§ To Richard Harrison
3 May 1802, Department of State. “The Secretary of State informs the Auditor of the Treasury, that the services stated in the enclosed account were performed by Mr Otis, in behalf of the United States, and that the Government is justly chargeable with reasonable fees for the same. The Attorney General will say whether those made are reasonable, or not, if the Auditor should be at a loss on the subject.1
“The last charge will be settled at this Office.”
RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 217, First Auditor’s Accounts, no. 13,572). RC 1 p.; in the hand of Daniel Brent.
1. The enclosures (4 pp.) are Harrison Gray Otis to Harrison, 7 Dec. 1801, containing his claim for expenses and services rendered in connection with the case of Cabot et al. v. Bingham, with a note in Levi Lincoln’s hand approving the charges and undated notes from Albert Gallatin to Jefferson questioning the charges and to Gabriel Duvall approving payment. For Cabot et al. v. Bingham, see PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 1:311 n. 1.