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I am requested to enclose to you a letter from John Kingman Junior to me of the 16th instant. Of my own knowledge I can say nothing but that the young man appears intelligent; that he belongs to one of the few towns, in this State which are attached to the present national Administration, and not hostile to the war. All the gentlemen by whom he says he has been recommended, I presume are in...
On the 17th of January, I had the Honour of addressing a line to the President recommending Mr John Marston junior of Boston to be appointed a Midshipman in the Navy. I am informed that an Application was made by his Father to Mr Hamilton your Predecessor, as early as last July. Since I wrote to the President I have had an opportunity to know this young Gentleman much more particularly. I...
As it ever has been, and forever ought to be, a general rule of the President & heads of department not to answer letters Soliciting or recommending appointments to offices—the exception to the general rule by your kind letter of the 13th of this month, lays me under a particular obligation. The reason you assign, is perfectly satisfactory to me; and I rejoice in it, as it proves the good...
ALS : Yale University Library I duly received your obliging Letter of Nov. 15: You will have since learnt how much I was then and have been continually engag’d in public Affairs, and your Goodness will excuse my not having answered sooner. You announc’d your intended Marriage with my much respected Friend Miss Anna Maria, which I assure you gave me great Pleasure, as I cannot conceive a Match...
The bearer hereof, Mr. Parker, being to return to Paris in a few days, furnishes me a safe conveiance for a couple of thermometers for which I have occasion, and which I beg the favor of you to send me by him: the one about 8. inches long graduated from boiling water down to about 20°. of Farenheit below nought; the other not less than 18. inches long, and graduated from boiling water down to...
General Smith has so far enabled us to get along with the navy department, by undertaking it’s direction without accepting the [commission], emoluments, or any thing which might vacate his seat in the H. of Representatives. but he will soon be obliged to relinquish it, so that I must make an appointment. before I do so I cannot deny myself the chance that a further view of the subject may have...
When I had the pleasure of seeing you in London, I mentioned to you that the affairs of Mr. Wayles’s estate were left to be ultimately settled by Mr. Eppes, the only acting executor; that I had left in his hands also and in those of a Mr. Lewis the part of Mr. Wayles’s estate which came to me, together with my own: that they were first to clear off some debts which had been necessarily...
On my return to this place after an absence of 6. weeks, I find here your favor of Nov. 8 . I thank you for your attention to the Lynchburg application. my recommendation of it was meant to place it’s claims fairly before you, not doubting it would be decided on the general rules established by the board. the explanation you have been so kind as to give me is perfectly satisfactory, and leaves...
In providing an administration for our government I was led by every just consideration to wish that General Smith of Baltimore should undertake the Secretaryship of the navy, and accordingly proposed it to him. after taking time to consider of it, I have this morning recieved a letter from him informing me it is not in his power. in this case I have no hesitation in making the proposition to...
I recieved, the last year, the globes, appendage to my Equatorial, & other articles purchased of you for me, by mr Tunnicliff, all in good condition, except the protracting parallel rule, which was quite deranged by being too loose among other things. I have now to ask the favor of you to send me the articles below stated, well packed: and to be particularly attentive to the perfection of the...
When I lately addressed you on the subject of a bank at Lynchburg , I little expected to be so soon called on to trouble you a second time. these two calls on me however have stood on grounds too peculiar to induce a fear of repetition, and therefore I proceed to obey the 2 d as I did the 1 st . there is an idea that branches of the National b bank will be established at Petersburg & Lynchburg...
A delay in receiving my leave of absence has detained me from beginning my voyage to America longer than I expected. I received it the last month and by advice of those skilled in sea voiages I deferred setting out till after the equinox. I am now here, on my way, and expect to embark immediately for Virginia where I hope to find your agent with full powers and dispositions to settle our...
I received yesterday your favor of May 22. and receive it with great pleasure as it assures me you will write to Mr. Hanson to settle Mr. Wayles’s account with us. I have never seen a copy of that account since the one you transmitted first after his death, nor have Mr. Eppes and Mr. Skipwith explained to me the objections made, fully. One objection I know is to interest, and another to the...
In my letter of January 5. of the last year, I informed you that I had received information from the gentlemen to whose management I had left my estate, that the proceeds of a sale they had made, with the profits of the estate to the end of the year 1786. would clear it of other demands so that I might begin the discharge of a debt to Kippen & co. and my part of Mr. Wayles’s debt to you: that...
Th: Jefferson requests the favour of The Honble. Capt. Jones to dine with him on Monday next, the 7th. Instant at half after three, or at whatever later hour the house may rise. Friday Febr: 4th. 1803. The favour of an answer is asked. RC ( PHi ); printed form, with blanks filled by Meriwether Lewis reproduced in italics; addressed by Lewis: “The Honble. Capt. Jones”; also on address sheet in...
