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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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I have not been at the office these three days, having found that I would be less interrupted here than there in finishing & correcting statements &a.—Mr. Jones writes me that you had requested by your Secretary to be furnished this forenoon with copies of the papers preparing to be submitted to Congress. Exclusively of five distinct reports on tonnage, exports, and importations which by...
I send the statements which are to accompany the report , (one excepted which is not yet transcribed, but a rough & incorrect draught of which I enclose in this letter) The object of the report is to show the probable revenues & expenditures on an average of eight years 1802–1809 The permanent revenues are stated to be impost, int. revenues, lands, & postage, (besides incidental vizt fines...
The enclosed requires but little comment. Why Mr Beckley did not divide the printing between Mr Duane & Mr Smith I do not know; but I am sure that most of our friends are so chagrined at it, that they speak of altering the rules of the house, so as to have the printer appointed by the House & not by the clerk. Mr Smith came here before the fate of the election was ascertained & at a risk. He...
Did you read the long report in A. M’Clene’s case , which I had sent to you & which you returned? It appears to me that the whole amounts to this—that the Bargemen have repeatedly been employed in levelling the wharf of the Collector—but, that it does not appear, that they were ever so employed to the detriment of the public business—If so, it should seem that there is not sufficient cause of...
I enclose Mr Gerry’s letter—There was, in my opinion, but one way in which he might have saved his brother , and that was to have at once paid the deficiency for which he is, at all events, ultimately responsible as security. I had seen the attack as to over drawing Heth , & had ascribed it to himself. His vanity is such that he cannot believe that it was his own fault in not making his return...
The Secretary of State has sent me the list of officers named during the recess of Senate, and now to be nominated to them, among these are Josiah Hook Inspector for Penobscot as well as Collector Jonas Clark Inspector for Kennebunk M. E. Chisman Inspector for Hampton as well as Collector. Thos. Worthington Inspector of N.W. district John Oakley. Inspector as well as Collector of George town...
No letter directed to me is opened by the Clerks , unless they are endorsed with the words “Custom house,” which designates the species of letters called public , meaning thereby the weekly or monthly returns— All the persons nominated as inspectors are, Thomas Worthington excepted, officers of the external revenues appointed in relation to certificates for spirits, teas & wines. His...
Is it not necessary that you should communicate to Congress the “Order” abolishing the offices of inspectors & erecting the Country North of the Ohio into a separate district? and suggest the necessity of providing by law for the compensation of the Supervisor of that district? The law authorized the erection of new districts , but has made no provision for the compensation of new Supervisors....
I enclose the general outlines of the list of public officers. The paper which wraps up the others is the general sketch of the whole under its proper heads. The three Schedules B. C. D are the sketches of the returns which should be filled by the three departments of State, War & Navy—The Schedule A. which relates to the civil department, being very long to transcribe & to be filled by...
  General Sketch of officers of Government First class— Paid out of monies which have come in the Treasury Second class— Collectors of public monies paid out of collection money First Class — Second Class The Secretary of the Treasury will furnish the whole of the Second class— Postage excepted, and the Civil department of first class The IId Item of First Class vizt. Int. with for. nations to...
The late Doctor Jackson of Philadelphia had formerly supplied the army with medicines. The business was very suddenly taken from him, on account solely of his politics, not by Mr Hamilton as his widow believes, but by Tench Francis purv. of supplies & by order of Mr McHenry—He had on hand, & received immediately after a large quantity of medicines imported for that sole purpose, a great part...
If you wish to avoid the formality of a message in relation to the Supervisor North West of the Ohio, I may write the enclosed letter to the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means . Please to return it, if you approve that mode. But if you think it better to make the communication by message, you may make one out of the letter, as this contains all the necessary facts. Respectfully Your...
Will you look at the enclosed letters & remarks of the Comptroller in E. Randolph’s case. I think it is best to take no steps in relation to the commissions for testimony abroad. But the conduct of the Court, through the whole of this business has been very extraordinary. Respectfully Your obt. Servt. RC ( DLC ); address clipped: “President [of] the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received...
The Commissrs. of the City, without consulting any person on the subject, have offered, to the Legislature of the State of Maryland , six per cent stock in payment of the loan guaranteed by Congress, upon a presumption that that arrangement would be convenient to the U. States. As the first instalment of that loan becomes due only on the 1st Jany. 1804, there was no necessity of bringing the...
From a view of your message , it seems to me that I ought neither to apply to the Commissers. for information, nor give any opinion on the propriety of suspending the sale of the lots; but that my report to the H. of R. should be confined to a short recapitulation of the acts now in force, & to an opinion on the question whether it will be most eligible, in case Congress shall suspend the sale...
The within is written by the republican Senator & Members of Assembly in Pennsylvania from that County which includes Presquile & Allegheny. Foster is one of the two only officers of customs who has not rendered his accounts for 1800 & is not removed. RC ( DNA : RG 59 , LAR ); undated; address sheet torn; addressed: “The Presi[dent]”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on...
