To Tobias Lear
Department of State Washington,
26th. Octr. 1801.
William Hart Esqr. of Saybrook, Connecticut, has a claim upon the Government of St. Domingo, for the use of his Sloop Harriet, for 32 days, by virtue of a requisition of the Military Chiefs acting under Genl. Toussaint. It appears that Dr. Stevens formerly took up this business, and procured a promise from that General to make satisfaction for the injury, as soon as the state of the Treasury should enable him to do it. I have advised Mr. Hart1 to transmit you copies of his papers, and I request you to urge upon the Government the fulfilment of these assurances, more especially as the reason formerly assigned for the postponement of payment is now removed. With great respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, your most Obed. servant,