From Albert Gallatin1
Treasury department Aug. 13th 1802
I had the honor to receive your letter of the 6th instt.,2 and have directed the documents therein enclosed to be filed with the other papers relative to the French prize “Peggy.”
The enclosed papers3 will show, however, that the President does not intend that any further payments should be made, out of the Treasury, on account of that vessel; and that, even in case of such payment being made, Mr Pichon will be authorized to receive the amount, unless Capt Buisson shall revoke his former powers, & shall transmit an instrument to that effect to this department.
For the information of your client, it may be proper to add, that the order of distribution of the circuit court for the district of Connecticut, bears date the 15th April 1801, so far as relate to the moiety of the captors, & the 23d do. for the share of the United States. This has been paid to Mr Pichon, as attorney of Buisson & Roget, not under the treaty, but by virtue of the decree of the supreme court. The other moiety amounting to Drs. 9,139 ⁹³⁄₁₀₀ was, on the 20th Ap. 1801, paid by S. Baldwin clerk of the aforesaid court to Joseph Howland agent for the officers and crew of the United States ship “Trumbull.”
I have the honor to be with respect Sir Your obedt. Servt.
Alexander Hamilton Esqre
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this letter, see H to Jedediah Huntington, November 12, 1801; Robert Smith to H, November 20, 1801; H to Aaron Burr, April 1, 1802, note 4; H to Louis André Pichon, May 10, August 6, 1802; H to Simeon Baldwin, May 1, 1802; Baldwin to H, May 8, 1802.
2. Letter not found.
3. Gallatin to James Madison, June 9, 1802 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); Madison to Pichon, July 19, 1802 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); “List of Powers of Attorney, by which L. A. Pichon, is authorized to receive the proceeds of the French prize Schooner ‘Peggy’ Lodged in the Treasury of the United States” (D, undated, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).