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I have this moment received your’s of 3d. instt., an answer to which has been anticipated by my two last letters. I am urging the Captain of the Peacock, and still hope that he will be ready to sail the day after to morrow. I almost envy you the happy time which you will spend this summer in Orange, and which will not, I hope, be disturbed by any untoward change in our affairs. I think that,...
17 March 1812, Treasury Department. Encloses a letter from Winslow Lewis [not found] “proposing to sell his patent right for lighting the Light-Houses in the United States, and also to fit up all the said houses with the proper apparatus, for 24,000 Dollars.” That sum would include “his compensation and personal expenses; the purchase of the apparatus and expenses, other than his own, to be...
25 May 1805, Treasury Department . “I beg leave to remind you that no appropriation has been made by Congress for paying the Salaries allowed by law to the Governors Secretaries & Judges of the Michigan & Louisiana territories, nor for defraying the contingent expences of the same. As those newly erected Governments will be in operation after the first day of July next, it may perhaps be...
§ From Albert Gallatin. 12 December 1805, treasury Department. “I have the honor to enclose an extract of a letter from James Brown Esqr. the Agent of the United States at New Orleans in relation to Land Claims. As the Intendant and other Spanish Officers may, in consequence of the late orders, be expected to leave the Territory in a very short time, permit me to suggest the propriety of...
I have the honor to enclose triplicates of a letter for Mr. Livingston, Minister plenipotentiary of the United States at Paris, which I will thank you to transmit by different conveyances with your dispatches. As it relates to a case connected with the public interest, a copy of the letter is enclosed for your perusal, with a request that you will desire Mr. Livingston to attend to it. I have...
7 January 1813. “I enclose the usual account of the contingent expences of Govt.—which is sent by yourself to each house of Congress. The triplicate remains with you.” RC and enclosure ( DLC ); enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 12A-D1; DNA : RG 46, President’s Messages, 12A-E2). RC 1 p.; docketed by JM. For enclosure, see n. 1. JM transmitted the message in a letter...
I send the letter, which is longer than I expected, and of which I have no copy. I will, therefore want it lent again to me, when you shall have done with it, in order that I may transcribe it. The classes of american citizens in whose favor we should assume payment of french debts seem to be 1st. those whose property shall have been taken in Europe or the West Indias or elsewhere by or under...
You will perceive by the enclosed letters from Collector Dearborn, that the information given by E. Mix has enabled him to seize two vessels bound to Halifax with provisions and to arrest several of the merchants concerned. E. Mix has arrived here & was in fact obliged to leave Boston. He states that he has not one cent & by the enclosed letter asks for some compensation. As his information...
Memoranda Mr Armstrong’s letter 1. Preference to be given to contracts for supplying the army with provisions. This is so indubitable that how any hesitation on the subject could take place is not easily understood. That branch of military expenditure is the only one (pay excepted) which is well administered & under a good accountability. If it was practicable to extend the same system (of...
The depreciation of the Russian Ruble, which had formerly been valued in our custom houses at about 55 cents, induced last spring an application from several collectors to the Treasury. The Comptroller, from the materials in his possession, judged that the ruble could not be worth less than 44 cents and gave instructions accordingly. In the course of the summer and on the arrival of the first...
§ From Albert Gallatin. 3 January 1806. “The Secretary of the Treasury wishes to be informed whether either Mr Erving or Mr Livingston have sent to the Department of State an account of the purchase of books for the Library of Congress. Each of them received 1000 dollars on that account in 1802 and Mr Livingston in May 1804 wrote that he had trans[m]itted his acct. to Mr Madison. If either...
Letter not found. 28 May 1801. Mentioned in Gallatin to JM, 29 May 1801 . Requests attested copy of Jefferson’s pardon of James T. Callender.
I have the honour to enclose the copy of a letter written this day to the Secretaries for the War and Navy department, which gives a general view of our fiscal situation for this year, and regulates the sums which in conformity therewith may be monthly drawn during the residue of the year 1813, for the service of each of those departments respectively. I have the honour to be with the highest...
