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I am rejoiced to see that the Republicans of N.H. have nominated Genl. Pierce. It is a strong indication of a return to better times & a most valuable commentary upon the text of old father Morrell. You cannot so far distrust public sentiment as to render it necessary to be informed that the message of that time serving old gentleman meets with universal contempt. It is understood by every... Continue Reading
I thank you cordially for your last & was delighted with its contents. The good work goes bravely on & I hope we shall soon have a purer & healthier atmosphere at "four corners" as Randolph calls Washington. Pennsylvania is safe—depend upon it. Lowrie who is cool <wrote> me that the attempt upon it is ridiculous. This state will after all be the great Theatre of action. Every... Continue Reading
I have promised Mr Randolph that you & I would see him at his room at 1/2 past eleven in the morg.
I am so far behind with my correspondence & a recent event requires that I should bring it up without delay. I must therefore ask you to delay the Revolutionaries until tomorrow. McLane is anxious to bring up this Break Water Bill & I wish you would assist him
Upon reflection I am satisfied that you ought to have the last word & therefore I send you the enclosed. I shall take no farther part than simply to state the views of the memorialists in regard to Mr Bells amdmt. if it should be thought best that I should do so.
I am sorry to be under the necessity of asking to have the Revolutionary officers Bill postponed until the day after tomorrow. I have suffered extremely for a violent attack of Influenza which taking me in a reduced state has made me extremely feeble. I could not go out to day without in some small degree hazarding my life & Since it is found how little gratitude they have excited by periling... Continue Reading
I have a letter from my son this morng in which he says, “Young Guert Gansevoort has just called in to say that he has red. orders to repair to the navy yard at Brooklyn. He was frozen on the coast some time ago & is frequently very much incommoded by cold weather. Mrs. Gansevoort is very anxious (& so is Guert) that he would be allowed a birth in the Delaware permanently, if possible or... Continue Reading
I [. . .] <have> <the> affairs of the midshipman until I see you which will be I hope at Mr Pleasants to day.
I take much pleasure in making you acquainted with our friend Judge Pettit of Philadelphia who has business with you, & who is deserving of all confidence
Mr Taney & Mr Young <illegible> understand this case, & will cheerfully give you all the information you may require. It is <illegible> ^one^ deserving attention, & I sincerely hope you may have it in your power to do justice to Mr <illegible> (who is a worthy man, & faithful public officer,) <on> the <premises>. If the law (as is supposed) deprives... Continue Reading
I believe I am in no great danger of again <illegible> politicians <illegible> <illegible> but I am nonetheless induced to trouble you with a line or two, even though it may have some appearance of meddling with politics. The name of Jacocks, is, I presume, familiar to you,—and you are probably aware, that some time since, by formal application to the President, he obtained an... Continue Reading
Sender: Harry Croswell
I have read your able & excellent Report very carefully, and although I would wish it shorter, I should not be able to curtail it without injustice to some valuable matter. The only suggestions that have occurred to me are, 1st. Is the hypothetical statement at page 5 in reference to the anticipated balance in the Treasury on the 1st. of Jany 35 necessary, & if not is ^it^ not... Continue Reading
Your friend Mr Croswell. He is the celebrated Harry, formerly Editor of the Balance, now the Episcopal Clergyman at New Haven. The President knows <illegible> <illegible> <illegible> very kind feeling towards him. If you can do any thing for him I know you will do it with pleasure. I believe we have given the opposition as sound a drubbing as they deserve. Our accounts are... Continue Reading
I will call for the enclosed. In the mean time I wish you would reflect seriously upon the practicability of doing some thing in the proposed or some other <power> to comply with the wishes of the writer. He is one once out of a thousand & it would be very desirable to gratify him if practicable.
This will be handed to you by Mr Thurston of Rhode Island with whom my personal acquaintance is slight but who brings me the enclosed from our friend Mr H. I have no doubt of his claims to the confidence of the Government. He wishes to converse with you upon business relating to his portion of the State & I take pleasure in recommending his Statements to your favorable consideration
I was upon the point of sending the paper. It is a great store house of profound reflection & highly useful matters. But the more I reflect upon it the more I am convinced that you owe it to yourself—to the subject, & the country to bring it into such a form as to secure its insertion in the Country papers, & a thorough reading by the whole people. This would I think be done by taking... Continue Reading
Allow me to introduce to you my friend & successor Mr Dudley, who you will find to deserve your estee[m] & confidence, as well personally as politically. He knows your reputation & of course favourably. I was greatly disappointed in not seeing you at Nyork. I went to where you had been (<illegible> a storm) but found that you was there no longer. Remember me kindly to Mrs... Continue Reading
It is on Wednesday that I usually ask a few of our friends in the House to dine ^with me^ & hope soon to have the pleasure to have those of the Cabinet. If therefore you can as conveniently as not name some other day, I should prefer it. If not continue the arrangement made last Evng.
Sir Joseph de Courcy Laffan, who has been introduced to me as an English gentleman of great respectability; and professing much personal merit, proposes to spend a few days at Washington during the Extra Session. He visits us with liberal friendly feelings, and is sincerely desirous of understanding our Country and its institutions in their true character. His friend has asked letters of... Continue Reading