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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...
The Secretary of the Treasury, respectfully submits to the President the following Facts and Observations on the subject of the Laws, providing for the Collection of internal Revenues .— By the existing Regulations, the United States are, for the purpose of collecting internal Revenues, divided into sixteen Districts, each State forming one District, with the Exception of the District of Ohio,...
I have the honor to enclose a statement of the monies collected on account of the marine hospitals from when the law began to operate to the 31st of March 1801, showing also the disbursements made for the relief of sick seamen during the same period by the Agents appointed for that purpose, & the unexpended balances remaining on the last mentioned day in hands of said Agents or of the...
I enclose the hospital money statement which ought to have accompanied my letter of this morning, and add a letter, on the subject of repairs of Gosport hospital, received from the Collector of Norfolk who acts as Agent. I really do not know out of what fund the repairs can be paid. I forgot to mention that a blank commission will be wanted for Inspector of the internal revenues for the Survey...
The enclosed was delivered to me open this evening by Colo. Burr. It encloses an open letter for Mr Madison ; but the whole in fact is designed for you. I had not heard that Mr Lewis the new Marshal had offered to resign. If it is thought proper that he should & he has not offered to do it, I will, if you approve of it, write to Doctor Vaughan, on the grounds of public utility, advising that...
I enclose a letter this day received from St. Th. Mason in relation to South Carolina politics. My impression had been, on that subject, altogether different from yours, as I thought I had understood it from Mr Pinckney that immediate changes were necessary, whilst you conceived them improper for near two years. I concluded that I had been mistaken; but this letter again revives my suspicion...
I have the honor to transmit sundry papers in relation to David Hopkins imprisoned at the suit of United States for non-payment of a penalty. and a copy of my letter on that subject to Mr. Freneau who transmitted them. As he has mistaken the proper tribunal to whom he should have applied, & no relief can be obtained unless it be by a pardon, the papers are submitted to your consideration. It...
I have the honor to enclose the following papers vizt. 1st. Extract of a letter from the Collector of Sag harbour Long Island on the application of hospital money. The same complaints have occasionally been made by other collectors in those small ports from whence the money has heretofore been drawn to the principal port. It might be a good rule to permit the Collectors of those small ports to...
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...
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Commissioner of the revenue accompanying proposals for erecting a light house on Falkner’s Island. There are two applicants , Mr Woodward of Connecticut & Mr M’Comb of New York. For the reasons stated in the Commissioner’s & Gen. Huntingdon’s letters, the first named gentleman seems to merit the preference. By the Act of 3d March last, the...
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...
Your favor of the 7th instt. was received on the 11th, the day after the mail had closed. It arrives here on Tuesday, departs on Monday. You may answer by same mail, but cannot receive answers in less than fortnight. You will receive enclosed, as usual, the list of Warrants; & I also enclose a letter from Mr Doyley & one from W. Jones member of Congress for Philada. The first letter is not...
I am this moment favored with your letter of the 14th instt. & although I have little to add to mine of yesterday, will send a few lines by Doctr. Bache. I saw Clay last night; he spoke to me for the first time about office; I threw some general hints about Consulship; but he at once told me that he was not fond of commercial pursuits without which a place of Consul could not be accepted;...
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...
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...
My child continuing very unwell , I sent him with Miss Nicholson about 16 miles out of town, mean to go there this evening, perhaps will take them as far as Frederick town & may not be back till Tuesday—therefore write a few lines to day. Enclosed you will find the list of Warrants, copy of a late circular to the collectors, application from E. Sproat late inspector to be supervisor of N. West...
I duly received your favor of the 28th ulto.—In the case of the intended successor of Gen. White as surveyor at Brunswick, I applied to the printer S. H. Smith who married there, & who after ten days deliberation, told me that he had in vain tried to find a republican there fitted for the office, but mentioned the name of John Nelson as a very respectable & moderate federal character there. If...
This will be handed by Mr M. L. Davies of New York, the candidate for the naval office. I used my endeavours to prevent his proceeding to Monticello; but he had left New York with that intention & is not easily diverted from his purpose. The reason he gives for his anxiety is that, immediately after the adjournt. of Congress, E. Livingston & others mentioned to him that a positive arrangement...
In relation to Gardner and Campbell formerly clerks in the Auditor’s office, their case is not similar. Gardner voluntarily resigned about a year ago. As to Campbell, the Auditor states that when the public offices were about to be removed, the clerks, and he among the number, were supplied with an advance of money to defray their expenses to Washington ; that Campbell remained behind without...
I have nothing new to communicate; expecting to see you in a few days, and being much engaged this day, I only enclose the list of Warrants & two letters, one from Mr Dent applying for the Treasurer’s office, & one from Doctr. Bache, to which last I am at a loss how to answer. Mr Habersham seems embittered and determined not to accept the office of Treasurer. I can go on with the routine of...
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 Secretary of the Treasury wishes to know where the Commrs., appointed to decide on the claims under judge Symme’s purchase, reside, in order to send the commisions. There is no time to be lost. A pardon has already been signed in favor of Hopkins & transmitted to Mr P. Freneau. The situation of the revenue district of Massac renders an appointment necessary. The resignation of Mr Irwin...
