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Mr. Symond delivered me on the 3d instant your [ s ] of the 1st. of Feb . The cypher inclosed in that letter has enabled me to profit altho’ late of information: I shall in [ close ] the one left with [ me ] by Mr. Barclay and Mr. Franks , and trust [ mine
Treasury Department, October 6, 1792. Requests information for report ordered by the Senate on May 7, 1792. LS , partly in the handwriting of H, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress. The contents of this letter are essentially the same as those of “Treasury Department Circular,” September 13, 1792 .
J ay l’honneur de vous avizer que Jay charg sur le Battau Maria, Capne. Fran is O’mara, deux Caisses Contenant bougie verte, Cy Joingt Connoissement, et facteure de l’autre Part. Je me flatte d avance que vous srais satisfait de sa qualit . J ay l’honneur detre avec le plus Profond Rspect Monsieur Votre tr s humble & trs obst. serviteur Facteure de trois Caisses zbougie, dont une de Cire...
The enclosed, sent for Mr Jeffersons perusal, corrobates the idea held out in the communication of Mr H——d. ALS , DLC : Jefferson Papers. At the bottom of the letter, Jefferson wrote: “Extract from [Samuel] Kirkland’s letter [to Henry Knox], dated Kanandaiqua Feb. 25. 1792. ‘The British at Niagara, hold out this idea, that the U.S. will not be able to refund the confiscated Tory...
I delayed the acknowledgement of the receipt of the wool for the purpose of ascertaining the time when you might expect the Cloth—I am still without this information, but not without apprehensions that much of our patience will be required on the part of the manufacturer—soon after the arrival of the wool the Foreman of the Factory being a militia draft and called upon to march deserted and is...
Upon my arrival here I found no steps had been taken to prepose the tickets for the Lottery some difference of opinion existed as to the expediency of price proposed viz $10. I find no reason to alter and I believe none will exist: the tickets scheme &c I propose to have preposed in New York to which place I shall hurry on without stopping in Washington or Philadelphia. after every thing is...
Par mon juste devoir, et le meme Caractere que glorieusemt. j’ai deservir la Puissante Nation comme par mes diverses lettres très humblement j’ai reppresenté, m’anime par la presente de renouveler mes devoirs à V.C. lui confirmant tout ce que fidelement je lui ai reppresenté, comme aussi de lui participer que envûe de mes empressements pour favoriser la Nation, que le Commerce je me suis...
I have only time to enclose your Excellency a Copy of a Letter received yesterday from Mr. Barclay, and to acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the 9th. Ulto. by Mr. Bullfinch. The maps, occasioned by Mr. B’s excurtion in the country after his arrival, did not reach me untill the 6th. inst. Mr. Neele took them in hand on the 7th. and will finish the plate within the period mentioned and...
[ Richmond, 17 May 1786 . Entered in SJL as received 1 Aug. 1786. Not found. See TJ to Henry, 9 Aug. 1786 .]
Your fav r of the 29 h Ult o receved last Evening—and duly Notice its Contents, with referance to the good Gen l K — every exersion has been made by me to effect a remittanc—thro M r Williams and others, but without effect,—the late Occurances in Europe as well here, has but increased the difficulty— and to Attempt One at this Crisis—would be to hazard a still greater risque—what then I ask...
I have received and read with great pleasure the proceedings and report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia ; To improve the rising generation is a duty to God, the country & ourselves, those who do most toward it, deserve best of the nation; What man or what talents now in existence, can pretend to limit the progress of the human mind; Improvements in the united States have...
I have the honor of proposing for your approbation the following Promotions and appointments in the Army of the United States, viz Regiment of Artillerists First Lieut. Clarence Mulford to be promoted to the rank of Captain vice Josiah Dunham resigned April 30th. 1808 First Lieut. William Wilson to be promoted to the rank of Captain vice George Peter appointed Captain of Light Artillery May...
I have the honor to transmit an abstract of the calculation of the longitude of Monticello west of Greenwich, founded on the apparent times of the internal contacts of Sun and Moon on the 17 th of September last, as contained in your letter of the 29 th of December ; and having ascertained the elements with scrupulous exactness, tested by various rules, the accuracy of the result, according to...
