A Great Peace Maker: The Diary of James Gallatin, Secretary to Albert Gallatin, 1813-1827

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1914 - France - 314 pages
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Page 11 - ... early stage the President was called on by a resolution of the Senate to state whether Mr. Gallatin retained the office of Secretary of the Treasury, and in case he did, who performed the duties of that department in his absence. The President replied that the office of Secretary of the Treasury was not vacated by Mr. Gallatin's appointment to Russia and that the Secretary of the Navy performed its duties in his — Mr. Gallatin's — absence. After this reply, which was given in conformity with...
Page 282 - ... not the way for Great Britain and America really to settle their disputes ; intelligent persons of the two countries might devise mutual securities and concessions which perhaps neither country would offer in the presence of a third party. It is a sort of family quarrel where foreign interference can only do harm and irritate at any time, but more especially in the present state of Europe., when attempts would be made to make a tool of America.
Page 29 - Great Britain wants war in order to cripple us. She wants aggrandizement at our expense. ... I do not expect to be longer than three weeks in Europe." The commissioners notified their landlord that they would give up their quarters on the 1st of October; yet they lingered on week after week, waiting for the word which would close negotiations and send them home. Meantime the British Ministry was quite as little pleased at the prospect.
Page 6 - Adventurers would come with the lust of gold — men without scruples or conscience or education — that there would be terrible corruption — never to mix myself with any man who did not carry on his business or speculations in an honest manner — Far better to die poor and honoured than to sully my name — that the country would suffer for years from corruption — Immense fortunes would be made and lost and men of evil repute would on account of the power of their money keep corruption and...
Page 36 - I find it was a great rest for me. I have copied all Father's letters as well as all the important ones that he has received. Although I am only seventeen years of age, I feel much older. Mr Adams has shown great kindness to me, at first I did not like him, but now will be sorry when we part.
Page 11 - Ellsworth when holding the same office by President Adams, by which a member of a separate branch of the Government was brought into an office under the Executive and after the sanction given in practice as well as by law, to the appointment of persons, during the absence of a head of a department to perform its duties, it was presumed that there would not be any serious or substantial objection to the employment in a. similar service for a short term and especial occasion of a member of the Administration...
Page 104 - It seems she is much troubled'about what she should do for Mr. Rocca (her husband). Her great love for her daughter is overwhelming. At one moment she wants to leave her the bulk of her property — strong woman as she is — she talks of approaching death; the next moment she discusses the house she has taken and the entertainments she intends to give. Madame Recamier has a beautiful Hotel in the Rue de [illegible] She receives on Thursday evenings, always reclining on a chaise-longue. She is certainly...
Page 60 - ... cell at Bourg-la-Reine on April 8th, poisoned by opium which he always carried in a ring so cheating the Guillotine) — The Abbé Galiani the great wit and raconteur — whose indecent stories even Madame Necker forgave — It was he who said that the death of Marie Theresa was '' like an ink bottle spilt on the map of Europe"— Diderot the Atheist — and Grimm — He said, " I feel them hovering around us now, and can nearly hear their voices.
Page 10 - OF STATE, Augt. 5, 1813. GENTLEMEN : I am very sorry to be under the necessity of communicating to you an event, of which there was no anticipation when you left the United States. The event to which I allude, is the rejection by the Senate, of the nomination of Mr. Gallatin, on the idea, that his Mission to Russia was incompatible with the Office of Secretary of the Treasury.2 After the appointment of Mr.
Page 270 - ... excite corresponding feelings, but because I think that we must look forward and make those gradual preparations which will make us ready for any emergency, and which may be sufficient to preserve us from the apprehended danger.27 In April 1827, near the end of his mission, Gallatin again wrote: I do not believe that there is a single question between us in which the Ministers will not be supported by the public opinion of the country in taking rank ground against us.

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