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Mr. Mitchell begs leave to present His respects to Mr. Jefferson with a set of the journal de l’Amerique du Nord by mr. Caritat,—which should mr. Jefferson not have seen He hopes will be acceptable DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I enclose a letter from the collector of Baltimore to Mr Duval respecting the Statues. It appears that the duties are only 115.50; the other 45.64 being for freight & storage. If Mr Franzoni will appoint an appraiser, a new valuation make take place in order to re-ascertain the duties; but no time should be lost, as the sale is advertised for the 12th inst. Respectfully, Your obedt. Servt. DLC...
I return the recommendation for the office of “Surveyor of the port of Salem and inspector of the revenue for the same”, together with a letter from Mr Crowninshield by which he accedes to the recommendation in favor of Mr. Hodges. With great respect Your obedt. Sert. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Presuming on Youre former Indulgence I take the liberty of Introducing to Youre Acquaintance the Navel Officer of this Port Mr Carleton Walker, a Gentleman of Respectability, Correct in his Manners, & impres’d with a Due sens of Honor. free from those fashionable vices, that too often Tarnish the Charecter of a Gentleman, Mr Walker proceeds to the Cittey of Washington on Business, accompanied...
New York, 2 Apr. 1803 . Replying to TJ’s letter of 23 Mch. , he advises TJ not to sell the land the president recently purchased. He prefers waiting for TJ’s payments to him, rather than causing regret. Before departing for Kentucky, Short will leave a power of attorney for his New York brokers, Lewis & Lawrence, who will receive payments and apply them on his behalf. He promises to send TJ a...
I do not leave Washington till Tuesday next, before which period I hope to have the pleasure to wait upon you. The House of Representatives, exhibited only one leak in the Dome, but a very bad one in the flat under the dome at X [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] at the NE Corner. The rain poured in a stream into the lobby. I think it can be easily cured, & probably arose from a drift of Snow. The...
By a Regulation of the Commissioners of this City, approved by the President July 15th. 1794, Areas were permitted in front of dwelling Houses to the extent of five feet in breadth, but from experience these have been found too confined, and this has been frequently represented to us as a Subject worthy of consideration—We are convinced they are too confined, and think it our duty to submit to...
J’ai reçû et lû, avec émotion, avec attendrissement, avec gratitude, la dépêche dont Vous avez bien voulu m’honorer le 27 ulto. Elle fera le bonheur de ma vieillesse. Elle me sera la recommandation la plus honorable auprès de mon Gouvernement. Elle m’est un brevet pour l’immortalité. Je n’ai point encore reçu la dépêche de Monsieur le Sécrétaire d’Etat que Vous daignez m’annoncer. Peut être...
Mr. Samuel B. Archer a young gentleman Of worth and a good republican, in passing by your Seat, feels a strong desire of paying his respects to you. He has intimated to me his wish—It is with pleasure I comply with it. Permit me to introduce him to you. Yrs with sentiments Of the highest respects & esteem DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Agreeable to a Suggestion in my letter to you of the 10th. Ultimo I did on the 1st. instant dissolve the General Assembly. In order that you may be fully informed of the motives and reflections which dictated this measure, I inclose a Copy of my letter to the Secretary of State, in addition to which I will observe, that this did not take place, as long as there was any probability that...
I had the honor to address you the 10th. Ultimo by Captn Groves of the Brig Henry, via Salem. But am apprehensive that at any time you would think it a very dull letter, and at a moment when you must have so much important business on hand exceedingly tedious. If according to a common observation there is no sweet in life without some mixture of bitter, being thus troubled may fairly be set...
You omitted mentioning the Post office where to direct the Letter to Dr. Bache . I have filled the blank of the commencement of his salary on 12th instt. allowing him a week after receiving your letter to prepare. Enclosed is a recommendation for “Surveyor of the customs for the district of East River in Virginia .” None has been received for the office of collector; but if the surveyor shall...
