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By an act intituled “An Act to amend the act intituled “An act providing for the sale of the lands of the United States, in the territory north west of the Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river,” passed 10th May 1800, it is provided, that the purchase money shall be paid in four equal payments, the first payable within 40 days & the three last within two, three & four years respectively...
The weather having detained me here to day, I have employed it in making some rough sketches relative to our financial situation, which I have the honor to enclose. Independent of the uncertainty arising from the fluctuation in the amount of duties on imports, which vary so much, as to have been two millions of dollars more in 1800 than the preceding year, I had neither time nor documents...
Sketch &c. Expenses & Receipts of 1801 1. Interest & charges on public debt including repayt. on six p% & def stock 5,325,000. 2. Civil list, mint, military pensions, light houses, foreign intercourse, 900,000. 3. Expenses attending land tax & census 100,000. 4. Extraordy. expenses attending for. intercouse vizt.     Protection of seamen 30,000 } 529,500 appropd.     Prize causes in England...
Revenues exclusively of internal duties after 1801 Impost permanent may be estimated at 8,000,000 Postage, dividends &c 200,000 Sales of lands 300,000 8,500,000 Expenses after 1801 1. Interest & charges on public debt will diminish about 40,000 dollars a year about 5,200,000 2. Civil list &c. after probable reductions 800,000 3. } contingencies at home & abroad
Army amounts now (exclusively of marines who are 1,100) to about 5400 men The present expence is  1. Ordnance department including fabrication of muskets 100,000  2. Indian department & defensive protection of frontiers 100,000  3. Pay, subsistence, clothing &c. of army 1,000,000  4. Quarter master departt. & contingencies 200,000 1,400,000 Congress had reduced the Army in 1797 to 3200 men On...
I have not lost any time since my return here, & have succeeded, in arranging my business, complex as it was, in this part of the Country. We have had another deep fall of snow in the mountains last Tuesday, 20th instt., which will render the roads extremely bad across the Allegheny. I have, however, very strong horses, & expect to leave home the day after to morrow, and to be in the city of...
I find that all Commissions are made out in your office. Those agreed upon yesterday & which, the President, conceiving they were made out in this office, had directed me to prepare are Connecticut Samuel Bishop Collector of New Haven vice E. Goodrich Alexander Wolcott Collector of Middletown vice Ephraim Kirby Supervisor of Connecticut vice John Chester New Jersey John Hurd Collector of Amboy...
The valuations & enumerations for the State of South Carolina , directed to be made under the Act entitled “An Act to provide for the valuation of lands and dwelling Houses and the enumeration of Slaves within the United States,” are not yet completed. Mr. William A. Deas late Commissioner for the first division of that State, resigned his Commission on the 10th. of October last, and his...
I enclose the two letters I mentioned this morning , and two more recd. from my personal friends by this day’s post. That from Davis himself excepted, the others you will easily perceive were intended only for my perusal. As to Davis himself, supposing a vacancy to take place, I know not a man likely to make a better officer. The only objection is that he has not heretofore moved in a very...
I have the honor to transmit for the information of the President, a letter dated the 16th instant, from Benjamin Reynolds formerly Gaugher for the port of Wilmington in the District of Delaware, on the subject of certain charges heretofore exhibited by him to Mr Wolcott late Secretary of the Treasury against Allen McLane, Collector of said District. The letter of Reynolds to Mr Wolcott as...
26 May 1801, Treasury Department. Responds to query about reimbursement for Mr. Shaw, who has aided Portuguese sailors. Advises that Portuguese government may repay him or the president might use his contingency fund but that, “Upon the whole, this appears to be one of those subjects of a local nature which must be provided for by the several States, & which, I would have supposed was in fact...
In Callender’s case a copy of the pardon is necessary, and if it is in general terms, a letter from the President to me specifying that it was intended to include the remission of the fine must accompany it. When furnished with these papers, I will communicate the same to the Auditor & Comptroller who will therefore write to the late Marshall of Virginia , that the credit by him given to the...
Letter not found. 28 May 1801. Mentioned in Gallatin to JM, 29 May 1801 . Requests attested copy of Jefferson’s pardon of James T. Callender.
Scott’s (now Marshall) commission dated 23d March last. Randolph’s letter dated 17th May encloses his account. The fine is credited in his account currt of 4th March— Quere When did Callendar pay it? By his (Randolph’s acct) he owes U. S. Drs. 1661 72/100—by Treasy. Drs. 856 more Pardon is dated 16th March Atty. general’s opinion (as Secy. of State) dated 20th April Quere Has Randolph assigned...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to return to the Secretary of State Mr Pichon’s letter, and to send also sundry papers on the same subject with the remarks of the Comptroller endorsed on the same. The only objection to paying the specie part of the debt & the interest on the funded part is the demand we have against France for advances made to the Refugees of San Domingo. Those...
