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I trust you will not consider it arrogant in me to address you a few lines; and to make certain enquiries &c. Feeling in common a deep interest with ma(ny of my friends and fellow Citizens of this City) as it regards your views & sentiments concerning the all important subject of the Bank of the U. States; I beg leave most respectfully to Enquire whether in your opinion the present Bank can be...
Your polite and favorable reception of my little work upon our Constitutional Jurisprudence, encourages me in trespassing on you with a request for information upon some curious historical points connected with the branch of study committed to my immediate superintendance in this Institution—and upon which you alone Sir may be able to afford it. I trust however that you will not permit my...
The undersigned a Com of the "Washington Literary Society" of Washington College, have been duly delegated by their body, to inform you of your election as an honorary Member of their association, In the discharge of the truly pleasing duty assigned them, they would be derelict in their duty, were they to pass over unnoticed the many illustrious acts of your life which are so intimately...
Will you allow me to ask a favor, which I cannot doubt you will very readily grant? By some accident, for which I cannot account, a letter from you to General Washington, dated Decr. 9th. 1786, has been mislaid or lost. I think I remember having seen the letter, but whether it was in the parcel that I sent to you I cannot say. General Washington alludes to it in such a manner, that it seems...
I beg leave to present to you my friend Mr. Niles, who was associated with me as Secretary of Legation during my residence at Paris, & was afterwards our Chargé d’affaires there. After spending a few days with us, he is now on his way to the North, preparatory to his return to Europe, & would deem his visit to Virginia altogether unsatisfactory & illusive, without an opportunity of paying his...
In my Letter of the 4th Inst. there is an Error in transcribing from the shorthand draft: for "disparage" in the 2nd paragraph the Copyist has written "discourage". I may add that I see nothing yet to change my opinion on the Subject referred to, nor in what I apprehended would be the course of the discussions on the question between the U. S. and the french: tho’ I do not perceive in the...
On the seventh proximo the native Citizens of Ohio celebrate the Anniversary of her first Settlement in 1788— The event has not before been commemorated, and the committee of Arrangement for that purpose, have had plenary powers to give it all the moral effect which can be produced by the presence of persons whose commanding agency in redeeming the wilderness of yesterday from its natural uses...
It is only within a few days that, having received the last of the collection of American Autographs which I had undertaken to procure for the Princess Victoria, I was enabled, at an interview which I obtained for that purpose with her and her mother, to hand to her the paper which, at my request you had the kindness to draw up for her—The collection was received by the two illustrious persons...
The above is copied from the Times 1 and more in detail than the announcement in the Sunday Times which I have sent you because it contains the substance of the debates in less tedious compass than the daily papers. I shall watch the motions of the bill: if it embrace completely the object of my Letter to Sir James Graham à la bonne heure; if not I shall find the means to suggest amendments....
I should have had this pleasure sooner, but for a severe cold, which confined me to the house for near a week, prevented me calling on Messrs Key & Biddle, agreeably to the request contained in your letter of the 16th ulto. Enclosed I send you their Receipt for your subscription to the American Quarterly Review for the next year. We were much gratifyed to learn that you and Mrs Madison had...
I have thought it possible that you might have by you some manuscripts which you would have no objection to seeing transferred to the columns of the Literary Messenger—provided the copy could be returned to you without being soiled. If you have, and will do me the kindness to forward any thing to me, I will take good care that it shall be returned to free from injury. Will you be kind enough...
I find there is an oppy for Letters to reach the Packet of the 16th at Portsmouth. I have therefore had my Notes on the Relations with France transferred from the Shorthand, and cover them herein. If they reach the Coffee House in time, you will get them by the same Ship that takes my Letter of the 16th. I suppose the question of the Speakership is settled, and that by this Ship you will hear...
"There is no knowing who will be Governor till after Election," as they say in New England; and the question who will be Speaker of the H. C. is equally doubtful. In the abstract it is of small import: for as Lenthall said he must have no eyes nor ears but those of the House. But as a trial of the strength of parties I hold it no small matter. The appearance of the day is in favor of the...
I assure you sir that it is with feelings of reserve that I now intrude myself upon your notice, knowing of your extreme age and thinking it also difficult for you to write. But yet being advised by my friends to write to you for the purpose of getting your Autograph I would take this opportunity of politely requesting it. The reason why I wish for it is that I am making an Autograph Book and...
On my return from Baltimore last fall, Comdore Elliot committed to my care a cane and Vase made of the wood of the Constitution Frigate, which I promised to deliver in person to yourself and Mrs. Madison. With this intention I ordered my carriage to meet me at Orange Court House, but being forced to leave Baltimore several days earlier than I had intended, by the sudden expansion of the...