Thy Letter of the twenty first was recieved the Day before Yesterday, and as I value thy Esteem at a very high Rate, it gave Me great Pleasure. If it be possible, that I can render any service to thee by offering my sentiments on things relating to this state or on the broader scale of the Union, I shall cheerfully express them, being fully persuaded that therein I shall, in the best Manner I...
The mail of wednesday brought the despatches from France which ought to have come in the preceding one. I enclose them with sundry other letters &c. They would have been sent yesterday but an express could not readily be procured. I have engaged the Bearer a free negro of good character to deliver them to you as early today as he can accomplish the ride. He is to receive a dollar & a half per...
I now do myself the honor to address you on the subject of the contemplated improvements on the post roads between Nashville & Natchez, and between the Rivers Ohio & Mississippi. Notwithstanding the pressure of my Contractors, I have devoted considerable attention to the subject. There has been already a road explored and laid out from Nashville to Grindstoneford. This service was performed by...
Mr. Lear arrived here the day before yesterday a few minutes after your departure. He confirms the information as to the imprisonment of Capt: Rodgers & Davidson . Inclosed is a copy of le Clerc’s explanation on the subject, of my letter to Pichon with his answer, and of a letter to Mr. Livingston which I shall forward to Philada. this evening, that it may overtake the despatches already in...
On yesterday in this City, there was great rejoicing—The Citizens generally evinced a grateful recollection of the period which annexed Louisiana to the United States, & thro’out the Day there was a degree of harmony which afforded me singular pleasure. —The paper enclosed will give you some account of the particulars.—You may be assured Sir, that the great body of this people, are becoming...
1808 Thomas Jefferson Esqr. To James Melvin Dr. Octr. 3 To
You must pardon this intrusion, its dictated by imperious circumstances & I trust founded in justice: the more I reflect on the Statement of facts Submitted to your Excellencys consideration in my Letter of the 18th December last, the more I think there Entitled to relief. When its considered how much the claim under the Louisiana Treaty was outwited & that the US. are pledged to indemnify...
I had the pleasure of writing to you on the 25th. of Novr. —& also on the 29th. of Decr.—The object of the present is simply to enquire, so as to ascertain whether those letters were recieved—I very well conceive that your extreme & multiplied occupations, should not have left you time to answer them under the present pressure of affairs—& this is by no means to ask it, if it should be...
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 now write from Prison where I think I am unjustly placed, I feel myself under no small degree of imbarrasment to apologize in this manner to address the Chief Magistrate of the U. States,— But Sir permit me to address you with every sentiment of Esteem, and in that I presume I am Reciprocating with One, whose Soul is united to mine by the Indisoluble bonds of friendship, I shou’d be unworthy...
I do myself the pleasure of presenting to you, thro’ the Medium of Doctr Mitchell of New York, the first Volume of Flora Caroliniensis—It is not alone from the regard I have to you as Our beloved Chief Magistrate that induced me to send it; But because you are not only an Advocate for, but a Promoter and encourager of American Arts and Sciences that I am more immediately induced to forward...
I postponed answering your favor of June, untill I received the sigars which you friendly sent: they are truly very fine, and thankfully received. Your wild Geese, are in high order. The Indiginous flowers, which I saved for you, died; in the dryness of our Summer. With the Geese be pleased to accept a pair of Summer Ducks, hatched, and raised by a hen, they are very gentle, and I hope will...
I had the pleasure of writing you the 19th. of last month, inclosing such imperfect information on the subject of your queries, as I at that time possessed; since which I have been favored with the perusal of the result of Mr. Clark’s researches , which are, as I expected, ample, leaving nothing more to be desired respecting most of the points of enquiry; He informs me also that he procured a...
I am very much pleased that it is convenient for you to meet those debts £47. the 10th July & £160. on the 10th of August as it will answer very well. you will be so good as to name it to Mr. Jefferson by the first mail. Bullocks deed is for the proportion of interest which James L. Henderson sold me with an addition of the warehouse & the store house Henderson & Connard formerly Occupied. At...
