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Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Jefferson. The inclosed letter written by his Clerk will, it is hoped, express his wish sufficiently to render it unnecessary to remodel it. As Col. Rochefontane informs him the vessel, by which the letter is intended to be sent, departs tomorrow Morning he will be obliged by its being returned to him with the proper certificate this Evening. RC (...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respectful compliments to The Secretary of the State—requests he will meet the Comms. of the Sinking Fund at ten’o Clock tomorrow forenoon at the house of the Secy. of the Treasury. The V President has been so obliging as to accommodate the place to the indifferent state of Mr. Hamilton’s health. RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Jan. 1793 and...
The following is an extract from a letter of Mr. Short to me, dated Hague November 2. 1792. “I should repeat perhaps what I formerly mentioned to you, that Mr. Jefferson on his departure from Paris left with me bills of exchange to the amount of I think 66,000 . This was destined to a particular object with which You are acquainted. He expected it would be immediately applied and therefore...
The President having required the attendance of the heads of the three departments and of the Attorney general at his house on Monday the 25th. of Feb. 1793. the following questions were proposed and answers given. 1. The Governor of Canada having refused to let us obtain provisions from that province or to pass them along the water communication to the place of treaty with the Indians, and...
Feb. 25. 1793. The President desires the opinions of the heads of the three departments and of the Attorney General on the following question, to wit. Mr. Ternant having applied for money equivalent to three millions of livres to be furnished on account of our debt to France at the request of the Executive of that country, which sum is to be laid out in provisions within the US. to be sent to...
The President communicated to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of War and the Attorney General of the United States, a letter from William S. Smith Esqr. of the 28th. of February past, to the Secretary of the Treasury, with sundry Papers No. I. II. III and IV. relating to a negotiation for changing the form of the debt to France; and required their opinion...
I have the honor of your two notes of yesterday and today , respecting a proposed Meeting of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund . The first came to hand only within a half hour. As you mention, that the Attorney General has informed you, that “ on a conversation with me , it has been found convenient ” that a Meeting should take place—I cannot help inferring, there has been some...
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Jefferson. The warrant for the sum in question will be forwarded to him tomorrow . Mr. J may therefore count on finding the money ready to pay for the bills which he may engage, as early as he pleases tomorrow. RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 31 Mch. 1793 and so recorded in SJL . Hamilton sent the warrant this day rather than tomorrow (...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the Secretary of State, and proposes, if convenient to him, a Meeting of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, on Saturday. The Secretary of State will please to name the hour and place. RC ( DLC ); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Apr. 1793 and so recorded in SJL . For the background, see Hamilton to TJ, 24 Mch. 1793 , and note.
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to the Secy. of State—elects his office as likely to be most convenient to him where Mr. H will accordingly attend tomorrow at 10 OClock. RC ( DLC ); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Apr. 1793 and so recorded in SJL . For the minutes of the ensuing meeting of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, at which TJ registered his continued dissent...
I regret extremely, that I did not receive your letter respecting Mr. Ternant’s application till two oClock yesterday; after a warrant had issued in his favour for the sum requested. Agreeing entirely in opinion with you, that all applications from Diplomatic characters, as well those relating to pecuniary matters as others, ought to be addressed to your Department—I should have taken no step...
I have this moment received your Letter of yesterday. It appears to me, as it does to you, that the position of the Collectors of the Customs will render them the most convenient channel of distribution for the Passports; nor do I perceive, that it can interfere with their other duties. It will be equally agreeable to me, that they be transmitted either directly from your office, or through...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to transmit, for the information of the Secretary of State, the Copy of a letter of the 23rd. of April last from the Collector of the District of Nantucket to the Register of the Treasury. Copies of the declarations on the Registers, therein referred to, are also transmitted. RC ( DLC ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Hamilton; endorsed by TJ as...
A Perhaps the Secretary of State, revising the expression of this member of the sentence, will find terms to express his idea still more clearly and may avoid the use of a word of doubtful propriety “Contraventions” B “but be attentive” C “mere” to be omitted D Considering that this Letter will probably become a matter of publicity to the world is it necessary to be so strong? Would not the...
I have the honor of your note , transmitting the copy of one from Mr. Genet of yesterday. As our laws stand, no transfer of any part of her cargo from one vessel to another within our Ports, can take place ’till after a regular entry and the paying or securing the payment of the duties. You are sensible, Sir, that I have no discretion to dispense with their requisitions. If the wines are be...
The President of the United States having assembled the heads of the respective departments and the attorney General, laid before them for their advice thereon, sundry communications from the Governor of Georgia, and others, relatively to the recent alarming depredations of the creek Indians upon the State of Georgia. Whereupon after the subject was maturely considered and discussed it was...
That an Agent be sent to the Choctaw nation to endeavour secretly to engage them to support the Chickasaws in their present war with the Creeks, giving them for that purpose arms and ammunition sufficient: and that it be kept in view that if we settle our differences amicably with the Creeks, we at the same time mediate effectually the peace of the Chickasaws and Choctaws, so as to rescue the...
