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A question has occurred upon the following state of facts upon which I take the liberty to request that a legal opinion may be obtained from the Attorney General of the United States. By the Act entitled “an Act providing for the settlement of the claims of Persons under particular circumstances barred by the limitations heretofore established,” passed in the 27th. of March 1792, a period of...
The circumstance announced in the inclosed memorandum, came to my knowledge in consequence of a Letter directed to me officially; I esteem it to be my duty to lay the fact before you as I recd. it, well knowing it to be a deviation from those rules upon which you have directed the business of the Treasury Department to be conducted. I am &c ADf , Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. The...
Treasury Department, Comptroller’s Office, June 9, 1794. “The following case has occurred in this Office in which I take the liberty to request that the opinion of the Attorney General of the United States may be obtained. In the beginning of the year 1787, Benjamin Eyre, being then and still a Creditor in the Unfunded Stock of the United States, became a bankrupt in London, in consequence of...
Treasury Department, June 24, 1794. “It is my duty to inform you that Daniel Benezet, Collector for Great-Egg-Harbour, has made no return to the Treasury since January 1792; and that several letters have been written to him from this Office on the subject, to which he has neglected to pay any attention. A similar neglect is imputable to John Lawson the younger, Collector for Sunbury, who has...
Treasury Department, Comptroller’s Office, July 7, 1794. “In obedience to your Letter of June 25. I have the honour to transmit a statement of the expences incurred at the respective Loan Offices for Clerkship & stationary, at the several periods therein mentioned. I have caused the number of Creditors in the different Stocks, to be stated at the same periods.…” ADf , Connecticut Historical...
I have recd. your Letter of Sept. 30th. & have lost no time in causing Notes to be prepared for the remittances directed to be made to Genl. Miller & Mr. Williams, which will go forward tomorrow by Colo. Presley Nevil to whom a reasonable compensation has been promised. I expect to be able to forward ninety thousand Dollars by the same conveyance to Fort Cumberland for the pay of the army. I...
I have recd. your favour dated the 7: & 8: inst: & shall carefully attend to all your directions. I find that owing to some neglect, your letter to the Bank of New York was not recd. A duplicate which I transmitted produced a cordial & prompt compliance; this accounts for a delay, which at one time I feared was owing to a reluctance to advance the sum requested. It was not intended by me to...
Philadelphia, October 14, 1794. “Letters were yesterday recd. from our Bankers at Amsterdam dated July 1st. & 15th. and August 1st. & 18th.… Mr. Willing advised me some time since not to reduce the price of Excha. on Amsterdam—the bills however were not sold the last time I inquired. I shall make a further inquiry on the subject. I cannot be certain from an Examination of the statement made by...
I judge it proper to keep you apprised of every thing material which occurs in the department and therefore enclose you copies of two letters from the Secretary at war on which Mr. Coxe has requested that 37,000 dollars may be advanced to the Contractor for rations and 15,000 or 20,000 dollars to the Contractor for cloathing for the year 1795. As there is no special appropriation, it will be...
I have the honour to transmit a Statement of the Rects. & Expenditures of The United States for the year 1793 which has been prepared pursuant to the Order of the House of Representatives passed on the 30th. of Dece. 1791. To this Statement an Appendix has been added, exhibiting the operation of the Fund for reducing the Domestic Debt, to the close of the year 1793, also statements of the...
I enclose an extract for your Report to the House of Representatives of the 23d. of January 1792 which contains all that was then said respecting the Loan Office Certificates bearing Interest on a nominal Capital. It would have been sent sooner if the Report could have been readily found. I am Dear Sir, with perfect respect, your most obed. servt. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress....
I have recd. your Letters of June 13th. & 15th. for which I thank you & I inclose the statement you desire. I had in season taken measures for receiving our Debt on Loan in Amsterdam. The plan is to surrender the existing obligations to the Comrs. who in lieu thereof issue triplicate descriptive Certificates to the Creditors—any one being produced at the Treasury will command the new Stock....
