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I have the honour to transmit herewith by direction of the President copies of certain acts of the Executive authority, bearing date in the years 1794 and 1795. These acts resulted from the circumstances which then existed, and from a just solicitude to maintain the laws and the rights of neutrality within the jurisdiction of the United States. The intervention of other circumstances rendered...
I have been duly honoured with your letter of the 16th acknowledging mine of the 11th. The disposition which it evinces towards the neutral rights of the United States, and the regulations for guarding them against infraction, justifies all the confidence which had been placed in it. On recurring to the circular letter to the Governors of the States, of which a copy was transmitted to you, I...
I have the honour to acknowlege your letter of the 8th inst. on the subject of a Spanish Ship, commissioned with letters of marque and reprisal, which has arrived with a British vessel as her prize in the port of Philadelphia. I have lost no time in laying the case before the President, who has decided, in conformity to principles uniformly entertained by this Government, that the prize should...
I have been duly honoured with your letter of the 6th instant. Mine of the 12th of June made you acquainted that orders had issued for the immediate departure of the British prize brought into the port of Philadelphia by a Spanish armed Ship; and that the circumstances of the latter would be enquired into particularly as a guide to any farther steps that might be requisite. Information has...
Letter not found. 21 October 1801. Acknowledged in Thornton to JM, 30 Oct. 1801 . Also mentioned in Thornton to Hawkesbury, 25 Nov. 1801 (PRO: Foreign Office, ser. 115, 9:149–50). Repeats the complaints of the American government on the continued detention at Quebec of Lewis Le Couteulx, demands his release, and expresses the expectation that he will receive indemnification for his losses and...
Letter not found. 5 November 1801. Acknowledged in Thornton to JM, 11 Nov. 1801 . Informs Thornton the president believes that the Windsor and the Harmony prize cases do not fall within the provisions of the Jay treaty.
Your favor of June 30th. found me preparing to fulfill the promise of which it reminds me on the subject of the ship Windsor. The delay has proceeded from other demands which fell on the attention of the attorney General, and from the necessity of some additional enquiries within the Treasury Department. It appears that before the order for the departure of this vessel could be carried into...
30 July 1802, Department of State. “I have the honor to enclose a copy of a letter from the District Attorney of Vermont reporting the result of the enquiries he was directed to make on the subject of a communication some time since received from you.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. For David Fay’s letter, see Levi Lincoln to JM, 6 July 1802 , and nn.
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of Mr. E. Thornton’s company to dinner and chess on Monday next, the 8th. Inst., at half after three. Friday Novr. 5th. 1802. The favor of an answer is requested. RC (Stanley F. Horn, Nashville, Tennessee, 1958); in Meriwether Lewis’s hand.
I have been honored with your letter of the 16th. Ulto. stating the refusal of the Collector of Norfolk in Virginia to cause a seaman who had deserted from one [of] His Britannic Majesty’s ships of War to be delivered up on application for the purpose, and requesting that orders for the delivery may be transmitted. It need not be observed to you, Sir, that a delivery in such cases is not...