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I have just arrived at this place from Paris, & hasten to avail myself of an opportunity (which this Moment offers itself) of sending on four Packets which were instrusted [ sic ] to me by Mr Levingston, for you. I also send one for the President from some Gentleman in Paris. These Packets will go to New York in the Ship Orlando, now waiting below for her Papers which will be sent on to Night....
The Letter which I had the Honor of addressing to you from Nantes, will have informed you of my going to Paris, & of the reasons which induce’d me to do so. As this Journey was undertaken with the advice of Mr Levingston, I hope, you will not think, I have done wrong in deviating from my most direct route to Madrid. Disappointed in the Hope of finding Mr Pinckney in Paris, I waited there,...
Some time since I had the Honor of addressing you, to return my thanks for the Kentucky Papers which you had the Goodness to send me; and also to express my mortification for having troubled you with a request concerning pecuniary matters on which the Law had not given you power to decide. Since then I have not taken the Liberty to write to you; but as Mr Codman offers to me a safe conveyance...
It is with Regret I call your attention to an affair which concerns myself as an Individual; but the Circumstances which I am about to mention will I hope plead my Apology for doing so. When Mr Pinckney had presented me to His Catholic Majesty as Chargé des affaires of the United States and was himself about to depart for Italy, I asked him to give me a credit with his Banker, for my Salary...
I have the honor to inform you, that the Court left Barcelona on the 8th. Inst. for Valencia, and on the same day Mr. Pinckney resumed his Journey for Italy. I accompanied him to Barcelona for the purpose of being presented as Chargé des Affaires, during his absence, in which capacity I am at present recognized. About ten days ago I returned to Madrid, and should have written you sooner, but...
The last letter which I had the honor to address to you (on the 29th ulto.) will give a general idea of the state of our affairs, at the time when it was written. Since then, some events have taken place, with which it is proper that you should be acquainted, and as I am particularly anxious to give you every useful information in my power, I have determined to send you copies of the letters I...
As the order of the Board of Health of which I have had the honor to inclose you a Copy in my Dispatch of the 29th. Decr. has been approved of, by His Catholic Majesty—it will probably occasion a great sensation in the United States, for against them, it seems to be particularly levelled. Satisfied in my own mind that our Government ought not to pass over this measure without some...
1 February 1803, Madrid. Has “this day” received JM’s 25 Oct. , 27 Nov. , and 1 Dec. letters to Pinckney. “The first was by Duplicate, for Captain Eldred has not come forward with the original. Your letter of the 1st. December, is therefore in time to answer its purpose.” As Pinckney wrote from Naples on 2 Jan. that he would arrive by mid-February, will do nothing now regarding the business in...
8 February 1803, Madrid. Acknowledged receipt on 1 Feb. of JM’s 25 Oct., 27 Nov., and 1 Dec. dispatches for Pinckney. Will meet Pinckney at Aranjuez with the dispatches, “sensible that not a moment ought to be lost” in obtaining a royal order countermanding that of the intendant of New Orleans, which he sees by the newspapers “has engaged the attention of Congress, & drawn a very solemn...
You will see from the Dispatches which go by the Gentleman who takes this Letter that this Government have at last given a possitive answer to Mr Pinckneys Representations relative to the occlusion of the Port of New Orleans. I shall rejoice if this Answer reaches you before that place passes into the hands of the French for I am convinced there is but one way left, by which we can now obtain...
A Stranger to the President & almost unknown to yourself, I fear, that I might possibly expose myself to the charges of Indelicacy & Presumption were I to state to you, the reasons why I wish to retire from my present situation; and yet to ask permission to do so, without assigning them, seems to discover a want of Manliness, & an insensibility to the Honor which has been done me. In this...
23 March 1804, Lisbon. “In obedience to the wishes of Mr Pinckney I remained in Madrid a few weeks after I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 17th Octr. which did not reach me until the Beginning of last month, and I now avail myself of the departure of the first vessel for the United States since my arrival here, to return you my thanks for the obliging manner in which you were...
As I have been detained in Kentucky longer than I had expected, it becomes proper me, to state to you, that so soon as the time allowed me by the President for the arrangement of my private affairs had expired, I engaged my passage to Orleans in a Boat then loading at Limestone for the Contractor, which I was told would move on more rapidly than any other from that place. By way of shortening...