It is requested by Mr Hancock , if not impracticable, that he should obtain this afternoon the intended letter for the Collector of Philada. in relation to prize vessel “Harmony.” At all events he wishes for an answer before he leaves the city. The messenger of the Secry. of the Treasury is directed to call at six o’Clock this afternoon for the President’s answer which he will bring to his...
The enclosed letter from Mr Dallas, received this morning, showeth that the Brit. Consul has not agreed to the restoration in the case of the prize vessel “Harmony.” The instructions sent yesterday to the Collector do not, however, seem to require any alteration. Mr D. seems to have supposed that, had the capture been made before the exchange of ratifications, a restoration might have been...
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 applications for the office of collector of customs at Wilmington. The office is worth at least 2000 dollars nett. Colo. Read the former collector, recommended by Macon, Tatom & Robt. Williams, cannot be appointed. He was not removed on account of his politics, but dismissed for remissness in official duties upon an official report of the Secy. of the Treasury. He was removed in...
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....
Enclosed is a letter of Mr Macon, & one from Mr Steele to whom I had communicated Mr Macon’s, requesting his opinion as to any inconvenience which might arise from a postponement of the appointment of collector for Wilmington. Should you think this the most eligible mode, measures will be taken in conformity with Mr Steele’s opinion. I am still confined at home, more, however, from caution...
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...
The Commr. of Loans Georgia is dead and Mr Millege recommends a Mr Alger for successor . Shall Mr Peter Bowdoin be made Collector for Cherry Stone? Mr Lee of Norfolk says that he is a violent federal partizan & that a republican may be obtained. But it is necessary that an appointment should take place before the meeting of Congress. Respectfully your obt. Servt RC ( DLC ); at foot of text:...
Enclosed you will find the letters received by last mail. ( one excepted from Survr. gen. on which I have not yet formed an opinion ) I would suggest the propriety of my not sending those which require certain previous enquiries, such as those of Th. Worthington, E. Boudinot, J. Ingersol, until after the enquiries have been made and an opinion formed, when the whole subject may be laid before...
Of the letters which accompany this, I request your attention to that which relates to the mint. I presume that those endorsed “no answer” and generally those on which it is not necessary to act need not be sent to you, unless they contain useful information. There is another description on which the decisions are uniform vizt. applications for monies due & for which an appropriation does...
Will you look at Mr Ingersoll’s acct. & letters? It was objected to by this Departt. as being too high; but the point to which I request your attention is this. Does it not seem as if Mr Ingersol in concert with Mr Dallas dist. atty. acting under your positive instructions, had abandoned the senatorial prosecution against Duane under the sedition law, because you thought this unconstitutional...
Mr Nourse acts, & has for ten years acted, as agent for the disbursements of this department for contingent expences amounting during that period to about 100,000 dollars. On settlement of his accounts there is a deficiency of 202 dollars, arising either from some expence not entered, or for which he had neglected to take a voucher, or from some voucher lost. He thinks it hard, as this was a...
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 some hasty remarks on the message— The incorrectness of the documents of exports of foreign articles compels me after much labour to abandon the plan on which I had intended to calculate the impost and, as the next best, I will prepare one in the following form which rests on documents on which we may depend, being those of duties & drawbacks actually paid. For each of the ten years...
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...
Outlines &a. 1. Specific appropriations—for each object of a distinct nature, and one to embrace for each department all contingencies including therein every discretionary expenditure 2. Each appropriation to refer to a calendar year, & the surplus remaining unexpended after having satisfied the demands on the appropriation from that year, to be carried to the surplus fund; that is to say, to...
Enclosed are the letters by this mail. The application of A. Bell, at all events, comes too late; the new collector Mr Marsh might have been informed, when appointed, that he must consider Mr Bell’s removal as a resignation and claim only one half of the commission on uncollected outstanding duties; but he appears to me to have now acquired a legal right to the whole commission. The case of Mr...
Both are of a trifling nature; the objection to both is that a salary officer ought not to receive any compensation but his salary; the whole of his time being supposed to belong to the public. On the other hand the services are not such as, by law , could be considered as the Treasurer’s official duty—Another objection lies against the claim for commissions on the Indian annuity arising from...
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...
Please to read the enclosed letter from the collector of Nottingham (about 30 miles from this) and the intended answer. His servant waits & informs me verbally that a number of arms were, (since writing the letter) found on board. The Collector ought to have acted instead of writing for instructions. But it is necessary to dispatch immediately his messenger. If you think any alteration in the...
In relation to the within papers, it is proposed to transmit those concerning Latimer to Mr Dallas, with request that he should make a private enquiry into the facts & give this Depart. his opinion as to the Legality or illegality of the Collector’s conduct. From his report we will be able to judge whether the subject deserves consideration. With respect to Jordan , it is proposed to write to...
Bills discd. & bills of exchange 13,640,582 Due by Banks # 804,690  "   "   Govt.   temporary 2,940,000 } 6,030,756 funded debt 3,090,756 Specie #  5,246,863 25,722,891 Bank notes in circulation 5,081,713 Deposited vizt. by Government 4,111,218
I had yesterday enclosed a rough draft of a letter to the Collector of New York in relation to the erection of the beacon at Sandy hook—You have returned it without remarks. Yet it is a delicate subject & I would wish to have your opinion on the propriety of the act. For that purpose it is returned together with a draft of the letter to the Govr. of N. Jersey to which I also request your...
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...
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...