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In consequence of the long and earnest desire of my son Walter , to enter the Navy, and the advice of his friends seconding his views, I have consented to gratify him— Presuming on the friendship which subsisted between yourself and his father, Meriwether Jones , I will take the liberty of requesting your assistance in procuring him a Midshipmans warrant—his friends are respectable and...
I believe I told you in my last , that I had given you all in Lindseys Memoirs, than that interested you. But I was mistaken. In Priestleys Letter to Lindsey Dec r 19. 1803 , I find this Paragraph “With the Work I am now composing I go on much faster and better than I expected; so that in two or three months, if my health continue as it now is, I hope to have it ready for the Press; though I...
I have satisfied myself, by a great number of experiments, that the influence of cold upon the skin, is the most universal cause which places the system in a state of predisposition to disease. I have also ascertained by experiment hundreds of times repeated, that a timely application of intense heat to the surface, will correct the predisposition, and prevent disease, even when sternly...
I trust you will excuse the liberty I take—in having the honor to enclose you the within letter—as it contains money I was fearfull it might miscarry—is the cause why I trouble you— RC ( MHi ); dateline beneath signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq r Monticello —near Milton—V a ”; franked; postmarked 28 July ; endorsed by TJ as received 30 July 1813 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosure not...
It is now a year since I have had a letter from M r Hawkins ; he was then, and had been some time engaged as an Engineer, and had undertaken two very stupendous works: one of them the constructing a Tunnel under the River Thames about eleven miles below London , which he had nearly compleated. The other was a Tunnel through Shuters hill , about eight miles from London , to level the eastern road.
we have to acknowledge thy favour 11 th current— ; in our reply to thine, of 3 rd Ins t ; (which we hope thou hast receivd;) we stated, what we supposd must be the cause of thy Carder not performing to satisfaction; and the way, we hoped, to remedy it.—we regret, exceeding, that thou has found so much dificulty; with thy machine;—we had tried it before we sent it on; and fully believed it...
I find there is to be a “physician” general of the arm. of the U. States —I have the vanity to think, that I am not entirely unqualified for that important place, by my age, my experience in practise, & my long experience as a teacher of a “practical” branch of medicine. Perhaps, I have some claim upon the government, as a steady supporter, so far as I can go, of the measures of the executive....
I duly reciev’d thy verry able letter of the 13 th In s , and have greatly to regret that the public had not been possessd of the views thou hast there taken of the subject, before the late trial of O Evans v s Sam l Robinson in the circuit court at Baltimore —had it been the case, the result of that trial must have terminated the question betwe e
your favour of the 15 th came to me yesterday, and it is a pleasure to discover that We are only 9 days apart. Be not Surprised or alarmed. Lindsays Memoirs will do no harm to you or me. you have right and reason to feel and to resent the breach of Confidence. I have had enough of the same kind of Treachery and Perfidy practiced upon me, to know how to Sympathize with you. I will agree with...
During the last session of Congress the current business pressed so heavily on me, and after its adjournment, the preparation of instructions for our ministers employed under the mediation of Russia , and in other duties connected with it, kept me so constantly engaged that I have scarcely had a moment of respite since I left you. I seize one to communicate some details, which it may be...
I have to acknowledge your’s of the 4 th , received this morning, and to promise you my attention, to the case of David Michie against yourself, depending in the Albemarle circuit Court ,— I was apprised of the application for a certiorari, during the sitting of the last court, and on the authority of your former letter, would have contested the propriety of granting it, if the application had...
The enclosed was written before my late visit to Albemarle , and detaind in consequence of it, to be deliverd in person, but afterwards forgotten and left here. I need not add my sincere desire that you will have the goodness to decide the question to which it relates. we have nothing from abroad, immediately, concerning our own affairs; and no new light as to the result, of the great battles,...
I met with Doct r Flood at Buckingham court house on the second monday of the present month. From him I had the pleasure of hearing you were in good health and that a letter from you to me had been put into the mail at his Fathers on that morning—The letter has not been received and I am unable to account for its failure—Even if it had gone on to Richmond it ought to have reached me on Tuesday...
