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I do myself the Honour to enclose a few Letters from my Family here to that part of Us who are at St. Petersburg; and ask the favour of Your Care of them. It will be great Joy to your Colleague in that City to receive the Society of Gentlemen he has So long known, and whose great Experience in public Affairs will furnish him with every necessary Information. I can do no more than pray for your...
I have a Grand Son the oldest Child of J Q Adams whom we are desirous of sending to Petersburg to his father according to his fathers repeated request to us. He is 12 years old and an ingenuous youth. We are anxious to know whether you Gentlemen will condescend to take him under your protection; and whether it will be possible to send him to you before your ship will sail. His father will pay...
Give me leave to introduce to you, Mr Theodore Lyman junior, a young Gentleman of Education and Travel of modest and virtuous Character, ardent in pursuit of Science and Letters. His Father is respectable in fortune and Connections. Mr Lyman I presume wishes to be acquainted with the Litterateurs as well as to See The King and The Court. He can give you all Our American News, much better than...
Will you have the goodness my dear Sir to send the enclosed to Mrs. C King, as I do not know her address. I take the liberty of making this request having witnessed your readiness to serve the Ladies, and feeling and how happy they are to receive an obligation at your hands— Present my respectful Compliments to Mrs. Gallatin and believe me, Sir, with the highest sentiment of esteem and...
I write you a few lines to apologise for the liberty I took in requesting you would affix you Seal to what I supposed would have been a small paper parcell containing some very trifling articles for which Mr. Adams had permitted me to send, and which I thought too trifling to request an order for as it is always obtained with difficulty—I flatter myself you will pardon the error and believe me...
[ New York, August 6, 1802. On August 13, 1802, Gallatin wrote to Hamilton : “I had the honor to receive your letter of the 6th instt.” Letter not found. ]
On Saturday last the President recd a letter, wh. was enclosed in one to you from Mr Thos Bowen, in wh. Mr Bowen requests to be informed by the President, of the person who administerd on the Estate of a Mr George Harrison who formerly lived near Alexandria. In reply to Mr Bowen’s enquiry, the President has directed me to give you the following information (which is all he possesses on the...
Letter not found. 24 June 1801. Acknowledged in Gallatin to JM, 14 July 1801 . Encloses requisition designating Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard as bankers at Amsterdam to whom $50,000 will be remitted.
Letter not found. 2 July 1801. Acknowledged in Gallatin to JM, 14 July 1801 . Encloses requisition designating Bird, Savage, and Bird to receive U.S. funds.
Letter not found. 20 July 1801. Mentioned in JM to Pichon, 20 July 1801 . Concerns Pichon’s request for the payment of $11,000 credited to the French Republic on the Treasury Department books.
Mr. Adams Hoopes the bearer proposes to call at Washington on his way to Philada. and as he may have occasion to ask some information which you can best give him, intimates that a line making him known to you would be acceptable. I give it with pleasure, under the impression that he is a man of modesty & worth, and will abuse no civility that may be shewn him. Mrs. M. & Anna offer their...
You will receive herewith a letter requesting your orders to the Collector of Boston for the departure of the British Snow Windsor from that port. As she was made a prize & carried in, neither by a Ship of war nor privateer, and the presumption also is that she is rather a prize to France than any other nation, it was readily decided that the Treaty of 1794 is inapplicable to the case. The...
Before I left Washington, I had through Mr. Barnes negociated at the Bank of Columbia, a note for $1000 which will fall due about the middle of the present month. I take the liberty of inclosing an authority for receiving the quarter’s salary to be drawn on the 1st. of October, which [ sic ] a request that you will put it into the hands of Mr. Barnes, and if necessary, that you will be so...
I am just informed by a friend of Dr. Barraud of the Hospital at Norfolk that some arrangement communicated thro’ the Collector of that port, threatens him with the loss of his office; Having been very favorably impressed with the merits of this gentleman by strong representations from Bishop Madison & Judge Tucker, I hope to be excused for saying that I believe him to be a man of very...
I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 20th. current respecting Mr. Fenwick’s accounts. As none of his claims were incurred subsequently to the 1st. of September 1800, it follows that if the authority given to the Secretary of State, under the President’s direction, to admit such claims should be considered to be more limited after that day, the principles of liquidating his...
24 February 1802, Department of State. States that Cabot’s salary was to begin on the day of his embarkation for Great Britain at an annual rate of $2,500, with an additional $500 allowed for the first year “by way of outfit.” Lacks information to fix the day of embarkation. The salary is to cease 1 Aug. 1801, and the allowance for his return should not reasonably exceed $500. Returns the...
You will be pleased to cause a warrant to be issued in favor of John Davidson for four hundred and fifty three dollars and nine cents, to be paid out of the fund for defraying the expenses incident to the intercourse with the Mediterranean powers, he being the holder of a bill of Exchange for that sum, drawn upon me by James Leander Cathcart, the drawer to be charged with the same on the books...
