Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Senate and the House of Representatives, 17 February 1802

To the Senate and the House of Representatives

Gentlemen of the Senate and
of the House of Representatives.

I lay before both houses of Congress, for their information, the report from the Director of the Mint now inclosed.

Th: Jefferson

Feb. 17. 1802.

RC (DNA: RG 46, LPPM, 7th Cong., 1st sess.); entirely in TJ’s hand; date reworked by TJ from 16 to 17 Feb.; endorsed by a Senate clerk. PrC (DLC). RC (DNA: RG 233, PM, 7th Cong., 1st sess.); in Meriwether Lewis’s hand, signed and dated by TJ; endorsed by a House clerk. Enclosure: Report of Elias Boudinot, 1 Jan. 1802, on the amount of coin issued by the Mint from 31 Dec. 1800 to 31 Dec. 1801, totaling $422,570 in gold coins, $74,758 in silver coins, and $13,628.37 in copper coins, for a total of $510,956.37; Boudinot also reports that most of the gold received by the Mint in ingots and lumps came from foreign ports, which, “had it not been for the Mint,” would have been reexported to Europe rather than becoming an addition to the coinage of the United States; Boudinot adds that the Mint has thus far issued $93,019.19 in cents; by law, at the expiration of six months from the time when the Mint has paid $50,000 in cents and half cents into the Treasury, the treasurer of the United States was to announce the fact in at least two newspapers in Washington and state that no copper coins except those issued by the Mint were to pass as legal currency; to the best of Boudinot’s knowledge, such an announcement has not yet been made (RC in DNA: RG 46, LPPM, in a clerk’s hand, endorsed by a Senate clerk; PrC in DNA: RG 233, PM, in a clerk’s hand, endorsed by a House clerk). Report enclosed in Boudinot to TJ, 1 Jan. 1802, which reads: “I have the honor of enclosing the annual Report upon the present state of the Mint, for the information of Government” (RC in DNA: RG 46, LPPM, at foot of text: “The President of the United States,” report subjoined below inside address; PrC in DNA: RG 233, PM; recorded in SJL as received 9 Jan.). Printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Finance, 1:731.

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