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Whereas his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, as the common friend of the United States and Great Britain, has offered them his mediation, with a view to the restoration of Peace and the establishment of permanent harmony between them; and the invitation having been accepted on the part of the United States in contemplation of a like acceptance on the part of Great Britain: Now...
16 December 1801, Washington. Transmits the secretary of the treasury’s 14 Dec. report and the proceedings of the treasury officers, in which are described the measures authorized by the board and completed since the commissioners’ report of 28 Nov. 1800. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 46, Reports from the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, 7A-F7). RC 1 p.; signed by JM and the other...
(Copy) At a meeting of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund on the 28th. day of April 1806. Present— James Madison, Secretary of State Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury John Breckenridge, Attorney General The Secretary of the Treasury laid before the Board a Report dated the 26th. of April 1806 which was read, and is as follows— “That the current payments to be made by the...
Its with the greatest reluctance that I am about to trouble you again on my business at the treasury office as I canot obtain Such Sattisfaction as I am entitled to I received with pleashure on the 27th of last month a letter from Albert Gallitin Esqr. informing me that my a/c would be paid at the Treasury provided the exorbitant charge heretofore made by me be reduced to a moderate price I...
The Secretary of the Treasury reported to the Board, that provision has already been made to meet nearly all the demands which will become due in Holland, during the course of the present year, but, that it is necessary to make immediate provision for the payments on account of principal & Interest which fall due there, during the first five months of the year 1803, and amounting to Four...
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,...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter from Samuel Hay one of the commissioners for the direct tax in South Carolina. As the assessment is not yet completed in that State, and the principal cause of the delay has been the difficulty of finding gentlemen who would accept the office, the propriety of appointing the gentlemen recommended by Mr Hay is respectfully submitted. I have the...
I have answered a letter from this man, a few days ago, stating that the bills would not be paid unless Congress ordered it, & that to that body he might apply MHi : Coolidge Collection.
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...
I enclose two letters from the collectors of Delaware, & Barnstable respectively with the intended answers. Are they correct? Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Donaldson, Penrose & Lucas appointed commissioners for upper Louisiana, and Thompson, Trimble & Vacher appointed for the western district of the Orleans territory have all accepted. Of the three appointd for New Orleans, we have received no answers from Gurley or Coburn, and Sebastian declines. His letter is now enclosed together with sundry recommendations received after the appointments had...
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...
The two vacant offices are Surveyor of the port of Pittsburgh    Do   do   of Cincinnati The first may be filled by enquiring from Hoge & Smith of Pennsa.—It is in Smith’s district, but much nearer to Hoge. Perhaps the list of candidates for Register may supply a name for the Cincinnati Surveyor. Old Goforth might do; it is a sinecure of 150 dollars. It seems to me that Symmes stands first for...
§ 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...
Observations on foreign gold Congress omitted last year to renew the temporary laws by which, so much of the general act respecting foreign coins, as declares that no foreign gold or silver coin (spanish dollars excepted) shall be current after the mint shall have been in operation a certain time, had from time to time been suspended. It followed that foreign gold ceased on 1 May last to be a...
Since I closed my letter of this day, Mr Madison has enclosed to me the within recommendation for the office of collector of York town Virginia. With sincere respect Your obedt. & affecte. Servt. RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson President U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 16 Sep. and “Cary to be Collector York vice Reynolds” and so recorded in SJL...
David Parmelee, who is recommended, [and] applies for the appointt. of agent, will make an excellent Commissioner vice Thrimble. He was E. Kirby’s friend, taken with him to Mobile, where he acted as clerk to the board and since Mr. Kirby’s death has been the efficient man of the board. His experience added to previous acquirements seem to qualify him in a particular manner. DNA : RG...
The certificate in the case of Daniel Cutter, is similar to what has usually been prepared when the expense is to be paid out of the contingent fund. The only form required is that you should annex the word “Approved” to the certificate & return it with your signature to this office— Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “The President.” Recorded in SJL as received from...
