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Jefferson to Washington on the Ransom of Prisoners from Pirates

28 Dec. 1790 The Secretary of State, having had under Consideration the Situation of the Citizens of the United States in Captivity at Algiers, makes the following Report thereupon to the President of the United States. When the House of Representatives, at their late Session, were pleased to refer to the Secretary of State, the…

Abigail Adams to Elizabeth Smith Shaw

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London November 21 1786 My Dear sister Mr Sparhawk calld upon us a Day or two ago, and deliverd me your kind Letter of: july the 20th. It was of a latter date than any I had received from you tho near four months old. It was a little unfortunate for the Gentleman that mr…

Washington to Tench Tilghman on Hiring Tradesmen

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To Tench Tilghman Mount Vernon Mar. 24th 1784 Dear Sir, I am informed that a Ship with Palatines is gone up to Baltimore, among whom are a number of Tradesmen. I am a good deal in want of a House Joiner & Bricklayer, (who really understand their profession) & you would do me a favor…