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Understanding that the British Ship Thomas, by which I had the Honor of writing you a few lines on the 10t. Insta; is still detained in King-Road by an unfavorable Wind, I hazard the sending this Dispatch down there, in the hope it may reach her before she Sails, as you will find the News Papers, it covers, contain i nformation of much importance. I have the Honor to be with every sentiment of...
I have already written you by this conveyance on the 1st. in st. which being detained by adverse Winds enables me to add a fe w more News-papers & the last London Price Currt. to those I had the honor of enclosing to you, & to which please be referred fo r subsequent occurrences of a public nature. The weather hitherto, has been very mild for the Season, with the exception of a few nights of...
On the other side is a duplicate of my last Letter to you of the 22d. Ulto. P the British Ship Jarrett, Capt. Lund, Via Baltimore, since which I have not been honored with any of your favors, nor has any thing particularly Interesting occurred subsequently thereto, except what may be found in the enclosed News-papers, which however contain also a great deal of what has no foundation in truth,...
The preceding’s is a Copy of my last Respects to you of the 11th. u lto Pr. the Brig Alexander & Sally Captn. Swain via Philadelphia, sin ce which period I have not been favored with any of your communications. The War in Spain appears to be carried on with great Vigour on both sides, ’though of the final issue I can discover nothing at present to induce me to alter my former opinion thereon....
I had the Honor of addressing you on the 2d. of Augt. P the Brig Fortune Capt. Hare with duplicate P the Brig Joseph, Capt: Hoadley, both bound from this Port to New-York, since which period I have not been honored with a ny of your favors. The Grain Harvest in this Country has turned ou t nearly as I expected it would when I wrote you last, considerably less than the preceding year’s, nor is...
Since my last Respects to you of the 30th. of April Pr. the Ship M inerva Captn. Stevens (which I find arrived safe at Boston) I have not bee n honored with any of your favors. I nclosed I beg leave to hand you Accts. of Imports & Exports by American Vess els at this Port for the half Year ending the 30th. of June last, also a London Price Currt. & a few of our latest News-papers, to which...
Mr. Vanderhorst having some expectation that his Son may be at Washington or in its neighbourhood, about the Period the enclosed Letter to him may reach Mr. Madison, Begs, that if such circumstance Should come to Mr. M.’s knowlidge, and an opportunity should offer for conveying it to him, that Mr. M. will have the goodness to embrace it, or should this not be the case, Mr. M. will be so...
Above is a Copy of my last respects to you of the 19th. Ulto. pr the Ship Atlas, Capt. Moran to New York, since which period, I have not been honored with any of your favors. The weather here continues uncommonly cold for the Season, an d Vegetation has of course been much impeded in its progress hi the rto, ‘though in other respects the fields do not wear an un pr omising appearance at...
The preceding is a Copy of my last of th e 14th. Instt. P the Ship Laura, Capt. Rossiter, Via New-Yor k. The Weather still continues dry and very cold for the Season, insomuch that I think every Kind of vegetation (a nd the young Wheat) must now be suffering considerably. Enclosed I hand you a few of our New s Papers to which I beg leave to refer you for what is passi ng here, of a Public...
Since my last respects to you of the 4th. of Sepr. P the New-York Packet, capt. Cottle, with Duplicate P the Laura, Capt. Rossiter, both Via New York, I have not been honored with any of your favors. The Present serves to hand you the Accts. of Imports & Exports, by American Vessels, within this district for the half year ending the 31st. of Decr. last, a lso the Mediterranean pass of the...
Since my last respects of the 1st. Ulto. Pr the Ship Robert Burns, Capt. White, Via Liverpool for New York, I have not been honored with any of your favors. The Harvest here is now nearly closed & proves, as I expected, ample in quantity & good in quality, particularly Wheat. I am sorry to say the affairs of Europe appear yet very unsettled, as notwithstanding the Peace that has lately taken...
Since my last of the 10t. of March down to the 23d. of that month, Pr the Ships Venus and the New-York Packet, Via New-York, I have not been honored with any of your favors. The Season hitherto has been uncommonly favorable to the growing Crops, of all kinds, in particular Wheat. The prospect of abundance is now therefore great, though of the re sult there cannot as yet be any certainty as...
