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I find it a subject far from easy, to say what I think had best be done with Washington—His habits and inclinations are so averse to all labour and patient investigation, that I must freely declare it as my opinion that not much is to be expected from any plan—I had got his Mother on former occasions to add the weight of her injunctions to my advice and remonstrances. He has allways appeared...
In my last I forgot to mention, that Mr Nancrede from Boston, had just left with the three volumes of the Studies of Nature which he dedicated to you, without your permission, but for which you desired me to subscribe, in your behalf. I did so. But the set he has left with me for you are elegantly bound in red Morocco and gilt; and from the manner of the delivery (sending them to my house...
I had the Honor today to receive your Letter concerning young la fayette, who arrived at Calais about three weeks since—this I have learnt from an american who saw him there. As it was well known in France that his father & family are in Holstein, I presume that the young man must have left France, and gone to his family—I understand that General La fayette intends imbarking for america Early...
I have recd your favour of the 22d instant and feel much chagrin that I did not reply to your private Note: the fact is, that I destroyed it, after perusal & forgot the contents at the time I wrote: Mr Biddies Credit is as good as it has ever been; the misfortunes of the times have rendered his business more profitable than usual—he is understood to possess a handsome property. No Letters have...
Letter not found: Robert Lewis to GW, 31 Jan. 1798. On 11 Feb. GW wrote Lewis : “Your letter of the 31st Ulto came safe to hand.”
I have been for a long time past so hurried and so loaded with business as not to have a moment which I could devote to private correspondence. This is not an apology for neglect or indolence. I am exceedingly sorry it is true, because I foresee, it may without some change become quite unsupportable. Enjoy your happy situation; or if it is to be disturbed, let it be only by transient domestic...
I have received this moment your letter of the 28th ulto. The land business being with Mr Wolcott I shall give him the letters and see that they are forwarded by to-morrows mail and the inquiry aluded to made of the Deputy Surveyor if found. Munroe’s memoir has been little read and has made no converts to his party. He has I think sunk in the public opinion. Fauchets publication has done no...
I am quite disappointed in not having it in my power to give you satisfactory information upon the subject of your last letter. I have been twice to the Auditors office, and have had the Commissioners books examined. I can find no other Tracts returned by them than those of which I before sent you a Statement. neither those on the ohio nor the 587 acre tract are at all mentioned. The Auditor...
On my arrival at this place on Tuesday se’night I found the letter with which you honoured me in answer to mine from Washington. On this day week I was followed by a Messenger from the City with a copy of a letter from the President to the Comrs approving of our laying a State of the Federal Buildings before Congress, Which he observes will render his responsibility and that of the Comrs less...
Mr Hopkins presented me with yr letter of the 25th ultimo. I learn with much surprize & chagrin that Mr Simmes has failed to pay his note—He used to be considerd as very punctual & therefore I recd his paper for a debt due to me. Nothing but the untoward & unexpected course of fiscal concerns in this country could have produced delay in my payment of yr debt. I am pained in a great degree to...
In consequence of your letter of the 22d Ulto I lodged your bonds in the Bank of Pennsylvania & received the enclosed receipt, so that in future there will be no difficulty when the debtors offer money to the Bank. Your lands on the Kenhawa are well sold if the purchaser is an industrious & wealthy man. Altho the lands are certainly of the first quality & the credit very considerable, yet I...
I beg you to permit the enclosed little dramatic piece to wait on you in your present Retirement, it was written by me this Session of Congress partly for Amusement, and partly with a view by bringing forward in this Manner the most prominent Characters in our late Revolution, to reconcile in some Measure if possible the present jarring political Sentiments that unfortunately distract our...
I cannot resist the impulse of my feelings to express my grateful acknowledgment of the polite & kind reception wch I met with at Mount Vernon, and beg to assure thee that amongst the many whose curiousity, or admiration for the dignified character of the great proprietor of that seat of domestic felicity, lead to visit it, none can retain a deeper sense of the honor of having enjoy’d so happy...
Letter not found: from Alexander Spotswood, 6 Feb. 1798. On 11 Feb. GW wrote Spotswood about his “letters of the 14th Ulto & 6th Instt.”
I have been favoured with your much esteemed favour of the 4th Novr last which came to hand about ten days ago. It gives me great pleasure to learn that you are in good health, and enjoying in peaceful serenity your well earned lawrels. That you may long continue to do so is the sincere wish of not me alone, but also of almost every person in Europe. I am glad to find that the gardener has the...
