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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,...
The Bank of Pennsylvania applies for relief—they fall regularly 100,000 drs. per week in debt to the Bank U. States, on account, as they say, of the deposits on account of Government made in the last. For a sketch of their situation compared with that of Bank of U. States, see the within paper—Their cashier is here come on purpose for assistance. In addition to the effect of Governmental...
I have the honor to enclose letters from the collectors of Charleston, and Norfolk , in relation to the Marine Hospitals. If the corporation of Charleston, will agree to the arrangement proposed by the collector, that is to say, consent to defray all the expenses incident to the support of sick seamen, provided that they shall receive the monies collected in charleston, it will prove so...
You omitted mentioning the Post office where to direct the Letter to Dr. Bache . I have filled the blank of the commencement of his salary on 12th instt. allowing him a week after receiving your letter to prepare. Enclosed is a recommendation for “Surveyor of the customs for the district of East River in Virginia .” None has been received for the office of collector; but if the surveyor shall...
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...
Will the President enquire from Gen. Dearborn whether Mr Lee is proper to succeed Mr Gerry , as Collector at Marblehead, and whether he has any objection to the commanding officer at Massac being made Collector.—Chribs the present collector is infamous & must be removed but the place is so unhealthy that no other person will go and live there. A similar necessity has existed in the case of...
I had the honor to communicate to you , last December, that Mr. Gerry, Collector of Marblehead, having, notwithstanding repeated applications, delayed to render his accounts; and a variation appearing for two years back between the balance of specie in his hand, as stated in his weekly returns, and that ascertained by his quarterly accounts, so far as these had been obtained, it was found...
Will the President be pleased to examine the question ? It is becoming important and must be decided at Detroit . Indeed there is some danger in suspending the decision at Michillimakinac the post which forms the entrance of the communication by Michigan & Ouisconsing to Mississipi 1. Shall Portages be construed to mean only land carriages from a part of the boundary to another part of the...
An endorsement on the enclosed letter somewhat similar to that sketched , will be sufficient authority to justify the payment of interest to Maryland. Respectfully submitted by RC ( DLC ); undated; addressed: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 7 July and “repaimt to Maryland” and so recorded in SJL . Enclosure: see below. The...
A sale of the city lots pledged for the repayment of the within mentioned loan, cannot, in my opinion be made at present, without an unwarrantable sacrifice of the property. The Secretary of the Treasury will direct the interest now due to be paid out of the Treasury in conformity to the provisions of the act entitled “an Act to abolish the Board of Commissioners in the city of Washington, and...
Is it not best to do whatever is wanting at once. I have not yet answered Latimer’s letter & will not until I hear from you. But I think it is best not to answer him & to act. On that ground it seems to me that the best way would be at same time with the New England appointments to make Muhlenberg Collect. Philada. T. Coxe Supervr. Pennsylva. & Mr Page Collectr. Petersburgh. I cannot help...
On receipt of your letter I wrote to Mr Latimer & now enclose a copy of my letter & his answer: you will find that he now makes an absolute resignation. I write him by this day’s mail that his letter will immediately be transmitted to the President; and will wait your further instructions for a final answer. I suppose there can be no objection to agreeing that his resignation should be...
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 received yesterday your’s of the 20th, and will attend to the dates of the several commissions. I have written to the Dept. of State in order that they should transmit to you for your signature commissions for the port of Massac, (vice Chribs the horse thief) and to fill the vacancies caused by the resignations of Foster & Goforth; also two commissions of inspector of the revenue (for...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration the “regulations concerning the Mississipi trade” prepared in pursuance of the act of Congress of the 1st of May last. They were, at my request , digested by the Comptroller under whose immediate superintendence the customs are placed, and have been made, so far as practicable, conformable in their details with the general regulations of that...
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Commissioner of the revenue together with one from the Collector of New London , and unite in recommending Joseph Griffin as a suitable person to keep the light house on Faulkner’s island. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir Your most obdt. Servt. RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as...