We have at length heard from the person in Smithfield (Mr. George Purdie) of whom enquiry was made some time ago respecting hams. Mr. P. is a person remarkable for curing good bacon; he writes that he has not any of his own, but that he thinks he can get from among his neighbours such as will suit your purpose. We have therefore requested that if he can procure such as you describe, he will...
This Letter to the great King, wishing Health, from his humble Servant the Chinese Mandarin I have seen your Portrait, and I admire the benevolence of your Countenance. I should have been glad to see the original and to have laid myself under an obligation for his permission to depart. Your Servant would not only thank the King but his God that he might leave this Country, and returning to his...
Your letter inclosing Captain Lewises memorandum came to me regularly: I return him thanks for the information and express my gratitude to you for the credit you offerr me with the Georgia merchants. Long sickness or a broken limb should allways be deemed possible and provided for before hand.—Martha received the medal today: the execution is fine but Ceracchi was much better worth copying...
Harwood to Munroe The first instalment of 40,000 dollars shall be paid at any time, in the year 1804, when demanded by Maryland; the second instalment at any time, in 1805, when demanded. The interest on any instalment of course to cease from after the day when payment shall be made—I think that the first instalmt. ought to have been paid on 1 Jany. 1804 & that the second should be paid on 1...
Agreeably to your request I wrote to Mr Rea for information respecting a small article in his line which you had been pleas’d to call on him to furnish—I yesterday receiv’d his answer, in which he states that he should have sent it long since, but waited for an opportunity of putting it into a safe hand coming here; which he met with on Friday last, and the packet is now on its way, in the...
I have the honor of proposing for your approbation George W. Pike, Adam Larrabee, Patrick Byrne and John James Abert to be appointed Cadets in the Regiment of Artillerists in the service of the United States. Accept Sir, assurances of my high respect and consideration [ Note by Jefferson :] Jan. 18. 08. Approved PHi : Daniel Parker Papers.
This address is dictated with a view of affording some information, without which the Executive Confidence, might be bestowed in the appointment of an officer in this Territory who is amongst the most inveterate enemies of the present administration, if not the principles of our Government. The officer I mean is a General for this Territory, and the Character I allude to is Colo. Benijah...
I am Sent By my peopel the princeabel Chefes of the Lower towns on my way to this plase—I found the Rode to be verey Brite and Clear and when arived at this plase I found your Dores open farther my part of the Nation the Lower towns is Deturmed to move over the massippa if they Like the Cuntrey when they Exploar it pervided there father will assist them in there persute a fathers knowes the...
It may be gratifying to learn the temper of friends, in distant parts of the Country. By the enclosed you will perceive one I hope, in which, the spirit of republicanism is about to exhibit, itself, in Massachusetts. Similar preparations, it is said, are making in other parts of that State—Such things have a double effect—to animate on the one hand, on the other, to depress—All my late...
Will it not be necessary to intimate to Congress the necessaty of some provision for making the proposed establishment of a Magazine & Armoury in South Carolina, and also for making some improvements at Harpers ferry. I am Sir with the highest respect Your Huml. Servt. RC ( DLC ); at head of text: “To the President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Dec. from the War...
Lodato sia il cielo, se ò tutto perduto in questo mondo, mi resta nell’altro un tesoro, e voglio dire costì. Sì, Signore; La di Lei Lettera del 31. Gennaio scorso portatami fino a casa dal Sigr. Leonard , à colme tutte le mie speranze, e mi à fatto dimenticare tutto ciò, che ò sofferto finora in questa Rivoluzione. Dirò di più; mi servirà, di scudo contro tutti i disastri avvenire. Ella dee...
I am told that Frost is a notorious Federalist, in the worst sense of that much-perverted term. Moore is a good man, a sensible man, a staunch Republican. He is also an unfortunate man—He made two attempts to establish a news-Paper in the City. The undertaking was premature on acct. of the then population of the place—but, I suspect, more so from the Complexion of his Paper. I feel myself...