The exchange of places which you suggested would, in my opinion, have a most salutary effect on the conduct of the war: but, on mature reflection, I apprehend that it would not satisfy public opinion and would be more liable to criticism than almost any other course that could be adopted. Respectfully Your’s RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM. The details of this proposed change have not been found,...
It appears doubtful whether the contemplated light house near Presquisle on Lake Erie can be erected under the act of cession of the State of Pennsylvania passed on 2d instt. The act has an express provision that neither the jurisdiction or right of soil is ceded, but only the occupancy and use thereof for the purpose of erecting the light house. The acts of Congress of March 2d 1795 & August...
It having been understood last autumn that a number of intruders had settled on the public lands in Madison County (Bend of Tennessee) Mississippi Territory Mr Thomas Freeman was instructed by direction of the President to notify those persons that unless they signed declarations that they had no claim to the land & obtained permissions to remain as tenants at will, they would be removed by...
I had the honor to receive your letter of the 20th. ultimo, in answer to mine of the 8th. preceding. As legal questions of some nicety may result from the right of priority secured by law, to the United States, from the interest of Jeremiah Condy in the co-partnership of Jeremiah Condy & Co., and from the nature of the trust vested in the Secretary of State, permit me to request you, not to...
1 October 1803, Treasury Department . “I have the honor to transmit herewith, for your consideration, a paper containing sundry charges exhibited by George Breining, against Henry Voight, Chief Coiner in the Mint of the United States.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin; docketed by Wagner as received 5 Oct. For enclosure, see n. 1. Gallatin...
I met in New Jersey Capn. Crafts of the Neptune, the vessel on board of which were Martin & Ware when met by the Melampus in the Gulf of Biscay. I obtained from him the enclosed letter by which it appears that they were not impressed but deserted from the Neptune to the Melampus at Plymouth. Will it be of any use, if Capn. Crafts happens to come here, to obtain his affidavit of the facts? He...
7 December 1801, Treasury Department. Transmits letters “relative to the property, purchased by Mr Cooper, in reference to the Copper Mine business.” It appeared proper to communicate them to JM, but they may be needed by the auditor and the comptroller when the accounts are settled. RC and enclosures ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin; docketed by Wagner,...
27 December 1804, Treasury Department. “I have the honor to return Mr. Wynn’s letter. It seems to me that the act supplementary to the Consular act embraces all cases of Sales; unless the words ‘and her company discharged’ should be construed as forming an exception when a vessel is stranded; on the ground that, in that case, the crew cannot properly be said to be discharged. “If it is not...
Mr Harrison states that the swords purchased by Mr Livingston for the State of Virginia cost 257 dollars & 22/100. In order to close the business, the easiest mode would be that you should write to Govr. Tyler to remit that sum to the Treasurer of the United States on account of Mr Livingston; which paymt. being passed to his credit will balance that item in his accounts. Govr. Tyler may, I...
14 November 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses papers [not found] pertaining to Colonel Cambray’s claim against the U.S. The principal is payable to him or his attorney only at the treasury, upon delivery of certificates, which Cambray may send to his attorney in this country. Encloses copy of forms that will eliminate Cambray’s fears of losing debt should certificates be lost at sea. States...
It seems evident from the 3d Section of the act, that the three months wages must be paid even in the case mentioned by Mr. Maury; nor could constructive instructions to the contrary be given, without affecting the rights of the seamen, who become entitled to their two months whenever they go or are put on board a vessel bound to the United States. The enclosed form, has been transmitted to...
I have the honor to transmit transcripts of the proceedings of the Circuit Court for Connecticut & of the Supreme Court in the case of the Schooner “Peggy” a French prize first acquitted in the district, then condemned in the circuit & finally acquitted by the Supreme Court. It appears that whilst the appeal was pending the district court, under the circumstances stated in their order,...
