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I find that all Commissions are made out in your office. Those agreed upon yesterday & which, the President, conceiving they were made out in this office, had directed me to prepare are Connecticut Samuel Bishop Collector of New Haven vice E. Goodrich Alexander Wolcott Collector of Middletown vice Ephraim Kirby Supervisor of Connecticut vice John Chester New Jersey John Hurd Collector of Amboy...
26 May 1801, Treasury Department. Responds to query about reimbursement for Mr. Shaw, who has aided Portuguese sailors. Advises that Portuguese government may repay him or the president might use his contingency fund but that, “Upon the whole, this appears to be one of those subjects of a local nature which must be provided for by the several States, & which, I would have supposed was in fact...
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.
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...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to return to the Secretary of State Mr Pichon’s letter, and to send also sundry papers on the same subject with the remarks of the Comptroller endorsed on the same. The only objection to paying the specie part of the debt & the interest on the funded part is the demand we have against France for advances made to the Refugees of San Domingo. Those...
11 June 1801, Treasury Department. Offers opinion (agreeing with comptroller) that Oliver Ellsworth “is not entitled to receive at the same time two salaries” for offices of chief justice and envoy extraordinary. The method of payment should be same as in case of John Jay when he was on his mission to Great Britain. RC ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin....
I enclose the papers relative to Priestmann’s case. The bearer is Mr Priestmann himself. The papers marked 1. 2. 3 belong to this office and are to be returned. If the Secy. of the Treasy., after Mr Wolcott’s decision, had still a power to act, I would not hesitate to remit the whole forfeiture as well the part belonging to the informer as that belonging to the U. States. But the previous...
28 June 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses papers relating to the claims of Gouvion’s heirs, amounting to $8,000, which government would prefer to pay to someone in U.S. with family’s power of attorney. RC ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Reproduced in Papers of Gallatin (microfilm ed.), reel 5. Enclosures not found.
I have the honor to enclose the rough draft of a letter which may be sent from this Departmen⟨t⟩ to the Collectors of the principal sea-ports. It does not seem necessary that it should be made circular to all the Collectors, as I do not believe it would be proper that the certificate to be signed by the Collector should be like an “health bill” a ship-paper. The papers are to be transmitted to...
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...
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...
14 July 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses letter from comptroller on the subject of JM’s letters of 24 June and 2 July . Does not object to the comptroller’s proposal. Requests that JM designate on each requisition the persons to whom payable, the amount to be paid, and the object to which the sum applies. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 2 pp. In the enclosed 13 July 1801 letter,...
I have the honor to enclose a copy of the circular to Collectors in relation to Quarantine laws & of the form of a bill of Health. On this last, it is proper to mention that there are but thirteen ports vizt. Portsmouth N. H.—Newbury port, Salem, Boston, Newport, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Wilmington N. ⟨C., ⟩ Charleston S. C. & Savannah, in which naval officers...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose an account presented by Mr Ellicot for the use of the instruments used in running the Southern boundary of the United States. This claim the Auditor does not think himself authorized to admit. Its propriety must depend on the manner in which the line was run, on the necessity of the apparatus for executing the business, and on the...
Upon consideration, I think it will be better to leave with me some blank commissions signed by you, but not by the President, in order to avoid the delay which would otherwise arise from the necessity of sending them to you after they had been filled & signed by the President. […] Are the following commissions ma⟨de out?⟩ Silas Lee—Dist. Atty. Maine Jarvis—Collector Penopscott vice Lee...
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...
17 August 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses letter [not found] from Griffith Evans, secretary to commissioners under article 6 of the Jay treaty, requesting an advance of $850. Has checked Evans’s accounts and finds they were settled in June 1799, since which time Evans has received $9,500 without stating how money was applied. Refuses further advances without JM’s requisition. Recommends...
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...
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...
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...
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....
27 October 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses letter from Oliver Ellsworth, which had been referred to Treasury Department accountants. Comptroller requests JM’s opinion on the principle on which the account is to be settled and the time period for which Ellsworth is entitled to a salary. Since case is not defined by law but covered by discretionary power which is vested in State Department,...
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...
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...
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...
I enclose the Auditor’s remarks on Mr Fenwick’s account. The nature of the vouchers necessary to be produced by him in support of his charges is a question proper to be decided by the accounting officers; but the principles by which they should be guided in authorizing the several species of expenditure, must be settled, upon due consideration of the laws, by your Department. A circular...
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...
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,...