Finding that Mr Coburn of this State has been very strongly recommended to the President as one of the Judges for the Territory of Orleans, & that in the Recommendations given him, no notice has been taken of his Knowledge of the French Language, I venture, at his request, to state to you, that he reads that Language with great facility—at present he does not speak it; tho he tells me he...
23 June 1805, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to inclose so many of the ‘Acts passed at the first Session of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Orleans,’ as are printed; and to say that the residue shall be forwarded, so soon as they come from the Press. “I have been induced to send on these Acts, in this form, as I understand it is the usage in the other Territories to do so; if...
§ From John Graham. 2 September 1805, New Orleans . “A White Man by the Name of Le Grand, who is from St Domingo has lately been taken up in this City and is now confined in Jail here, for having endeavoured to bring about an Insurrection of the Negroes in this and the adjoining Territories. “The details of his Plan, and of the measures persue’d by the Mayor of the City to arrest him, & to...
§ From John Graham. 8 September 1805, New Orleans . “I have now the Honor to inclose a Copy of all the Acts passed at the first Session of the Legislative Council of this Territory & shall very soon forward on a copy of those passed at their last Session.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, TP , Orleans, vol. 7). 1 p. Enclosure not found, but see n. 1. Graham doubtless enclosed a copy of Acts Passed at the...
I had the Honor to write you by the last Post to let you know that a White Man had been taken up here for endeavouring to bring about an Insurrection among the Negroes, and I have now the Honor to inclose a Copy of a Letter from the Mayor of this City, giving the best account that can be had of this Man, of his Plans, and of the Progress he had made towards their execution. The Circumstance of...
§ From John Graham. 16 September 1805, New Orleans . “I had the Honor to forward to you by the last Post a Copy of a Letter from the Mayor of this City from which you would learn all that has transpired as to the Insurrection contemplated by Le Grand, or as he calls himself Grand Jean. Present appearances justify a belief that this Man had formed no party among the Negroes. “You will probably...
§ From John Graham. 23 October 1805, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to forward to you by this mail a copy of the Official Journal of the Governor of this Territory, from the 22d. of January (the time when mr Brown left this Office) to the 1st. July [not found]. “Circumstances over which I had no controul, prevented me from transmitting this Copy sooner; but in future I will take care to comply...
§ From John Graham. 31 October 1805, New Orleans. “I had the Honor to forward to you by the last mail a copy of the official Journal of the Governor of this Territory from the 22d Jany to the 1st of July last, as it stands on Record in this office. Both the Governor & myself wish to know whether you consider this the proper kind of Journal to be kept in the Secretarys Office, under the...
After a very tedious passage I arrived here, via Mobile, on the 23d. Inst and the next morning delivered to Governor Folch the Letter with which I had been charged by Governor Claiborne & of which I beleive a Copy has been sent to you. I am sorry to say that neither this Letter, nor any representations I have been able to make to Governor Folch have induced him to suspend the execution of the...
I have the Honor of enclosing you a Duplicate of my Letter by the last Mail and a Copy of the one I wrote to Mr. Morales. The Copy of his answer cannot be got ready in time for this Mail but the Substance may be found in my Letter to him for he agrees that I was correct in my understanding of what he Said. This day week we received by a Ship in a very Short Passage from New York the Presidents...
§ From John Graham. 2 January 1806, New Orleans. “I have just a moment before the departure of the Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your Letters of the 18th & 25th of November addressed to Governor Claiborne. As they are of importance I shall forward them to him by an Express unless I hear in the course of tomorrow that he is on his return. “He may possibly determine to prevent the marquis’s...
§ From John Graham. 13 February 1806, New Orleans. “A Gentleman of this City lately handed me for perusal a manuscript copy in Spanish of a little work called the Geographical & Political Tables of Baron Humbold dated in Mexico in 1805. As I know not whether this work has ever been printed I take the Liberty of sending you a Copy of the Extracts I made under an impression that every thing...
§ From John Graham. 13 February 1806, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to inclose you a Copy of the General Orders issued by the Governor of this Territory in his Character as Commander in Chief of the Militia; and also a List of the Civil appointments made by him. “The List of the military appointments can not, the Governor tells me, be made out until the return of the Adjutant Genera⟨l,⟩ who...