I this morning received the enclosed. Mr. Blount is the half brother of the late Wm. Blount, and of Col. Thomas Blount. He is I beleive a man of respectability.—I have never heard any thing against him—He went from Carolina to Tennessee when a young man, & has lived there ever since I am Sir with highest respect yr. most obt. sert. RC ( MHi ); endorsed by TJ as received 18 Dec. and so recorded...
RESOLVED—That the Senators and Representatives of this Commonwealth, in the Congress of the United States, be, and they hereby are requested, to use their best endeavors to procure such an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as will empower the President of the United States to remove from office any of the Judges of the Courts of the United States, upon an address to him made...
The mail not having returned from Milton when my messenger left the Court House on monday evening, & it having been inconvenient to send thither at any time since, I can not now acknowledge any favor which may have come from you since my last. Among the letters inclosed is one from Higginson seconding the application from Philada. for your patronage to a demand on the vice Govt of the La plata...
Notwithstanding we live remote from the seat of our national government, & in an extreme part of our own state, yet we humbly claim the right of judging for ourselves. Our attachment to the National Constitution is indissoluble. We consider it as a discription of those powers which the people have delegated to their Magistrates, to be exercised for definite purposes; and not as a charter of...
The underwritten present their best respects to the President and inform him they possess no other knowlege concerning the direction of, or points between which, it is desired the contemplated road thro’ the Cherokee Country, should pass, than that furnished by the act, itself, of the Legislature of North Carolina.—They understand that act was passed upon an application from the State of...
I have taken advantage of M rs Randolph ’s absence to employ the house servant at my buildings—who has had the care of the rabbits—and I observe they have suffer’d by a change of keepers— I therefore send you a pair which have been long reserv’d for you—and hope you may succeed with them better than I have done—They may be fed with Cabbage leaves—clover—indeed almost any kind of green...
You will readily agree with me that the best interests of the United States require such an intimation to be made to the Governor of Canada, either directly or indirectly, as may produce instructions to prevent the Indians receiving military aid or supplies from the british posts or garrisons.—The notoriety of this assistance has already been such as renders enquiry into particulars...
After much reflection, & casting my eye around in pursuit of a suitable person To fill The Office lately vacated by the Death of Samuel Derby, none presents better recommended or qualified to fill the Office than Majr. Jeremiah Clarke. he has been an uniform & undeviating Republican—Allow me to recommend him for the appointment. I am with respect & esteem yr. Hl Sevt. DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters...
Agreeable to Mr. Henry Remsen’s request of the 10th. of Octor. 1790, I forwarded to you on the 1st. of Octor. following, one of my Newspapers, and from that time have continued to transmit you one weekly, sealed and directed. He has since informed me that they have not come to hand regularly, many of them are missing, agreeable to a list forwarded, which I am sorry to hear. I cannot account...
I will pay to your order in Town, or remit $150 the sum due you, on account of the Bridge , as you may direct. Your friends here evinced a high degree of affliction at a report of your death, by way of Lynchburg , stated in an extract of a letter from some merchant in that place fortunately a letter of yours, to a house in this Town, of the same date was conclusive evidence to the contrary—It...
A blank temporary commsn for this office was sent to the Southward before the last session of Congress, which was returned with Mr. Chambers’ name after the adjournment. As therefore this will be the second temporary commsn for the same person and office, qu. how far constitutional? [ Draft of reply in TJ’s hand: ] Kirby’s lre of Feb. 5. gives reason to suppose that Chambers’s commn was dated...
As M r Gorman is about to commence with the back steps of the Rotunda it is necessary that the plan should be posatively fixed on, I therefore wish to know your wishes on the subject. I have layed down several plans if you approve of any one of them mark the one you like best or send a plan that you like better than any one of them—If the earth is removed from steps, it will make the flight 13...
Your Letter of the 14h. Augt. did not get to Hand till the 29th. of Novr. so that I fear my Endeavours to comply with your Request will be too late to answer your Purpose. However, I will take the Chance and accordingly I enclose satisfactory Answers to your Queries, hoping, rather than expecting, that they may reach you in Time. I have not Time to examine your Epistolary Account but am sure...