Enclosed I submit to your perusal, what I trust will be deem’d worth the trouble— If after a Year, these Treasury notes (become due), were rec d as Cash in paym t of Subs n to the loan, it would give them full credit & enable Gov t to issue more—The loan would also be obtain’d on more advantageous terms, as these note holders would encrease the number of competitors for the loan— RC ( DLC : TJ...
I received in due time the letter forwarded from Floods — I regret that my letter contained any thing which could induce you to suppose me either unreasonable in my proposals or diffident of your attatchment to my child —Being incapable of expressing either directly or indirectly any sentiment calculated to wound your feelings I have no hesitation in solemnly disclaiming any expression not in...
Since your return from Europe I have heard it repeatedly stated that you had imported the genuine Shepherds dog & occasionally distributed them among your friends. Such an acquisition to this State will be of immense importance, as the people are turning their attention to the raising of Sheep & are rapidly progressing in the merino breeds. If my information is correct & you still possess that...
by boy Will I Recieved your present of Tacitus for Cyrus , your friendly attentions to the proper & useful Education of Cyrus is highly appreciated by us both, & I hope the impression will never be lessened.— I yesteday heard of your being up, & intended visiting you this day with a mess of Asparagus, which grows upon us with a threating Aspect, we shall trust to your frequent Aid in keeping...
I delayed the acknowledgement of the receipt of the wool for the purpose of ascertaining the time when you might expect the Cloth—I am still without this information, but not without apprehensions that much of our patience will be required on the part of the manufacturer—soon after the arrival of the wool the Foreman of the Factory being a militia draft and called upon to march deserted and is...
I take the liberty of addressing you on a request which I hope you will be kind enough to comply with. I am the son of Bernard M c Mahon of this city and Wish to get an appointment in the Navy or Army of the United States . K Knowing that you were good enough to corresspond With my father , I thought you would be so good as to give me a few lines of reccommendation to the secratary of the...
Enclosed is a specimen of the Sulphuret of Antimony, which was found in this neighbourhood—It’s appearance, and the chemical tests to which I have exposed it shew it to be very pure—As we have not been able to discover the place from which this has been obtained, it’s value cannot be ascertained— With great respect RC ( ViU : TJP-CC ); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq r monticello Monticello...
In your Letter to D r Priestley of March 21. 1801 , you ask “What an Effort, of Bigotry in politics and religion have We gone through! The barbarians really flattered themselves, they should be able to bring back the times of Vandalism, when ignorance put every thing into the hands of power and priestcraft. All Advances in Science were proscribed as innovations; they pretended to praise and...
At your request I take the liberty of Sending your you your account with Sam l : & Ja s Leitch to the 1 st Ins t at which time our partnership expired—you will not consider this as an application at this time for the Ballance but will consult your own Convenience in dischargeing the Same— your Draft on Gibson & Jefferson was duly paid for which I consider myself under Obligations to you— I...
Here I am, my dear Sir, by the partiality of my friends, & discomfiture of my political enemies; again in the vortex of national politicks. My line of duty is plain & easy, & I shall endeavour to adhere to it. But I must confess, that I am much disappointed in a very pleasing anticipation, an interveiw at the seat of government with my ancient & highly respected friend of Monticello ; for I am...
J’ai reçu derniérement la Lettre dont vous m’avés honoré; et Je metois imposé la loi de ne plus troubler du tout un repos que vous paroissés désirer, et que votre âge et dé longs, utiles, et illustres travaux vous ont Si justement mérité. Mais l’interest que vous avés bien voulu prendre a mon retour paisible en françe et la démarche que vous avés Eu la bonté de faire pour moi a cet ègard...
J’ai l’honneur de vous adresser par le Courrier d’Aujourd’hui un petit paquet contenant “le traite élementaire de la Morale & du Bonheur.” S’il arrivait que ce ne fut l’ouvrage que vous attendez, je vous prie d’ avoir la bonté de me le renvoyer. Aussitôt que l’ “American brewer & Malster” paraîtra je m’empresserai de vous le faire parvi parvenir . By today’s mail I have the honor of sending...