§ From John Graham. 8 May 1806, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to inclose you a copy of the Register kept in this office, of the military appointments made by the Governor of the Territory. “It may be proper for me to observe, that no Return has been made to me of the Military appointments among the People of Colour—these appointments were made before the Territorial Government got into...
3 August 1809, Willtown, South Carolina. Written by “a Sittezan of South Carolina … placed in a State of common Mediocraty,” who has invented a bridge which “may be distroyed whilest an Ennemy is passing, and the opperator … may be at the Distance of from one to four miles from the scene of action,” at a cost that “would not Exceed $50.” The bridge can be erected “in Ten or 20 minuets, and if...
The inclosed Papers from Governor Claiborne were sent to the Secretary of State who returned them yesterday, with a request that the Letter of the 29th July and its inclosures might be sent to you. I have thought that it would not be amiss to send that of the 30th also. With Sentiments of the most Respectful Attachment I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Humble Servant RC ( DLC ). Claiborne’s 29...
Mr Jones of the Treasury informed me yesterday that Mr Gallatin wished me to send to you or to himself, copies of the Letters written to Mr Pinkney in the beginning of Decr 1808, enclosing Mr Campbell Report on our foreign Relations, and also a copy of Mr Pinkneys Letter giving an account of his Interview with Canning between the 10th & 23d Jany 1809. In compliance with this wish, I have now...
I have been honored with your Letter of the 29th of last Month. I regret very much that I have it not in my power to throw some light on the characters of the Gentlemen who are placed in nomination before you for the Legislative Council of the Mississippi Territory. Mr Shields is the only one of them of whom I have any recollection and with him my acquaintance was very slight. He is a young...
I have the honor to inclose a Letter from Mr Daschkoff and an Exequatur made out in compliance with it. It is said that Mr Jackson has arrived at Annapolis. Mr Erskine got here this Morning, and Mr Smith this moment alighted from the Stage. With perfect Respect & Esteem I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Most Obt Sert RC ( DLC ). André de Daschkoff to Robert Smith, 29 Aug. 1809 ( DNA : RG 59,...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 2d Inst. I shall, as it appears to be your wish, send Judge Spriggs Letter to Mr Rodney. Mr Gallatin has seen Mr Grymes Letter; but does not consider it necessary to remodel his Instructions to the Collectors: The Secretary of State will I beleive write to Mr Grymes to recover Costs in all Cases where it can yet be done, from the owners of the...
I was very much surprised this Morning when Mr Smith told me you had not received Genl. Turreau’s Letters—relating to a Vessel which is building at Baltimore, as he says “for the revolted Blacks of St Domingo”—for I was fully persuaded that I put them under Cover to you with the Laws of the last Session which you wrote for. I yet hope that this will turn out to be the case, for I cannot find...
I am requested by Mr Smith to forward to you the inclosed Papers which I have this Moment received from him. He also desires me to say that he accompanies Mrs Smith to Bath, and will be there on Sunday next. The Memoire of Moreau de Lislet is not in this Dept. I wrote to Mr Rodney for it so far back as the 10th June—at the request of Mr Jefferson and as I have not heared from him in reply, I...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 26th Ult: and immediately called on Mr Bradley, who promised to direct that the Letter for Mr Haumont should be sent on to Savanna. Of the inclosed communications from Governor Holmes and Mr Robertson, we have taken Copies for the Secretary of State as the Mail goes to Bath on Tuesday. I beg to be presented to Mrs Madison and to assure you of the...
I have the Honor to forward to you some English News Papers received at this office on Saturday. They were directed to the Secretary of State by Mr. Pinkney, and forwarded from New York by Mr Erwing. We received no Letter either from Mr Pinkney or Mr Erwing. It is stated however, in the News Papers that the latter is coming on from New York with Dispatches. There are private Letters in Town...
Yesterdays Mail brought on the Dispatches from Mr Pinkney which had been entrusted to Mr Erwing. They were forwar[d]ed by the latter from Phia. The inclosed is a Copy of the last and only important Letter from Mr Pinkney. From his other communications it appeared, so well as I can recollect (from the very hasty perusal I gave them, before they were put up for the Bath Mail which closed...
