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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) .
Grateful as I was for your letter considered as a mark of your kindness and esteem, it gave me yet greater pleasure as a proof of the restoration of that health which is the object of so much solicitude to your Country and I have the further satisfaction to learn through Mr Ingersoll that it continues to improve, long may this be the Case, long may you remain to enjoy the veneration which your...
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Edwd. C. Delavan Esqr. Chairman of the Executive Comtee of the New York State temperance Society. Mr. Delavan has visited our State, to be present at the temperance Convention which has taken place here—He anticipates some advantages to this great cause, if he can obtain the assurance of your countenance in its favour—He is more-over desirous of...
In returning you my grateful acknowledgements for your highly prized letter of the 15th instant, I cannot refrain, though very reluctant to give you trouble, from making a few remarks in reply, and in explanation of what you call my "one sided view of subjects which ought to be viewed on both sides whatever be the decision on them". In asking your opinion of, and invoking your interposition to...
Agreeably to my intention, made known to you, I should have deposited the $7. you overpaid me in the Bank to your credit; but having accidentally heard that there was a letter in the Post Office at Fredericksburg for me, I called and received yours of the 8th instant, and in compliance with the request therein contained have brought on with me the seven dollars, and hold them applicable to any...
My neighbor & friend E. C. Delavan Esqr. of this City, being about to proceed to Virginia, & the vicinity of your residence, I have taken the liberty altho’ personally unknown to you, to offer him this letter of introduction—Mr. Delavan’s devotion to the great cause of temperance, would indeed supersede the necessity of any introduction; but I confess I take an interest, in an interview...
I received with the greater satisfaction your kind letter of the 8th Ult. as those which it answered had not left England many days before I learnt by the papers that the state of your health was such as to leave it very problematical whether they would reach you at all; and though subsequent advices announced your convalescence, the accounts were not such as to flatter me with the hope of...
I received a few days ago your letter of the 9th Ultimo, with an enclosure for Mr George Joy, which I immediately forwarded to its destination— I should have sooner acknowledged the receipt of your former letter enclosing an Autograph for the Princess Victoria, which was received in good time; but waited to do so until I could communicate to you the satisfaction which the very kind and...
Fully knowing the patriotic zeal with which you commenced & continued the last War with Great Britain, & perceiving, also, the support which you derived from the Frigate Constitution, I have the pleasure of forwarding to you a small relic of the old Ship, with the hope that it may long sustain you in the years of your declining age. I have the honor to be Sir: Very Respectfully Your Obdt Servt...
An individual, who is totally unknown to your Excellency, presumes to beg a slight favour, which lies only in your Excellency’s power to grant. As all he desires is a mere specimen of your Excellency’s hand writing an acknowledgement of the receipt of this letter, will be cherished as an invaluable treasure by one who has ever admired the wisdom, and sublime qualities of your Excellency. Your...
I have recd. your letter of the 3d. instant enclosing me a Check on the Bank of Virginia at Fredericksburg for $2050. in payment of the principal and interest of the sum borrowed of me. Your Bond for which I return you enclosed—on the back of it you will perceive I have enterd the interest which you have from time to time paid on it. You will also perceive that I have endorsed on it the sum of...
Being a Virginian and having had the pleasure in my Earlier days of often Seeing and hearing you together with the interest which I feel in the present political contest in the South must be my apology for obtruding myself upon you in this manner The good and wise I know may be always safely approached by the humblest of their fellow Citizens when instruction is their object Accompanying this...
Permit me to present you, through my friend Mr. Crabb, of Philadelphia, now on a patriotic pilgrimage to Montpelier, the portrait (lithographed) of that distinguished patriot Amos Kendall—who, for efficient emulation of your brilliant services in support of that Democracy whose applause hath made your name immortal—is now traduced and vilified as much even as you have been by that same spirit,...
Unless the day should be unfavorable, Mrs Trist & myself & children will set out to-morrow, to dine at Gordonsville, and reach Montpellier in the evening. Cornelia & Mary, and one of Mr. Randolph’s younger daughters (Cary Ann) will follow the next tuesday; and we propose all to leave you on the ensuing friday evening, so as to be in Washington the next day. I thought, when last with you, that...
On the credit of the inclosed letter of introduction from an ancient colleague of the early services of your great career, permit me to solicit, at your perfect ease and convenience, some attention to events in our history. It is not unknown to you, the deep excitement which in 1806 seized the public mind of Ky. in regard to early Spanish intrigues in 1788, to detach the State from the...
Ever since certain evil minded persons entered the Navy-yard at Charlestown, and beheaded the full-length figure of President Jackson fixed on the stem of the renowned Ship Constitution, riot & midnight misrule had become in a measure epidemic. A Roman Catholic Convent or Nunnery, a spacious establishment, in the neighborhood of Bunker-hill, within cannon-shot of the centre of Boston, was...
In returning my thanks, which I do most heartily, for your letter of the 29th ulto, I must be permitted to express my regret that it was not quite as full as I could have wished. Perhaps my apprehension of ill consequences from the late usurpations and abuses of power by the President, & the great confidence I have in the soundness & influence of your opinions, may have led me to expect too...
I have been much distress’d to hear, that you have lately been so ill as to be given over by your Physcians, since which, I am happy to learn from an authentic source, that you have got much better, & in a fair way of being restored to your usual state of health. God grant that your health may be renovated, & that you may live for many years, not only on account of yourself, family, & friends,...
It is with a great degree of diffidence that I intrude on your advanced age and retirement with this Epistle. But hope It will a sufficient apology for this intrusion when I say to you that I am but a youth and that my sole object in thus troubling you is to acquire information on a subject of the most vital importance to the safety of our beloved Country. Knowing full well from your venerable...
Suffer me to ask a favour of you (as a Relic and a testimonial of that Regard that a father would have to his son) to write to me, your favour & Letter will be Transfixd with my father’s letters and writings. (Samuel Clark of the Revolutionary War who fought under the Immortal Layfeatte . Layfeatte is no more . the Great & Good Layfayaet is no more!! his last advice to us was, according to the...
In transmitting the enclosed letter for Mrs. Madison, I cannot resist the impulse of my feelings in communicating to you my best wishes for your continued happiness, and for the improvement of your health, and that you may live to see the clouds dissipated that darken our political horison. With my best respects to Mrs. Madison I beg you to receive the assurances of my unabated consideration &...