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the inclosed case is entirely unintelligible to me. can you make any thing of it? [ Reply by Gallatin :] Nicholas Reib is an old German who has tormented Congress & more particularly the Pennsylvania delegation for several years with his claim. It has been repeatedly rejected. If an answer is thought necessary, it will be sufficient to tell him that the Executive has no power in that case &...
The Secretary of State has sent me the list of officers named during the recess of Senate, and now to be nominated to them, among these are Josiah Hook Inspector for Penobscot as well as Collector Jonas Clark Inspector for Kennebunk M. E. Chisman Inspector for Hampton as well as Collector. Thos. Worthington Inspector of N.W. district John Oakley. Inspector as well as Collector of George town...
Are the within terms admissible? [ Reply by Gallatin :] The 1st, 2d & 4th are either in pursuance of, or, not inconsistent with the law, excepting only the words “all other documents belonging to the land department;” the Surveyor general superintends the surveying department, & has nothing to do with the sales of the lands, these being under the superintendence of the several registers, who...
The accounts of the reciepts and expenditures during the year ending on the 30th. day of Sep. last, being not yet made up, a correct statement will here after be transmitted from the treasury. in the mean time it is ascertained that the reciepts have amounted to 17,950,000 near 18. millions of Dollars, which with the eight millions & an half in the treasury at the beginning of the year, have...
Doctr. Bache’s Address is ‘William Bache at Franklin near Charlottesville’ the letter should be put into the Post office before 5. P.M. to-day William White to be Surveyor for the district of East river. approved. Griffin Greene to be collector of the port of Marietta. approved. James Clarke to be Surveyor of customs at Tombstone, district of Edenton N.C. recommended by mr Stone. Selden Jasper...
I believe the fact is that no measures have been taken by the states indebted to the US. to discharge the balances due under the act of June 23. 1797. or, at any rate, that we have no notice of any such measures. will you be so good as to state this or any other fact on the subject in a form to be communicated to the H. of R. in compliance with their resoln of yesterday. Dec. 24. 05. NHi :...
Your favor of Aug. 29. came to hand on the 3d. but no commission for Chisman is come to hand from mr Wagner. it shall be signed as soon as recieved, as my information relative to him is favorable. I return you all the papers recieved in your last except the list of warrants. with respect to Sproat you will do what you find best. the Circular letter has my entire approbation. I have written by...
I have always proposed to re-appoint Genl. Gibson to his present office, wherein I hear of no complaint against him. neither his age nor understanding entitle him to any thing beyond that , & equal to his antient military rank. I personally know those who recommend Dr. Baldwin . Kinney is a good man, but as a federalist feels no great interest in our making good appointments. judge Stuart is...
In the outset of the business of Detentions, I think it impossible to form precise rules. after a number of cases shall have arisen, they may probably be thrown into groupes & subjected to rules. the great leading object of the legislature was, and ours in execution of it ought to be, to give compleat effect to the embargo laws. they have bidden Agriculture, Commerce, Navigation to bow before...
I think that none of the circumstances preceding the passage of the Embargo law stated by M. Lorent, make any part of his case. the misfortunes entering into the preceding history of that property, not flowing from any act of this government, authorize no claims on it. the embargo law excepted from it’s own operation articles then laden on board a foreign ship, without distinguishing between...
I return you the papers in the case of the Spanish ship which having put in in distress is condemned as un-seaworthy. I think it clear that the Xth. article of the Spanish treaty intended to provide for relading indifferently in any vessel, otherwise the case of wreck for which it was intended to provide would be left unprovided. but the legislative provision having been deemed more narrow, I...
I think there should certainly be an enquiry into the conduct of Taylor of Ocracock, the charges being specified, of the most serious nature & offencé to be proved. We might take a conveyance of the lands at Tarpaulin cove of an estate to continue so long as a light house should be kept up on it & used as a light house . it would not be a fee-simple, but what the lawyers call a base fee . but...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Gallatin to examine the inclosed rough draught of what is proposed for his first communication to Congress: not merely the part relating to finance but the whole. several paragraphs are only provisionally drawn, to be altered or omitted according to further information. the whole respecting finance is predicated on a general view of the subject, presented...
I recieved last night your’s of the 17th. and tomorrow I set out for Monticello, so must be brief. Commissions were yesterday directed to be made out with blank dates as follows. Lee Collector Salem Lyman do. Newbury port Warren do. Marblehead. Muhlenberg do. Philadelphia. Page do. Petersburg. Coxe Supervisor Pensva on desiring mr Madison this morning to have them dated Aug. 1. and kept here...