By the last Mail, I could only acknowledge the receipt of your esteemed favour of the 30th. August;—But I shall now do myself the pleasure to reply to it more particularly. On receiving the Appointment of Governor of this Territory, I feel sensibly the honor confered, and shall be the more solicitous to deserve a Continuance of your Confidence;—I am however firmly persuaded that the office...
I cannot repress the emotions excited by your favor of the 16th. Instant—they were of profound respect and gratitude for the reiterated proofs of your kind confidence, mingled with extreme regret and painful reflections arising from the imperious necessity of declining the acceptance of an appointment so honorable in itself and rendered still more so by the manner in which it has been...
If the Prayer of my Son’s Letter , which encloses this, could meet your Approbation, I should be highly gratified. I must take it for granted that you have no Acquaintance with his Person, & perhaps as little with his Character. Prudence forbids my saying much in the Case: I would only beg Leave to say, that such is his Steadiness and Attention to Business, that I hope He would not disappoint...
The American Philosophical Society having received from Mr Lasteyrie his work on the cultivation of the cotton plant, I have been instructed to return their thanks with the copy you so obligingly transmitted. The communications, on the Yellow Fever in Madrid, and on the Volcanic Eruptions which occurred in the Island of Fayal, with Coenteraux’s pamphlets returned, have been duly received. For...
I beg leave to inform you I am the person that made application to you at Monticillo for a small employment under Goverment you were pleas’d to refer me to Mr. Gallatan and I have waited in Town untill I am destitute of the means to stop longer unless it is your pleasure the little money when I set out from Baltimore to Montcillo was only Eight dollars which was the whole sum I was possess’d...
May it please your Excellency Once more and the Last time I ever shall trouble your any more your goodness as been three or four times the saving my family from want. and hearing your a going to Leave us make me Unhappy to Lose so good a friend who is a father to the poor in need and Disstress and a true Patriot to your Country at Large the Loss will be felt by many besides me a almost blind...
Since receiving Henings bond from you I have been almost constantly from home at Amherst & Flu bouts—from the latter I returned only yesterday evening—I walked once to Hening’s house a half hour ago with the hope of see ing him on the subject, but he is from home—I cannot therefore say whether he will give other bonds for his, but suppose if he has them, & that is very probable, that he will...
If, in your judgement, I should appear to be as well qualified to take the charge of the Congressional Library, as any other person who might be willing to accept of that appointment—and if there should be no infringment of the constitution, by my holding the Station which I now possess, as well as the other ,—I should be happy to be considered as a candidate for that office—Having the honor...
I wrote you some time ago, but not knowing whither you had Received the Letter, thought I would write to you again on the same subject, I Received a Letter from Nantucket last Mail informing me that our Collector of the Customs there, was very unwell and that some of our people of that Island had Recommended his Son Daniel B. Hussey as a person suitable to succeed him in the said Office and...
Since my last I find that the office which was lately filled by Genl. Millar, is (if report be true) offered to Genl. Muhlenburgh. I hope that your numerous and important avocations have not driven entirely from your recollection the case of Mr Hamilton of Northumberland. But lest it should be so, I write to you again on the Subject, without making to you any apology for reiterating the claims...
The counterfeiting of notes of the Bank of the United States, or of coins of the sd. States, are equally by the statute offences against the United States; but I believe that base coining of foreign coins is an offence only against the State. At all events, the proper course seems to be to transmit the affidavit to the district attorney for North Carolina; which, if approved by the President,...
Is it presuming too far on your indulgence to hope that you will recall to remembrance a person who has for many years past been deprived of the pleasure of conversing with you—As it is much more natural to forget benefits conferred than received, I can easily imagine, I may have escaped your recollection, whilst I must ever retain the most lively impressions of gratitude for the kindness &...