It was not till within an hour, that I received your letter of the 1st with the papers accompanying it. I approve all the Drafts of letters, as they stand, except that I have some doubt about the concluding sentence of that on the subject of Henfield. If the facts are (as I presume they are) established—may it not be construed into a wish, that there may be found no law to punish a conduct in...
The Secy. of the Treasury, to whom were referred by the President of the US. sundry documents communicated by the Min. Plenipy. of the Republic of France, respectfully makes the following report thereupon. The object of the communication appears to be to engage the US. to enter into arrangements for discharging the residue of the debt which they owe to France by an anticipated payment of the...
The President concurring with the Preceeding letter , and so signifying to Colo. Hamilton he erased the words ‘Which is humbly submitted’ on the former report , and added on the same paper as follows. If nevertheless the President should be of opinion that reasons ought to be assigned the following seem to [be] the best which the nature of the case will admit, viz. ‘Two modes of reimbursing or...
The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred a Communication from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France, on the subject of the Debts of the United States to France, respectfully makes thereupon the following Report. The object of this communication is to engage the United States to enter into an arrangement for discharging the residue of the debt which they owe to...
The failure of the late enterprize against the United Netherlands may be expected to have made a favorable alteration in regard to the prospects of obtaining loans there for the US. Such an expectation is also countenanced by a late letter from our bankers at Amsterdam, which however as yet gives no certainty, that can be a basis of operation. The existing instructions from the department to...
The Comptroller of the Treasury has reported to me that “On examining the subsisting contracts between the United States and the Government of France and the Farmers General and a comparison thereof with the foreign accounts and documents transmitted to the Treasury the following facts appear. That, previous to the Treaty of February 1778, the sum of Three Millions of livres had been advanced...
June 12. 1793. The President having required the opinions of the heads of the three departments on a letter from Governor Clinton of the 9th. inst. stating that he had taken possession of the sloop Polly, now called the Republican, which was arming, equipping and manning by French and other citizens to cruize against some of the belligerent powers, and desiring to know what further was to be...
The Secretary of the treasury in obedience to the order of the President of the US. of the 6th. inst. respectfully makes the following report. The statement herewith transmitted, marked A. shews in the Credit side thereof, the amount of the fund arising from foreign loans transferred to the US. amounting to 2,965,643.47 D. and, on the Debet side thereof, the amount of the sums which have been...
June 17. 1793 At a meeting of the heads of departments at the President’s this day, on summons from him, a letter from Mr. Genet of the 15th. inst. addressed to the Secretary of state on the subject of the seizure of a vessel by the Govr. of New York as having been armed, equipped and manned in that port with a design to cruize on the enemies of France, was read, as also the draught of an...
June 20. 1793. At a meeting this day of the heads of departments at the President’s on summons from him, a letter from Messrs. Viar and Jaudenes dated June 18. and addressed to the Secretary of state, was read: whereupon it is the opinion that a full detail of the proceedings of the US. with respect to the Southern Indians, and the Spaniards be prepared, and a justification as to the...
I have the honor to inform you that the Collectors have been furnished with all the Sea letters that have been received from Your Department, And that a demand exists at several of the Custom Houses for more. With great respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, your Obedt Servt. RC ( NNP ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Hamilton; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received...
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to the Secretary of State—requests to be informed, if it will be convenient to him to meet the Secretary at War and Mr. H. to day at twelve oClock. If it will, they will be at that hour at Mr. Jefferson’s office. RC ( DLC ); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received 5 July 1793 and so recorded in SJL .
At a meeting at the State house of the city of Philadelphia July 8. 1793. Present the Secretary of state, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary at War. It appears that a brigantine called the Little Sarah has been fitted out at the port of Philadelphia, with fourteen cannon, and all other equipments indicating that she is intended as a Privateer to cruise under the authority of France,...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his Compliments to the Secretary of State. He has signed the Counterpart ; but for the present leaves in the words as a privateer to consider jointly of some substitute the kind of vessel not being wholly indifferent and there being a doubt whether the general words would be descriptive enough. The letter supposed to have been received from the...
July 12. 1793. At a meeting of the heads of the departments at the President’s on summons from him, and on consideration of various representations from the Ministers Plenipotentiary of France and Great Britain on the subject of vessels arming and arriving in our ports, and of prizes it is their opinion that letters be written to the said Ministers informing them that the Executive of the US.,...
I    Do the Treaties between the United States and France give to France or her Citizens a right , when at War with a Power with whom the UStates are at peace, to fit out originally, in and from the Ports of the UStates, vessels armed for War, with or without commission? Agreed x II    If they give such a right Does it extend to all manner of armed vessels or to particular kinds only? If the...
1. Do the treaties between the US. and France give to France or her citizens a right , when at war with a power with whom the US. are at peace, to fit out originally in and from the ports of the US, vessels armed for war, with or without commission? 2. If they give such a right , does it extend to all manner of armed vessels, or to particular kinds only? If the latter, to what kinds does it...
