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To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, 24 January 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Albert Gallatin

24 January 1811, Treasury Department. On the subject of the Senate resolution of 21 Jan. 1811,1 reports that the treasury has no documents showing the amount of British or French property confiscated under the Nonintercourse Act of 1809 and the act of 1 May 1810.2 A circular letter was written on 22 Jan. to the several district attorneys to obtain this information. Encloses a letter from the register of the treasury to show that the information requested on imports for 1810 cannot be prepared during the present session of Congress. Will prepare and transmit the information for the last three quarters of 1809.

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E4). RC 2 pp. In a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Enclosure (1 p.) is a copy of Joseph Nourse to Gallatin, 23 Jan. 1811, explaining why the treasury could not at that time provide the information for 1810 sought by the Senate. RC and enclosure printed in Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 11th Cong., 3d sess., 105–6. JM forwarded Gallatin’s letter and its enclosure to the Senate in his message of 26 Jan. 1811.

1On 21 Jan. 1811 the Senate passed a resolution, introduced by James Lloyd of Massachusetts on 18 Jan., requesting JM to forward an account of British and French property confiscated under either the Nonintercourse Act or the law of 1 May 1810 and also to forward an account of the goods, wares, and merchandise imported from foreign countries between 1 Apr. 1809 and 31 Dec. 1810, “distinguishing between the amount imported in American and foreign vessels, and specifying the countries to which the latter belonged” (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 11th Cong., 3d sess., 98–99, 100).

2Macon’s Bill No. 2.

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