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The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor most respectfully to transmit to the President of the United States, a letter from James Read Collector of Wilmington, dated the 7th of January 1797—recommending Joseph Burch to be first Mate, Robert Dorsey to be second Mate, and William Snell to be third Mate of the Revenue Cutter on the North Carolina Station.— It is the opinion of the Secretary,...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully transmits to the President of the United States, a communication from the Commissioner of the Revenue, covering two Letters to him & from the Collector of Providence on the subject of a proposal made to the said Collector for fixing & maintaining the stakes and Buoys in Providence River. It is the opinion of the Secretary, that it is adviseable to...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honour to transmit to the President of the United States a Copy of a Letter to the Comr. of the Revenue dated the 27th. of June 1796, which states the principles of a compromise proposed to the Distillers of Spirits in Kentucky— CtHi : Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Papers.
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully transmits to the President of the United States, a Letter from the Commissioner of the Revenue dated the 20th. instant covering a proposal made by a Theodore Lincoln for building a Light House upon Cape Cod in the State of Massachusetts. It is the opinion of the Secretary, that all circumstances considered, it will be for the Interest of the United...
I have recd. your Letter of March 30th. and I consider it as a great acquisition. It developes the origin of a circumstance which came to my knowledge at the close of the last session which filled my mind with inexpressible surprize. To you I will say but in the most perfect confidence that the President had determined on instituting a Commission, but it would not have been composed as you now...
The Secy of the Treasury respectfully reports to the President of the United States. That in the month of September 1796, it was discovered by the Secretary, that some important errors existed in the accounts of John Lamb Collector of the Customs for the District of New York, in consequence of which, the Letter dated Sept. 14th. was written from this Department, of which a Copy is herewith...
I thank you for your Letter of April 5th. & enclose Mr. Kings Letter. I presume that the British Comrs. under the 6th. Article (for Debts) will contend for a similar construction respecting cases determined in our Courts. Is there any ground on which the principle can be opposed? Are we to consider the British Credit as at an end, if so what effects, will it probably produce here? Your further...
[ Philadelphia, April 13, 1797. On April 22, 1797, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott and referred to “your letter of the 13th instant.” Letter not found. ] Printed in this volume.
I intended to have availed myself before this time of the permission you was pleased to give me, at a moment which I shall never forget; but indisposition & an uncommon pressure of business have prevented. The last accounts from France mention that General Pinckney had gone to Amsterdam in consequence of orders from the Directory. The treatment he recd was rude and insolent in the highest...
The Secretary of the Treasury in obedience to the command of the President of the United States, respectfully reports his opinion on the following questions. 1st. Whether the refusal to receive Mr. Pinckney, and the rude orders to quit Paris and the Territory of the Republic with such circumstances of indignity, insult & hostility as we have been informed of, are bars to all further measures...
I embrace the earliest opportunity to transmit a Copy of the documents refered to in the Presidents Speech. We hear nothing further that is interesting. It is remarkable that all the foreign Nations with whom we have public intercource bring forward their claims for Gratitude, even the Spaniard contends for his Share. With perfect respect & attachment I remain Dear Sir, your obedt servt ALS ,...
I have had the pleasure to receive your favour of May 15th—and while I rejoice that you enjoy that repose & tranquillity so richly earned by a life of services and benefits for mankind, the reflection, that he who so long directed public opinion, and whose council at this time would possess and deserve universal confidence, is a private Citizen, encites mixed emotions, which I am unable to...
The Secretary of the Treasury in obedience to the direction of the President of the United States respectfully makes the following Report; That the Letter of Governor Mifflin to the President of the United States dated the 12th Instant contains the following requests. – 1st. That the President would direct the American Ministers in Europe to use their influence to obtain permissions from the...
I have the pleasure to acknowledge your favour by the Alexandria mail of May 26th. On applying to the Bank of Pensylvania I was told that no monies had been lodged on your account, by Colo. Shreve or any other person—on shewing your Letter to Mr James Ross, he paid me on account of Colo. Ritchie 3409 20/100 Dollars which I now remit in four Treasury drafts on Mr Fitzgerald endorsed in your...
[ Philadelphia, June 6, 1797. On June 8, 1797, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott : “I have received your two letters of the 6th and 7.” Letter of June 6 not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, June 7, 1797. On June 8, 1797, Hamilton wrote to Wolcott : “I have received your two letters of the 6th and 7.” Letter of June 7 not found. ]
Mr Ross was out of town when I recd your favour of the 7th instant otherwise I should have immediatly answered it—I have delivered to him, your Receipt. On enquiring at the Bank of Pensylvania this day, I find that no money has been deposited there on your account. Mr Ross says he will receive & prosecute Colo. Shreve’s bond, if you desire it. We have not much other news than appears in the...
The Secretary of the Treasury, has the honor of transmitting to the President of the United States, an authenticated copy of an Official Settlement at the Treasury, of his account as Vice President, accompanied with a Warrant on the Treasurer for the balance found due to him thereon, being one hundred and three Dollars & thirty Cents. MHi : Adams Papers.
