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The President was authorised to cause to be opened a road, or roads through the territory lately ceded by the Indians to the United States, from the river Mississippi to the Ohio, & to the former indian boundary line established by the treaty of Grenville by the 7th Section of an act entitled “an act to regulate and fix the compensation of clerks and to authorise the laying out certain public...
[ Note in unknown hand :] Petersburg Jan. 31. 1808. John Shore Collr.—case of the Ship Felix chartered by John Bell—contravention of embargo by the same &ca. [ Note in Gallatin’s hand :] For information Would it not be well that Mr Madison should enquire how far Mr Aaron Vail Consul at Lorient is concerned in this transaction? DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I Plan proposed by Dorsey; to which add abolishing the troy weight & substituting the division of the avordupoids ounce (or cubic decime of foot) into either 1000 parts. (or into 20 penny weights & each penny wt. into 24 grains.) The avordupoids pound being equal to 7000 troy grains, the ounce is equal to 437 ½ troy grains. Our unit of money or dollar contains 371 ¼ troy grains of pure silver...
I enclose for your information 1. a letter from Ed. Livingston with the first part of his answer to D’Herbigny’s opinion: the sequel not yet received. 2. a letter from Jas. Brown land agent respecting the claims of the U. States to lots & houses in New Orleans. He also announces further information and a survey without which we cannot well decide. I would therefore suggest the suspension of a...
I send the 3 copies of the account of the contingent fund in the usual form, one for each house & one for yourself. The acct. only states that 8737 dollars & 11 cents were paid to the Attorney general by your direction. It will be necessary that in your letter to the houses you should state the object in general terms, vizt. in order to enable sd. attorney general to defray sundry expenses...
The President is authorized to establish three ports of delivery in the district of Michillimakinac. The collector proposes St. Mary’s falls, Green bay & Chickago. I do not perceive how the establisht. of the two last could contribute to the safety of the revenue; for nothing can now reach within place without passing Michillima.; and if either was made a port of delivery, the vessels would...
For a succinct account of the naval actions in the Liman of 19th & 28th June 1788—see Annual Register pages 71 & 72 For the official account of the Russians see Leyden Gazette vizt. for 19th June Supplement to No LXII; & for 28th June wh. is the important one Supplement to No LXVIII & No LXIX. This last action is sometime called of 28 June & sometime of 12 July, on acct. I suppose of the two...
The enclosed application which is grounded on the power given to the President, by the embargo act, to permit vessels to sail under his immediate direction , is respectfully submitted to the President for his decision. Quere Do the words immediate direction justify special permits for private purposes? DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The propriety of complying with any particular application ought to be well considered, on account of the numerous ones wh. the Presidt. will be obliged to reject. See Donnel’s application transmitted this day. It must be however observed that in 1794 an exception was made for transporting to France the San Domingo refugees. Better perhaps to suspend this a few days. There is no urgency DLC :...
As the embargo amendatory act may not pass for some days, & I have received numerous letters stating gross evasions, the enclosed circular has been prepared wh. will go to-day if you approve it. You are fully authorised by the act to give such instructions as shall appear best adapted for carrying the act into effect. And that is the only substitute for penalties. The evasion to be immediately...
John Cockle is indebted to U.S. for revenue bonds. His sureties in Charleston have been sued & judgment obtained. They have requested that Govt. should stop payment on Louisiana bills drawn in his favour. He has removed to New Jersey & wants us to pay his bills & to recover the money from his sureties, or rather to give up the debt on various frivolous pretexts. He has been answered in full...
I enclose copy of a circular sent this evening (22 Decer.) to all the sea-ports—Will any other instructions be necessary? & will an express go to New Orleans? On first view of the act, the following defects appear. 1. Want of penalties—Supposing a vessel to sail without a clearance contrary to the act, the only penalty is that of five hundred dollars by virtue of the 93d Sect. of the...
Batture How would it answer 1. to cede to N. Orleans the right of the U.S. to the batture there 2. In order to quiet the apprehensions excited by Livingston, to relinquish to all other ripuarians any claim to the alluvions adjacent to their lands. Adair at Washita. We cannot I believe do any thing with him DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
It is not very desirable that the news of the Embargo should reach foreign ports with extraordnry. dispatch. But if the permission must be granted; there is no restriction absolutely necessary except that the vessels shall take no cargo; for wh. purpose bonds may be taken from the owners & master, and an inspector placed on board till departure. It may however be proper to limit also to each...
It may be agreed that the land shall be applied to no purpose than light house—& that the keeper shall not keep tavern; but it seems that we cannot agree, that the land paid for shall revert to Mr. Bowdoin if light house be discontinued, nor that the keeper shall not harbour sailors &c. He must be responsible for any trespass to which he is a party, but not the U.S. for him. There must also be...
