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On my return to London (yesterday) I found the enclosed letter for your Excellency at my lodgings which I now forward as it doubtless contains advices of a public nature. I have received others from my friends of the most pleasing kind. Our public affairs in America are certainly in a most propitious way.—State of votes known in New York March 1: Washington Adams New Hampshire  5  5 Unanimous...
Your favors of the 12th. July last are now before me. It affords me great satisfaction to be assured that my intermarriage with your Sister meets your approbation; and believe me Sir, it has (if possible) increased her affection for you. My first aim and wish is to make her life happy, the second to procure your esteem, both of which shall be my constant care to effect, which if my conduct...
I have the honour to acquaint you that the Books you wished to have, have gone for a great deal more then your Excellency marked them down in your list. The 8656 Epistola Veterum exceeds 4s more then you marked it at. The price you fixed it at, was 7/6. Would you chuse to have it? If you do not wish to have it, Mr. Robson desired I would tell you. Your Excellency was at full liberty to refuse...
I am encouraged by Mrs. Cosway to Beg you would favor me with the Acceptance of my poem on Enthusiasm. If it should meet with any part of the Approbation of so enlighten’d a Judge I should be highly gratified. When I was at Paris last summer, I wished very much to be Introduced to you, And Mr. O Dunn promised to procure me that Honor, I left Paris with regret at not having accomplished my...
A la fin, devant succomber faute de Moyens et de ressource, abandonne des personnes meme qui m’avoit jusqu’ici entretenu, Et N’osant plus me rendre plus longtems à Charge, j’ai prit le parti dans le moment meme de la plus grande Necessite de vous ecrire pour la premiere fois et Vous demander Votre protection afin que Nous Soyons payé. J’ai ete obligée comme vous scavez de m’entretenir et de me...
I have taken the liberty pursuant to the desire of the author and your kind offer (though only a general one) of services, to address to you 400 copies of a French translation of a book on trade, of which I remember to have sent you a copy in English . These copies are to be distributed wherever they may be most useful in France, but especially among the members of the Etats Generaux. They are...
My last was of the 29th. March. A few days ago I had the pleasure of yours of the 12. Jany. I thank you for your attention to the works of the Abbè Barthelemy and the Marquis Condorcet, And wish much that your attempts to procure me a genuine copy of the King of Prussia’s may succeed. I send you herewith the first No. of the Congressional Register, which will give you some idea of the...
Since the liberty I took of writing to your Excellency last I have been informed, that you are about to return to America. It is with sincerity that I offer you my best wishes, and I hope that you and your Family, may experience good health, and a safe and pleasant passage. I take infinite pleasure in congratulating you upon the lately adopted Federal Constitution, and hope you will find it...
Paris, 9 May 1789. Grand & Cie . present their compliments and ask that TJ permit them to trouble him with “une affaire assés importante,” concerning which they desire him to obtain information when he arrives in America. For this purpose they enclose a copy of certificate of deposit made with the secretary of the consulate at Philadelphia 14 Sep. 1779 of 149 loan office certificates totalling...
Paris, [ 9 May 1789 ]. They enclose a memorandum on the subject of Mr. Barclay. This is not the only claim they have for credit extended in America, and Mr. Williams, among others, has owed them 80,000₶ for 6 years “dont ils desespèrent de rien retirer et qu’ils lui prêterent au moment où ils le savoient dans l’embarras et hors d’etat de satisfaire à ses engagemens.” If Grand had not given aid...
My last was of the 29th. March. A few days ago I had the pleasure of yours of the 12. Jany. I thank you for your attention to the works of the Abbè Barthelemy and the Marquis Condorcet, and wish much that your attempts to procure me a genuine copy of the King of Prussia’s writings may succeed. I send you herewith the first No. of the Congressional Register, which will give you some idea of the...
Amsterdam, 11 May 1789 . Is honored by TJ’s “highly respected favor of 3rd. Instant” which merits his “most sincere warm Acknowledgments.” He hopes his new establishment will furnish “frequent Opportunities to render … usefull or agreeable Offices” to TJ. RC ( DLC ); 1 p.; MS slightly mutilated. Recorded in SJL as received 17 May 1789.