I have recd. your several Letters dated June 22d. 26th. 30th. & the 2nd. current. The non publication of the Treaty, was a measure not consistent with my first impressions & expectations. It was not however left by the Senate in the manner you suppose. Their resolution indeed evinces the contrary—& the Executive must in addition to whatever difficulties would have attended a publication, if...
You see that attempts are made to stir up a flame & convulse the country respecting the Treaty: though the actors hitherto are known to be a factious set of men & their followers generally a contemptible mob, yet from the systimatical manner in which they have proceeded and some curious facts which have recently come to my knowledge, I cannot but suspect foul play , by persons not generally...
I have your Letter of the 28th: I will see the Secy of War this morning, and you may rely upon it, that the movement will be suspended. The true state of things in this city is, that the Treaty was at first unpopular, the expectations of vain sanguine men, who considered this Country as all powerful & intittled to dictate, were not satisfied—every engine of faction was successfully set at...
[ Philadelphia, August 3, 1795. On August 5, 1795, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott : “I have received yours of the 3d instant.” Letter not found. ]
The President has decided that the Treaty shall be ratified & transmitted for exchange immediately and in my opinion he has decided right. I regret that this was not done long since, as I presume much of the party spirit which has been excited would have been prevented. A government like ours can rarely take a middle course on any point which interests the public feelings—delay for whatever...
I have recd. you Letter of the 20th. and regret the cause which deprived me of the pleasure of seeing you. Nothing is known of the authors to which you allude. The “Features of the Treaty” were doubtless painted by Dallas. Doctrs. Logan & Leib, Bache, Beckley, T. L. Shippen, are much suspected —S. Sayre of New Jersey is I understand very violent—perhaps the avowed intemperance of these men...
I will in a few days inform you of the facts upon which my former Letter was predicated. The inclosed case of the Betsey Capt. Furlong excites much alarm here & I think with reason: the same principles will extirpate nine tenths of our claims for spoliations & lead to new assaults upon our Commerce. I wish to know your opinion of the mode of proceeding under the 7th. Article of our Treaty with...
I send you abstracts of all the payments to the President to the present time. It is a fact that more money has been at times advanced than was due for service , but never a Dollar for which there was no Appropriation . The villany of the suggestion against the President has induced me to reply to the Calm Observer on the 26th. & 28th. You will see what I have said & the inclosed papers will...
I enclose a statement of the Presidents account quarterly, which shews that he has not been in advance a quarters salary at any time. You will see that the Aurora denies that the members of Congress have ever recd. monies which were not earned & refers to a Letter of mine to prove the fact. I never wrote a Letter on the subject except to the Speakers Muhlenbergh & Trumbull in answer to an...
[ Philadelphia, November 14, 1795. On November 16, 1795, Wolcott wrote to Hamilton : “I sent you on Saturday an imperfect translation of Fauchet’s letter.” Letter not found. ] Saturday was November 14, but Wolcott endorsed H to Wolcott, October 30-November 12, 1795 : “ansd. 13th. Nov. & sent on Copy of Fr—— Letters.…”
Private I sent you on Saturday an imperfect translation of Fauchets Letter I now send you a Copy of the original; you may at your discretion use the Letter, except causing copies to be taken, or suffering it to be printed. Mr. Randolph has intensively circulated a Letter in which he attributes his disgrace to the artifices of a “British Faction” —his Letter is accompanied with an explanatory...
I have not been able to ascertain all the points upon which you requested me to write to you. In February 1780 a Comtee. reported a conference with the Minister of France, the substance of which was —That the King of Spain wished for an alliance with the United States, but that it was necessary that the United States should explain their claims precisely. That the Cabinet of Madrid, construed...
