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Letter not found. 2 July 1802. Mentioned in Daniel Brent to Willard, 21 July 1802 (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14), as a request to be furnished with a set of the laws of the U.S. Brent replied that JM had directed him to point out that a congressional resolution of 3 Mar. 1797 required the marshal’s predecessor to hand over any and all materials he had received from the State Department.
By a letter from Mr Israel Smith received on the 7th inst I understand that complaint has been made to the President of the United States by Amasa Paine & Cephas Smith that I had officiated in the office of Marshal without giving bond, as the Law requires—being unacquainted with the particulars it will at present be out of my power to reply to the charges exhibited against me, in the mean time...
In my letter of the 9th. of May last I expressed a hope that violence would not be used in opposition to the Embargo laws. I grounded that opinion on the belief that the Collector was authorized to take possession of the rafts before they approached the lines. Had that opinion been correct the Collector might have seized the rafts & thereby prevented all the Subsequent mischief but Gentlemen...