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To the Grand Lodge of Free & accepted Masons, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Flattering as it may be to the human mind, & truly honorable as it is to receive from our fellow Citizens testimonies of approbation for exertions to promote the public welfare; it is not less pleasing to know, that the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by a Society whose liberal principles must...
Letter not found: from Francis Mentges, [January 1793]. Tobias Lear enclosed in his letter to Henry Knox of 2 Feb. 1793 “a letter from Colo. Mentges.”
The french nation, in declaring the Republic and in giving through all the extent of its possessions the most solemn sanction to the principles of Liberty and Equality which make the United States flourish, appears to have approached nearer its ancient allies. It is no more in the crooked paths of politics that one goes to seek the cause of the attachment of these two Nations. It is in the...
Th: Jefferson finding the inclosed letter out of it’s place, suspects it may have escaped him when he sent the others to the President. lest that should have been the case he now sends it with his respects. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW . Jefferson had laid the enclosure,...
This incloses a Resignation of my Commission of Judge: it would have better suited with my Inclination and my Ideas of propriety to have held it till after the next supreme Court but I am not very well and a Journey now to Philadelphia would be at least disagreeable. On my first reading the Judiciary Act it appeared to me rather an Essay and I had no Doubt but that there would have been an...
The rapid decline in the health of that firm patriot, and excellent Soldier Judge Sullivan, will shortly remove him to another world. With this in expectation, the People of New Hampshire are generaly anxious, as to his Successor. Their eyes and hearts are set upon The Honble Mr Pickering—a Gentleman of known learning and abilities, of stern integrity, and pure morality, A man who has no...
I have the honor to transmit you, enclosed, by order of the Secretary of War, and which he requests may be laid before the President, a letter just received from brigadier general Wilkinson of the 11th December 1792, with several enclosures. I am Sir, with respectful consideration, Your obedt Servt ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The letter from James Wilkinson, commandant of Fort Washington, to...
I had the Honor to receivd Your Letter of the 6th with one enclosed to Thos Green which I have delivered him but am fearfull the Contents of it nor nothing that can be said will alter his conduct a want of principle has no remedy he went to Town last week under a pretence of Getting some things for his wife, who is in a state likely very soon to be Confined he kept repeatdedly asking me for...
I have Some matters of Concern to me which I wish very Respectfully to Lay before thee for thy Consideration in the year 1777 I was owner of and Lived at them Mills in the State of Dallaware on the Side of white Clay Creek abought two Miles north of Christiana Bridge at the time the English Army Lay betwen my Mills and the head of Elk and the American Army Some of them on the Hill by white...
Letter not found: from Thomas Parker, 17 Jan. 1793. GW wrote Parker on 7 Feb. , “I have received your letter of the 17th of January.”
I am to acknowledge the rect of three of Your Excellencys letters which contain information so truly valuable and important that I know not how to use expressions adequate to the occasion of thanking you for so great a condescention in gratifying the curiosity, however useful a curiosity of an individual with no greater claims than myself. Your information has thrown me affloat upon the High...
By the President’s Command T. Lear has the honor to return to the Secretary of War the letter & enclosures from Majr Genl Wayne, which have been submitted to the President, and the letter from Mr Greenup, upon which the President observes that if the request therein containd can be complied with, it ought to be done as he thinks it would be attended with good affects. ALS (letterpress copy),...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to transmit herewith to the President of the United States three provisional Contracts made by the Collector of Washington in North Carolina, for the stakage of the shoals, sounds &c. within that State, north of the District of Wilmington, accompanied with a letter from the Commissioner of the Revenue relative to the subject. The Secretary, from...
Previous to the receipt of your letter of the 10th inst. enclosing a copy of Mr Elli[c]ott’s answer to the attempt wh. you made to dissuade him from quitting the business in wh. he is engaged, I had learnt, with concern, that there had been some altercation between him & the Commissioners of the federal District, relative to the time & money which had been expended in running & marking the...
I have been favored with your letter of the 6th instant, congratulatory on my re-election to the Chair of Government. A mind must be insensible indeed, not to be gratefully impressed by so distinguished, & honorable a testimony of public approbation & confidence: and, as I suffered my name to be contemplated on this occasion, it is more than probable that I should, for a moment, have...