I wish to see you very much I am very well I am at school at Lynchburg to A gentleman by the name of Mr. Halcomb I like him very much well he is very good to cousin and my self he and my self are going hom e very soon some of my Vacations I will come and stay some time with you
May I beg your acceptance of a copy of the Nautical Almanac for 1814? RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Oct. 1813 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosure: Blunt, Blunt’s Edition of the Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris, for the year 1814 (New York, 1813; Sowerby, E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson , 1952–59, 5 vols. no. 3810).
thou wert wise in thy Administration:—thou didst Reward thy Officers generally,—but this unpresuming Young man , thou did cruelly overlook.—Use thy unfluence to do him essential Service.—thou art rich,—he is poor and deserving, and in disgust I am afraid will soon throw up his commission.—Be humane & generous as thy nature I know will prompt. RC ( DLC : TJ Papers , 199:35443); undated;...
Conformement à la lettre que Votre Seigneurie prit la peine de m’écrire en date du 6 février, de cette année-ci , je prends la liberté de lui adresser, ci-joint, un exemplaire de mon ouvrage intitulé: La Création du monde, &c, le quel vient de paraître. Si Votre Seigneurie souhaitait Se procurer quelques autres exemplaires du même ouvrage, en m’honorant d’un mot à cet égard, adressé, soit à M...
If you will excuse my breaking in again upon your philosophical retirement, I think I may venture to promise that it shall be the last time. I little thought, when I wrote to you last , that I should have so soon to lament the loss of my revered friend & brother D r Rush ! By his death I feel as if one strand of the thread of my life was cut. It is a heavy, very heavy stroke to his old friend...
In the suit brought by Edward Livingston Against Le Breton D’orgenoy late marshal of the District of Orleans , The Honorable m r Hall , Judge of the District of Louisiana , has decided, the dispossessing of m r Livingston of the Batture , by order of the late President to be illegal, & he directs the Plaintiff to be reinstated in his possession.—The Public Sentiment on this occasion is...
We the subscribers most earnestly solicit, that your honor will give us your opinion, on the following extraordinary Phenomenon Viz: At hour on the night of the 25 th instant, we saw in the South a Ball of fire full as large as the sun at Maridian which was frequently obscured within the space of ten minutes by a smoke emitted from its own body, but ultimately retained its briliancy, and form...
Your time-piece has been packed up, ready for shipment, in the manner you directed, for a considerable time. But as soon as our river was had been rendered navigable, by the breaking up of the ice, it was again stoped & still continues to be so, by a British fleet. I am therefore, Sir, about to set it up at my own house, as it will be better to keep it going than standing; & shall wait your...
I had the Honor some time since to receive a Letter from you , covering one for the Baroness de Staël-Hols t ein which you wished me to forward to Stockholm —at the time I received it I had hoped that I should be able to send it by mr Russell in a few days—and therefore delayed acknowledging the receipt of the Letter until I could have the pleasure of telling you that I had found so good a...
I received, yesterday, your favor of the 31. of last month , and beg leave to return my warm thanks for your kind and obliging sympathy on the melancholy occasion of the death of my father . Few men, I believe, who have lived ever acted up more faithfully to what he took to be the line of rectitude and duty in all the actions of his laborious life; but in whatever lights he may have appeared...
We have the honor to acknowledge your favor of the 20th ult o which came duly to hand; and subsequently thereto we rec d from M r P. Gibson of Richmond $25 on your account, which sum pays your subscription to Oct 31. 1813 .—In furnishing your bill we had reference only to the newspaper acc t not understanding that you wished a statement of your printing acc t
To leave the Pettifogger of Funivals Inn , or Cliffords Inn , his Archbishop Laud , and his Chevalier of St. Iago of Compostella Sir Christopher Gardiner , for the present; Paulo Multo majora canamus . There has been put into my hands, within a few days a gross Volume in octavo, of 544 Pages with the Title of “Memoirs of the late reverend Theophilus Lindsey. M.A. ” including a brief “Analysis...
