From John Dawson
House of Repres. March 8. 1802
I am very sorry for the information which you came on the last Evening relative to Skipwith’s claim. I fear it will prove very injurious to him, as he has drawn bills, counting on this fund, which will be protested. I have written to Mr. Purviance to come to this place, under an expectation that he can give some usefull information.
On conversing with the Secy of the treasury I find, that some directions relative to myself must be given by you to that department. I inclose you a statement of the time of my absence, & the amt. of money paid for my passage—there are other expences which I was forcd to incur—which are not mentiond, but which, it appears to me, ought to be paid by the goverment—the thing is however submitted. Yrs with much Esteem