Permit me, great sir, to address you and solicit the honor of your name and patronage to the work which I am now engaged in— “The Journals of Congress” from the year 1775 to the present time, including the reports of the Heads of Departments &c. My undertaking has met with the encouragement of Mr Jefferson & the Committee of Congress to whom the printing the old Journals was referred—The...
It is with eagerness I find an apology for presenting myself to your notice in your second retirement. My only solicitude is, that you may not think the occasion which I make, a sufficient justification of my intrusion upon you. The volume accompanying being a continuation of Massachusetts history, necessarily embraced many general transactions in the late British Colonies. In these you were...
I have called on Mr Davidson to enquire the business his Nephew’s are suitable for, & whether they were not looking out for places to be engaged in; to this he answered one of them was taken by the Potowmack Compy & the Other at my service—I then mentioned you were wanting a Young Man who could keep accounts, write a plain round Hand (as you had much Recording to do) & who must be entirely at...
Letter not found: from William Augustine Washington, 15 Feb. 1798. On 27 Feb. GW wrote William Augustine Washington : “Mr Rice . . . delivered me your letter of the 15th instant.”
The day on which I had the pleasure of seeing you at George Town was so extremely cold, that I did not go to Alexandria that morning as I intended. Since that time Mr Jesse Sims has been from home & I have not had an opportunity of seeing him untill this day. He requests I will mention his proposals to you which are—that he will give new Notes drawn by himself & endorsed by Mr Jno. Wise...
I do not conceive it necessary to use any Arguments that I am master of, in favour of Liberty, in addressing myself to One who has recived the distinguished Appellation of being the Chief supporter and defender of it; throughout a large extent of the known parts of the World. But I feel desires thou mayest so pursue it, as to feel an Evidence that thou art deserving of that Character, in the...
I arrived in this City on Saturday senight and immediately waited on the President; He gave me a Memorial which my Colleagues had forwarded to him addressed to the Congress for my perusal & signature I urged him as far as propriety would admit, to transmit the Memorial addressed to himself, but could not prevail he said he would transmit the Memorial of the Comrs and requested me to prepare a...
Upon communicating the contents of your letter to Mr Simms he declared he could not comply with the terms. I told him I could have nothing more to do with it, except, that I would convey his sentiments to you if he commited them to writing he accordingly address’d the enclosed to me, upon which you will act as you see proper. The first application ever made to me was by a letter sent to me on...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 22 Feb. 1798. On 3 Mar. GW wrote Biddle : “your letter of the 22d has been received.”
I enclose you Mr Anderson’s draft on you for £57.3.1½—The draft which you proposed to give me on the Bank you will please send by the Bearer Thomas. my recet for the same at the Bank will exonerate you. I am Sir Your Obt Servt ALS , DLC:GW . The enclosed draft on GW, dated 14 Feb. and signed by James Anderson, reads: “On Sight hereof pay Mr William H. Foote, on Order—Fifty seven pounds. Three...
I wrote you some time ago, in answer to your’s enclosing the copies of the correspondence with Mr Langhorne, that I would use my indeavour in sifting that very extraordinary, and I venture to say, infamous transaction, to the bottom; & now, agreeable to your request, have to inform you, that I have been able (from the nature of the thing) to make no further discovery of the design, than what...
I Requested Mr Veatch las fall before I moved from Monococy, to Compell paymts of Your rents at the expiration of 1797—& on the rect of your Letter of the 15th Jany again ordered it—in Answer recd his Letter which I now enclose you —from what I know of the Circumstancs of the Tenants—I believe his Conduct & Opinion on this Occasion the most Advisable & Secure—because as he Observes & I expect...
I have the honour to inform you, that at the last Meeting of the Board of Agriculture, it was unanimously resolved, that the £10 remitted by you, as a Subscription for the Publications of the Board, shall be laid out in binding a complete set of the same, in the handsomest manner, and that they be sent to you, with a letter expressive of the Sentiments which the Board entertains for so...
I receive, but this very moment, the Favour of your Excellency’s Letter of the 24 of june Last; Genl Marshal has been so kind as to transmitt it to me as soon as he Could discover, my Retiring-place; for this I am much endebted to the Gentln whose introduction and Acquaintance you intended to honour me with. it should had been a blessing for me, to welcome your Friends, the Envoys of our...
Some months ago you Send your Christopher to me on account of the bite of a mad dog, and by him a letter in which you Said you had directed Mr Slough in Lancaster to pay my charge for Christophers cure. consequently i had no right to charge Christopher, nor did Christopher offer to pay me, and when he went away, I told him what I charged desiring him according to your request to tell Mr Slough...