I inclose you the pamphlet. You will see that the subject is but partially represented with a design to establish an opinion that you was concerned in speculations in the public funds. As my name is mentioned I have been repeatedly called on for explanations. What I have said is substantially as follows. That I was informed at the time, of the whole transaction, & that though Munroe...
I send you the residue of the pamph[l]et. I am astonished at the villany of Munroe—a more base, false, & malignant suggestion than is contained in his Note of Jany 2d 1793. was never uttered. I am yrs ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Wolcott to H, July 3, 1797 . Wolcott enclosed pamphlet No. VI by James Thomson Callender....
I have recd. your Letter with the enclosures. By what I last sent you, you will see the perfidy of at least Munroe. I will attend to your request as soon as possible, but all my time this day will be taken up, and perhaps tomorrow. yrs. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Wolcott to H, July 3, 1797 . Letter not found. The...
I have recd your Letter of the third instant no monies have been deposited by Colo. Shreve, I shall accordingly transmit your Letter to Mr Ross; he went out of Town unexpectedly. I hear that my fathers health is declining, and shall set out for Connecticut to morrow. We have no news—Genl Marshall will sail this week. I am ever with perfect deference your obedt servt ALS , DLC:GW ; copy, CtHi :...
I arrived here on Friday evening from Litchfield where I had been detained much longer than I expected, having left my father & brother, as I presume, in a fair way of recovery from Sickness. I have recd. two Letters, soliciting appointments, which I deem it my duty to transmit for consideration. Mr. Borland was recommended as a Candidate for an Inspectorship at the time a vancancy happened by...
I have the honour to acknowledge your Letter of the 4th. instant—The dispersed situation of the Offices prevented me from knowing when I wrote last, that Mr. Storer had been appointed Inspector; though his qualifications are not known to me personally, yet as they known to the President, I cannot entertain a doubt that the Office is properly filled. Mr. Hopkinson will be perfectly satisfied as...
I arrived here on Sunday evening, to which place the Treasury offices had been removed. The state of the City is much more unpleasant than I expected to find it; business is nearly suspended; about fifteen hundred houses are entirely deserted, and more than half of the people have left the City—The mortality has not & I believe will not be great, as the danger of contagion will be generally...
I have been honoured with your favour of the 15th. instant. The enclosed papers relative to the Collectorship of Norfolk confirm the Presidents preference of Otway Byrd. I shall therefore consider the appointment as settled in his favour. Doct. Rushs pretensions founded on public services & celebrity of character are certainly superiour to any of the Candidates who have been named. I do not...
I arrived home on Saturday evening with my family;—I did not arrive at New York so soon as was expected by one day, this rendered it impossible for me to pay my respects to the President without being detained on the Road till this week, which would have been very inconvenient, I am desired by Genl. McPherson to inform the President that the Troops of the City & vicinity are desirous of...
I have had the honour to recieve your favour of the 12th instant, and congratulate you on your safe arrival so near the Seat of Government. To prevent the possibility of risque in remitting you the sum of Two thousand Dollars, I inclose a Letter to Mr. Sands who will pay that sum to your order. The sickness is unquestionably diminishing in the City: its operation is the same as in 1793 in one...
I have according to the Presidents desire continued to observe the progress of the sickness in Philadelphia.—I have been several times at my own House in Spruce Street & through all the central parts of the City—the panick has subsided, and all agree that the disorder is almost entirely confined to Southwark—The effect of the weather is uniform: cool weather & frosts are unfavourable to the...
I have the honour of acknowledging the rect. of your favour of Oct. 20th.— What I have written respecting the state of the City has been my most sincere belief. I have fullfilled what I supposed to be the Presidents wish, by seeking for information of the most authentic kind—In proof that my opinion is not a singular one, I take the liberty to mention that the Custom House business is expected...
I feel a sincere pleasure in representing to the President, that the Citizens are returning to their Homes;—the City resumes its usual appearance, & by the beginning of the next Week I believe most of the Houses will be opened, as usual. I hope to have the pleasure of paying my respects to yourself and family, some day the next Week. No news of much importance has been recd. by the William...
After a painful & inconvenient dispersion the public Officers have returned to this City & resumed business; Congress has at length formed; the Presidents speech at the opening of the Session is inclosed. It is certain that the Envoys have reached Paris; the report that they have been refered to Fauchet & Adet is not confirmed; though by many it is considered as probable. A Mr Barker, offered...
[ Philadelphia, December 10, 1797. Wolcott endorsed the letter Hamilton wrote to him on November 20, 1797 : “ansd. Decr. 10.” Letter not found. ]
The Secretary of the Treasury in obedience to the command of the President of the United States respectfully submits the following Report upon the letter of the Secretary of War dated November 22d: 1797, and the papers accompanying the same. The principal question may be stated in either of the following modes. First—What are the powers and duties of the Accountant to the Department of War?...
