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You will receive a letter this Morning from the Secretary of State. The occasion requires vigour and a decisive resort to principles . Tis clear that no foreign nation can without the consent of our government organize within our territory and jurisdiction the means of military expeditions by land or sea. To do it is an offence against the law of Nations—the law of Nations is a part of the law...
[ New York ] May 17 [ 1796 ]. “I have seen Mr. Blanchard. He will do what we talked of, except as to the loan of the further sum, which he intirely declines. I will thank you to send for Bouvier and ascertain his final determination; in order that it may be known whether hostilities must ensue or not.…” ALS , New-York Historical Society, New York City. Richard Harison was United States...
Mr. Abijah Hammond has informed me that he delivered to the Grand Jury, before whom was brought the case of Christopher Bancker, the certificate, on which the charge against him was founded. I wish to know the present state of that affair. I am, sir,   With great consideration,   Your Obedt Servant LS , New-York Historical Society, New York City. Hammond was a New York City merchant. According...
Inclosed is a power of Attorney from one of two persons interested in the Certificate referred to in it which is in their joint name. They are not general partners. You will observe the nature of the description and the manner of the execution. Is it a good power? The question often arises in the Treasury Department how far a power executed by one partner , or person interested in stock...
I shall be mindful of the intimation in your letter of the 4th instant repecting Mr. Mc Comb; so that you may be secured. Your account some how or other has remained unsettled. The Comptroller has promised to have it speedily finished. This done, the money shall be paid without delay. With great esteem and regard   Dear Sir   Your obedient servt ALS , New-York Historical Society, New York...
I enclose you a copy of a Letter from me to the district Judge of this date requiring a revision in the Case of Lemuel Toby and the Ship Lydia. You will see that I am not at present satisfied of the innocence of the transaction. The Invoice & Bill of Lading ought to be seen before there is time for fabrication. I request your particular attention to a scrutinous investigation of the...
On the 28th of October 1790 a contract was entered into with Theodosius Fowler for supplying the army with provisions for the year 1791. Copies of which contract and of the Bond for securing the performance of it are enclosed. By an instrument, bearing date the 3d. day of January 1791, Theodosius Fowler made an assignment of this contract to William Duer, Esquire, constituting him, by the same...
The President of the United States having under consideration the petition of Samuel Dodge, an inspector of the Customs in the District of New York, I have to request that you will consent, on the part of the United States, to the suspension of the judgment in the case of the petitioner, ’till you shall be further advised. I am, sir,   Your Obedt. Servant LS , New-York Historical Society, New...
Mr. Le Roy has not yet appeared, with the Powers and Receipts mentioned in your letter of the 31 of December. Every practicable facility will be given to the business, when it comes forward. But I believe, according to the course of the Treasury, a Certificate, not money, will be given for the ballance. Your account is returned with directory remarks upon it. I am sorry you should have the...
I am to inform you, that for the purpose of discharging the bill drawn on me the 20th. of August last in favor of Robert Boyd & yourself, by John McComb Junr. Contractor for erecting a Light House on Cape Henry, a Warrant has this day passed the Treasury in favor of Jonathan Burrall Esquire Assignee of the said Bill, and which the Treasurer will be directed to pay in New York. I am with...
You will find in this inclosure two copies of a contract with John McComb junr, of New York, for building a light house on Cape Henry. I request the favor of your sending for Mr McComb & procuring his execution of them. It will be necessary that the inclosed bond be also executed by Mr McComb, & two competent Sureties. The Persons offered to me were Messrs Nicholas Cruger & Peter Kemble, whom...
The account taxed by the Judge of the District Court and rendered by you, on the 28th Ultimo, against the United States has been transmitted to the Auditors office, and when passed by that Officer & the Comptroller, will be discharged by the Treasurer on my warrant. That which relates to the opinions given by you on cases arising in this office will be paid to you when there shall be an...
