lines are humbly presented, May it Pleas the President. I being a free born Citizan of the united States, feel anxious for the Prosperity thereof, and my mind having been much exercised a long time on account of a Certain Class of our inhabitants, I hope thou wilt excuse my freedom in thus addressing thee (not on...
It is not without a severe struggle between my sense of propriety, and my absolute necessity; that I have taken the liberty of introducing myself to your notice; and at the same time appearing in the unpleasant act of solicitation. The object of my request Sir, is the place of Librarian, held by the late Mr Beckley; I do not mean to sue for it, in conjunction with the Clerkships; but singly...
The exalted opinion I have allways entertained of your charecter, has induced me to take the liberty of addressing you on a subject which I hope you will not conceive in the smallest measure derogatory to the elevated department, which you fill with so much reputation, and honour . I have lately been under the necessity of collecting monies, to be appropriated to a very important purpose; but...
I wrote to you in January on business of much importance, but not being favoured with an answer or the most trivial acknowledgement of your having received such a letter; my extreme anxiety has impelled me to write to you again, and have now only to sollicit the favour of you to inform me if such a letter has ever reached your hands.—I am Sir, with the highest, respect, DLC : Papers of Thomas...
Hearing you are a Recting a Mill a small Distance up this river I have made so bold as to offer my self to your service as a Miller noing there is but fiew Millers in the northern states that Can excell me in that branch of business and for your settesfection if you think proper you will pleas to enquire in to my Carractor at Baltimore which is not far from you Enquire at Taylor & Finley —...
My presumption in writing you, I hope should it meet your disapprobation will by you be looked over, as it is Sir my knowing your assendency and Interest, that Induces me to write. I have been in writing business for Some time, and am anxious to be Still engaged in that line of Business. I have Served five years in an office, but am Induced to believe that I can receive much Instruction at the...
The brass work which I repaird no doubt you have received. the charge 1. D 50 C I have been paid. An Artificial horizon such as you mention cannot be had in this City. But a more simple kind have been in use some time which I believe answer every purpose of the Other ones full as well, can be obtained. they consist of a piece of parrallel glass, floated on Quiksilver in a Small Box, which...
We, the Subscribers, citizens of the Town of Boston, with the greatest deference, and respect, humbly beg leave to enclose a Copy of a Letter from ourselves to the Secretary of the Navy ; and to solicit thereto, the momentary attention and interference of the Chief Magistrate of the Union; whose exalted Character, whether Moral, Political, or Literary, we have ever beheld with the highest...
Honor, my Lord is much too proud to catch At every slender twig of nice distinctions There for the unfeeling vulgar may do well But those whose souls are by the nicer rules Of virtuous delicasy only swayed Stand at an other bar than that of law Hope, being the most powerful sentiment of the human breast has encouraged me thus to address the Ruler of this country humbly petitioning that he will...
J’ai l’honneur de m’adresser à Vous pour Vous prier de Vouloir bien me donner quelques renseignemens concernant une Nommée Sophie de Bréard, Née française et établie chez les Bostoniens déjà depuis bien des années. Elle doit résider à Philadelphie ou aux environs. Ne connaissant personne dans ce pays, Je prends la liberté de m’adresser à Vous pour savoir par Votre moyen si cette demoiselle De...
A Chairman of the General Committee of the African Institution, and by order of that body I have the honour to address you on Subject highly important to the great objects of its Establishment; Objects interesting to the humane and good of every Country, and such as the conduct of the American Government and people leads the Institution to hope will obtain in the United States an Approbation...
The Enclosed is transmitted to the President of the United States in behalfe of Mr. Topham— By His Excellency’s Obt. Servt. N.B. The names to the documents are those of the Reputable— DNA : RG 59—GPR—General Pardon Records.
The Presidents Note of this Day came duly to Hand, I understand Mr. Topham to be now in Prison, & am the more confirmed in that opinion, when I consider Mr. Topham to have been committed to Prison, under a Judgment obtained in part in favor of the United States. In which case it would seem impossible that the Statute of an Individual State could any more opperate to a discharge of...
I have the Honour, pursuant to a Resolution of the General Assembly, of transmitting to you the inclosed address, and of being, with sentiments of perfect respect, Your obt. and very humble Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I. Wilbour presents his respects to the President of the U.S.—and in compliance with a request made known in the Presidents Note of this Day I informe that the Genl. Assembly of that State, will meet Febry. next.—And as the document refered to found its way to the President this their organ the then Supreme Executive of the State, it would seem therefore most natural that an answer to the...