Madame de Tessé, sister of the Viscount Noailles lately killed, writes me that the Viscount never gave his family any information as to his affairs, and asks of me to procure for them a general information what they were, good, bad, or indifferent. I have no correspondence with any body in Philadelphia, who knows any thing about them. I suppose Majr. Jackson may have some knolege of them:...
I recieved duly your favor of Jan. 24. covering the resolutions & address of the town meeting of the city & county of Philadelphia, the answer to which has been delayed by other business which would not admit delay. I beg leave, through the same channel now to convey my answer. Accept in this separate letter my thanks for the very friendly expressions of personal regard contained in your...
I recieve information that the citizens of Lynchburg on James river are applying to the bank of the US in Philadelphia for the establishment of a branch of that institution in their town, and I am requested on their part to state to the President and Directors what I know of the basis and extent of their commerce. the bearing witness to truth being a common duty, & my residence a considerable...
I have now to acknolege the receipt of your favors of Octob. 20. and Dec. 20 . My proposition (referred to in your letter of Octob. 20) was to fix times of paiment for my part of Mr. Wayles’s debt on his private account, and that these paiments of my third should discharge me and my property of all responsibility for the remaining two thirds. Without having acceded to my propositions you...
The remarks in the inclosed, relating to the organization &c of the B. Bank at Richmond, if not intended for your eye, belong to it more than to mine. Mr. Corbin, you know was one the Commrs. at Richd. and may not be disinclined to be included among the Directors there. I have no other ground however for a conjecture, than what his letter presents. He is a gentleman, who was among my early...
In persuance of the act of Congress providing that in case of absence from the seat of Government, of the Secretary of the Treasury, the President of the United States may authorise a Person to perform the Duties of that officer, during his absence, I am to ask the favor of you, and hereby authorise you to perform the same. RC ( PHi : William Jones Papers). In a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. JM...
I inclose an affecting letter from Mr. Coffin . It is I suppose too late to take it even into consideration. Were it otherwise, and his recommendations as may be the case equal to those in behalf of Mr. Haff, who can not well have more merit, and is less in want, it might not be amiss to re-weigh the subject. Friendly respects I return the proceedgs in the case of Lt. Sevier, with the...
I return the Transfer signed as sent to me. The inclosed communication from the Vice President, is a striking proof of the traiterous & scandalous practices which escape punishment in certain quarters. It will merit whatever attention can be usefully given to it by the Navy or Treasury Dept. The fact charged on the Collector of Newbury Port, if verified, subjects him to the severest notice....
I have been duly favored with yours of the 6th. instant inclosing the Memorial of Mr. Torey. It has been for some time supposed that an American Consul at St. Petersburg might be useful, in the present course of trade and general turn of affairs; but besides the difficulty of finding a Citizen well qualified for the service & willing to undertake it, there has been no regular proof as yet that...
I have recd. yours of the 14th. It will be well to forward a Commission immediately to Mr. Morgan of N.O. who may be desired whether he accepts it or not, to send to Mr. Smith, the information needed from a Collector. Perhaps he may be able to furnish the like information relative to other districts of the State. I have not time to send by the present mail, the places of residence of the...
Since the rect. of yours of I have had the pleasure of those of the 16th. & 18th. inst. Warrington appears to have acquitted himself with an éclat, & to possess talents, that justly fix him in the Constellation of our naval heroes. Can any thing be properly done for him, in reward of his achievement? Altho his force may have been a little superior to that of his antagonist, the difference in...
I have just recd. a letter of the 6th. inst: from the Secretary of war, in which he states that an addition of half a Million to the Monthly allotment of 1½ Millions for war expenditure, is indispensable to the completion of the campaign; and that he has written to the Paymaster, to furnish a sum amounting to about $400,000 called for by the estimate of paymaster Lee, as will be seen in the...
J. Madison requests a consultation with the Heads of Departments today at 12 o’clock. RC ( PHi : William Jones Papers). Unsigned. In Edward Coles’s hand. Docketed by Jones: “Invitation to Cabinet Council.”
I have looked into the cases referred to in your letter of as found in the proceedings of the Court now returned. That I may decide on them with the satisfac. & advantage of a previous consultation with you, I delay the decision till my return to the City. This will probably be before the 1st. of next month. I am making preparation ⟨to⟩ set out on friday next, and shall lose no time...
I return with my thanks the Map of Upper Canada. I return also the papers relating to Weston. As a further report is promised by Coffin it would be premature to remove him. If he is willing to resign however, I think the respectable opinions we know of agst. his official conduct, render that course not improper. It is hard, no doubt that officers holding their places during pleasure, should be...