I take the liberty to recommend to your care this three Copies of the II volume of my work on vegetables , one for Dr. Franklin, one for the Philosophical society and one for M. Sam. Vaughan junior. I begg the favour of you to accept the fourth as a remembrance of mine. An other volume will soon appear, it being allmost out of press. I should have pay’d you my respects a long while ago, but I...
Deux Messieurs de votre Connoissance etant arrivés dans Cette ville sont venus me trouver de votre part pour me Charger de vous faire faire un modele de la Caffetiere de Celle du Cabinet de l’accademie. Je n’ai pas manqué de suite de le faire faire. J’espere que vous Serés Content puisqu’elle est mieux faite que l’autre. Je l’ai mise hier à la messagerie à votre addresse, et Si je ne vous l’ai...
Amsterdam, 11 May 1789 . Acknowledge TJ’s letter of advice of 3 May concerning his draft in favor of Van Damme, “which shall be discharged on presentation,” and also TJ’s “Remittance ƒ237.6 on Messrs. Willinks and ourselves,” which they declared to be “exactly the Balance of your private account now closed.” RC ( DLC ); entirely in Hubbard’s hand; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 17 May...
J’aurai bien desiré pouvoir soumettre à vos lumieres le projet de constitution que je presente aux etats generaux. Mais, craignant que vos occupations ne vous le permissent pas, je n’ai point osé vous le demander. Cependant si vous avies quelques moments libres que vous puissies m’accorder, je serai bien flatté de converser avec vous de ces objets. Je suis avec respect Monsieur Votre tres...
I received Just now the Inclosed Letter for your Excellency from England. It has been unsealed I don’t know where. I inclose you the Cover , which was also unsealed, Just as I received it. I have only taken out the paper unnecessary . This Letter has been unsealed Just as all those comming from Levant or Turkey are by the Mails via of austria. I hope you will have received in time my last...
Depuis la lettre que j’ai eu l’honneur de vous écrire, Il n’est point arrivé de nouveau bâtiment d’Amerique. Mais je viens d’apprendre que L’Abigaïl, Capne Bela Bacchus , lequel se trouve actuellement au Havre, doit ou en repartir directement pour Boston ou venir à Lorient prendre un chargement de Sel. Je sais que c’est un grand bâtiment, très solide, très commode, sur lequel vôtre Excellence...
Paris, 14 May 1789 . Had called to announce his audience last Tuesday with their majesties and the royal family as minister plenipotentiary of his Britannic majesty. RC ( DLC ); 1 p.; in French. Not recorded in SJL .
Thy favour of the 8th. of August 1787 came safe to hand, in which I am informed that the Royal Academy of Sciences had received my memorial concerning the magnetic variation, and that they had made an entry on their Journals to preserve my claim to the original idea; I shall take it as a particular favour if I could obtain by the first opportunity a Copy of the minute on this Business properly...
Since, I had the honour of writing to your Excellency, I have heard a piece of News which is that Paul Jones has been disgraced by the Empress of Russia for a Crime he Committed upon a Young Girl of Nine years of age. It is true, As a very particular Friend of Mine received a Letter from Russia acquainting him of it. The next is that Baretti died on Tuesday last after only two days Illness. I...
Paris, 18 May 1789 . They send the “notte de l’Equivalent” requested by TJ: “237.6s. florins courant font à l’agio de 3% 230.7.6. florins de Banque, et ceux ci, au change de 54¼, £509.10.7. argent de France.” DC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ: “1789. May 17. 509.₶10.7 = 237ƒ.6 draught Willinks V. Staphorst & Hubard.” Not recorded in SJL . TJ’s request may have been in writing; it has not been found...
J’ai eu l’honneur de vous écrire le dernier courier et de vous prévenir que le Navire Américain L’Abigaïl , Capne. Bela Bacchus , attendu du Havre en ce port où il vient prendre un chargement de Sel pour Boston, étoit d’une grandeur et d’une construction qui le rendent très propres à vous transporter commodément en Amérique. J’ai le praisir d’annoncer à Votre Excellence que ce bâtiment est...
London, 22 May 1789 . Is again in Europe after voyage of six weeks from South Carolina. Is rejoiced that TJ has not gone to New York. Hopes to be in Paris in a fortnight. Asks TJ to forward enclosed letters to Rutledge. Is exhausted with fatigue. If he can get baggage through customs early enough, will enclose a few newspapers by next post. Remains with “unabated attachment” and sends...
