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The repeated neglects on the part of Mr Neufville Comr. of loans for S. Carolina to render his accounts, as stated in the written memorandum from the Comptroller’s office, render a delinquency probable & a removal necessary. The enclosed letter from Mr Gaillard contains the names of several persons recommended for successors. Respectfully submitted DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and...
Van Pradelles register is dead Persons recommended Grymes dist. atty. with 600 dollars only Robertson Secy. 2000 dollars & Commr. Johnson— Lewis judge & Commisr.       I think that Grymes is entitled to the preference; for if Robertson be appointed & Grymes made Commr. in his place, it will be a mere temporary appointmt. and Robertson would have two better permanent offices. The Register &...
I do not recollect that any application was made by Mr Fitzhugh in behalf of his son. There is not however any vacancy in my office, nor do I think it probable that any will soon occur; for, on account of the encrease of business arising from the embargo, I engaged an additional clerk last summer; and there will be of course one more than is necessary when the embargo is repealed. You may...
Since I saw you, I have received the two enclosures—one from Hodge Surveyor of Newbury port, a federalist who had always done his duty and whom we meant to preserve—the other from Little a moderate federalist who confirms the bad character of Cogswell & speaks in favour of Marquand whom Gen. Dearborn had originally recommended as Collector—You had concluded to keep Cross the collector some...
I enclose the list of nominations for collectors &a. in Massachussets, and also for Providence & Champlain. There is a vacancy in New Jersey; & probably two more will occur. But as some time must elapse before we can act on these, I think it best that the others should not on that account be delayed. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. I have omitted in the list. Isaac Carter of Massts. Surveyor...
I have the honor to transmit a Report prepared in compliance with the Resolution of the Senate of the 17th. instant, and which, together with the annexed documents, includes all the measures adopted by this Department in conformity with your instructions to carry into execution the Act of Congress of 13th. February 1806. That Report does not however embrace that part of the enquiry which...
The transactions at Jersey (Powles hook) are certainly infamous. The Surveyor Williams a federalist has cleared & will continue to clear cotton stored there. We have no successor ready; but we must stop his career. Permit me to announce that he is dismissed. The Collector of Amboy may in the mean while & until we have a successor ready, manage the business. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC...
I will thank the President for the loan of the survey herein mentioned & which relates, I presume, to the intended communication between the Chesapeake Bay & Albemarle Sound. Respectfully DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Distribution which has been made of the 30 vessels authorised by act of 9th instt. Maine Penobscot 1 } 4 The twelve old revenue
I do not perceive that any alteration is necessary in the enclosed. But I think that it would be extremely invidious not to extend it to all the Governors. Respectfully Your obedt. Sevt. From a conviction that it was to extend to all, I had so informed all the collectors in my circular of Saturday. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I have the honor to transmit three copies of the annual account of the contingent expenses of Government defrayed out of the appropriation of 20,000 dollars for the year 1808. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir Your obedient Servant DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
It is necessary to prepare instructions in conformity with the 10th Section of the new embargo act. I presume that the bond being now encreased to six times the amount of vessel & cargo, the general instructions must only relate to unusual shipments , either in quantity or kind: that is to say that the collectors ought not to permit the lading or transportation of any articles which it has...
A new revenue cutter purchased at Baltimore must ere now have arrived at Savannah: and seven or eight small vessels are employed amongst the islands to prevent the transportation of cotton either across the St. Mary’s or on board foreign vessels at sea. Against these, even with a superior force, we can do nothing unless we be at war, if they keep more than 3 miles from the coast. The armed...
I enclose the following papers vizt. 1. another letter from Collector Ellery. We cannot enforce the embargo in R. Island with Howell for dist. atty. & Barnes for judge 2. a letter from Bates. Has Govr. Lewis received any instructions respecting either actual settlers or lead mines? He had none from this department. What should be written to him on that subject? 3. a letter from Collector of...
For information This subject struck me as important; and a clause has been inserted in the amendatory act to provide against it. But it is very difficult, with every penalty and care to prevent the exportation of specie. How far the evil will extend, we will perceive by the diminution of cash in the vaults of the Bank. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I had already received & rejected a duplicate of Jacob Smith’s petition. There could be no hesitation in the case as she is a vessel owned by citizens of the United States, and the President had no authority to grant a permission unless by virtue of the power vested by the first Embargo act: and that has never been used for any but public purposes. The vessel being originally foreign bottom...
The complaints against—Clarke, collector of York (Maine) respecting violations of the embargo, if not countenanced, at least permitted, appear well founded. Both Mr. Cutts who represents the district & Mr Storer who lives within nine miles of York (at Portsmouth) recommend the removal. The propriety of appointing the person herein mentioned is respectfully submitted. DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of...