I had the Honor of addressing a few lines to you on the 25th. Ulto. covering some News Papers Pr. the Ship Maine Capt. Rossiter Via New York. The Harvest throughout this Island is now nearly o ver and the Crops in general are, as I expected, good; but, Public affairs still continue to wear a very unsettled & d oubtful aspect as you will Perceive by the enclosed papers to which I beg leave to...
22 December 1804, Bristol. “Since my last respects to you of the 29h. of Augt. ⅌ the Ship Lewis Via Boston, I have not been honored with any of your favors. The last Crop of Wheat in this Country has been by no means so deficient as it was generally expected it would be, and the Price has in consequence fallen considerably within a short time—the supplies from abroad however continue to be...
29 August 1804, Bristol. “The preceding is a Copy of my last respects of the 12h. Ulto. ⅌ the New-York Packet Capt. Webb, since which period I have not been Honored with any of your favors. The prospect we then had of an abundant Harvest has since more materially changed, as it is now very generally reported it will be very deficient, in consequence of which Wheat & other grain are rapidly...
12 July 1804, Bristol. “Since my last respects of the 27h. of March ⅌ the Ship Hardware, Capt. Burger, Via New-York, I have been favd. with your Circular of the 1st. of Octr. 1803. with Copy of the Laws passed at the last Session of Congress. “Enclosed I have now the Honor of transmitting you an Acct. of Imports & Exports by American Vessels at this Port for the last half year ending the 30h...
27 March 1804. Encloses a duplicate of his 18 Feb. dispatch, since which he has not heard from JM. “By the News-Papers I now enclose, you will find his Britannic Majesty is ⟨(⟩tho’ contrary to former expectation) happily recovered from his late severe indisposition. We have had an uncommon Wet, mild Winter, but yet I am happy to say the face of the Country presents a very favorable appearance...
18 February 1804, Bristol. Has not heard from JM since he last wrote on 10 Feb. “by this Conveyance.” “I have now but a moment to enclose you two of our latest news papers by which you will, among other Articles of Intelligence in them, observe Accounts of the present alarming Illness of his Britannic Majesty, and which it is universally believed is of the most serious Nature.” Adds in a...
10 February 1804, Bristol. Last wrote on 1 Oct. 1803 enclosing a duplicate. Has received nothing from JM since then. “I am now sorry to inform you that the act intitled ‘An act supplementary to the Act concerning Consuls & Vice Consuls & for the further Protection of American Seamen,’ and from which a fund for the purpose therein mentioned was intended to have been created, has wholly failed...
1 October 1803, Bristol . Encloses a copy of his last letter, dated 12 Sept. , since which he has received nothing from JM. Encloses also “an Acct. of the charges made for lights, Quarantine &cc. at this & the other Ports” in his district “on British & on foreign Vessels entering them,” as JM desired. Encloses also some newspapers and the latest London price current, to which he refers JM “for...
The Preceding is a Copy of my last of the 12h. Ulto. ⅌ the Sa lly, via New York, since which Period I have not had the pleasure of hearing from you, but have now that of handing you an Acct. of the c harges made for lights, Quarantine &Cc. at this & the other Ports within my District, on British & on foreign Vessels entering them, which I could n ot possibly procure sooner or they would have...
12 September 1803, Bristol . Has received no favors from JM since his last letters of 28 July and 5 Aug., carried by the ship Black River . Encloses “the last State of the Bristol Infirmary” through the end of 1802. Also encloses some newspapers and the latest London price current. “The Harvest in this Country is nearly closed, and is not only abundant, but of excellent Quality.” RC ( DNA : RG...
Since my last respects to you of the 28th. Ju ly & 5th. Ulto, Pr. the Ship Black River, Captn. G i llop, via New York, I have not been honored with any of yo ur Favors. The cheif Object of the present is to enclose you the last State of the Bristol Infirma ry made up to the end of the Year 1802, ’though but published. I also enclose you some of our late News Papers & the last London Price...
8 August 1803, Bristol . Has written already by “this conveyance” on 28 July . Adds a few more newspapers, “which will in some degree serve to communicate to you what has since occurred in this quarter, much of which you will find not a little Interesting.” “Public affairs look more & more serious and my apprehensions for their result is truly painful.” Harvest prospects continue “extremely...
I have already written to you by this conveyance on the 28t. Ulto. and have now Merely to add a few more News-Papers to those I then sent you, which w ill in some degree, serve to communicate to you, what has since occurred in this quarter, much of which you will find not a little Interesting. Indeed Public affairs look more & more serious and my apprehensions for their r esult is truly...
