Mass. Congressman writes about lighthouse and Beaumarchais repayment claim


Date Written

Nov. 29, 1812

History Referenced

Nathaniel Silsbee was 39 years old when this was written.
Nathaniel Silsbee died 37 years, 7 months, 15 days after writing it.
It was written 210 years, 10 months, 4 days ago.
It was a Sunday.

Washington 29 Nov. 1812

Dear Sir,

I have not yet heard that your memorial (from Proctor) for a Beacon on half way Rock has reached here—to have it acted upon this session it had best be here & presented early—I shall delay presenting that from Salem till yours & your plans thereof is here. Our friend Commodore Bainbridge left here this morning for Baltimore, on his way home & has a rainy day to begin with, tho’ not stormy—his health as good as ever & I hope he will reach home without injury to it.

You may have noted in the Intelligencer a resolution which I offered a few days since instructing the Committee of Ways & Means to inquire into the expediency of allowing twenty days for completing the export entry & oath in cases of exportation of goods entitled to debenture in lieu of ten days, as the law now stands—in that the same time may [be] allow’d for the entry & oath as is allow’d by the act of last session for completing the Bond. Yesterday Gen’l Smith the present chairman of the Committee of W. & M., told me, while dining with him at Mr. L Crawford’s that the Committee had directed him to report a bill if favor of the resolution.

We have not yet done much if the House, Beaumarchais claim is now in committee of the whole & may & may occupy a day or two longer, but will not I think succeed.

The new lead of the Navy Department not yet here & is not expected till the latter part of Dec. Wishing you health. Yours truly,

Nathaniel Silsbee

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