I arrived here last week, and found much business to do, but principally mere details with which I will not trouble you. A second report has come to hand in relation to the Delaware piers recommending Reedy Island, in lieu of Marcus hook: finding three persons to have been appointed by a law of the State of Delaware superintendents to erect piers at New-castle, I wrote to them for information...
I had the honor to receive your letter of the 6th instt., and have directed the documents therein enclosed to be filed with the other papers relative to the French prize “Peggy.” The enclosed papers will show, however, that the President does not intend that any further payments should be made, out of the Treasury, on account of that vessel; and that, even in case of such payment being made,...
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 received this morning your letter of the 9th instt. on the subject of Morocco & the Barbary powers. The arrangement of the mail between this & Monticello is not favorable, since this answer to your’s of the 9th cannot leave Washington before to morrow evening 17th. This I regret, as time on such occasion is precious. I will write, on the supposition that you have received the account of the...
I enclose herewith the following papers Recommendation for Commisrs. of Bankruptcy at Poukepsie in support of those formerly made by Bailey & Van Cortland Certificate of Mr Nourse showing that Mr Hopkins has charged for two clerks according to law. Whether he has employed only one, your informant should substantiate if it be true. Letters relative to the incapacity of Claud Thomson collector...
I once more return the proposed regulations concerning the Mississipi trade. Nothing can be substituted to the agency of the Consul or Vice Consul at New Orleans: that agency constitutes the essence of the regulations & was always contemplated whilst the bill was framed & discussed: the identity of the article cannot otherways be proven than at the port where the vessel takes her cargo, or...
The Secretary of the Treasury, respectfully represents to the President of the United States, that Joshua Head , collector of customs for the port of Waldoborough (Massachusetts) has failed in rendering his quarterly accounts, none later than those for the quarter ending on the 30th september, last, having been received: nor has he, from that time, rendered any weekly, or other return,...
I have received your letter of the 14th instt., in which you justly correct my transposition of Newbury-port & Marblehead. General Dearborn approves of Tuck’s removal; but as there is no inconvenience in waiting a week longer, & we have been rather unfortunate in selecting individuals who could not or would not accept I have concluded to wait for your answer to this letter before I would send...
I duly received your letter of the 20th & will attend to its contents. I have not had less business to do since I have been in office, & have nothing to communicate. Your answer to my last , & your determination in respect to Barbary I am waiting for, with some anxiety, as, although I am yet well, the weather is intensely hot & bilious complaints begin to appear. Gen. Dearborn left the city...
I leave the office under the care of Mr Nourse, and if I can stand the journey will set off for New York this day, but feel much indisposed. Please to let me know whether you approve the recommendations of Messrs. Langdon & Whipple for officers of the revenue cutter, and in that case to send me their names with which I may fill blank commissions. I have presumed to get a commission for the...
I have been here four days, and have felt the effects of my late stay in Washington: I am now recovered, but lament that the situation of that place should be an impediment to that constant superintendence, which is so essentially necessary in the Treasury department. On the 20th instt., I intend leaving this place with my family, and expect to be at the seat of Government before the end of...
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...
I intend leaving this city this evening & expect to meet you at Washington the last of this month. As I take my family along, we will travel but slowly. I should suppose that your intention to countermand the sailing of the Adams came too late: both ships indeed, were prepared for sea in a much shorter time than could have been expected. Your letter informing of the favorable aspect in the...
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 have the honor to enclose a letter from the collector of Boston, in which he recommends the appointment of an additional mate for the revenue cutter. The present establishment is a master & a mate. From Mr Lincoln recommending the measure, I have no doubt of its propriety and beg leave to submit the same to your consideration. I have the honor to be very respectfully Sir Your obedt. Servt....
I have the honor to enclose the following papers vizt. A letter from the collector of New-York announcing that the keeper of the light house at Sandy hook had resigned, and that he had appointed W. P. Schenck as a temperary keeper Sundry recommendations for the office of light house keeper at Cape Hatteras The resignation of Mr Carey who had been appointed collector at Yorktown, and a...
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...