I have the honor to transmit a statement shewing, as far as returns have been received from the collectors, the number of vessels which have departed from the United States with permission between the 22d of Decer 1807 & the 30th Septer. 1808, and specifying the other particulars contemplated by the resolution of the Senate of 14th Nover. last. New Orleans is the only important port from which...
It being the duty of the district attorney to decide in the first instance of the propriety of instituting suits for infractions of the revenue and embargo laws, I requested Mr Sanford the dist. atty. for New York to examine the case of the British boats seized last spring by the collector of Niagara. I have now the honor to enclose his answer together with his correspondence with his...
I receive perpetual complaints respecting the delay in issuing patents for lands. After the people have completed their payments, it is truly injurious to give them just grounds of dissatisfaction. I enclose for your information the list of patent-certificates lodged by the Treasury in the State Department & for which patents have not issued. They amount to 610; of which more than 130 have...
In conformity with the suggestions arising from the complaints made respecting the French vessel ready to sail from Baltimore, the collector of that port was directed to stop the departure & to report a full statement of the case. This having been done, the vessel now waits your decision; and I have the honor to enclose both the original correspondence connected with the permission given to...
I enclose two letters from the collectors of Delaware, & Barnstable respectively with the intended answers. Are they correct? Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Will you have the goodness to read the enclosed report & to suggest any alterations which you may think necessary. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The conduct of M. Woolsey collector of Champlain (N.Y.) had apparently been so fair & energetic that I testified to him last summer yr. approbation of his conduct. Members of Congress from N. York & Vermont had thrown general insinuations against him & so had Thomas in his letter to you. I had stated that if any fact Could be pointed out, we would investigate. But the enclosed letter &...
I understand Mr Harrison’s nomination has been negatived. As we must within twelve days make a large remittance to the Comr. of loans, it is desirable to know whether it be intended that Mr Harrison should continue to act under the temporary commission & how long? Respectfully Your obedt. Se rvt. I enclose a special application DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Intended opposition & violations in Massachussets. I have no doubt that 2 or 3 hundred vessels will sail whenever the continuance of the embargo is ascertained: Have the six small vessels of the navy been ordered there? as had been agreed. Can any other measures been adopted? A circular directing vigilance in that particular respect was sent a week ago. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Will you be pleased to return Collector Simm’s letter in which he submitted Lamphier’s appointment. Respectfully Your obedt. Sert. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I have the honor to enclose D.W. Coxe’s application & papers respecting the ship “Comet” which sailed in August from Philada. for New Orleans & put in in distress as is stated, at Havannah. The object of his application is first that the bond should not be put in suit to which it will be answered, as has uniformly been done in similar applications, that the bond must be put in suit, & that the...
I enclose sundry letters which will I hope be sufficiently intelligible. Indisposition prevents my writing more at large. I wish to have the Nantucket letter, signed I believe by Coffin, which stated the vessels that might be trusted. You did not return it; and it would assist me in checking special applications. Respectfully Your obedt. Sevt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
No vessel with a cargo can be permitted to touch at Havannah, as such cargo would undoubtedly be landed or taken by the Spanish Government. To any vessel going in ballast with Anderson there can be no objection. I do not understand how the U.S. have any immediate interest in the sale of the city lots any more than in that of any other city property. The city owes to the U.S.; & all the lots...
Both Mr Madison & myself concur in opinion that considering the temper of the legislature or rather of its members, it would be eligible to point out to them some precise & distinct course. As to what that should be we may not all perfectly agree; and perhaps the knowledge of the various feelings of the members & of the apparent public opinion may on consideration induce a revision of our own....
As we have no complete return from the collectors of the vessels which sailed under permission, I have written this day a circular asking for one, & cannot until answers shall have been received, comply with the Senate’s resolution. No alteration seems necessary in the answer to Armstrong the indian chief, unless some be suggested by the expressions used in the provision making the reservation...
Recommendations for the office of collector of Washington, N.C. 1: H. Keays recommended by Mr. Blount member for the district 2. Shepherd recommended by Kennedy who turned out Blount at last election. This recommendation has been put in the President’s hands by Mr Alston who favours it. 3. Orr recommended by Mr Blackledge who observes in his letter that Shepherd’s appointment would gratify the...
The collector of Barnstable & his son who acts as deputy have faithfully used their best endeavours to carry the laws into effect; and according to what appears to be a part of the system adopted in Massachussets, are harrassed by private suits. All the cases—3 in number—are perfectly clear; detentions, arising from the opinion of the collector that the intention was to evade the law, and on...