Should the embargo bill pass & be signed by you to day, have the goodness to send it immediately to me at my house, in order that I may prepare a short circular, have it printed to morrow & be able to send it by to morrow night’s mail. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Reflecting on the proposed embargo and all its bearings, I think it essential that foreign vessels may be excepted so far at least as to be permitted to depart in ballast or with such cargoes as they may have on board at this moment. They are so few as to be no object to us; and we may thereby prevent a similar detention of our vessels abroad or at least a pretence for it. Such a seizure of...
I really do not know what to answer to Dr. Barnwell. I find, what I did not know, that an assistant has been employed at Norfolk, tho’ without previous authority. The notes, on the back of the enclosed letter, signed D.S. will shew the general situation of both Norfolk & N. Orleans hospitals. That no assistant is wanted at N. Orleans I am satisfied. The enclosed paper, (which please to return)...
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Collector of New Orleans written in answer to mine of the 15h. of September last, by which he was directed to make a report respecting the conduct of Capn. Newcombs of the revenue cutter stationed at that place. It appears thereby that Capn. Newcombs is guilty of habitual intoxication & so quarrelsome that he cannot keep any mates of...
The owners of the Connecticut reserve, which by law extends 120 miles west of the western boundary of Pennsylvania have themselves surveyed their southern & western boundaries. Mr Seth Pease was the surveyor employed by them. The Surveyor General of the United States, having no instruments of sufficient accuracy to ascertain the latitude of the Southern boundary, (41.°), has left a margin of...
Doctor Barnwell I have never corresponded with him or any other Hospital Physician. He may have written, but no letter of his is in our files. The enclosed contain all the correspondence with the collector in relation to him. No assistant has been allowed in any other case; but the President is fully authorised to fix or encrease the salary or to allow assistants— DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
If you approve, I will send the enclosed on Monday to the Committee. May I, when conversing with them, say that it is the opinion of the Executive that it would be better at this time to suspend the act? or in what manner & with what modification must the opinion be expressed? I mean to friends— Respectfully If you can send me an answer to morrow, it will enable me to make the communication...
Memorandum respecting revenue cutter asked for in Charleston In 1803, the former revenue cutter being declared to be unfit for service, the collector was authorised to purchase such one as would be proper, the choice being left to him. He purchased one accordingly, in June 1803 & in Decer. same year declared her to be unfit for a cutter as she could not be coppered. She was however kept till...
Supposing that the power to lay embargoes should be considered as improper to be vested in the President during the session of Congress, how would this plan answer? To “repeal the present non-importation act, & in lieu thereof to pass a general non importation act (from Great Britain) to take place say on 1st Feby. next. This is thrown out for consideration & may be liable to other objections,...
The letter notifying the collector of Boston that Mr. Waterhouse should succeed Dr. Jarvis, though written last Saturday happens not to be yet in the Post office. Strong applications are made in behalf of Dr. Eustis who by last mail wrote that he would accept the office. On the score of politics, it is asserted that Dr. Waterhouse is decidedly a federalist, & that Eustis on the whole is better...
Orleans defence bill Amendments A. B. Dd. G. H. may be introduced without difficulty. C. The reason, why the phraseology of the printed bill was adopted, was to encourage the intruders in Indiana, but particularly in upper Louisiana to remove to the territory of Orleans. All those intruders are Americans & such as we want to leave the first & to go to the last: the French Creoles will not...
Martin’s case Had the penalty been incurred under a revenue law, the Secy. of the Treasury might have remitted it; and the Statement of facts transmitted by the district judge is, in such cases, made by law the evidence on which the Secretary must judge. May not in instances like this, the same statement of facts be taken by the President as sufficient evidence, without waiting for the trial?...
You gave two years ago to Colo. Worthington the sketch of the Orleans bill with a request that I should, taking its provisions for a basis, draw one consistent with the general arrangements of our complex land laws. This was accordingly done; Mr Worthington introduced the bill in the Senate, where it was amended, passed to a third reading & then postponed.   The only copy of the bill wh. I...
I enclose Palmer’s commissions which were never sent. The mistake was immediately discovered; but as you were then (in March), at Monticello, they were suspended till your return, & afterwards forgotten. Nothing will be necessary but to withdraw your nomination. Respectfully Your obedt. Sevt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I enclose the land proclamations for your signature. Mr Morrow has some objections to Gibson’s capacity & is to confer with Mr Tiffin respecting the degree of trust wh. may be placed in him or Sloane as to the safe keeping of public monies. Until his answer is received, I think the nominations of land officers might be postponed. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.