Altho’ I have the most perfect confidence in the integrity of Briggs, & very little in Davies his accuser, yet where a charge is so specific and direct, our duty calls for investigation. the distance is too great to wait for preliminary explanation. I think with you that mr Williams, the former Register, will be a proper person to enquire into the charge, but that he would probably be less...
Yours of July 14. with the welcome paper it covered, has been most thankfully recieved. I had before recieved from your office, and that of State, all the printed publications on the subject of the batture, that is to say the opinions of the Philadelphia lawyers & of E. Livingston himself, the publications of Derbigny , Thierry , Poydras , & the Pieces probantes. I had been very anxious to get...
If, on considering the doubts I shall suggest, you shall still think your draught of a supplementary embargo law sufficient, in it’s present form, I shall be satisfied it is so, for I have but one hour in the morning in which I am capable of thinking and that is too much crowded with business to give me time to think. 1. is not the 1st paragraph against the constitution which says no...
I think there is nothing in the former regulations of the Salines which hindered merchants or others of the country round about, far or near, from purchasing salt at the Salines, at the stated price, and carrying & vending it elsewhere at their own price: and it was naturally to be expected that competition would in this way reduce it to a proper price wherever sold. if this had taken place,...
Your letters of July 29. & Aug. 5. came to hand yesterday and I now return you those of Wynne, Wolsey, Quincey, Otis, Lincoln, & Dearborne. This embargo law is certainly the most embarrassing one we have ever had to execute. I did not expect a crop of so sudden & rank growth of fraud & open opposition by force could have grown up in the US. I am satisfied with you that if orders & decrees are...
I think with you that the establishment of ports of delivery at Green bay & Chickago would only furnish pretexts for not entering at Mackinac; and that a new port at the falls of St. Mary’s requiring a military post to be established there would not quit cost, nor is this a time to be multiplying small establishments. The collector should have his eye on the Schooner Friends on her return, &...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of a consultation with the Heads of Departments tomorrow at 11. Oclock, & that they will do him the favor to dine with him. NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
1. the Comet & D.W. Coxe. I see in those papers no evidence but the letters of James Dixey & the protest of James Dixey; to which may be added the survey of a man chosen by himself to examine and report the state of the vessel. with such a surveyor no doubt every port in the W. Indies is prepared to assist the smugglers. Dixey himself being the principal Culprit, his evidence is null. on the...
I inclose you a paper containing a Memorial of the legislature of Misipi. to Congress respecting their lands. I also send some observations of Doctr. Barnwell on the country about N. Orleans which I think you will like to read.—Burr has surrendered himself to Cowles Meade. NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
The inclosed, tho’ false and frivolous, yet requires to be answered with care. the other side of the medal requires to be shewn. we may safely admit there are talents of a certain kind on the other side; because all the talents which were venal have been bought up by the administration. Smith has refused. an offer is made to Jones. Duval has also refused & an offer is made to Kelty. health,...
The inclosed certainly cannot be wrong: can it be taken amiss by mr Nicholson himself? to what place must I address it? I wish it to go by this day’s post, to cut off applications. NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
Since I wrote to you on the administration of the foreign intercourse fund, I have deemed it necessary to take more detailed views of the laws on that subject & the practice under them. the papers I had preserved of what was done in Genl. Washington’s time enabled me to do it pretty fully, and the whole is stated on the paper inclosed. I have thought it best to communicate it to you that you...
I will sign a proclamation for the sale of the lands North West of Ohio whenever you think proper. I believe the form is in your office. and in the course of this week we will agree on the officers. I am afraid we know too little as yet of the leadmines to establish a permanent system. I verily believe that of leasing will be far the best for the US. but it will take time to find out what rent...
I inclose you the letter of a mr Shuter asking permission to send a vessel to Lima. in this you will be pleased to do according to rule, the case presenting no circumstance to entitle itself to an exemption. Also the letter of Stephen Cross of Newbury port suggesting laxity in his brother the Collector, and a spirit of resistance to the laws in the place. Lastly an anonymous letter from N.Y....
Not knowing whether the inclosed infor letter may give you information either new or useful, I hazard it on the bare possibility that it may. the writer both as to candor & understanding is worthy of entire credit. he is the son of a wheat-fan maker in my neighborhood, & living in the hollow of a mountain unknown to every body & with only a common education, he by some means got a copy of...
The inclosed bond is signed by mr Maury the father, who I have no doubt is worth the 10,000 D. therein named. he owns a valuable tra[ct of] land on which he lives, well improved as a farm, & a considerable number of negroes: and I question if he owes 10. Dollars in the world, having always been one of the most prudent & cautious men. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.