In the circular I sent you of the 29th I announced my intentions of visiting you soon but find I shall not be able now to see you, if at all. Allow me to respectfully say, as you are the President of our Alumni Assoc’ & the only First Magistrate of the U. S. our College has the honor of Graduating we feel a deep, an unspeakable interest in securing your smiles & patronage in the enterprise...
Altho’ personally unacquainted with you, I hope, my revered Sir, you will not consider it presumption in one so obscure as myself to address you, being actuated in so doing by the purest motives. Conjointly with several friends, I wish to learn from you, who performed so eminent a part in the formation of our Federal Constitution, what was the main or primary object in instituting that branch...
Since my son wrote to me last summer after enjoying as he said the delightful presence of the magnificent old democrat of Montpellier, tho’ I have not had the happiness of any direct communication, yet I have constantly heard thro’ Gov. Gales of your situation and health—always, from every body, that your bouayant spirits are undiminished and your conversation what it always has been. Allow me...
It has been my good fortune to be selected as the channel by which to forward a package to you which appears to have come originally from Havre. A box to your address was to day delivered at this Office from on board a New York packet. On reflection I have concluded to acquit myself of the trust by sending the box to Major Gibbon the Collector of Richmond whom I have requested to send it...
The Kind interest which You have always taken in the Work of the Coast Survey, occasiones me to communicate to You herewith a Copy of the principal Documents relating to that work, which it has become necessary for me to print on account of the violent attack made upon me, and my character by the 4th Auditor under whose hands the transfer of the work to the Navy Department has brought the...
This letter will be handed to you by the Reverend Daniel Newell, the General Agent appointed by the "Society of the Alumni" of the College of New Jersey, for carrying into effect the resolution of that body to raise $100,000 for the enlargement of the Institution. The Committee of the Society of Alumni, who selected & have commissioned Mr. Newell as their general Agent, have great confidence...
I take the liberty of sending to you three of the Declarations on parchment which you will oblige me much by signing and then return them to Hon Walter Lowrie Secy. of the Senate, who will obtain the signatures of the other Gentlemen and return them to me—The Influence of this document has been vastly important—Will you please say to Mrs Madison that I gave her message to Mr Astor—With the...
In the interview at your house and during the very interesting remarks with which you favoured me on that occasion, the conversation turned on the subject of Galvanism—I mentioned some experiments performed in this place and offered to send them for your perusal—Mrs Madison kindly offering to read them to you—A favorable opportunity presenting itself by a gentleman going to Orange C H. I send...
I have just rec’d from Mr Scrope, one of the M. Ps for this County, a Pamphlet sent him ex officio. I have made some short hand marginal Notes upon it which I have not time to transcribe, and they would be little worth if I had; but I have ordered one of the Pamphlets to be sent to you from London, where, I suppose, they are by this time on Sale. The short of the Story I take to be this. The...
I am pleased to be able now to forward you the specimen of wrought anthracite. It came safely yesterday tho. the article for which ye forme pencil was entirely broken to pieces. Allow me to seize this opportunity to avouch my affectionate & enduring sense of your great personal worth, & the eminent services you have rendered my beloved country—the home & the heritage of my children. That a...
In a letter I received from my Friend Mr. Delavan, soon after his late visit to Montpelier, he requested me to inform you, of the success of his application to Mr. Adams and the President to follow your Example in giving their countenance to the temperance reformation: but immediately after getting his letter, I perceived the information referred to, was carried to you through many channels of...
One of your fellow Citizens of the north who is a stranger to your (person but who has Cherished the highest respect for your Character from his earliest years) has long been desirous of soliciting your advice in a matter of the highest importance to himself and has as long hesitated lest he might be guilty of an impropriety—Considering his own youth and your very advanced age. However relying...
Permit me to ask from Your venerable hand some small incident in Your publick life in Your own hand writing that I my Keep it as and Consistent as one of this Best treasures that I Can be possed of It would be truly gratifing to me and my friends to have in my possession the hand Writing of One truly great and honourable as your honour. I am with great Respt your humble and Ob Sert RC (DLC) .
I should have to reproach myself severely for not replying to your kind note of April 11th. if my omission has arisen from negligence & not good intentions. Having never designed or expected to draw from you the slightest notice of my humble efforts, by sending you the Speech I did, I scrupled intruding again on your repose by a letter which it was to be feared would seem to require an answer,...
Honl. James Madison 1834   To Peter Gray Agt. Dr. Mar. 6. For North American Review 1834 ..... $5.-- Above you have bill for North American Review, 1834, for which please I would be obliged to you, to forward the amt as soon as convenient. My Father, who has given me all his book agencies, sends his respects to you, Yrs. very Respectfully. RC (DLC) .