No heed has ever been made to Indians of lands reserved to them in this manner, for two reasons—1st that holding from them we cannot convey to them what they have not ceded—2dly that this reservation is on the same footing with other lands not ceded, being reserved not for individuals who might sell but for a whole tribe. By our general law the Indians cannot therefore sell this tract to any...
President’s message First paragraph. As the message will have a much more rapid & extensive circulation than the accompanying documents, it seems desirable that the proposition made to the Belligerent powers, particularly to Great Britain, should be more explicitly stated. “Our disposition to exercise the authority in such manner as would withdraw the very pretexts on which their aggressions...
Wabash Salines This encloses 1. Modifications in the contract with the lessees as agreed on by Govr. Harrison in conformity with the President’s directions. 2. Applications from Nashville, & Knox Co. (Vincennes) that a portion of the salt be transported & sold there. A similar permission was granted last winter for 1/7 th of the whole to be taken to Kentucky; which probably has given rise to...
Intrusions on public lands Instructions have been sent to Freeman for the purpose of accepting from settlers in the bend of Tenessee declarations that they do not claim the land, & to grant to such leave to remain; thereby discriminating between them & the Yazoo claimants whom we will then expel by force. It is contemplated to sell in April; but I wait for an answer before a proclamation...
I came late in the office, & having only verbal alterations to propose of no importance, do not wish to detain the message from the other gentlemen. The only observations that have occurred are that the argument derived from the nature of the answer of Mr Canning, being more controvertible than the general ground assumed yet in support of the fairness of our proposition seems to weaken this....
Indiana lead mines On application of John Brown, D. Gano, & Shultz of Kentucky, the President authorised last winter Govr. Harrison to grant them a lease of a lead mine which they pretended to know in Indiana. They have never made the location, & nothing has therefore been done. The mine had originally been shown by the Indians to a General Gist of Virginia long since dead: and through him or...
This is sent only to shew additional reasons for stationing Gun boats in that district. I will send the papers to Massachts. in order that suit may be instituted for the penalty of the bond given under the coasting act. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I presume that this application may now be granted, informing the party that only one vessel will be allowed. Lang the agent who was here informed me that he had no funds, & that the owner of the ship must be paid for the freight & passage in coffee at Port au Prince. If therefore permission be given, it will be expected that they will be permitted to bring back a cargo equal in value to sd....
Folly landing & Chingoteghe inlet are in Accomack Co. Virginia. I received information early in Septer. first from Allen M’Clane & then from Gibbs himself of part of these transactions. Gibbs was immediately directed to employ an armed boat, & to appoint an inspector. He says that he cannot find any person. But he is certainly deficient in zeal, does not reside at the office, & is I believe...
What can be done? This is a flagrant violation, but one of the Cases which, unless there should be an insurrection, cannot often take place. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Letter from M’culloch & rough draft of an answer submitted to the President. He is a good man, but new & thinks highly of himself. The circular of 20th May shews that he had been interested in the very first of the restriction of ⅛ . He was not, it is true, ordered always to adhere to it, because necessary exceptions were foreseen. But other collectors have under same directions been...
I am at last enabled by the information received from the southern Survr. Gen. (Mr Pease) to enclose for your signature a proclamation directing the sale of the public lands west of Pearl river in the Mississippi territory, that is to say of the vacant lands, within the indian purchases, which lie between the Mississippi and Pearl river. You will however perceive that instead of designating by...
The facts as here stated I believe to be true. The restriction not being made by Law could only be given in the shape of a recommendation or rather in a negative form, by saying that where the cargo did not exceed 1/6 th I did not perceive any danger. Mr M’Culloch has gone beyond it & Mr Symmes has not DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I enclose a letter addressed to you, respecting the internal duties. If you approve the arrangement, it will only be necessary to sign your approbation at bottom & return the letter: & I will carry the same into effect. Whilst at New Haven, Judge Edwards made a formal complaint of the total incapacity of the dist. atty. Huntington. As this was however general, I concluded not to lay the...
On account of a suit against the collector of Boston, your signature to the endorsement of the enclosed letter, signifying your confirmation of a detention is wanted. To whom shall I apply for a successor to Cross the collector of Newbury-port? Perhaps Gen. Dearborn may say. I know no nearer or better person to apply to than one of the Crowninshields. I certainly cannot object to B. Harrison’s...
The reductions in the allowances to Supervisors, & Officers acting as Supervisors, proposed in my letter of the 3d of September last, to take effect from and after the 1st. of the present month, not having been effected, for want of time, previous to that day, I beg leave now respectfully to submit the propriety of abolishing from and after the 31st. day of December next, the Offices of...