In the case of W. Priestmann, the Secretary of the Treasury conceives that by the manner in which the enclosed draft of a pardon is executed, Gideon will receive any part of the forfeiture to which by law he may be entitled. If he is not entitled to any part by law, the Secretary, from a consideration of the case, does not perceive the propriety or justice of making him a compensation at the...
The petitioner is imprisoned; and I find that the application, which is supported by a recommendation from the jury, is intended for the President, in order to obtain a pardon. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The letter I had the pleasure to write to you the other day , & intended to send by Dr Bache will accompany this. I have little to add & only enclose some papers vizt No. 1 is the answer of Presidt. Bank U.S. to mine enclosing a list of names proposed for Directors here, and the order of the board in relation to the intended establishment of a branch here. No. 2 is the answer of the Collector...
I enclose Mr Crowninshield’s & Collector Lincoln’s letters respecting a keeper of lighthouses.   If you approve of George Day’s appointment, please to signify it.   I also enclose De Witt Clinton’s letter & one from Sanford stating that Swartwout has made a partial payment—also letters from Mr Fen & Lieut. Govr. Broome recommending Tallmage as a judge. From Sanford as answer has yet been...
Georgia Revenue Cutter In January 1805, sundry recommendations were received, all of which were thought insufficient. They were in favor of Ths. Allen first mate, Alexr. R. Johnston, & P.S. Laffitte respectively. The collector never announced that there was a vacancy till Octer. 23d 1806 when he recommended N. Newall who had, it seems received a temporary appointment from the former collector,...
I return the Charleston recommendations. In a conversation with General Sumpter respecting the qualifications of the four persons named, it appeared to me that he considered Simeon Theus and Paul Hamilton as the best qualified, and that it was believed that neither Mr Hamilton nor Mr Freneau would accept. He seems to give a decided preference to Mr. Theus, and assured me that the other...
The following is the designation of the office at Sacket’s harbour— With great respect Your obedient Servt. Augustus Sacket of New York, Collector of customs for the port of Sacket harbour Do—   Inspector of the revenue for the sd. port Commissions awarded as soon as convenient DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Estimate of the Secretary of the Navy Proposed Specific appropriations Objects Amount of specific appropriations Vessels in commission six frigates & a schooner Vessels in ordinary seven frigates Half pay to officers General contingencies Store rent commissions, freight travelling expenses Total
I have the honor to enclose a letter from Mr Kirby Supervisor of Connecticut, in which he requests to be discharged from the duties of his office. The Commissioner of the revenue with whom I consulted on the occasion agrees with me that the whole direct tax having been collected in that State, and the amount of outstanding duties being trifling and ascertained, no inconvenience can arise from...
I enclose the recommendation in favour of a successor to Mr Bloodworth. Neither of the gentlemen was desirous to make any; but I requested them to do it—as it appeared more than probable that we would be obliged to make the change after they were gone. The gentleman recommended by Macon & Turner is more conspicuous in a political point of view than the other, having been an Elector &a. That...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter from the Collector of Philadelphia respecting the marine hospital, and to submit the propriety of adopting some of the rules which he recommends in order to bring the expenses within the limits heretofore prescribed vizt. not to exceed the receipts. It does not appear to me, considering that the assistance heretofore granted to sick and disabled...
I understand Mr Harrison’s nomination has been negatived. As we must within twelve days make a large remittance to the Comr. of loans, it is desirable to know whether it be intended that Mr Harrison should continue to act under the temporary commission & how long? Respectfully Your obedt. Se rvt. I enclose a special application DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
foreign powers friendly — effect if redress is meant, it seems wrong to raise expectations which probably will be disappointed— Quere whether Mr King’s negotiation should be hinted at? Indians   Should not the attempt to treat be mentioned, stating also the determination not to press upon them any disagreeable demand? This to guard against any blame which the imprudence of the Commissrs. might...
You have not returned any answer in the case of Colo. Worthington’s resignation. He recommends Jesse Spencer of Chilicothe as a proper successor for the place of Register of the land office. I enclose a recommendation for keeper of the light house at old Point Comfort. The enclosed letter from the Collector of Michillimakinac (which you will be good enough to return) deserves consideration. It...