I have delayed to answer your favor of the 14h. September for a few days, untill I had compleatly ascertained whether by any exertion it would be possible to procure sheet Iron sufficient to cover the public buildings & to make up the deficiency for Monticello this Autumn, and I have now the satisfaction to inform you, that all your Iron is rolled & will be sent off by the first opportunity, &...
I did not, untill this day, know that Your Examiner has not been forwarded to Philadelphia. It Shall be done in future. The Prospect goes off very well to many parts of the Country. About 500 are sent off and many more bespoke, but not yet Sent. A parcel will come to Philadelphia, as soon as the River Opens. Chancellor Wythe is the law officer referred to in the inclosed, as Speaking of The...
The Secretary of State, to whom the President has been pleased to refer the resolution of the Senate, dated on the 10th inst. has the honor to make the following report. The most important of the principles interpolated into the law of Nations, is that which appears to be maintained by the British Government, & its prize Courts, that a trade opened to neutrals by a Nation at war, on account of...
Your favors of the 5th. & 6th. were duly recd. last evening. I return Mr. S.s letter, with the Addresses from Boston &c. and the proposed answer. The few changes which I have suggested, if proper will speak for themselves. It is a nice task to speak of war, so as to impress our own people with a dislike of it, and not impress foreign Govts. with the idea that they may take advantage of the...
I had the honour of Paying you my Respects the 25th. Last Septber, since I am Favoured with your honoured Lines of the 7th. do. It is To You, Sir, that I owe the Appointment of being Vice-Consul for the U.S. in this Place. I will be ever Gratefull of that Mark of esteem and Friendship confered on me by you, and will endeavour, by my Proceedings, that never you Regret the choice you have made...
A Circumstance has just come to my knowledge which reminds me of my annual tribute of a letter to the President, It is the Death of Judge Clark of the Indiana Territory —Perhaps you may recolect the third person I recomended as Marshal of the District of Vermont in April 1801, his name is James Witherill he is now of the Legislative Council of Vermont and one of the Judges of the County Court...
J’ai reçu il y a quelques jours une Lettre de Mde. Bellanger du 25. juillet. Elle me dit combien elle a eté fachée d’apprendre par celle que vous lui avés fait L’amitié de lui Ecrire que vous ne retourniés pas; cette mauvaise nouvelle a affligé, me dit-elle, tous vos amis en France, tandis que Ceux d’ici s’en rejouissent. Elle m’ajoute aussi que vous avés eu La bonté de lui ecrire en ma...
You will Readily pardon me addressing this letter to you on so disagreeable Subject: being no Stranger to your Friendship for me, and mankind in General my application originates being Security at the Custom House for Peter Kuhn; near Ten Thousand dollars, for which Judgement will be had against us both the 19 day of Augt. the officers in that department ever so lenient are not cloathed with...
Mr. Preston has at last found and sent me your Letter. Dr. Bancroft spoke to me, about Commodore Jones’s Demand upon Denmark: but upon looking into the Papers we found that the Commodore is recommended by Congress wholly to the Minister at the Court of Versailles, so that We were apprehensive our Powers would be disputed. The Danish Minister however was not here; I offered to go with Dr....
L’Orient, 9 Sep. 1789 . In case TJ has taken steps to forward his effects to L’Orient on strength of his letter of 7th, he advises that “Captain Calizt has just told me that a Merchant of this town is to go on board of his Vessel tomorrow … to see if she will suit his purpose, and in that case she might be disposed of. But as the Captain will give me a positive answer before next Post, you had...
On the 26th Instant there was in Middlesex Court a recommendation of Militia Officers to your Excellency in which Majr. Maurice Smith was not recommended as Lt. Colonel according to Seniority but that Capt. Beverley Daniel was nominated in his place which he thinks is not the treatment he deserved as an Officer who has always done his Duty. I can say with truth that when I had the Honour to...