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Jefferson And has the honor of sending him, herewith, the Copies of two letters from the Commissioner of Loans for Virginia on the subject of Mr. Short’s Stock. RC ( DLC : William Short Papers); in a clerk’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received 27 July 1793 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosures: (1) John Hopkins to Hamilton, 29 Apr. 1793, reporting that...
That the Minister of the French Republic be informed that the President considers the UStates as bound pursuant to positive assurances, given in conformity to the laws of neutrality, to effectuate the restoration of, or to make compensation for, prizes which shall have been made of any of the parties at war with France subsequent to the fifth day of June last by privateers fitted out of their...
7637Rules on Neutrality, 3 August 1793 (Jefferson Papers)
1. The original arming and equipping of vessels in the ports of the United States by any of the belligerent parties, for military service offensive or defensive, is deemed unlawful. 2. Equipments of merchant vessels by either of the belligerent parties in the ports of the United States, purely for the accommodation of them as such, is deemed lawful. 3. Equipments in the ports of the United...
At a meeting of the heads of departments and the Attorney general at the Secretary of state’s office Aug. 5. 1793. The case of the Swallow letter of marque at New York, desired to be sent out of our ports, as being a privateer. It is the opinion that there is no ground to make any order on the subject. The Polly or Republican , in the hands of the Marshal at New York, on a charge of having...
The Secretary of the Treasury proposes to the Secretary of State a Meeting of the Trustees of the Sinking Fund at the Office of the Secy. of State the day after tomorrow twelve oClock. If convenient to him he will please to give notice accordingly to The Atty. General. If the Sy. of the Treasury hears nothing to the contrary he will attend of course. RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 13...
I Discussion of the points in controversy I fitting out privateers—1 as it stands on the general law of Nations—2 upon the Treaties Right of […] { ☞ Inlistment of our Citizens as connected with it with reference to his observations. II Exercise of consular Jurisdiction— I as it stands on general law of Nations II Upon treaties III Upon the principles of France herself—see
At meetings of the heads of departments and the Attorney General at the President’s on the 1st. and 2d. of Aug. 1793. On a review of the whole of Mr. Genet’s correspondence and conduct, it was unanimously agreed that a letter should be written to the Minister of the US. at Paris, stating the same to him, resuming the points of difference which had arisen between the government of the US. and...
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Jefferson informs him that he has abandonned the intention of sending Mr. Little on being satisfied that the business may as well be confided to the Capt. of the Sloop. The Sloops name is the Hannah. The Capts. William Culver. The letter for our Consul at Havre is all that is now wanting to complete. RC ( DLC ); partially dated; with apparently...
At a meeting of the Heads of departments and Attorney General at the President’s on the 31st. day of Aug. 1793. A letter from Mr. Gore to Mr. Lear dated Boston Aug. 24. was read, stating that the Roland, a privateer fitted out at Boston and furnished with a commission under the government of France, had sent a prize into that port, which being arrested by the Marshal of the district by process...
At sundry meetings of the heads of departments and Attorney General from the 1st. to the 21st. of Nov. 1793. at the President’s several matters were agreed upon as stated in the following letters from the Secretary of state. To wit: Nov. 8. Circular letter to the representatives of France, Gr. Brit. Spain and the U. Netherlands, fixing provisorily the extent of our jurisdiction into the sea at...
I have taken the opinion of the Attorney General on the case of the St. Domingo vessels, mentioned in your letter of the 2d. of September last, which confirms that which I had before entertained, and on further reflection continue to entertain … namely that those vessels do not fall within the meaning of the 38th. Section of the collection Law respecting vessels that put into our Ports from...
At a meeting of the heads of departments and Atty. Genl. at the President’s on the 7th. of Dec. 1793. Mr. Genet’s letter of Dec. 3. questioning the right of requiring the address of Consular commissions to the President was read. It is the opinion that the address may be either to the US. or to the President of the US. but that one of these shoud be insisted on. A letter from James King was...
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Jefferson. He has a confused recollection that there was something agreed upon with regard to prizes about which he was to write to the Collectors but which his state of his health at the time put out of his recollection. If Mr. Jefferson recollects it Mr. H. will thank him for information. RC ( DLC ); addressed: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed...
I am to acknowledge the receipt of an extract of a letter from you to Mr. Hammond of the 5th. of September 1793. As a preliminary however to the Instructions to be given to the Collectors , it will be necessary that you inform me, whether Mr. Hammond has assented to the proposed arrangement as well as the number and names of the prizes that come within the description. I have the Honor to be...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his Respects to The Secretary of State requests he will favour him with copies of all his communications to Mr. Genet in answer to applications concerning the Debt. They will be necessary to complete a Report on his last —Mr. Hamilton having acted from his knowlege of them in some instances without having them before him. RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as...
Treasury Department, 12 May 1792 . Requests that the patent for 214,285 acres, when sealed and recorded, “be delivered to the bearer The Rev. Mr. Cutler.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ). For further information about the patent, see Syrett, Hamilton Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton , New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. , XI, 379–80, 397n.