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That in Consequence of the publicity given to the instructions to the Commissioners of the United States near the Republic of France, and to the dispatches containing the narrative of their Conduct in the discharge of the duties of their mission, your memorialists are induced to infer that the situation of public Affairs is so critical and alarming, that the opinion of the Citizens of the...
The Memorial of Thomas Fielder Respectfully representing That he having invented an Apparatus for facilitating Navigation for which he has obtaind the grant of an exclusive privilege, by the requisition of Friends to the extensive utility of the Idea he has at a very considerable expence attempted the prosecution of his Design but perceiving that its completion (so as to carry it into useful...
To the President of the United States, and the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled, The Memorial of the Chamber of Commerce in New Haven, Respectfully Represents:— That your Memorialists have observed with no common degree of surprise and solicitude, the numerous embarrassments which the Commerce of the United States has suffered, during the present...
J’ai l’honneur de vous presenter un exemplaire de mes deux inventions “le nouvel art de plonger au fond de la mer’ et l’assurance de mer.” Faites les examiner s’il vous plait. Etant à present pour quelque moment à Rotterdam et trouvant justement un vaisseau americain, je me hate de vous dire que je souhaite tout le bonheur possible aux etats libres Americains, et que je suis avec vénération,...
The following plan, for emancipating the whole Race of the people of Colour, from United America : Is respectfully submitted, to the honorable the House of Representatives , of the United States ; for their Consideration: Of all the extraordinary, and Rare phenomenon, exibited by any nation on the theatre of existence; that of the southern parts of the United States of America , is most...
The Memorial of the Legislature of Mississippi Territory, to the President, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled:— The Legislative Council and House of Represetatives of the Mississippi Territory in General Assembly convened, beg leave respectfully to state to your honorable body, that such has been the situation of our Country, previous...
I lay before Congress, copies of ratified Treaties between the United States and the following Indian Tribes. First. The Wex and Kickapoo. Second. The united Tribes of Ottawas, Chipawas, & Potowotomies, residing on the Illinois and Melwakee rivers and their waters, and on the Southwestern parts of lake Michigan Third. That portion of the Winnebago tribe residing on the Ouisconsin river Fourth....
I have heretofore communicated to Congress the decrees of the government of France of November 21. 1806. and of Spain of Feb. 19. 1807. with the orders of the British government of January & November 1807. I now transmit a decree of the emperor of France of Dec. 17. 1807. and a Similar decree of the 3d. of January last of his Catholic majesty: with the letter of our Charge des affaires at...
In pursuance of the act of Congress entitled "An act to regulate and fix the compensation of Clerks &c. " the Secretary of State has the honor to report to Congress the annexed list of the persons employed in his office, and to state that the business of the Department generally is in a state of progressive increase; that particularly the business, relating to patents issued for useful arts,...
The first dispaches from our Envoys Extraordinary, since their arrival at Paris, were received at the secretary of states office at a late hour the last evening—They are all in a character, which will require some days to be decyphered, except the last, which is dated the 8th of January 1798—The contents of this Letter, are of so much importance to be immediately made known to Congress, and to...
I recieved from Genl. Wilkinson, on the 23d. inst. his affidavit charging Samuel Swartwout, Peter V. Ogden, and James Alexander with the crimes described in the affidavit, a copy of which is now communicated to both houses of Congress. It was announced to me at the same time that Swartwout & Bollman, two of the persons apprehended by him, were arrived in this city, in custody each of a...
It is found that the existing laws have not the efficacy necessary to prevent violations of the obligations of the United States, as a nation at peace towards belligerent parties, and other unlawful acts on the high Seas, by armed vessels equipped within the waters of the United States. With a view to maintain more effectually the respect due to the laws, to the character, and to the neutral...
In obedience to law, I transmit to Congress my annual account of the contingent fund. Printed Source--A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897. 10 vols. (Washington, 1896-1899)..
I communicate to Congress a letter recently recieved from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the US. at London stating some circumstances which bear relation to the subject of my messages of January 17. this paper being original, and to be communicated to both houses, the return of it is requested. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I have now an Opportunity of transmitting to Congress, a Report of the Secretary of State with a Copy of an Act of the Legislature of the State of Kentucky, consenting to the Ratification of the Amendment of the Constitution of the United States proposed by Congress by in their Resolution of the Second day of December 1793, relative to the Suability of States. This Amendment, having been...
I wish to know the pleasure of Congress and request their direction concerning the disposition of the property of the United States now in my possession; whether I shall deliver it into the hands of the heads of Departments, or of the commissioners of the city of Washington, or of a committee of Congress, or to any other persons Congress may appoint, to be delivered into the hands of my...