M r Henry Middleton Jn r of S. Carolina, son of our Minister at S t Petersburgh, having intimated to me that, being about to visit Virginia, he Would probably do himself the honor of giving you a call, I take the liberty of offering him this line of Introduction to you—a liberty for which I have no doubt that, after an acquaintance with him, you will feel disposed to excuse me.— With M rs Van...
The Petition of Agnes Jackson of the City of Washington humbly sheweth that on the 8th day of November 1800 when the War Office was burnt, notwithstanding the vigorous exertions of the Neighbours and Spectators to check the progress of the fire , her dwelling House was soon enveloped in flames and sunk in ruins. That a few hours previous to the fire she had sustained the greatest loss this...
This will accompany Duplicates of No. 30 and 31. I have now the Honor to transmit a Copy of the Decision made by the Municipality of Dunkerque on the third Instant respecting the Ship Fame which I receivd last night in a Letter from that Place of the seventh which informs me that the Ship was then sail’d. I have just now written to Mr. Le brun (who by the bye is en État d’arrestation ) a...
Your letter of the 28th. March was handed me on the 15th. of the present month by Mr. Randolph. I observe Coke Littleton first in the order, you would have me read the Books; but not being able to procure one in some time after I came to this place, I took up Blackstone, till Colo. Monro had an opportunity of sending Coke . No time has been lost I hope since I received him. My method is to...
Knowing your predilection for all subjects which have any relation to, or influence over the welfare of man, I have presumed to obtrude the accompanying sheets upon your view—not in consequence of any thing important contained in them; but because a subject is touched upon which I conceive to have a much greater influence upon mankind, whether considered with respect to health, morals, or...
I have to pray you to pardon the trouble I am about to give you, when I request answers to three or four questions relative to the American Flag, which some circumstances that have Occurr’d since I had the honour of seeing you Render it Necessary for me to Obtain, and as there is no one so well qualified to give them as yourself so I am persuaded from your former kindness no one will do it...
An american Lady who is on the point of sailing for Port au prince presumes to solicit of Mr Jefferson a letter of Protection for that place. she is highly sensible of the greatness of the honour she solicits, but is also convinc’d that the name of Mr. Jefferson alone will preserve her from every inconvenience— Lov’d by the subjects he makes happy, honour’d by admiring nations crown’d with...
The political campaign has been opened here. The ensuing election will for a long time at least, decide the fate of this State. If we succeed the malignant dog-star of Federalism & toryism, sets to rise no more. Under this impression Bayard very much to my surprize & against sentiments expressed by letters to me, has again taken the feild . Tho’ I had determined previously to retire, because I...
A man, who inhaled with his first breath the genuine spirit of republicanism, and who never abandoned or dissembled his principles in the darkest period of the late administration, a man who has long been a most zealous admirer of the name and character of the illustrious citizen who penned the immortal declaration of his country’s independence; whose predictions have been fulfilled, and whose...
I had the honor of receiving your Excellency’s letter of July 29th. The absence from Town of the Director of the Customs has prevented my replying till this time. The result of my inquiries is thus. That the Arret in which is Clas’d the SpermaCæti candles, after enumerating the duties upon a great variety of merchandize, there is then article which says that all foreign merchandize of whatever...
I have the honor to enclose copy of the application of William Greetham, requesting that a Mediterranean pass, by our laws called passport, should be granted to a vessel owned by citizens of the United States and navigated by american Seamen, but not built within the United States. Such papers have been uniformly refused in similar cases in conformity to the circular of August 15. 1796 also...
The English Newspapers will probably have by this time informed you of the death of my excellent Uncle, with whose exalted character you are already well acquainted. It is impossible for me after so recent a calamity, to dwell on the particulars of his illness, I will therefore only say that the decline of his health was gradual, ‘till within the last 3 weeks, when a cold on the lungs hastened...
I am dil i gently & laboriously occupied, in reading & hearing your “political economy”—I call it yours because I do not believe that Tracy’s is more of an original in point of purity, perspiculty or precission—I have read as yet only to the 90 th page—it is a connected chain of ideas and propositions, of which I know not which link to strike out. His philosophy appears to me to be precisely...