The first leasure have I had, after my return from paris to london, was Employed to find out a person that would advance some money for the Tooth drawers, (that I had the honour of receiving from you) for the use of the inventor of them. Several persons seemed willing to give something for them, provided that they would answer the purpose well on Experiment, and wanted me to put them into...
I am honored with your letter of the 17th: instant and take the first opportunity of acknowledging it, in order to inform you that the Report of the Privy Council on the slave trade, (which forms a folio volume,) in part I under the head of produce , speaks of Rice growing on a dry soil, “not like that of America,” which is very hearty food, and supposed (by the parties) the best rice in the...
This will I expect be handed you by a young gentleman, Mr. Colden, the son of an amiable lady of that name within the circle of my acquaintance in this place. I need not apprize you that the family, of which Governour Colden is the Ancestor, is a respectable one. The young gentleman has been in Scotland for some years, pursuing his education, and with the approbation of his friends proposes to...
Bordeaux, 23 May 1789 . Eight vessels have arrived from America within “these few Days”: 3 from Georgia and Carolina with rice, tobacco, and skins; 2 from Virginia with tobacco and flour; and 3 from Maryland with wheat, flour, and tobacco. Wheat and flour much wanted. More cargoes daily expected. Want of shipping will retard them, “but these supplies will serve to prevent appearances too well...
This will I expect be handed you by a young gentleman, Mr. Colden, the son of an amiable lady of that name within the circle of my acquaintance in this place. I need not apprize you that the family, of which Governour Colden is the ancestor, is a respectable one. The young gentleman has been in Scotland for some years, pursuing his education, and with the approbation of his friends proposes to...
Je ne puis partir que Mercredi ou Jeudi matin. Ma voiture que vous pouvez prendre est une diligence françoise bleue, doublée de jaune avec un siege et des harnois, qui est encore chez mon Sellier nommé Chezelles, rüe Bourbon-Villeneuve . Il la delivrera sur l’ordre ci inclus et je prierai Vôtre Excellence de lui payer, s’il le demande, le remisage depuis le mois de Xbre. dernier que M. Berard...
All the Books at Pinellis Sale went extremely high; you have four only out of all your catalogue. I am Sorry you Could not have had them all. Had I been unincumbered, Your Excellency should have had them. It is now Six weeks Since I heard from Mr. Paradise. I have written twice to him since his last Letter of April the 8th.—I am desirous to be informed by your Excellency if he is well, and the...
I cannot express how much I am flatterd by the proposal which you have had the goodness to make in your Letter of the 21st.—Such a testimony of the friendship and Confidence of a Man whom I have so many reasons to respect gives me the highest pleasure:—and you will give me leave to say that if it could be consistently with my great pursuits, no situation in life could be so agreeable to me as...
Since my last which was written on sunday last and included an introduction of young Mr. Colden who is to be the bearer of it from Scotland where he now resides, I have had the pleasure of yours of March 15. My former letters will have made known to you the obstacles to a licence for your visit to America. The new authority has not yet taken up your application. As soon as the auxiliary...
Paris, 27 May 1789 . “Le Bailli de la Brissanne” called to inform TJ that, on the day before, he had had his audience with their majesties and the royal family as “ambassadeur Extraordinaire de Malte.” RC ( DLC ). Not recorded in SJL .
Since my last which was written on Sunday last and included an introduction of young Mr. Colden who is to be the bearer of it from Scotland where he now resides, I have had the pleasure of yours of March 15. My former letters will have made known to you the obstacles to a licence for your visit to America. The new authority has not yet taken up your application. As soon as the auxiliary...
Beaune, 27 May 1789 . Is grieved that he cannot have the pleasure of seeing TJ in Paris this month: he has injured his leg and cannot leave Beaune before the 15th or 20th of June.—Having received TJ’s letter of the 7th, he should have been pleased to tell him of his son’s capabilities: “D’écrire aussy bien que moy au moin, et il peut faire les quatre Regle pour la Chiffre, mais point de...
[ Paris ], 28 May [ 1789 ]. Encloses a packet “qui contient des Papiers interéssans pour le Genèral Washington,” which he requests TJ to put in his trunks and by the same vessel that takes him to America.—He would call to pay his respects but for fear of importuning TJ “dans ces derniers moments, où je pars moi meme pour la campagne. ”—Asks him to let him know if the packet “pour le Genèral...