I request that under Warrants on the appropriations mentioned in the enclosed estimate the sums therein stated may be placed in the hands of Bird Savage & Bird in London—they to be charged with the same in the Books of the Treasury. I am very respectfully &ca. Diplomatic { Salary of the Minister @ 9000. 4.500    Do. of his Secretary " 1350 675    Contingent say 900    British Treaty { Salary...
28 June 1802, Department of State. Requests that payment of $250 from the fund for Barbary negotiations be made to Thomas Thompson of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, “to enable him to pay the storage which has accrued upon a parcel of oars that he procured by the request of the late Secretary of State, and which are still on hand.” RC ( NHi : Gallatin Papers); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL ,...
It has been concluded by the Secy. of the Navy that the public ship the General Greene, can be advantageously sent with the provisions intended for the squadron in the Mediterranean, and the gun carriages promised to the Emperor of Morocco. I have proposed to the President by a letter of this date that 30,000. dollars be tendered, by this opportunity, to the Dey of Algiers, who will be...
Docr. Thornton wishes to dispose of a bill of Exchange for five hundred pounds sterling, on Quintin Dick Esqr London. The bills are at 60 days sight, and are sent with blanks, to Mr. Riddle of Alexandria, who is authorized to sell them. Should your department be in want of money in London, he wishes you to be acquainted with the opportunity. He has satisfied me that the draught is made on...
I have duly had the honor of receiving your Letter of the 8th. Inst. It does not appear that the money, or any part of it, that you refer to, and which is held in trust by the Secretary of State, “for Jeremiah Condy & Co. and others,” can with propriety, be applied towards the payment of a Debt from Jere: Condy or from Jere: Condy and Company to the United States—because Jeremiah Condy never...
4 October 1802, State Department. Provides a “rough estimate, for a Remittance to the Bankers of the United States at London,” listing $12,000 for diplomatic purposes, $13,000 for the British treaty, $5,000 for the relief of American seamen, including the agent’s salary, and $26,000 for the prosecution of claims in prize cases, for a total of $56,000. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol....
11 October 1802, Department of State. Encloses a “Copy of a letter, concerning the Ship Windsor, which I received some time ago from Mr. Thornton, and must ask the favor of you to cause such further enquiries in the case complained of to be set on foot as you may think will be useful.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. The enclosure was probably Edward Thornton to JM, 27 Aug....
12 October 1802, Department of State. Requests that Gallatin issue a warrant for John Davidson in the amount of $3,579.62 from the appropriation for the relief and protection of seamen to cover three bills of exchange drawn on JM by Isaac Cox Barnet at Bordeaux, with the amount to be charged against Barnet. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. See Barnet to JM, 30 June 1802 (...
14 October 1802, Department of State. Requests that a warrant for $600 be issued to Seth Pease from appropriations for Barbary affairs, he being the holder of a bill of exchange drawn on JM by John Gavino for advances made to James Simpson, with the amount to be charged against Simpson. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.
25 October 1802, Department of State. Asks that a warrant for $500 be issued on the appropriation for “incidental and contingent expenses of the Department of State … in favor of Christopher S. Thom: he to be charged and held accountable for the same.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. JM made identical requests to Gallatin on 8 and 17 Nov. 1802 and 21 Mar. 1803 (ibid.).
9 November 1802, Department of State. “In answer to your letter of the 3d. instant on the subject of Mr. Shorts accounts, the enclosed extracts will shew it to have been already decided by the opinion of this Department, that the United States were responsible to Mr. Short, in the case which you state; notwithstanding the credit claimed by Mr. Randolph in the suit of the United States...
13 November 1802, Department of State. Encloses an estimate of expenses for 1803. Letterbook copy and copy of enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). Letterbook copy 1 p. For enclosure, see n. 1. Estimates included in the three-page enclosure were $51,050 for salaries, contingent nonpersonal expenses, and ministerial outfits for London, Paris, and Madrid; $11,500 for salaries and contingent...
17 January 1803, Department of State. Asks that Gallatin cause a certified statement to be made under the Treasury Department seal “comprehending all such sums of money as have been paid by the United States for the contingent expences of the Board of Commissioners which sat at Philadelphia under the 6th. Article of the British Treaty, together with what was paid as salary to the fifth...
8 February 1803, Department of State. Asks that a $200 warrant be issued in the name of Peleg Wadsworth and charged to Richard O’Brien’s salary account. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. This was presumably O’Brien’s annuity to his mother ( PJM-SS Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (4 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va.,...
3 March 1803, Department of State. Requests a warrant for $150 in favor of Meeker, Denman, and Company of Philadelphia to satisfy a draft of William Henry Harrison for seals for the Indiana Territory, to be issued and paid out of the appropriation for contingent expenses of the State Department. RC ( InHi ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by JM.
5 March 1803, Department of State. Requests a warrant for $2,000 in favor of John Davidson, who is holding a bill drawn on JM by Simpson at Tangier. The warrant is to be charged to the appropriation for Simpson’s salary. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.
25 March 1803, Department of State, Washington. Asks that a warrant for $2,520 be issued on the appropriation for the relief of seamen in favor of James Davidson, Jr., assignee of George W. Erving. Davidson holds a bill of exchange drawn by Erving, who is to be charged on the treasury books. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.