Your three letters of 29th ulto, and of 3d & 7th inst. reached me all together and only day before yesterday: what detained the first so long I cannot understand. M. Dickerson has had a relapse of the bilious fever, and, though with great reluctance, is obliged in obedience to his Physicians, to abandon the idea of going this autumn to New Orleans. I am altogether at a loss to select another...
I enclose the only recommendation for the office of “Surveyor of the port of Darien and Inspector of the revenue for the same” created by an Act of last session. The office is unimportant, and the emolument very trifling. With respectful attachment Your obedt. Servt. Mr Spalding is the member of Congress for the district where Darien lyes, and lives in the vicinity. DLC : Papers of Thomas...
Some days ago a letter from Mr Briscoe Collector at Nottingham (Patuxent Riv.) was communicated to you. It related to the arrival of a vessel without captain or papers, which under those circumstances was directed to be seized & dismantled and the cargos landed. The Captain is now here, and I enclose his papers which are so far regular and the Collector’s letter enclosing the amount of the...
I enclosed yesterday papers relative to a vessel suspected of having been fitted out for slave trade. The presumptive evidence is strong as she had on board, (& several of the same not inserted in her manifest,) handcuffs & bolts, scantling & boards fit to make partitions, 35 shaken hogsheads which would be necessary for water for the number of slaves she might bring back, a quantity of bread...
Thomas Barclay stands charged on the Treasury books with Livres 69,280.17.7 but claims salary at the rate of 24,000 livre a year amounting together to 144,000 livres; which if allowed would leave on that account a balance due to him of Livres 74,719.2.5.    Mr B. was Consul & commissioner of foreign accounts: no salary affixed by the former Congress; whether any was promised is not known. But...
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 do not believe that any principle short of that proposed in the bill I have sketched, will cut off the evasions at Passamaquody. No consideration however should induce us to propose a measure not strictly constitutional. But although the objection has been made, it does not appear to me that that provision is liable to it. By the constitution, no preference is to be given to the ports of one...
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...
I have the honor to enclose the list of the several officers of Government with their salaries or emoluments as compiled in this or received from the other Departments, and arranged in the following manner. They may be considered as forming two general classes: One consists of all those who are employed in the collection of the public revenue and receive their compensations by deducting the...
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...
I arrived here on Sunday last with my family, and found your letters of 1st. & 8th. inst., on which, on account of some arrears of current business, I have not yet acted. The only difficult commission is how to obtain by correspondence information respecting not only the abilities but moral and social disposition of Levy. As a lawyer he is superior to Dickerson and would I presume do...
I have read with attention the letter of the Secretary of the Treasury of the U. S. dated 21 December, 1791, and the two letters of the Comptroller-General dated 24th December, 1791, and 29th of February, 1792, relative to the construction of the 18th section of the Act of Congress making provision for the debt of the U. S. It appears to me that the word “ those ” in the enacting part of the...
It is necessary to make the appointments of Surveyors for the ports of the Ohio and Mississippi, as the act commences on 1st July and time is required to transmit the commissions. All the applications & recommendations, together with a memorandum of the act &c. are enclosed. As no vessels were built this season at Pittsburgh, the appointment may be suspended till we have received information....
I have the honor to enclose a letter of the Commissioner of the revenue, enclosing a copy of the resignation of the Supervisor of Delaware . From the state of the collection of duties in that District, it does not appear necessary that the Office should be continued any longer: but although the acceptance of Mr. Truett’s resignation, without filling the vacancy, will produce the effect; yet it...
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...
If you approve, I will send the enclosed on Monday to the Committee. May I, when conversing with them, say that it is the opinion of the Executive that it would be better at this time to suspend the act? or in what manner & with what modification must the opinion be expressed? I mean to friends— Respectfully If you can send me an answer to morrow, it will enable me to make the communication...
I am at last enabled by the information received from the southern Survr. Gen. (Mr Pease) to enclose for your signature a proclamation directing the sale of the public lands west of Pearl river in the Mississippi territory, that is to say of the vacant lands, within the indian purchases, which lie between the Mississippi and Pearl river. You will however perceive that instead of designating by...