The question upon the Constitutionality of the Act imposing duties on Carriages, will I expect be determined by the Supreme Court the next month. I request you if possible to attend the trial as Counsel for the United States. Mr. Lee the Attorney General is now here & will be able to inform you of the time when the trial will come on, and will concert with you the measures proper to be...
[ Philadelphia, April 18, 1796. On April 20, 1796, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott : “I have received your letter of the 18th. instant.” Letter not found. ]
I have recd. your favour of the 20th. The affair with Bond stands thus, & is truly attended with some perplexing circumstances. The communication states, that provisional orders have been given for the surrender of the Posts whenever the House of Representatives shall have indicated an intention to give effect to the Treaty & when an article shall have been negociated explanatory of the sense...
I am oblidged to you for the intimation in your Letter of the 9th. instant. I have known for some time that Mr. Swan has misrepresented my conduct—he knows that I have more than fullfilled my Contract, that it was an express agreement, that the risque & expence of transmitting the money from Paris to Amsterdam should be borne by him—that Mr. Monroe was a mutual Agent, not the Agent of the...
I have your Letters of the 15th. & 16th. instant—that for the President will go on by the next mail. The affair of the Capture assumes a more equivocal character as respects the French Government than at first. In a confidential way from some of our Merchants I have reason to believe, that proposals were made to Mr. Murgatroy who built the Ship, by a Mr. Dunkinson an English Gentleman not yet...
No instructions have gone to the Collectors respecting the Entry of Prizes taken by French Privateers; it was expected that a general regulation would have been established by Law; since the rising of Congress every thing has recd. attention in the order which appeared to be most interesting—the point you mention was not forgotten, but it was supposed that as the Judiciary would interfere on...
[ Philadelphia, July 6, 1796. On July 8, 1796, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott : “I have just received your letter of the 6th.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, July 26, 1796. On July 30, 1796, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott and acknowledged “the Receipt of your letter of the 26th.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, August 1, 1796. On August 3, 1796, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott : “I have received your letter of the 1st.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, August 7, 1796. At the top of a letter from Hamilton, dated August 5, 1796, Wolcott wrote : “recd. & ansd. the 7th.” Letter not found. ]
Lieutenant Colonel Fleury has credit on the Books of the Treasury as a foreign Officer for Seven thousand, five hundred & Seventy Dollars & fifty eight Cents principal, for which there exists an appropriation; this sum will therefore be paid at any time on the production of a power of Attorney and the original Certificates. If however a transmission of the original Certificates would be...
Permit me to ask your opinion on the following points. 1. Ought we or ought we not to permit Sales of Prizes to French national Ships of War, as formerly, in payment of duties? 2. In case of an affirmative answer to the first question; What is to be regarded as evidence of a national Ship? Will the Certificate of a French Commissioner in the West Indies, or of a Consul or the French Minister...
I fear that your opinion of Nov. 3d has been founded on a partial view of the case. You will remember that it has all along been a recd. opinion that the French had a right by Treaty to enjoy an indefinite asylum in our Ports: but that they could not claim the privilidge of selling Prizes in our Ports . The privilidge of an indefinite asylum in was also granted to British Ships of War &...
You must feel interested in knowing how our affairs stand with France, I give you a summary of them. The Note to Colo. Pickering contains a summary of all the complaints of France since the commencement of the present War. They are as follows. That the Courts of the United States have taken Cognizance of Prizes to French Vessells. That the Treaty has been misconstrued, by permitting the...
[ Philadelphia, November 17, 1796. On December 21 1796, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott : “I did not understand by your letter of the 17th. of November whether you meant or not to authorise the immediate commencement of the sale of the Stock.” Letter not found. ]
I have recd. your Letter of Decr. 6th. The Warrant for the sum due to the Bank of New York was issued punctually, by some neglect or accident in the Treasurers Office, it remained undischarged. I have taken measures for the payment. By a Letter from Mr. Wilkes I find that the Bank claim a payment of Interest by way of discount and the 200.000 Dollars continued on Loan on the security of a...