Govr. Tompkins, at the request of the general Govt., called into service detachments of militia to assist in carrying the embargo into effect along the lakes. He also organised at the request of Gen. Dearborne & Wilkinson the regulars on the same service. In fact he alone did all that was done on that occasion & even advanced money. I understand that his accounts are suspended because he...
On enquiring respecting a proper situation in a mercantile house for your nephew, and after consulting with some friends, I find that in order to make a proper selection, some information is wanted as to his particular object and as to his acquirements. Exclusively of retailers, West India & coasting traders &ca., there are two distinct species of Merchants on a large scale vizt. importers of...
I have sent by Mr. Cutts the convention for regulating the commercial intercourse with Great Britain, & will write on that subject to the Secretary of State. I will only say that the British Government appeared rather desirous to have made no arrangement & to have kept the whole intercourse to be controuled by their own municipal regulations, which they thought we could not counteract. The...
30 April 1804, Treasury Department. “I have the honor to transmit for your information a letter received from Governor Claiborne, together with his accounts therein enclosed. If he has mistaken the intention of the four hundred dollars monthly allowance, his error may induce him to incur a higher rate of personal expences than he will find convenient to discharge from his compensation. The...
23 March 1802, Treasury Department. “Enclos’d I have the Honor to transmit for your Information, the duplicate of a Letter from Messrs. Bird, Savage & Bird, Bankers of the United States, at London, dated January 13th. 1802—as also duplicates of the Accounts therein referr’d to.” RC ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Enclosures not found, but for a letter to...
It appears by a letter from Messrs. Baring dated 9th Augt. last that they were in advance for St. 4263.12.5. on account of the British treaty fund. This arose from a considerable payment made by those gentlemen to defray the one half of the contingent expences of the board of Commissioners. I wish to be informed whether it is your intention that measures be taken to remit that sum to them, or...
I have the honor to enclose the Charter-party of the ship Osage chartered for the United States by the collector of New York, in conformity with the directions of the President of the United States. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir Your obedient Servant DNA : RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.
Last Washington mail brought me the enclosed letter (returned) from Gen. John Smith of New York. Mr. Astor has never spoken to me on the subject. It would please me that he should be gratified in that respect. It will promote the filling of subscriptions, and he has a fair claim to that honorific distinction. In April 1813, when the federalists of New York refused to subscribe to the 16...
It being provided by the 7th Section of the Act entitled “an Act to regulate the laying out and making a road from Cumberland in the State of Maryland to the State of Ohio” (8th Vol. page 34) that the President should lay before Congress an annual statement of the proceedings under the act, I have addressed to you the enclosed letter which together with the documents accompanying it may, I...
1. Organise regularly the encampment at Albany by marching there all the recruits, those intended for Niagara excepted 2. Invite offers of volunteers every where, but not giving orders to march (those intended for Niagara excepted) until the number in most places be ascertained, and it be known whether the changes in England will produce immediate peace The inviting offers as aforesaid through...
I laid your’s and Mr Richardson’s letter before the Council of our incipient University at their monthly meeting, and now return that of Mr R. We have not yet obtained a Charter and cannot expect any pecuniary assistance either from the State or City. We have in that respect great difficulties to encounter and probably still greater from the Sectarian influence, whether that which supports or...
24 October 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses copy of letter from George Latimer about prize ship Harmony . RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received 9 Nov. Enclosure (1 p.) is a copy of Latimer to Gallatin, 20 Oct. 1801, reporting that the Harmony had sailed before the arrival of Gallatin’s 15 Oct. instructions (see Gallatin to JM, 15 Oct. 1801 , and n....