Ca. 15 December 1801. Encloses a letter from his friend DuPonceau about the U.S. consul at Rome. RC (owned by Charles M. Storey, Boston, Mass., 1961). 1 p. Undated. Date here assigned on the basis of the enclosed letter from Peter S. DuPonceau to Gallatin, 13 Dec. 1801 ( NHi ) (1 p.), asking Gallatin to seek JM’s sanction of John Baptiste Sartori’s transfer of his consular duties to his...
21 December 1801, Treasury Department. Has just received a letter from Messrs. Bird, Savage, and Bird notifying him that “William Hustlers bill on Van Dyck & Givens for £1000 Sterling—remitted by this Department to the said Bankers in August last, on account of the Treaties with the Mediterranean powers, had been noted for Non-Acceptance.” Points out that “it is very common for bills under...
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...
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...
In compliance with your request, I have the Honor to enclose an account of the monies drawn out of the Treasury under the several Appropriations made for defraying the expences incident to the Intercourse with the Mediterranean Powers; transcripts of the accounts of persons to whom the said monies were respectively advanc’d so far as the same have been settled at the Treasury, and statements...
Mr Steele is anxious to have Mr Marshal’s accounts so far stated as to be enabled to judge whether any further appropriation will be necessary. A statement somewhat similar to that furnished by Mr Kimbal in relation to Mr Pickering’s account would be necessary. The enclosed shows the sums advanced and to whom; but for what purpose &, therefore, under what head of appropriation to be arranged?...
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...
The original vouchers to J. Swan’s account (my office being so weak at this moment that I cannot have them immediately transcribed) are sent herewith. Mr Wagner will be pleased to give a receipt to the Register for the papers. It appears thereby that Van Staphorst & Cie. credited the United States for the sale of the bullion on the 5th May 1796—that it was only 30th Septer 1796 that Mr Swan...
Amongst the claims laid by Mr. Pichon, under the convention with France, there are three which have been suspended, and on which your opinion is requested. 1st. He claims the “Magicienne,” formerly “Retaliation,” Francis Lagaux, Commander, taken by the Merrimack, condemned at Philadelphia, on 29th. November 1799. This vessel is not in the list furnished by the Navy Department, and certified by...
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,...
In the case of the Snow “Windsor,” the Collector of Boston was, in conformity to the Presidents instructions, directed in September last, to order her to depart. She was at that time abandoned by her Crew, and a mere hull. A compliance was physically impossible. She was not repaired nor fitted for sea, untill after the preliminaries of Peace had been signed between Great Britain and France. No...
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 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...
I have the honor to enclose a Letter from the Auditor in which he expresses his doubts of the legality of the Expenditures incurred for the relief of Seamen subsequent to the year 1799, beyond the allowance of twelve cents ⅌ day, established by the Act of 14th: April 1792. I have had a verbal communication on the subject, with the Comptroller of the Treasury, have carefully examined the Laws,...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter from the Collector of Norfolk, and of a correspondence which has taken place between him and the British Consul at that Place, on the subject of a seaman stated to have been a deserter from a British Frigate. Whether it can be thought necessary to give any instruction, on that subject, to the collector, is a question which does not fall within...
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...
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...
8 November 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of a letter from the collector at Boston with John Marston’s and Isaiah Doane’s declarations concerning the Windsor . RC and enclosures ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p. Docketed by Wagner. The enclosed copy of Benjamin Lincoln to Gallatin, 27 Oct. 1802 (3 pp.), stated that U.S. laws gave Lincoln no power to expel the Windsor except by...
20 November 1802. Gives a brief history of the origin of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’s claim against the U.S. beginning with French cash advances to the U.S. and shipment of military supplies in 1776 and 1777. Encloses several documents illustrating the facts on which the treasury decision against Beaumarchais was based. Lists facts that are not in dispute by either party and states...
16 December 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of a letter from the district attorney of Massachusetts regarding the Windsor . RC and enclosure ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Docketed by Wagner. For enclosure, see n. 1. Gallatin enclosed a copy of George Blake’s 1 Dec. 1802 letter (4 pp.) suggesting that, in this “novel and singular” case, the...
22 December 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of a letter from the collector at Salem questioning the construction of article 13 of the Jay treaty. The collector’s opinion “on first impression, appears correct,” but since it implies a government obligation to enforce the observance of the article on American merchant vessels that have arrived in the U.S. from the East Indies, desires...
27 December 1802, Treasury Department. Requests a supply of sea letters for the use of vessels going beyond the Cape of Good Hope. RC ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). 1 p. Docketed by Wagner.