Your two letters of August 10. 87 and August 6th. 88 came to hand some time in November last; they should have been immediately answered, had not a long and severe indisposition prevented me: When my health would have permited, the season was so far advanced, that I thought it better to wait till this time. The spring vacation at Wm. & Mary has given me an opportunity of spending some time...
The Diligence which leaves this tomorrow morning will bring your books and pictures.—I was prevented sending them on thursday.—A Duplicate of your Account with the Bills &c. will come by Mr. Broome if I have a moment to prepare for him. Your A——Letters I shall have an opportunity to send to Boston in a few days—there is no other conveyance for some time, except the exceptionable one. I am Dr...
I wrote three lines by this day’s post to advertise you of your pictures and Books. Mr. Broome whose progress will be somewhat slower is to good to take charge of this, with which I enclose the Bills and Receipts relating to your last Account; of which you will also find a duplicate.—If you find any Error, you will point it out to me. When I was with you last, you remember I promis’d to send...
J’ai été retardé par des empêchements venus de jour en jour. Je pars enfin très sûrement demain, et je compte être à Paris le lendemain ou le surlendemain de la présente. Je vous aurois beaucoup d’obligation si vous vouliez bien m’écrire un mot chez MM. Boyd Ker & Ce., rüe de Grammont ,à côté de L’hotel de la Compagnie des Indes , pour que je sache au moment de mon arrivée si vous êtes parti,...
Paris, 30 May, 1789 . Has a bill of exchange drawn by one Charek at Dunkerque, now residing in Savannah, Georgia, on a Paris merchant who refuses payment. A friend in Charleston with relations in Savannah will demand payment of Charek for him: the danger of loss at sea and need to keep bill in his hands cause him to ask TJ to give him the name of his notary so that proofs, including Charek’s...
I hoped on this day to have set off for Paris and rather wishing to speak with than write to you, you received no line from me by the last posts. Finding now that I may be detained perhaps another week in London before I am prepared to visit you, I pen a word or two according to my former habit, rather to prevent any imputation of negligence on your part than to offer much information on mine....
This Letter I beg Mr. P. may Not see. I am extremely sorry to tell your Excellency that Mr. Young the Attorney has not finished the Deed; Indeed, I feel greatly at his being so long about it, well knowing what trouble you must have with Mr. P. It convinces your Excellency No person is to blame, but himself. I hope that your Excellency will have the goodness, (If you do Not go to America this...
I Most Heartily thank You, My dear friend, for Your Excellent ideas. What will Become of the States Generals God knows. Our House Has this Morning protested Against the Appellation of Commons , and the Commons Have said there Must Be No intermediaire Between them and the King. It is true they Meant the Ministers But we took it for us. In the Mean While the King and Queen are on the...
J’ay Bien recue la Lettre que vous m’aves fait l’honneur de m’ecrire avec l’aret du Conseil qui Concerne les huilles des Etats unis, dont j’ai fait Part à Notre Commerce, qui Languit un Peu avec les 13 Provinces, et [à] qui vous devriez, Monsieur, donner vos ordres et vos avis de frequenter plus souvant Notre Port de Bayonne, à Cause que le Commerce, et les autres Ports de France ce plaignent...
I have letters from america as late as the 24th of april, and as the Ship Came from philadelphia, I thought it posable that you might have had none of so late a date; I therefore Concluded that the little news that they broght me might be (under such circumstances) acceptable to you. The amount of it is; “That his Excellency General Washington arived at philadelphia on the 20th of april,...
Last year when I had the honor to pay my respects to You, Your Excellency did give me great hopes that Congress would take Such Measures, as to pay these foreign officers who have Served the American Cause, and that You had wrote on that Subject to the President of Congress. As I am now informed that Your Excellency had received an answer, Whereby You should be autorised to discharge the...
[ Paris, 7 June 1789 . Recorded in SJL as received 7 June 1789. Not found.]
Paris 8 June, 1789 . “A plan of business” brought him to Europe. Needs to fix upon a banker in Paris to handle “considerable money”; he must inspire confidence in those concerned. Called on TJ this morning to ask a letter to Mr. Grand. “I can have no claim on you to ask this indulgence, and my only apology for doing it, is my having the honor to belong to the Country whose sovereignty you...