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Report on the Petition of Oliver Bowen, [27 February 1794]

Report on the Petition of Oliver Bowen1

[Philadelphia, February 27, 1794
Communicated on March 3, 1794]2

[To the Speaker of the House of Representatives]

The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred by an Order of the House of Representatives of the 16th of February 1793,3 the Petition of Oliver Bowen, thereupon respectfully reports as follows—

The petition seeks an Allowance of Interest upon a Settlement made by the State of Georgia in the year 1783, for Supplies furnished during the late War.

The Secretary is of Opinion that an interference and allowance of the kind desired by the Petitioner would be altogether without precedent against the Course of public business, and in its principle would lead to inextricable embarrassment and Confusion.

Which is humbly submitted

Alexander Hamilton
Secy. of the Treasury

Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1784–1795, Vol. IV, National Archives.

1This report was one of twenty-nine reports on petitions enclosed in H to Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, February 27, 1794.

2Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , II, 77–78.

3On February 16, 1793, a “memorial of Oliver Bowen was presented to the House and read, praying that interest may be allowed on certain sums of money, which he advanced, on public account, during the late war.

Ordered, That the said memorial be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.” (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 704.)

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