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Will you have the goodness to let me know whether my friend Charles Wilkes Junr, a young gentleman of high honor & character of my state stands any & what chance of promotion this winter. He has an advantageous offer in the merchant service but can give no <message> until he learns his <fate> on the other hand.
This man plagues my life out. I do not know that I could recommend him if there was a vacancy but would rather tell him that there is none if the point be so.
It did not occur to me that I had left with Judge Thompson a statement of the law points insisted upon me in the Astor cause which you have my permission to obtain from him & use in your book if you still intend to publish it.
Recipient: Edward Vernon Sparhawk
I send you the papers. You must employ good counsel & look Seriously to the cause as you will find it impossible to avoid payment if they recover agt. you. <illegible> Pleasonton is a stiff sort of body whose character you will judge by his letter. He has a handsome daughter & a wife who was once so—gives excellent dinners & is not much beyond that. I thought his <illegible... Continue Reading
Recipient: Gorham Akin Worth
As it is very doubtful whether I <ever> get to the end of my message in season to look at the beginning I send you that most difficult of all its parts the Commencement; begging the favor of you to run it over according to your ideas & send it me as soon as you can. Dont let your politeness induce you to make a few immaterial alterations & then say it is so good that you cant make... Continue Reading
Mr. Wilkes, stands high on this list of <illegible>, & it is probable that he will be offered for promotion if any are. I wish that several should be promoted & if my own views prevail, it will be done. You know however that the Senate have now before them a question ^the decision of^ which must influence this. The uncertainty therefore which exists on the subject — and the effects... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Samuel Lewis Southard
I thank you for your attention to my wishes, but by retaining the original letter it is not in my power to reply to it, having no account of the names of the writers. Please send it to me to Concord, to the care of <Warren> Hill Esquire, who will send it after me. The reception here & every where has been most brilliant & affectionate but they have been in danger of Killing the... Continue Reading
I bespeak for the proposition I am about to make yours and Mrs. Butler's most deliberate consideration, before you conclude to reject it. I say Mrs. B's, because in whatever relation so essentially to your future welfare, she ought of right to be consulted; & she has on a former occasion shown herself so much wiser than we were, that it would be positive injustice, to refuse to call her into... Continue Reading
For very obvious reasons I desire not to be quoted upon the subject of your letter. I see no objection certainly to patronizing the North American as it takes a correct course in politics generally & may be useful. But that support ought not to be placed on the ground of a want of confidence in the Globe. I have not a particle of doubt of the <entire> integrity & sincerity of Mr... Continue Reading
Can you send me a Copy of your objections to Mr Clays land Bill
Recipient: Andrew Jackson
You request me to express to you my Impressions on the subject of the Title of the Livingston Family to the lands you possess and your associates possess, those of you with whom I am acquainted I am persuaded must be sensible of the delicacy of my situation in complying with my ^your^ wishes most controversies which are to undergo the ordeal of legal scrutiny must at all times be doubtfull, and... Continue Reading
A Continuance of Severe indisposition obliges me to address you thro' the means of an amanuensis. As attorney General I do hereby authorise you to institute and prosecute in the name of the people and on their title one or two Suits in Ejectment in the Supreme Court for any or parts (which to you may seem best) of the gore or Supposed gore in the County of Columbia between the Livingston and Van... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Thomas Addis Emmet
For fear that any misrepresentations may be made or undue advantage taken respecting of my not attending the meeting at Jonas Millers to day, I think proper to inform you of the manner in which I have ben invited to attend and the reasons of my non-attendance. On, monday last Jacob R. Van Rensselear Esquire applyed to me on the subject of certain reports which he alledged were in circulation... Continue Reading