I had the Honor to receive your Letter of the 10th Inst. yesterday. Th[…] Mr Erwing was with us; but he went on to Alexandria in the afternoon, where he intended to take a Carriage for the purpose of going to Montpelier. He took with him the Letter he had for you, expecting to be at your House nearly as soon as the Mail which lea⟨v⟩es this today. I return agreeably to your directions the Copy...
I am much mortified that my Letter of the 13th Inst: and more particularly, that the Papers which were under cover with it did not go on by the Mail of that day. I had sent to the Post office to let them know that we were preparing Despatches for you and the Governor of the Mississippi Territory and to enquire when the Mail would close. I expected that they would of course detain the Mail if...
I had the Honor yesterday to receive your Letter of the 16th. and have this Morning been unsuccessfully employed in looking over Mr Bowdoin’s, Genl Armstrong’s, and Mr Skipwiths file, for the Paper a Copy of which you want. I shall renew the search tomorrow. We have no Parisian file in the office and as neither Mr Brent nor myself have any recollection of this Paper I have thought that you may...
I had the Honor to write to you the day before yesterday to say that I had not been able to find the Paper transmitted from Paris previous to the Departure of Mr Bowdoin from that Place, a Copy of which you directed to be sent to you. I have continued the search thro: the files of Mr Bowdoin, Genl Armstrong, Mr Skipwith & Mr Barnet; but have not been so fortunate as to find any traces of this...
The inclosed are Copies of Letters from Governor Holmes and Mr Robinson relative to the affairs of West Florida. The originals were sent to the Secretary of State. We yesterday recieved from Mrs Skipwith two large Books entitled “Official Register” commencing in 1797 and ending in 1808. These are I presume the Books about which Genl Armstrong and Mr Barnet have written to this Dept. With the...
I received this Morning the Letter you did me the Honor to write to me on the 24th Int. I shall attend to the instructions it contains some of them are already acted on. Freemans commission (for which Mr Pleasonton had a Blank[)] is sent to the Treasury—from whence, I presume it will go to him with his Instructions. I inclose a Copy of a Letter received yesterday from Mr Shaler and am with...
I had the Honor by the last Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 24th. Inst. and to inform you that a Commission for Mr Freeman as Surveyor of the Public Lands South of Tennessee had been sent to the Treasury. The Papers for Mr Poinset have been made out agreeably to your direction and sent to the Secy of State who is now at Baltimore for his Signature. Mr P. will get to...
I received this Morning the Letter which you did me the Honor to write to me on the 30th Ult. and shall before next Mail look thro: the Registers left here by Mrs Skipwith for the purpose of ascertaining whether they contain any entries or Copies corresponding to the Papers you have asked for. Our Records do not shew that any delegated Power has been given by the President under the Law of...
Agreeably to your request I have looked thro: the Registers sent here from Paris and do not find that they contain any thing in relation to the Paper you want. They are a strange compound of Public & Private Papers—tho their general Character is I think decidedly official. I understood from Mr Skipwith when he was here, that he had directed them to be sent to the Dept of State 1st Because he...
I have the Honor to send you inclosed the proceeds of your Check in my favor—in such notes as you requested that is to say— 6 of 50 = 300. 10 – 20 = 200 10 – 10 = 100— 600 in all. The Eastern end of the City is represented to be sickly; but the West end and George Town are not at all so. On Saturday we received from Mr Pinkney a Packet of News Papers; but no Letters. The News Papers you will...
I have the Honor to forward to you by this Mail a copy of a Letter received yesterday from Mr Robertson, and also copies of a letter from Mr Pinkney and its inclosures. The originals have all been sent to the Secretary of State. I retained for you the Quarterly Review and Cobbets Register, which came with Mr Pinkneys Letter. You will receive them by the Mail which takes this. I was very happy...
J Graham has the Honor to inform the President that a Letter has this Moment been received from Mr Pinkney dated 31st July—to say that the Bills in favor of Brown for £8,400 Stg had been paid. The Baring’s have received the Money on account of the UStates. Mr P. gives no news of any kind. Mr Maury writes under date 10th Augt that American Produce was very abundant at Liverpool and falling in...