Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Oliver Wolcott, Jr., 30 December 1800

From Oliver Wolcott, Jr.

Treasury Department December 30. 1800.


I have the honor to acknowledge having received from you a statement of the claim of William Short Esquire, for salary, as Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to Spain.—It was my expectation that the question upon which this Demand has so long unfortunately been suspended, would have been determined during my continuance in Office—I have however been informed within a few days, that the suit against Mr Randolph has been again continued by the Circuit Court, and this event, must for reasons heretofore explained, still further prolong a final Decision on Mr Shorts claim against the United States

I have however taken measures for drawing into the Treasury, through the Agency of John Hopkins Esquire Commissioner of Loans the sum of 1315 dollars, which you have been pleased to notify as being in the hands of Mes[srs.] Gibson and Jefferson subject to my order; which sum, when paid, will be passed to the credit of Mr Randolph or Mr Short, according as one or the other course, shall be rendered proper by the Decision hereafter to be made by the Circuit Court

I have the honor to be with perfect respect Sir, Your Obedt Servant.

Oliv. Wolcott.

RC (DLC: Short Papers); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Wolcott; at foot of text: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; torn, with missing text supplied in brackets from FC; endorsed by TJ as received on the same date as written and so recorded in SJL. FC (CtHi: Wolcott Papers).

Richmond merchant John Hopkins had been appointed commissioner of the continental loan office for Virginia in 1780 (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 28 vols. description ends , 3:325–6n). On 5 Jan. 1801 Gibson & Jefferson informed TJ that they had paid Hopkins $1,315 as directed by Wolcott (RC in MHi; in George Jefferson’s hand, including firm’s signature; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr. Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Jan. and so recorded in SJL).

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