Your letter dated the 16th instant, enclosing the Reports of the preceeding week, came duly to hand. and the parts requiring it, will be duly noticed. Enclosed you have a list of Paints Oil &ca which left this yesterday morning; and may, possibly, be at Alexandria (if the Vessel is not detained at Norfolk where she is to call) nearly as soon as this letter may reach Mount Vernon. It might be...
By the President’s command T. Lear has the honor to transmit to the Secretary of War a letter which he has just received from the Gentlemen in Congress representing the State of Georgia. The President requests that the Secretary will take the contents of this Letter into consideration and report to him thereon as soon as he conveniently can. ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The...
18Executive Order, 22 January 1793 (Washington Papers)
By the President, of the United States of America. An Act making alterations in the arrangements for the security & collection of the Revenue, in the District of No. Carolina. Whereas the arrangement of Surveys of Inspection in the District of North Carolina made by the Act of the President of the United States of the fifteenth day of March 1791 has been found on experience to require revision...
Nothing occurs to me as necessary to be added to the enclosed project. If the Subscription is not confined to the members of the Philosophical Society I would readily add my mite to the means for encouraging Mr Michaud’s undertaking—and do authorize you to place me among, & upon a footing with the respectable sums which may be Subscribed. I am always Yours. ALS , DLC : Jefferson Papers; ADfS ,...
While the nations of the Earth, and the People of united America especially, have in their various Denominations paid the Tribute of respectful deference to the illustrious President thereof, permit Sir, a Society, however small in nu[m]ber, yet sincere they trust, in their attachment, to offer up, in the dawn of their Institution, that mark of dutiful esteem, which well becometh new...
The Western Indians having proposed to us a conference at Sandusky in the ensuing Spring, I am now about to proceed to nominate three Commissioners to meet and treat with them on the subject of Peace. What may be the issue of the conferences is difficult to foresee, but it is extremely essential that, whatever it be, it should carry with it the perfect confidence of our Citizens that every...
By my Dispatch of this date to the Secretary of State, you will perceive what measures I have thought it necessary to adopt respecting the subsistence of our Captives in Algiers; as also the reasons why I have judged it highly expedient to go myself to Gibralter to find and take care of the public property which must have been left there by the late Mr Barclay. I hope that these proceedings...
I have the honor to submit to you the draft of a proposed letter to Governor Blount, together with the letter of the 26t[h] of November to which it refers. The secretary of the treasury is extremely urgent that the expence of the probable great numbers of militia which Governor Blount has in service should be reduced to the standard mentioned. I have the honor to be sir with perfect respect...
In obedience to the order of the House of Representatives, I have the honor to enclose you their resolutions of this date. With the most perfect respect, I am Sir, Your mo: obedt & very humble Servant LB , DLC:GW . The enclosed resolutions, extracted from the House journal by clerk John Beckley, read: “Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to cause to be laid before...
Letter not found: from Anthony Whitting, 23 Jan. 1793. On 27 Jan., GW wrote Whitting , “Your letter of the 23d, and Reports came to hand at the usual time.”
As the Law appropriating Ten thousand Dollars for the purpose of defraying the contingent charges of Government (tho’ in that respect not very precise in it’s terms) seems to contemplate the rendering an account from time to time of the disbursement of that sum; I have the honor to enclose three copies of a statement to the end of the year 1792, in order that if it be judged expedient, one may...
With rapture of Joy I embrace an Opportunity of addressing a few Lines to the greatest Man of Our age; to the father of his Country, to the most worthy & most amiable friend to Humanity, whom long ago the silent sentiments of my heart most respectfully revered. Mr Koenig, a Native of this City, now a merchant residing at Baltimore, having, during his stay in this place, requested of me a...
I lay before you an official statement of the expenditure, to the end of the year 1792, from the sum of ten thousand dollars, granted to defray the contingent expenses of government, by an Act passed, on the twenty sixth of March 1790. Also an abstract of a supplementary arrangement made in the district of North Carolina, in regard to certain surveys, to facilitate the execution of the law...
Letter not found: from Anthony Whitting, 25 Jan. 1793. GW wrote Whitting on 3 Feb. , acknowledging that “Your letter of the 25th of Jany came duly to hand.”
It has ever been my pride to merit the approbation of my fellow citizens, by a faithful and honest discharge of the duties annexed to those stations in which they have been pleased to place me; and the dearest rewards of my services have been those testimonies of esteem and confidence with which they have honored me. But to the manifest interposition of an over-ruling Providence, and to the...