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24 December 1803, Treasury Department. “I have the honour of enclosing for your information and consideration an extract of a letter received from the Collector of Philadelphia.” RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin; docketed by Wagner. Enclosures printed in Knox, Naval Documents, Barbary Wars Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the...
The claim of Govr. Harrison for an annual compensation of one hundred dollars for superintending the Indians during five years is respectfully submitted to the President for his decision RC (owned by Marshall B. Coyne, Washington, D.C., 1992). Calendared as a letter not found in PJM-PS Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (4 vols. to date;...
I have the honor to transmit two copies of the “Laws, treaties & other documents relative to the public lands” as collected and arranged pursuant to the act of Congress passed April 27, 1810. The marginal notes and index were prepared by Judge Thruston who also assisted in selecting the documents inserted in the collection. It is provided by the above mentioned act that the residue of the...
I received yesterday six blank commissions for offices of collector &a. But one has been omitted; the Collector of Marblehead should also be commissioned as inspector of the revenue for that port. The President should also have left a commission of collector for Massac in lieu of W. Chribs whose character is infamous. If he is yet in town, will you be good enough to apply for those...
The Secretary of the Treasury requests the Secretary of State to furnish him with a copy of the aggregate number of inhabitants in the United States as returned by the last census, noting what State may be wanting, and also of the same aggregate as returned by the former census. The⟨y⟩ are wanted as the basis of some calculations in statements now preparing. Will it be productive of any...
In obedience to the Resolution of the Senate of the Sixteenth instant, the Secretary of the Treasury respectfully reports to the President of the United States That exports to and imports from the ports of France have not been nor are now permitted in the execution of the Act “to interdict the commercial intercourse between the United States and Great Britain and France and their dependencies...
1 February 1811, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of the departmental correspondence respecting the act to provide for a survey of the coasts of the U.S. Reports that Mr. Hassler, “who has been designated to proceed to England in order to have the necessary instruments executed under his immediate care,” is still willing to perform the service. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative...
Scott’s (now Marshall) commission dated 23d March last. Randolph’s letter dated 17th May encloses his account. The fine is credited in his account currt of 4th March— Quere When did Callendar pay it? By his (Randolph’s acct) he owes U. S. Drs. 1661 72/100—by Treasy. Drs. 856 more Pardon is dated 16th March Atty. general’s opinion (as Secy. of State) dated 20th April Quere Has Randolph assigned...
12 April 1803, Treasury Department. Has received JM’s 6 Apr. letter and has taken measures to place the requisite sums in London and Amsterdam. There not being at the time any depository in London for treasury funds, those funds were remitted “to the order of Messrs. Rufus King & Christopher Gore or of either of them.” Lists the accounts for which funds were remitted to Amsterdam: $19,425 for...
The public business heretofore transacted by the Branch Bank at Washington will, at the end of this month be transferred to the Banks of Columbia and Washington. In order to have a general view of the subject, it is necessary to take into consideration not only the Treasury deposits, but also those made by those officers belonging to the War & Navy Departments who, by the 4th. sect. of the act...
We have hardly money enough to last till the end of the month. The loan is opened for 12th & 13th inst. The result will be known here (Boston & Charleston excepted) on Tuesday or Wednesday 17th inst. If therefore there be any arrangements discretionary with the President, such as the organization of the 20 regiments of 12 months men, building ships &c, and which are susceptible of extension or...
22 April 1805, Treasury Department . “It appears by the enclosed abstract, transmitted to this office by the Department of State, that the Vice Consul at Havana is in the habit of receiving the certificates of registry belonging to vessels lost or sold. This practice is repugnant to the several provisions of the registering act. By reference to the 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th. Sections of the...
20 August 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses copy of letter from collector at Boston in response to inquiries made at JM’s request concerning French armed schooner Beguine . RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p. Enclosures (3 pp.) are copies of Benjamin Lincoln to Gallatin, 12 Aug. 1801, and appended lists (see n. 1). RC and first enclosure reproduced in Papers of Gallatin (microfilm...
I do not perceive any appropriation from which Mr. Young’s account can be paid. The appropriation laws of 1802 & 1803 are in the following words “For salaries of the agents of the United States in London and Paris , expenses of prosecuting claims and appeals in the courts of Great Britain relative to captures of the vessels of the United States, and of defending American causes...
I enclose the copy of a note which I sent yesterday to General Turreau, and a letter I have this day received from him. No money can be paid to Buisson on advance without your permission, as your last letter on that subject, written in 1802 & enclosing Mr Lincoln’s opinion, which forbad any payment remains on the files of the office. If a payment is made, the two hundred dollars which you...
I believe the weekly arrivals from foreign ports will for the ensuing four weeks average from one to one and a half million dollars a week. To protect these & our coasting vessels whilst the British have still an inferior force on our coast appears to me of primary importance. I think that orders to that effect ordering them to cruize accordingly ought to have been sent yesterday, & that at...
