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To Alexander Hamilton from Oliver Wolcott, Junior, 12 July 1792

From Oliver Wolcott, Junior

T. D.
C. Off July 12. 1792

Sir,

It is my opinion that compensations for the services of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts in making records & issuing Certificates for the pensions of Invalids are fully provided for, by the third section of the Act intittled “an Act for regulating processes in the Courts of the United States and providing compensations for the Officers of the said Courts & for Jurors & Witness”1 and that Certificates from the Courts of the sums which shall be adjudged to be due for such services, will authorize the admission thereof at the Treasury.

It is also my opinion that Mr. Ellery2 may be authorized to procure a press for the seals of the Circuit & District Courts, and that his account for the expence thereof, may be paid out of the fund appropriated for defraying the Contingent Expences of Government, pursuant to the resolution of Congress passed on the 2nd. of August 1790.3

I have the honor to be &c

The honble
Alex Hamilton Esqr

ADf, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1Section 3 of this act reads in part as follows: “And be it further enacted, That from and after the passing this act, the fees and compensations to the several officers and other persons here-after mentioned, shall be as follows; … To the clerk of the supreme court of the United States, ten dollars per day for his attendance in court, and for his other services in discharging the duties of his office, double the fees of the clerk of the supreme court of that state in which the supreme court of the United States shall be holden. To the clerk of the district and circuit courts such fees in each state respectively as are allowed in the supreme courts of the same; and five dollars per day for his attendance on any circuit or district court, and at the rate of ten cents per mile for his expenses and time in traveling from the place of his abode to either of the said courts. And in case any clerk of a court of the United States shall in discharging the duties of his office perform any kind of service which is not performed by the clerks of the courts of the state, and for which the laws of the state make no allowance, the court in which service shall be rendered may allow a reasonable compensation therefor …” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 276–77 [May 8, 1792]).

2Edmund T. Ellery was clerk of the district court of Rhode Island.

3This resolution reads as follows: “Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the expense of procuring seals for the supreme, circuit, and district courts of the United States, shall be defrayed out of the money appropriated, by an act of the present session, for defraying the contingent charges of government” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 187).

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