28 July 1803 . Has not heard from JM since he last wrote on 10 July . Encloses newspapers and a London price current; “the picture they draw is not the most exact resemblance of truth, yet they serve in some degree to shew the State & course of Public affairs.” “One would suppose from them that the War is popular but I must confess to you that my judgment fails me greatly if this is really the...
The Preceeding is a Copy of my last of 10th. Instt. since when I have not been honored with any of your favrs. The object of the present is chiefly to enclose you a few of the latest News-Papers & a London Price Current, which will give some idea of what is now passing on this side of the Atlantic, though I cannot but observe that the picture they draw is not the most exact resemblance of...
10 July 1803, Bristol . Since his last letter of 10 Mar. has received JM’s circular of 9 Apr. , enclosing the laws of the U.S. passed in 1802. Was charged £2 16 s . 10 d ., as the volume was sent by post from Liverpool; if it had been sent by coach, it would have cost £2 6 s . Mentions this circumstance so that “the like may be guarded against in future.” Observed by a 3 Mar. resolution of the...
Since my last respects to you of the 10th of March I have been honored with your Circular of the 9th. of Apl. and also with a Volume of Laws of the U. S p assed in 1802, which being forwarded to me by Post from Liverpool was charged £2:16:10d., whereas had it been sent by Coach (which is the Proper conveyance for such an article) it would not have cost more than 2£6. I take the Liberty of...
10 March 1803, Bristol. Transmits duplicates of his dispatches of 7 and 13 Feb., sent via New York, since which he has received nothing from JM. Has nothing to communicate beyond what is found in the enclosed newspapers and price current [not found]. Adds in a postscript that he is forwarding two letters from Rufus King for JM. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bristol, vol. 2). 1 p. Written at the foot...
The Preceding are duplicates of my las t respects of the 7h. & 13h. Ulto. ⅌ the New York Packett, v ia New–York, since when I have not had the pleasure of he aring from you. Having nothing at Present worth communicating exc ept what will be found in the inclosed News Papers & Lo ndon Pr ice Currt. I beg leave to subscribe myself with every sentiment of the most Perfect esteem & respect, Sir,...
7 February 1803, Bristol. Last wrote on 25 Sept. by the Cornelia , Captain Bliss. Has since received no letters from JM. Has been unable to obtain “the least satisfaction” for Messrs. Smiths, DeSaussure, and Darrell of Charleston for indigo plundered from the Commerce by the French privateer Tiger at St. Malo in May 1793. Quotes a 3 Feb. 1802 letter from Skipwith to Livingston stating that the...
My last respects to you were of the 25th. of Septr. ⅌ the Cornelia, Capt. Bliss, since which Period I have not been honored with any of your favors. I am very sorry to inform you that after all my endeavors, I have not as yet been able to obtain the least satisfaction for my friends Messrs. Smiths, DeSaussure & Darrell, of Charleston, for their four Casks of Indigo which were plundered from on...
25 September 1802, Bristol. “On the other side is a Copy of my last respects of the 13t. Instt.… Our Harvest is now nearly closed and as the weather for gathering it has been very fine, there remains no doubt of its being excellent in quality as well as very abundant.” Encloses newspapers and a London price current. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bristol, vol. 2). 1 p. Enclosures not found. A full...
On the other side is a Copy of my last respects of the 13t. Instt. since which Period I have not had the Honor of hearing from you. Our Harvest is now nearly closed and as the weather for gathering it has been very fine, there remains no doubt of its being excellent in quality as well as very abundant. Enclosed are a few of our latest News–Papers and also the last London Price Current, to...
13 September 1802, Bristol. Since his last letter of 1 Sept. [not found], has received JM’s of 26 July “and thank you for the order you have been so kind as to give Mr. King for payment of my small demand.” Reports that the harvest is near completion “and is undoubtedly very abundant, & which is said to be the case also on the European Continent in General.” Begs reference to the enclosed...
Since my last of the 1st. Insta. with d uplicate, I have been honored with your obliging favor of the 26h. of July and thank you for the order you have been so kind as to give Mr. King for payment of my small demand. Our Harvest here is now in Such forwardness as to leave us the fairest hope of its full completion in the cou rse of a few days, and is undoubtedly very abundant, & which is said...