Your truly acceptable and very satisfactory answer to my Communication respecting the Establishment of an Antiquarian Society in Charleston , has been duly received, and is gratefully acknowledged, and I shou’d have done myself the Honor of an earlier acknowledgement of its receipt, but that a regular meeting of the contemplated Society was soon to take place, when I promis’d myself the...
With the present I have the honor to forward You two Boocks which M r Warden , Consul general of the Un: St: at Paris charged me to deliver to You, & I hoped to have the honor to present to You myself; but an as my mission here is not so near at its end as I expected at that time, the Instruments being not yet near finished as I expected, I take the Liberty to forward them to You to avoid...
I beg you to accept the accompanying volume of “ Historical Letters .” I confess I am ashamed of the typographical execution of the work, the badness of which is chiefly to be attributed to its being published to the South of the Potomac . It is a reproach to that part of the United States that so useful an art as that of printing, should be there so much neglected, in point of embellishment,...
At a time when our enemy has avowed his intention to prosecute the war with the utmost rigor against our towns, villages, and citizens , it becomes the duty of every American to aid his Government in repelling them. I shall not be deterred by one disaster from respectfully submitting a plan, which I shall, I trust, demonstrate would completely banish them from our waters. Indeed, I am about...
It is very true, that “the denunciations of the Priesthood are fulminated against every Advocate for a compleat Fre e dom of Religion. ” Comminations, I believe, would be plenteously pronounced, by even the most liberal of them, against Atheism, Deism; against every Man who disbelieved or doubted the Resurrection of Jesus or the Miracles of the New Testament. Priestley himself would denounc e...
As every advance in the arts which may You take a lively interest in every discovery which may be of use to america will give you pleasure, I I will communicate to you a discovery which one I have made, and on which I have just finished
L’intérest que vous aves pris Si genereusement a mon Passage me fait un devoir presque indispensable de Vous informer que par un heureux Concours de Circonstançes Je suis Enfin parvenu a m’Embarquer Effectivement avec Lagrement de M.C. a bord du Brig de LEtat Sus mentionné ou Je suis maintenant nous n’attendons qu’un Vent favorable pour mettre a la voile tandis que LEscadre-Ennemie est occupée...
I received your favor of the 20 th of April last in which you express a desire to obtain from the Henderson Family a conveyance for the Land you bought of them under a Contract made by their mother and Guardian wh ; that you want some Friend in that Kentucky to act for you & obtain a Title—My Son William P. DuVal
Never mind it, my dear Sir, if I write four Letters to your one: your one is worth more than my four. It is true that I can Say and have Said nothing new on the Subject of Government. yet I did Say in my Defence and in my Discourses on Davila, though in an uncouth Style, what was new to Lock , to Harrington , to Milton , to Hume to Montesquieu to Reauseau , to Turgot , Condorcet
I have So far intruded as to give the bearer hereof Joel Walker Esq r this letter of introduction to You he lives in the State of Ohio & has partook of the privations & hordships of a Soldier he merely wishes to see You & Your situation I think him Worthy Your Notice I am Yours Respectfully RC ( DLC ); dateline at foot of text; addressed [torn]: “ Monticello M r
It is now near 4 years since I have had the satisfaction of hearing from you, I however hope, in your retirement from the busy walks of life, you have experienced much satisfaction in a retrospective view of your life, & in the present enjoyments. We have much speculation on the subject of peace, founded on the mission of Mess. Gallatin & Bayard . This may have been a very prudent measure, to...
It is with extreme reluctance I trouble you with these lines; I never yet applied to any living being for aid, whilst I could by dint of industry & the help of my talents work my way through the world: neither should I have resorted to this means now, were it not for the sake of my family. the height of Political intolerance made me quit Boston in the fall of 1807 (I had been teaching french...
I am very much obliged to you for allowing me to read your letters to M r Eppes . I have done it with great satisfaction and attention. Your letters contain the ablest system of finance that I believe cou’d be devised, if the U.S. were now to commence their financial operations, with all the powers of the State and Gen l Governments and we were free from prejudices against paper money and the...