Is not the within important? And Might not the Navy dept. give immediate authority to Capt. Chauncey? RC and enclosure ( NHi : Gallatin Papers). RC undated; date assigned here on the basis of JM’s reply of the same day. For enclosure, see n. 1. The enclosure was a 24 Aug. 1812 letter written from New York by John Armstrong to Gallatin (2 pp.). Armstrong relayed the substance of a conversation...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of an abstract of a letter from James Brown Esqre. agent of the United States at New Orleans for land claims dated 11th. Decr. last and received by last mail; by which it appears that the most important land records of the late Province of Louisiana have, contrary to the tenor of the second Article of the treaty of 30th April 1803, been sent to Pensacola by...
24 January 1811, Treasury Department. On the subject of the Senate resolution of 21 Jan. 1811, 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. A circular letter was written on 22 Jan. to the several district attorneys to obtain this information. Encloses a letter from the...
The plan of transferring the monies received on account of the adventures of Masters & Seamen of captured vessels, for which restitution has been obtained in London, to this City, as stated in your favour of the 11th. instant, appears perfectly proper; and, it seems to me, that it ought to be extended to all the cases in which the Agent of claims in London has, as such , and not by virtue of...
The bankers of the United States at London have under date of 14th. March last advised that they had, after consulting Mr Monroe, paid a draft of £ 1500 St. drawn by Mr. Lear on 11th. Octer. last in favor of John Gavino. As the two credits which had been previously opened by direction of the Department of State to Mr. Lear with Messrs. Baring, and amounting together to £ 27,000 St., had been...
I received yours, of 7th only by yesterday’s mail. What I can do at this time here with respect to money is nearly completed. But I had intended before my return to Washington, to go to Albany in order to see Gen. Dearborn & Govr. Tompkins together and to be able to give you a better account of the situation & prospect of our affairs there. It is also necessary that I should spend one week...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the Secretary of State, and, agreea⟨bly⟩ to his request, encloses a note of the sums deposited in Banks On account of the moiety of the proceeds of sales of French prizes belonging to the United State⟨s.⟩ RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC docketed by Wagner. The enclosure (1 p.), headed “Prize money deposited in Sundry Banks to the...
5 November 1801. Relays his and the comptroller’s opinion that if a lawsuit were instituted against Richard Cooper to recover moneys he received, no jury would give a verdict for the government. Recommends directing Cooper to sell the stores purchased before he received Lincoln’s letter and to “send his account then properly stated & supported by vouchers.” Asks JM to reexamine enclosed papers...
Amongst the offers of persons wishing to go to the United States & to enter their service, one only has appeared to me worthy of attention & to deserve to be submitted to the decision of Government. Mr. LeSueur, whose letter explaining his views is enclosed, is a civil Engineer of reputation, who has executed with much correctness various extensive trigonometrical operations, & whose Services...
Having neither the law authorizing the Commissrs. on the Georgia business to enquire into the claims of individuals, nor the compromise with Georgia, I cannot frame a satisfactory advertisement till my return which I expect to be before you shall have left the city. But as those documents are not necessary at least to enable me to convey my ideas on the subject of the letter to Gov. Claiborne;...
I have received the papers for Mr Poinsett and delivered them to him. We have found a vessel which will sail for Rio Janeiro in two or three weeks; it is the only one bound to Brasils & there is none for La Plata even if it was advisable to go directly there. Every circumstance corroborates the opinion that England will try to govern the Spanish colonies through a nominal Spanish regency, and...
I have received your’s of the 28th. Your return here still appears to me necessary. On the effect of the refusal of the B. Govt. to ratify Mr E.’s agreement, on the revival of the non intercourse, you can alone decide, as there may be a difference of opinion on the Subject. Mr Erskine announces this day officially to the Secy. of State that refusal; & if according to law the non intercourse is...
The enclosed memorandum contains the substance of all the information I possess respecting the lands in Tenessee, which is connected with the late proceedings on the part of North Carolina. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. Memorandum—Lands in Tenessee By act of cession of N. Carolina to U. States of year 1790; reservation is made of land sufficient to satisfy military land bounties, & all...