I request your speedy opinion on the following point. A citizen of the United States obtains under the Registring act a register for a vessel belonging to him. He afterwards goes to reside in a foreign country. Does the vessel lose the benefit of her register during such residence? The answer to this question depends essentially on the construction of the fifth section of that act. There are...
I called on you before I left Town to mention to you the case of a seizure in which (if I recollect right) the House of Murray Mumford and Bowen are interested. It was for landing goods after sunset, without license from the Collector but with the presence & consent of an inspector . I expect an application will be made to the judge of the district, in order to a remission of the forfieture....
[ New York ] May 18, 1796 . “Do me the favour, if possible, to bring Bouvier to a decision this day. Much alarm & suspicion exist with the other party who is unwilling longer to leave unessayed measures of Coertion, if an arrangement cannot be made on the proposed basis.” ALS , New-York Historical Society, New York City. For background to this letter, see H to Harison, May 17, 1796 .
I will thank you jointly with Mr. Jones for an opinion on the inclosed Questions. As they are of a nature to excite critical attention, I shall be glad of care in the consideration of the subject. Though I would mean to reserve my own opinion, I should not be sorry for an opportunity of pointing out some particulars in a personal interview before your opinion is made up. Tomorrow Morning...
You will find under this cover a letter of particular importance to this department, the business of which will I doubt not receive your early attention. I am, Sir,   Your Obedient servant LS , New-York Historical Society, New York City. William Lewis to Harison, March 14, 1791 ( ALS , New-York Historical Society). In this letter, Lewis, United States attorney for the District of Pennsylvania,...
This will be delivered to you by Mr. Ceracchi, whom I recommend to your attention. He goes to New York in pursuit of subscriptions towards a Monument of the American Revolution. You have doubtless heared of the Artist and his project. He will explain to you more particularly. I have prepared him to find difficulties in the present political situation of New York. How far they may really stand...
You have been advised of the application of Samuel Dodge to the President for a Pardon. You know also that he is convicted upon the 26th section of the last Collection Law. A question arises concerning the extent of the power to pardon. There is a general rule that a power to pardon cannot be exercised so as to divest Individuals of a right of action for their sole benefit, or of a vested...
It may prevent future trouble if the contract with Mr. McComb for the light house be redrawn; rectifying the error in regard to his occupation. He may execute two, and they may be sent to me, when I will duly execute them and transmit one to him. The first payment I find by his own propositions was to be as in the contract three thousand dollars, and it is not well that more is asked. I am...
Taking it for granted that you will be appointed Atty General of the district I request your opinion as to the Bond required to be taken by the Collectors respecting the certificate of Registry of Vessels. Can it be taken directly to “The United States of America” or must it be in the name of the Collector? Will any bond to the United States of America be valid? The Question arises on the act...
The Collection law rates the ruble of Russia at 100 Cents. The 3d. Section of the act to explain the act “for registering and clearing vessels” &c declares that so much of the Collection law as rates the ruble of Russia at 100 Cents be and that the same is thereby repealed and made null and void . Discounts have been allowed by some of the Collectors on bonds taken prior to the passing of the...
The Patents to the Ohio Company, in conformity to the Act, were issued before the President went to Mount Vernon. I hope no inconvenience will have ensued. Mr. King having written to me on the same subject, I have sent him a rough sketch of the exterior line of the whole tract granted by the several Patents. Yrs. sincerely ALS , New-York Historical Society, New York City. Harison was United...
The Secretary of the Treasury requests the opinion of Council on the following points, arising on the Act for Registering & Clearing Vessels regulating the Coasting Trade & for other purposes— 1st   By the 22d Section it is provided that every Vessel of Less than Twenty Tons shall procure a license from the Collector of the District to which she belongs purporting that such Vessel is exempt...
As the confinement in which Charles Seely, the late Mate of Cap. Joseph Gorham junr. now is, appears likely to affect his life, I request you to take such measures in regard to the case, as will certainly prevent a consequence so extreme. The President being absent, no relief can be derived from him. I am fully persuaded both his humanity & justice would induce him, as far as in his power, to...