I have the honor to enclose estimates of the sums necessary to be remitted to London and Amsterdam respectively, for nine month’s service, commencing from the beginning of the present year: you will be pleased therefore to cause the remittances to be made; that destined for London to be placed in the hands of the Depository of the Treasury funds, and the other in the hands of Messrs:...
18 April 1803, Department of State. “In answer to your letter of the 12th. inst.… I approve of the House of Sir F. Baring & Co. as Bankers of the monies to be remitted to London for objects connected with the Department of State, so long as they remain the bankers of the Treasury Department in their general transactions. The accounts of former reimbursements for the expense of prize-causes, in...
28 May 1803, Department of State . Requests that a warrant for $600 be issued “on the appropriation for the contingent expences of the Department of State … in favor of Christopher S. Thom he to be charged and held accountable for the same.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. JM requested that Gallatin issue additional warrants, in amounts ranging from $190 to $43,000, for...
9 September 1803, Department of State . Requests that “remittances may be made to Baring & Co. at London & Willinks & co. at Amsterdam” out of the appropriations stated in the enclosed estimate, which will “answer the demands of the public service” in those places until 1 Apr. 1804. Letterbook copy and letterbook copy of enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). Letterbook copy 1 p.; copied into...
30 September 1803, Department of State . In answer to Gallatin’s letter of 19 Sept. , encloses a copy of his letter to Erving of 19 Apr. and an extract from Erving’s answer. “Though I am without information of the exact amount of the reimbursements of expences in prize causes, it is reasonable to believe that they have been considerable.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p....
To avoid the expence to which we are exposed for the rent of Houses for the messengers of the Departments of State, War and navy, General post office and of the accountants of the War and navy Departments, & to provide against accidents of fire to the Buildings occupied by these Departments we conceive that it would be expedient for Congress to make provision for building six small brick...
2 December 1803, Department of State . Requests a warrant for $22,222.22 against the appropriation for Barbary negotiations in favor of James Davidson, holder of the enclosed bill drawn upon JM by James Leander Cathcart to the order of Degen, Purviance, and Company of Leghorn. The sum is to be charged to Cathcart’s account. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.
15 December 1803, Department of State. “Be pleased to issue your Warrant on the appropriation for the Contingent expences of the Department of State, for two hundred dollars, in favor of Christopher S. Thom: he to be charged and held accountable for the same.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. JM made a similar request for four hundred dollars on 7 Feb. 1804 (ibid.).
The Convention with Spain of the 11th. August 1802, being ratified by the President, I have the honor to enclose an estimate, for a year, of the expense necessary for carrying it into effect, as far as relates to the Board of Commissioners to be organized in virtue thereof, at Madrid, including the compensation of a Secretary, Clerks and an Agent for the United States &c. Should any...
11 March 1804, Department of State. Asks that a warrant for $200 “be issued in favor of Peleg Wadsworth … to satisfy a Bill for that sum drawn by Mrs. Rebecca Arundel, mother of Richard OBrien…, to be paid out of the fund applicable to the salaries of the Consuls of the U. States with the Barbary Powers, and to be charged to Richard OBrien.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.
24 March 1804. “I inclose a communication from Mr Merry, which the P. wishes to go to you, & from you to such member & with such suggestions as may be proper; rather than make it the subject of a Message under present circumstances.” RC ( DLC : Joseph H. Nicholson Papers). 1 p.; marked “ private ”; misdated 1803 by JM. Addressee not indicated; identified as Gallatin on the basis of Gallatin to...
26 March 1804, Department of State. “I have the honor to enclose, for your information, a copy of a letter, which I am about to transmit to Mr. Livingston at Paris; and to request that the remittance therein mentioned of eighteen thousand five hundred and fifty five dollars and fifty four Cents, may be made out of the appropriation for carrying the Treaty and Conventions with France into...
30 March 1804, Department of State. Asks that a warrant be issued for $2,100 to cover two bills drawn by W. C. C. Claiborne on JM, one of 24 Jan. and the other of 14 Feb. 1804. The warrant is to be paid out of funds “for the expences of the civil Government of Louisiana” and charged to Claiborne. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p.; printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Orleans...
I have the honor to enclose a copy of a letter I propose to write to Mr. Erving, Agent of Claims in London, and the draft of a notification to be published in the Newspapers, as therein expressed. The transfer of the monies received on account of the adventures of Masters and Seamen of captured Vessels, for which restitution has been decreed, from London to this City, in the manner explained,...
12 April 1804, Department of State. “I have the honor to inform you, that on the 23d. February last, by direction of the Board of Commissioners under the 7th. Art. of the British Treaty, who were then about to terminate their functions, the sum of £526.4.9, being the balance due the U:States for monies advanced on account of that board, was paid over to Mr. Monroe our Minister at London.”...
22 April 1804, Department of State. “Finding myself without information respecting the conclusion or progress of the reimbursements claimed from the British Government for advances made on account of the Commissioners under the 6th. article of the British Treaty, I have requested Mr. Monroe to prosecute it to a close and deposit what may be received with Sir Francis Baring & Co. subject to...