In compliance with your letter of the 9th instt., I have taken measures to remit Drs. 13,616 to Amsterdam for the service of the six ensuing months. But as it is expected that a considerable sum has been repaid in July last by the parties concerned on account of the advances heretofore made by the United States for the prosecution of claims, it is presumed that it will not be necessary to make...
§ From Albert Gallatin. 7 May 1806, Treasury Department. “I have the honor to transmit a draft [not found] of the island of Great Menan enclosed to me for that purpose by the Collector of Passamaquody together with some remarks on the possession taken by the British. That island is not within the Bay of Passamaquody, but in the open sea, & South of the southern extremity of the bay. It lies...
I enclose a copy of the recommendation to which I alluded. You will perceive that I was not mistaken respecting the rank stated in it. It is signed by 13 members of the N. York delegation, which includes all present Mitchill excepted. They have 17 members: the three others, Paulding, Cook, and Avery are absent. It is also signed by Senator Germain, which was done subsequent to my seeing it....
12 March 1805 , Treasury Department . “The delays, which have taken place in adjusting the claims of american citizens on the French Government which have been assumed by the Convention of 30th April 1803, make the Secretary of the <US> apprehensive that, the whole being liquidated at once, the Minister of the United States at Paris will draw for the whole at the same time. This would be...
Is it proper to enlist volunteers, under the existing act, for local & special services? Is not this a distinct organisation such as was contemplated when thinking of a local force? And would it not be better to have a general law for that object, reserving the volunteers for more active service? If Gen. A. is not controlled, he will draw for the defence of New York a much larger permanent...
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...
The abuse complained of by the Collector of Norfolk in the enclosed letter, which I have the honor to return, may be corrected by an altera⟨tion⟩ in the circular instructions to Collectors dated July ⟨19,⟩ 1796, a copy of which is also enclosed. This alterat⟨ion⟩ must however be made by order of the President. For the law having not ascertained what proof of citizenship should be necessary, it...
There is no official document in this Department showing the particular circumstances which attended the seizure made at Michillimakinack of certain goods the property of the North West Company. I cannot therefore give any decisive opinion on the merits of the case; and will observe generally that Congress having, by an act of March 3d 1805, given to the territorial courts all the powers of a...
9 May 1803, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of a letter from the collector at Norfolk “together with two depositions transmitted by him, respecting the illegal proceedings exercised in Hampton Roads” by the British frigate Boston against the French ship Anne . RC and enclosures ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Docketed by Wagner. For enclosures, see...
3 November 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses copies of letters relating to Short’s accounts. “By these you will perceive that the Auditor is of opinion that you must decide the question whether Mr: Short’s claim is to be considered as involved in the issue of the suit against Mr: Randolph.” Whatever instructions or information JM transmits on the subject will be duly attended to. “The...
You will by this day’s mail receive the news papers containing an extract of the instructions to Mr Erskine said to have been laid before Parliament by Mr Canning. The sentence respecting the authority given to Mr Erskine to communicate the whole of the dispatch (containing the instructions,) to the American Secretary of State, induced me to call on Mr Smith in order to ascertain what had been...
12 July 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses documents related to an inquiry into the conduct of William Watson, collector at Plymouth, Massachusetts, clearing him of suspicion of fraud and misconduct and condemning a relative (with same surname) who has been dismissed from service as deputy. Requests that JM convey copies of report and documents to Rufus King, who first reported complaint. Tr...
7 December 1804. “I enclose an extract of a letter from Colo. Allan of Passamaquody, by which it seems that the British Govt. considering the convention for fixing the limits in that bay (and in the vicinity of Lake of the Woods) as rejected, are taking measures to assert their claim to Moose Island by far the largest of those which had fallen to our share by the sd. convention.” RC and...
Hearing that Mr J. Kilty Smith has been appointed Navy Agent at New Orleans, I think it my duty to state that he was formerly a collector of the internal duties under his uncle Mr Kilty late Supervisor for the district of Maryland; that when he left that office & became a clerk in the Navy department, he was, as appears by the Supervisor’s accounts, debtor to the United States in bonds & cash...
Your letter of the 12th reached me only the day before yesterday, and not willing to make a hasty decision, I have delayed an answer till to day. I feel very grateful for your kind offer, which I know to have been equally owing to your friendship for me and to your views of public utility. I decline it with some reluctance because I think that I would be more useful at home than abroad and I...
It appears that a depreciation of the paper currency of Norway has taken place which requires, for the purpose of calculating the duties, the interference of the President. I enclose for that purpose an Act for your signature; which, if you approve, please to return under cover to Mr Duvall, as I expect to leave this for New York to morrow. I also enclose for your approbation a recommendation...
I send the two paragraphs. I believe the whole to be sufficiently distinct, with the exception perhaps of the last sentence of the first paragraph. If the forfeitures are not remitted at all, there will be considerable injustice, great discontent, & 8 to 10 millions of dollars put in the pocket of the collectors. If they are altogether remitted, the importers will make unreasonable profits, &...