I have the honour to transmit herewith, a Report on the Petition of William Imlay Commissioner of Loans for the State of Connecticut, which was refered to me by order of the Senate on the 5th. instant. I have the honour to be very respectfully Sir Your obedient Servant RC ( DNA : RG 46, Senate Records, 5th Cong., 2d. sess.); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Wolcott; at foot of text: “The Honble....
An apology is due for the long delay on my part in replying to your favour of Decr 17th—Mr Barker on the second application informed me that the 500 Dolls. had been placed in Bank to the Credit of Mr Ross, who was not in town—Mr Ross has just arrived & from him I have recd 1961 30/100 which I enclose in a draft on Alexandria—Mr Ross desires a rect. No dispatches have been recd from France the...
I have recd your favour of the 22d instant and feel much chagrin that I did not reply to your private Note: the fact is, that I destroyed it, after perusal & forgot the contents at the time I wrote: Mr Biddies Credit is as good as it has ever been; the misfortunes of the times have rendered his business more profitable than usual—he is understood to possess a handsome property. No Letters have...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully repo rts to the President of the United States. That on the 28th. of August 1797, the inclosed Return was recd. by the Secy. by which it appears that the sum of seven thousand four hundred & seventy eight Dollars & fifty nine Cents, of public money remained in the hands of Joshua Wentworth Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of New Hamshire on...
The Secretary of the Treasy respectfully reports to the President of the U. States. That the Legislature of North Carolina having in the month of Decer. last, renewed their Cession of the jurisdiction of four Acres of Land on Cape Hatteras for the erection & accomodation of a Light House and little difficulty being apprehended about the purchase of the private right of Soil any where near that...
I have recd. a Letter from Mr. Josiah Meigs one of the Professors of Yale College, informing me that he has been offered one half of the establishment of the Daily Advertizer published in your City, which it is proposed should be edited & conducted jointly by Mr. Meigs & Mr. Morten the present Proprietor. To enable Mr. Meigs to accept the proposal it will however be necessary for him to...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully transmits to the President a Warrant for Three thousand Dollars, and requests that the President would be pleased to sign the Recd. on the back of the Warrant, in lieu of that signed by Cotton Tufts Esqr. for an equal amount paid by Genl. Lincoln, which it is proposed to leave in the Presidents hands. MHi : Adams Papers.
I have just recd a Letter for you from General Putnam which he put under cover to me in answer to one transmitted by the request of Mr McHenry. Dispatches have been recd from the Envoys but the contents are yet but partially known; it is certain that no progress towards an accomodation has been made, & not a hope of success exists while the present men, shall continue at the helm of...
The Secy of the Treasy respectfully submits to the Prest. of the US. the following Report. On the 19th of August 1796 information was recd. by the Secretary, by a Letter dated July 26th 1796, from James Read Collector for the District of Wilmington in North Carolina that a French Privateer had arrived at Wilmington on the 14th. of July with two British Prizes with valuable Cargoes, consisting...
I recd your note and delivered the enclosure to Fenno who will publish it with its Successors. I hope it will do good, for if the Country cannot be roused from the Lethargy into which it fell in consequence of the miserable conduct of Congress last Summer, the Government will not in one year be worth defending. The papers relative to the Negotiation which has been attempted with France have...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honour to represent to the President of the United States. 1st. That Theophile Cazenova has on behalf of Robert Morris Esqr. vested and transfered in the Books of the Bank of the United States Two hundred & five Shares of the Capital Stock of the said Bank which shares stand in the name of The President of the United States for the time being in trust &...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully represents to the President of the United States. That Adams Babcock of Boston has proposed to import at his own risque and expence Five hundred, or Two hundred and fifty Tons of salt Petre from India, upon condition, that the United States will agree to receive it at Sixteen Cents per pound. That the terms are thought by the Purveyor to be...
You may render great service by corresponding occasionally with your acquaintances in Congress, prompting them to vigorous measures, & dispelling whims & hysterics. Mr. Lawrence & Mr. Bingham have frequently created much embarrassment—The former is now firm—the latter troublesome —both want stimulants occasionally. No person here can say anything to them with advantage. Congress appears to be...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully reports, to the President of the United States. That it appears from the enclosed letter of Henry Miller Esquire, Supervisor for the District of Pennsylvania dated June 18th and the letter of William Nichols Inspector of the Revenue for the first survey of the said District, dated the 27th of June instant, that the said William Nichols has misapplied...
Before I recd. your favour of the 6th. instant I had a plain conversation with Mr. McHenry and represented the necessity of having you called into service. It is unnecessary to repeat arguments—you must know their nature. The Presidents permission has been applied for by Mr. McHenry as I presumed —since his illness Colo. Pickering has reinforced the request. You must my friend come on with the...
Among various applications for appointments connected with the Army is one from Mr. Fishburne Wharton a young Gentleman of this City, which I take the liberty to recommend to your consideration. Mr. Wharton belongs to a very respectable family of the Society of Friends—he is a Son of the late President Wharton—he is amiable virtuous & intelligent—his education has been good and in my opinion...