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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 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...
Wishing a safe & early conveyance for a letter to Mr. Maury our Consul at Liverpool, I take the liberty of enclosing it with a request that you will be so good as to forward it by the 1st. vessel bound thither from Philada. & under the care of a friendly passenger, if there be such an one. Pardon this trouble & be assured my dear Sir of the continuance of my cordial esteem & of all my best...
I herewith return the notes on a Controversial topic, which you wished to re-possess. And I avail myself of the occasion, to thank you very particularly for the other valuable observations which I recd. from you at the same time; remaining with great esteem & regard Dr. Sir Your Obedt. hble sert. NjP .
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...
With my thanks for the past, I beg the favr. of your attention to the letter now inclosed. I wish you to abridge the trouble I give by omitting that of answering my letters, [ae in] yrs of the [2]2[nd] just recd. Th[ere] is so little risk in the mail [however] to Philad. that I can safely take for granted that there has been no miscarriage. recd. & With great & cordl. esteem Draft (DLC) .
I have been introduced through the entreaties and tears of the aged and the young, to an acquaintance with a rule of your office, which I beg leave to say, is as honorable to yourself, as it is promotive of the cause of morality, Religion, and the Service of the Country. I refer to the rule lately applied in the case of young Ritche, on account of his having been accessory to a fatal duel...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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...
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...
I return with my thanks the printed document you were so good as to send. There is an obscurity in the passage which you note, that calls for some such emendation as you suggest; unless the term sequestration has a meaning in the French Code, different from that generally attached to it. The translation may also be inaccurate; the more probably so, as there are two in the Newspapers not...
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...
The mail has just brought me your several favors of the 16th. with the accompanying papers. If nothing occurs ad[v]erse to the appointment of Ferguson to be naval officer, & Haff to be surveyer, in place of Schenk at New York, you will be so good as [to] issue commissions accordingly. If there be no blanks signed, it will be necessary to forward some for those & future purposes. I return the...
I have before me your letter of yesterday. At the communication it makes I can not but feel the sincerest regret; which is much heightened by the considerations which produced it. The nature of these forbids any effort to divert you from your purpose, especially as it is qualified by the interval in carrying it into effect. All that I ought to hope is that if a continuance of the war should...
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...