Mr Edmund Randolph late Secretary of State; against whom a suit has been instituted, by the United States, has applied to the Comptroller for copies of the “letters which were written from the department of State to that of the treasury containing requisitions of money, between the 1st day of January 1794 and the 19th day of August 1795.” As those letters are in this office mixed in the files...
I forgot to mention in my letter of yesterday, that in addition to the letter designating the agent to Buenos Ayres as commercial agent of the U. States for that place, a passport in the usual form appears necessary. If this also designates him as commercial agent, the usual description of the person might be omitted. Will you have the goodness to give also directions to that effect. You have...
I have the honor to enclose a letter this moment received from Mr Latimer on the subject of Mr Hancock’s application in relation to part of the cargo of the prize vessel “Harmony” brought in Philadelphia by a French letter of marque. By direction of the President, I had written to the Collector that without pretending to decide on the application of treaties to this specific case, he might...
I enclose the substance of a financial paragraph, also a statement of the receipts & expenditures of the year ending 30th Septer. last and an estimate of those of this quarter. These will supply you with all the facts on which the paragraph is founded. In the paragraph for military schools, I would place in the most conspicuous point of view (when speaking of revision of existing law) the...
30 April 1804, Treasury Department. “I had the honor to receive your letter of the 28th. instant; and have directed a remittance of two thousand dollars to be made to Tench Coxe Esquire. If that sum is not sufficient to purchase the four hundred additional copies of the laws of the United States, contemplated by the Act of last session, as ther[e] is no other fund from which the deficiency can...
6 February 1811, Treasury Department. Transmits a statement of importations in American and foreign vessels from 1 Apr. to 31 Dec. 1809, prepared by the register of the treasury, in compliance with a Senate resolution of 21 Jan. 1811. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E4). RC 1 p. Enclosure (10 pp.) is a statement in two parts—imports in American vessels and those in...
At request of Mr Astor, I beg to be informed whether his son in law Mr Bentson can be permitted to have a passage on board the public vessel which is to take Mr Erving to Europe. I told Mr B. that I would try to ascertain the fact before Monday. I have thrown some notes on the back of Mr Astor’s letter; be pleased to return his English passport. Mr Astor sent me a verbal message that in case...
I return the Spanish correspondence & the Algiers letter. Although there are some unpleasant circumstances in the manner in which the negotiation was carried and terminated, the situation of affairs is rather on a more decent footing than I had expected; but, as you observed, the instructions to Mr. Bowdoin & the conduct which he ought to pursue are very delicate & serious considerations. It...
23 September 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses copy of letter from collector at Boston and copy of statement from a Mr. Doane. RC and enclosures ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Docketed by Wagner as received the same day, with his notation: “British Snow Windsor / See Circular to the Governors of 16 April 1795.” Enclosures (4 pp.) are copies of...
The enclosed letter asserts positively that Hutchinson is warmly attached to the present administration. That from his connections & residence at Lisbon, he will be the most respectable & best appointment, I really believe. On those grounds, permit me once more to renew my application in his behalf. Cathcart is already placed, & will certainly give much less satisfaction to the commercial part...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter written to Mr Merry respecting the proposed payment of the last 200,000 St. due to Great Britain in London, instead of making it at Washington, and also a copy of my correspondence with the Bank of the United States on the same subject. It is as much the interest of Great Britain as our own that the payment should be effected in that manner....
30 January 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses at JM’s request an account of the funds drawn from the treasury under appropriations made to defray expenses “incident to the Intercourse with the Mediterranean Powers.” Estimates the “gross sums” disbursed by the U.S. to be $2,046,137.22, not including sundry expenses of the last year, but treasury documents “by no means, show the ultimate...
I have the honor to enclose a Statement transmitted by the Collector of Boston, in relation to the ship Arno which entered Tonningen with a forged Sea Letter. Exclusively of the cases respecting forged marine papers which have from time to time been communicated by the Department of State, one only has come to the knowledge of the Treasury, the particulars of which are explained by the...
The monies approprd. by 1st. Sect. of Act herein mentioned, not being stated to be for the use of the navy cannot by the Secy. of the Treasury be ordered for that purpose. It must on the contrary be observed that the words used are the same wh. have in former laws been exclusively applied to fortifications & been accordingly placed under the controul of the Secy. of War. RC ( DLC ). Docketed...
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 subcriptions, 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...
13 August 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses copy of his 13 Aug. letter to Bird, Savage, and Bird remitting £16,138 5 s . 2 d . in accordance with JM’s requisition in his letter of 2 July. Recommends that the firm receive instructions from State Department designating the payees and the particular expense accounts to be charged. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s...
Mr Merry claims the exemption from duty for what may be imported by Mr Foster (for his own use) as Secretary of legation. If, and I believe it to be the case, no similar application has heretofore been made, I will want your directions: be, therefore, good enough to tell me whether the rule shall extend to every diplomatic character, excluding only consuls, but including Secretaries? Give our...