The whole of the Intelligence, which has for sometime past been received from abroad, The Correspondences between this Government and the Ministers of the belligerent Powers residing here, and the Advices from the Officers of the United States civil and military, upon the Frontiers, all conspire to shew, in a very strong Light the critical Situation of our Country. That Congress might be...
The extraordinary expenses, to be incurred in the present year in supporting our foreign intercourse, I find will require a provision beyond the ordinary appropriation, and the additional twenty thousand dollars lately granted. I have directed an estimate to be made, which is sent herewith, and will exhibit the deficiency, for which an appropriation appears to be necessary. DNA : RG 46—Records...
Immediately after the adjournment of Congress, at their last session in Philadelphia, I gave directions, in compliance with the laws for the removal of the public offices, records and property. These directions have been executed and the public officers have since resided and conducted the ordinary business of the government in this place. I congratulate the people of the United States on the...
I, now transmit to Congress the dispatch number, 8. from our Envoys Extraordinary, to the French Republic, which was received at the Secretary of State’s office on thursday, the fourteenth day of this month DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
At the request of the Governor, the Senate & House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pensylvania, I communicate certain resolutions entered into by the said Senate & House of Representatives, & approved by the Governor on the 23d. instant. It cannot but be encouraging to those whom the nation has placed in the direction of their affairs, to see that their fellow citizens will press...
In the message to Congress at the opening of the present session I informed them that treaties had been entered into with the Delaware & Piankeshaw Indians for the purchase of their right to certain lands on the Ohio. I have since recieved another entered into with the Sacs & Foxes for a portion of country on both sides of the river Missisipi. these treaties having been advised & consented to...
The Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate, the Chief Justice, The Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Attorney General, respectfully Report to Congress as follows, That pursuant to the Act intitled “An Act making provision for the Reduction of the Public Debt” and in conformity to Resolutions agreed upon by them and severally approved by The...
In recurring to the internal situation of our Country since I had last the pleasure to address you, I find ample reason for a renewed expression of that gratitude to the Ruler of the Universe, which a continued series of prosperity has so often and so justly called forth. The acts of the last session, which required special arrangements, have been, as far as circumstances would admit, carried...
The Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate, The Chief Justice, the Secretary of State, The Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General respectfully report to the Congress of the United States of America. That pursuant to the Act intitled an Act making provision of the reduction of the public debt and in conformity to two resolutions agreed upon by them one on...
At the opening of the present session I informed the legislature that the measures which had been taken with the government of Great Britain for the settlement of our Neutral and National rights and of the conditions of commercial intercourse with that nation, had resulted in articles of a treaty which could not be acceded to on our part; that instructions had been consequently sent to our...
I lay before Congress the application of Hamet Caramelli, elder brother of the reigning Bashaw of Tripoli, solliciting from the US. attention to his services & sufferings in the late war against that state. and in order to possess them of the ground on which that application stands the facts shall be stated according to the views & information of the Executive. During the war with Tripoli, it...
An edict of the Executive directory of the French republic of the twenty ninth of October 1798, inclosed in a letter from our minister plenipotentiary in London, of the sixteenth of November, is of so much importance, that it cannot be too soon communicated to you & to the public DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
Since the date of my message of January 17th. a letter of the 26th. of November has been recieved from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the US. at London, covering one from the Secretary for foreign affairs of that government, which, being on the subject of that message, is now transmitted for the information of Congress although nothing forbids the substance of these letters from being...
I communicate for the information of Congress a report of the Surveyor of the public buildings at Washington on the subject of those buildings, and the application of the monies appropriated for them. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
In order to give to Congress the details necessary for their full information of the state of things between Spain & the US. I send them the communication & documents now inclosed.   although stated to be confidential, that term is not meant to be extended to all the documents; the greater part of which are proper for the public eye. it is applied only to the message itself, & to the letters...
I communicate for the information of Congress the Report of the Director of the mint of the operations of that establishment during the last year. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
At a meeting of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, on the 26th day of December, 1795, Present: The President of the Senate , The Secretary of State , The Secretary of the Treasury . A report of the Secretary of the Treasury was read, as follows: “That, to provide for the payment of the interest on the public debt, which will fall due at the close of the present year, it will be necessary...
In obedience to the Law, I now present to both Houses of Congress, my annual account of Expenditures from the Contingent Fund during the year 1797. by which it appears, that on the first of January last there remained in the Treasury a Balance of Fifteen thousand, four hundred, and ninety four dollars and twenty four Cents, Subject to future dispositions of Government. DNA : RG 46—Records of...
Agreeably to the request of the House of Representatives, communicated in their resolution of the 16th. instant, I proceed to state, under the reserve therein expressed, information recieved touching an illegal combination of private individuals against the peace & safety of the Union, and a military expedition planned by them against the territories of a power in amity with the US. with the...