7 August 1802, Bristol. Transmits a copy of his last letter of 24 July . “Warm weather has at length commenced here,” and crops are expected to be “of fine quality as well as plentiful.” Encloses newspapers and a London price current. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bristol, vol. 2). 1 p. Enclosures not found. A full transcription of this document has been added to the digital edition.
On the other side is a Copy of my last respects to you of the 24h. Ulto. since which period I have not had the pleasure of hearing from you. Warm weather has at length commenced here & the last three or four days have been very fine with every a ppearance of a continuance for some time. Accts. from the Country respecting the approaching Crops are more & more favorable, and should the Season...
24 July 1802, Bristol. Transmits a copy of his letter of 13 July . Despite cold, wet weather, reports of approaching harvest are “not unfavorable.” “You will no doubt before this can reach you have heard that the Emperor of Morocco has compelled Mr. Simpson the American Consul, to quit his dominions & declared War against the United States.” Forwards a letter from Rufus King and encloses...
The Preceding is a Copy of my last of the 13th. Instn. ⅌ the Ship Atalanta, Capt. Turner, Via New-York. The Weather here still continues Cold for the Season, an d has of late been very wet until the two last days. Reports from the Country of the approaching Harvest are however, not unfavorable. You will no doubt before this can reach you have he ard that the Emperor of Morocco has compelled...
13 July 1802, Bristol. Wrote last on 15 May . Fears uncommonly cold weather will harm crops, especially wheat. Encloses accounts of all imports and exports by American ships in his district for the six months ended 30 June, a report on the Bristol infirmary, newspapers, and a London price current. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bristol, vol. 2). 1 p. Enclosures not found. A full transcription of this...
Since my last respects to you of the 15h. of May I have not been honored with any of your favors. For some time past the weather here has been u ncommonly cold for the season, which I am apprehensive will hav e an injurious effect on the growing crops, particularly Wheat, tho’ th e fields at Present wear a much more Promising appearance tha n could, under such circumstance, have been expected,...
15 May 1802, Bristol. Reports the case of Mason Ryan, an American seaman discharged from the Bristol infirmary, for whom he booked passage on the ship Alexander , Capt. Ebenezer McIntosh. The captain refused to accept the infirm sailor, preferring to pay the $30 penalty once in the U.S. “Having no power to compel him either to receive the Man or to pay the penalty,” reports the case to JM so...
After I had closed my letter to you on the 13th. Inst. by this conveyance, Mason Ryan an American Seaman who had been for some time past in the Infirmary here was discharged from thence after having recd. every aid which that Charity could afford him, but being still in an infirm state of Health applied to me to procure for him a passage to America, in consequence of which I sent a Letter by...
13 May 1802, Bristol. Transmits a copy of his letter of 3 May. “In some of my former Letters I mentioned, that from the great extent of Sea-Coast within my Consular District, I had found it necessary to appoint five different Agents to act for me at the principal Ports.” Lists them and requests that five sets of U.S. laws be sent “to guide them in the execution of the duties of their Office.”...
The above is a Copy of my last of the 3d. Insta. ⅌ the arina, Via Philadelphia, since which I have not been honored w ith any of your favors. In some of my former Letters I mentioned, that from the great extent of Sea-Coast within my Consular District, I had found it necessary to appoint five different Agents to act for me at the Principal Ports Vizt. Saml. Bonfill Esqr. for Exeter, Stephen...
3 May 1802, Bristol. Forwards copies of his last letters, which were sent by the Bristol packet via Boston, a letter from Rufus King, and newspapers. “The Season here continues remarkably fine for Vegetation,… in consequence of which, and the late favorable Harvest, the prices of all kinds of Provisions have fallen considerably.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bristol, vol. 2). 1 p. Vander Horst to...
The Preceding are Copies of my last ⅌ the Bristol Packet, Capt. Orr, Via Boston, since which I have not had the pleasure of hearing from you. Enclosed is a Letter I have Just recd from Mr. King fo r you, to which I have added two of our last News–Papers, begging to refer you to them for what is now passing in this quarter as to a Public Nature. The Season here continues remarkably fine for...
30 March 1802, Bristol. “As the Vessel is now on the point of Sailing I have only a moment left to enclose you the London Gazette Extraordinary, of yesterday’s date, containing an Acct. of the Signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace, at Amiens, on the 27h. Instt.” Also encloses a few more newspapers and the last London price current. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bristol, vol. 2). 1 p. Enclosures...