On reading the enclosed piece in Poulson’s paper, I was induced to answer it, as a similar misrepresentation has already appeared in the Boston centinel; and being on that subject I was led into some discussion of the remission of Callender’s fine. My idea was that Smith should obey the request of “a plain citizen,” by reprinting his piece, and should add as his own remarks the substance of...
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...
I have the honor to enclose a letter from John Young, a mariner, who being sick within the limits of one of those sea-Ports (Middletown Connecticut) in which no hospital has been erected, nor the expence of any monies arising from the hospital Fund, been authorized. Under those circumstances, relief may be granted in special cases, by order of the President . On that account Young’s...
An advertisement for the plan of a marine hospital published in the Boston papers has produced only the within plan . Is it sufficiently perfect to deserve the 50 dollars & ought we to carry it into effect? As to a contract, it must, like those for light houses, be advertised by the Collector at Boston who will transmit to us the proposals. I had had the advertisement for a plan inserted only...
I return D’oyley’s letters : these connected with that I received in June or July last & communicated to you, leave it doubtful whether he is actuated by personal motives or a sense of the general republican interest. His observations on the conduct of the Bank of the United States at Charleston, corroborated by the several applications of the Banks of Pennsylvania & Baltimore deserve...
In answer to your note of this morning, stating that Mr. Edmund Randolph had offered to Mr. Short personal security for the sum due to him, which Mr. Short would not accept, unless it was agreed that it should not prejudice his right against the public; I have the honor to observe that not being sufficiently acquainted with the nature of that transaction, and the Comptroller being now absent,...
I enclose the resignation of the surveyor of the customs at Smithfield, an out post attached to Norfolk. The office is trifling; yet it may be acceptable to some person there who ought to have it. If you have any correspondent in that vicinity who can give information, it will relieve me from the inconvenience of writing to the Collector Mr Davies. With respect & attachment Your obedt. Servt....
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...
I have the honor to enclose the report of Richard L. Green, of the repairs necessary to prevent the further decay of that part of the Gosport marine Hospital which is not now used. The Collector of Norfolk , by whose direction it was prepared, informs that the necessary repairs of that part of the building which is now occupied by the sick Seamen, are nearly completed; and I beg leave to...
I have the honor to enclose a second Report of the Chamber of commerce of Philadelphia, and a letter from the Commissioners appointed by the State of Delaware for the purpose of applying certain monies to the erection of piers near New castle; both of which documents relate to the application of the sums appropriated by the law of last Session, for the repairs and erection of piers in the...
I enclose the report of the persons appointed to survey the sound together with some other papers connected with the same subject, and the rough draught of a letter intended for the Commr. of the revenue, for the purpose of carrying the law into effect — Respectfully Your obt. Servt. RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 14...
The difficulties attending the New Orleans trade & suggested in the enclosed letters, cannot certainly be obviated without a law, nor probably without a special convention on that subject. By the British navigation acts, american produce cannot be imported into Great Britain from a port not of the United States except in British vessels. Mississipi cotton grown within the United States cannot,...
I enclose a letter of Capn. Crowningshield recommending the removal of the Surveyor of Gloucester . The new collector’s (Gibaut) letter making a similar representation was sent to you some days ago. with respect & attachment Your obedt. Servt. The sickness & absence of the principal accounting clerk of this office (Mr Sheldon) has prevented my transmitting the weekly return of Warrants. RC (...
I enclose two recommendations for the office of inspector at Smithfield—it should be “ surveyor ”. I also enclose as a favorable specimen of Mr Kilty’s official abilities , his report on & analysis of the laws concerning stills; a subject so complex that not one officer of the Treasury understood it well, or had any correct ideas of the proper amendments to be introduced in case the law had...
I enclose some recommendations for the appointt. of surveyor at Smithfield near Norfolk. I had, some days ago , transmitted to you two others, but, whether they were for any of the persons now mentioned, I do not recollect— Is it not time to decide what answer shall be given to Mr Steele? I wait to write to him on the subject of closing his official transactions, until I shall have heard in...
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...