From Oliver Wolcott, Junior1
Treasury Department, Comptroller’s Office, February 29, 1792. Sends report on memorial of Samuel Fowler.2 States: “Though there is not any recollection of the particular Certificate presented by Saml Fowler and defaced at the Treasury, yet from the circumstances now stated, it is evident that said Certificate was a forgery and not chargeable to the public. That the negligence imputed by the memorialist to the Commissioner and malconduct of his Clerks, appears to be altogether without foundation.”
ADfS, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.
1. Wolcott was comptroller of the Treasury.
2. An entry in the Journal of the House for February 24, 1792, reads as follows: “A petition of Samuel Fowler, praying that the amount of a certificate of the late Commissioner of Army accounts, the property of the petitioner, which has been defaced at the Treasury, as counterfeit, but which the petitioner is prepared to show is authentic and genuine, may be made good to him.
“Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.” (Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 519.)
H made no report on this petition (Journal of the House, II description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 284).