I transmitted to you two days ago, under same cover correspondence in case of E. Randolph, and a letter to the Chairman of the Commee. of Ways & Means in relation to certain appropriations with some papers relative thereto. The last is wanted, and neither has been returned Respectfully Your obt. Servt. RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as...
The papers which accompany this contain all the documents & the whole information which I can obtain in this department on the subject of the Barbary powers. The rough draft of the letter to the Secretary of State, & the general sketch marked (AA) exhibit the substance of the whole. As soon as the papers are returned they may be transmitted officially to the Depart. of State, as the letter to...
I enclose E. Burroughs’s proposals for two of the Chesapeak light houses. From every information, it is not probable that any other person will offer, and it is very desirable that we should, by availing ourselves of his proposals, secure the work being done next summer. The only objection in the way is want of cession on the part of Virginia , but there is no doubt of its having been, or...
From the present situation of Mr Duane’s account, as stated in the enclosed, and considering that the stamp act will most probably be repealed, leaving on our hands a large quantity of Surplus useless paper; it seems that it would be unjustifiable to extend the contract beyond the 400 thd. sheets already engaged, and that the advance which he may claim in relation to his existing contract does...
I have the honor to enclose the list of the several officers of Government with their salaries or emoluments as compiled in this or received from the other Departments, and arranged in the following manner. They may be considered as forming two general classes: One consists of all those who are employed in the collection of the public revenue and receive their compensations by deducting the...
I have the Honor to enclose two Statements in relation to the marine Hospitals .— The Statement A exhibits the balances remaining unexpended in the hands of the several Collectors and Agents on the 30th. September last, or on the last day to which Returns have been receiv’d.— The Statement B exhibits the total Amount receiv’d in each State, and expended by each Hospital from the Commencement...
the inclosed case is entirely unintelligible to me. can you make any thing of it? [ Reply by Gallatin :] Nicholas Reib is an old German who has tormented Congress & more particularly the Pennsylvania delegation for several years with his claim. It has been repeatedly rejected. If an answer is thought necessary, it will be sufficient to tell him that the Executive has no power in that case &...
Are the within terms admissible? [ Reply by Gallatin :] The 1st, 2d & 4th are either in pursuance of, or, not inconsistent with the law, excepting only the words “all other documents belonging to the land department;” the Surveyor general superintends the surveying department, & has nothing to do with the sales of the lands, these being under the superintendence of the several registers, who...
I have the honor to transmit the official statement of the contingent fund in the usual form. In order that it may be fully understood, I will add that the sums appropriated to discharge the contingent expences of Government amounted on the 1st of January 1801 to Drs. 19,950; that the fund received an accession during the course of the year 1801 of Drs. 961 & 80 cents, being monies formerly...
This recommendation appears unexceptionable—Mr Macon says that there is no one in that part of the country on whom greater reliance may be placed than Mr. Spaight . Mr Stone who lives nearer to, though not in the district, is absent [ Reply by TJ :] not one of the recommendations say a word about mr Cheney’s politics, an omission which, in applications to this administration, I have observed...
Edward Croft of S. Carolina Commissioner of the first division in the State of South Carolina for executing the Act entitled an Act to provide for the valuation of lands & dwelling houses & the enumeration of slaves within the United States Nathaniel Folsom of New Hampshire—Naval officer for the district of Portsmouth Andrew Lyle of New Jersey—Surveyor for the port of New Brunswick in the...
Is it worth while to institute an enquiry? Banning is a very weak man. A.G. [ Reply by TJ :] I think he should be called on to shew that no inconvenience is produced by his non-residence, or be compelled to move to the port, or lose his office. MS ( NHi : Gallatin Papers); undated, but see below; on a scrap of paper, with an undated query from John Randolph to Gallatin written on the other...
North Carolina recomnds Laurence Mooney present surveyor of Winton has been absent, in Ireland, five years & his business done by deputy. he is returned and to be continued Frederick B. Sawyer present surveyor at Newbiggen Creek has removed 25 miles The above communicated by Mr. Johnson M.C. for N. Carolina who makes the enclosed recommendat[ions] MS ( DNA : RG 59 , LAR , 8:0397); undated; in...
I have the honor to enclose a copy of an Act, in relation to the Direct Tax, passed a few days ago, and a letter of Edward Croft, lately appointed a Commissioner for the first division of South carolina. The last section of the Act, was introduced on my particular suggestion, and with a view to the completion of the assessment in South Carolina; & I now respectfully submit to you the propriety...
The paper “Sinking fund” is sent to show Steeles sentiments in 1799 & the project then existing to destroy the sinking fund. Steele did not understand fully the subject & is mistaken as to the application of a particular law; but it is immaterial to the general purpose— The letters from Baltimore give me hopes that we will not be losers by A. Brown’s failure — MS ( DLC ); entirely in...
Ogden versus Tucker Since Mr Ogden applied for those documents, Mr Pearson, the federalist mentioned in his letter, met Tucker & with another man’s assistance, assaulted & beat him. He was indicted & the federal Judges of the County of Burlington have fined him one dollar — Mr Ogden has called several times for an answer and he must have one. Will you be good enough to look at the two drafts...