It would have been a source, fellow Citizens, of much gratification if our last communications from Europe had enabled me to inform you, that the belligerent nations, whose disregard of neutral rights has been so destructive to our commerce, had become awakened to the duty and true policy of revoking their unrighteous edicts. that no means might be omitted to produce this salutary effect, I...
In compliance with the request in one of the resolutions of Congress, of the 21st of December last, I transmitted a copy of those resolutions by my Secretary, Mr. Shaw, to Mrs. Washington, assuring her of the profound respect Congress will ever bear to her person and character; of their condolence in the late afflicting dispensation of Providence, and entreating her assent to the internment of...
By the letters of Capt Bissel who commands at Fort Massac, and of mr Murrell, to General Jackson of Tennissee, copies of which are now communicated to Congress, it will be seen that Aaron Burr past Fort Massac on the 31st. of December, with about ten boats navigated by about six hands each, without any military appearance; and that three boats with ammunition were said to have been arrested by...
The communications now made, shewing the great & increasing dangers with which our vessels, our seamen and merchandize are threatened, on the high seas & elsewhere, from the belligerent powers of Europe, and it being of the greatest importance to keep in safety these essential resources, I deem it my duty to recommend the subject to the consideration of Congress, who will doubtless percieve...
At a moment when the nations of Europe are in commotion & arming against each other, when those with whom we have principal intercourse are engaged in the general contest, & when the countenance of some of them towards our peaceable country, threatens that even that may not be unaffected by what is passing on the general theatre, a meeting of the representatives of the Nation in both houses of...
The Subscribers, taking into Consideration the important Situation of Affairs in the present Moment, and the Propriety & even Necessity of informing the People and rousing them into Action; considering also the Abilities of Mr Thomas Paine as a Writer, and that he has been of considerable Utility to the common Cause by several of his Publications. They have agreed that it will be much for the...
Having recently recieved from our late Minister Plenipotentiary at the court of London a duplicate of dispatches, the original of which has been sent by the Revenge schooner not yet arrived, I hasten to lay them before both houses of Congress. they contain the whole of what has passed between the two governments on the subject of the outrage committed by the British ship Leopard on the frigate...
I have the satisfaction to inform you that the negociation on foot between the U. States & the Govt. of G. B. is proceeding in a spirit of friendship & accommodation which promises a result of mutual advantage. The delays which have taken place are to be regretted; but as they were occasioned by the long illness which ended in the death of the British Minister, charged with that duty, they...
The documents communicated with my public message of this day contain such portions of the correspondences therein referred to, of the ministers of the US. at Paris & London, as relate to the present state of affairs between those governments & the US. and as may be made public. I now communicate confidentially such supplementory portions of the same correspondences as I deem improper for...
While, I congratulate you, on the arrival of General Marshall, one of our late Envoys Extraordinary, to the French republic, at a place of safety, where, he is justly held in honor, I think it my duty, to communicate to you, a Letter received by him, from Mr. Gerry, the only one of the three, who has not received his Congé, this Letter together with another from the Minister of foreign...
The Senate having advised & consented to the ratification of a Convention between the US. & the Cherokee Indians concluded at Washington on the 7th. day of January last for the cession of their right to the tract of country therein described. it is now laid before both houses of Congress for the exercise of their constitutional powers towards the fulfilment thereof. DNA : RG 46—Records of the...
I have received a Letter from his Excellency Thomas Mifflin Governor of Pennsylvania enclosing some documents, which I judge it my duty to lay before Congress without loss of time— As my opinion coincides entirely with that of his Excellency the Governor, I recommend the subject to the consideration of both Houses of Congress whose authority alone appears to me adequate to the occasion— DNA :...
The Dispatches, from the Envoys Extraordinary of the United States to the French Republic which were mentioned in my Message to both Houses of Congress of the fifth instant, have been examined and maturely considered. While I feel a Satisfaction in informing you, that their Exertions for the Adjustment of the Differences, between the two Nations have been sincere and unremitted, it is...
I transmit to both Houses of Congress, for their information and consideration, copies of laws enacted by the governor and judges of the Mississippi Territory from the 30th of June until the 31st of December, A. D. 1799. Printed Source--A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897. 10 vols. (Washington, 1896-1899)..
I now transmit to both houses of Congress a report of the Commissioners appointed under the act of Mar. 29. 1806. concerning a road from Cumberland to Ohio, being a statement of the proceedings under the said act, since their last report communicated to Congress, in order that Congress may be enabled to adopt such further measures as may be proper under existing circumstances. DNA : RG...