The Secretary of the Treasury within three days after his arrival here made the enquiry on the subject of Stamps now requested by the President. The result will appear by the enclosures, of which the letter of the Comr: of the Revenue dated 22d May deserves most attention. The Superintendent of Stamps has since been furnished with another press—He asked pr his letter another room when he knew...
The enclosed were yesterday given to me by Mr Marsh a member of the Executive Council of New Jersey, & one of those who recommend Mr Linn—The three Gentlemen who sign a recommendation in his favor are the other three republican members of the same body. He applies for the Collectorship of Perth Amboy vice Bell the tory, and in lieu of Gen. Heard who had been before recommended. He is from...
It seems to have been supposed by the late District Attorney of Pennsylvania that the case of W. Priestmann was again before the Treasury. This is not & cannot be the case as a previous decision by a former Secretary , or indeed by the same seems to preclude any further proceeding on the part of this Department. I will, however, state that had the case been fairly before me, I would not have...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully reports to the President of the United States;— That William Kirby Collector of the Customs of Hampton, Virginia has not rendered any account to the Treasury, later than the 31st. December 1798, nor transmitted any weekly return of cash on hand since that time. That Nathaniel Wilkins Collector Cherry Stone, Virginia has not rendered any account to the...
In the case of monies & stock claimed by Mr Pichon, being proceeds of certain loan office certificates, it is suggested by the Secy. of the Treasury that it might be proper to state to Mr Pichon, that our Government had supposed that France had agreed to assume the payment of the 15,000 dollars, & transmit him a copy of Mr Fauchet’s letter. It is the opinion of the Secy. of the Treasury that...
11 June 1801, Treasury Department. Offers opinion (agreeing with comptroller) that Oliver Ellsworth “is not entitled to receive at the same time two salaries” for offices of chief justice and envoy extraordinary. The method of payment should be same as in case of John Jay when he was on his mission to Great Britain. RC ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin....
Colo. Few saw Mr Habersham this morning. He is unwilling to accept of the Collectorship in Savannah, says that it is too laborious and worth only 1200 dollars. I cannot give him any positive proofs that it is worth 2000, as we are obliged to deduce this from an examination of the exports & imports, Mr Powell the present collector having made no returns. It is evident, however, that he will not...
The complaints for want of Stamps are certainly well grounded, yet difficult to remedy, at least by this Department. The fault has been in the original postponement of stamping which has delayed every subsequent operation. They stamp here now at the rate of near 20,000 impressions per day; but the distribution is slow. The stamps are sent from the Comr. to the several Supervisors, from each...
In the case of W. Priestmann, the Secretary of the Treasury conceives that by the manner in which the enclosed draft of a pardon is executed, Gideon will receive any part of the forfeiture to which by law he may be entitled. If he is not entitled to any part by law, the Secretary, from a consideration of the case, does not perceive the propriety or justice of making him a compensation at the...
I enclose the papers relative to Priestmann’s case. The bearer is Mr Priestmann himself. The papers marked 1. 2. 3 belong to this office and are to be returned. If the Secy. of the Treasy., after Mr Wolcott’s decision, had still a power to act, I would not hesitate to remit the whole forfeiture as well the part belonging to the informer as that belonging to the U. States. But the previous...
Enclosed I have the honour of transmitting for your consideration, the Copy of a Letter from the Collector for the District of Delaware, concerning a transaction, which appears to affect the conduct of Capt. Melony of the United States Ship of War the Ganges.— I have the honour to be very respectfully Sir, Your obedient Servant RC ( DLC ); in clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin; at foot of text:...
Of the seven Offices applied for by T. Coxe, that of Secy. of the navy was designed for another person, the three in the customs are undecided & may perhaps remain a lenghth of time in that situation until general arrangements are made, and that of Supervisor was applied for by P. Muhlenberg in whose favor a representation was made by the whole republican representation of Pennsylva. in...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose copies of two Letters from the Collector of Norfolk and from the Master of the Revenue Cutter “Patriot,” together with a “Statement of the disbursements for Revenue Cutters for 3 Months” prepared by the Comptroller with the observations of the same officer on that subject generally. It appears most eligible under present circumstances to...
Its with the greatest reluctance that I am about to trouble you again on my business at the treasury office as I canot obtain Such Sattisfaction as I am entitled to I received with pleashure on the 27th of last month a letter from Albert Gallitin Esqr. informing me that my a/c would be paid at the Treasury provided the exorbitant charge heretofore made by me be reduced to a moderate price I...
I have the honor to enclose copy of the application of William Greetham, requesting that a Mediterranean pass, by our laws called passport, should be granted to a vessel owned by citizens of the United States and navigated by american Seamen, but not built within the United States. Such papers have been uniformly refused in similar cases in conformity to the circular of August 15. 1796 also...
Doctr. Vaughan of Wilmington (Delaware) is now in my office and has, in conversation, made some communications on the official & electioneering conduct of A. M’Clane generally, on his active interference lately, on its effects in Delaware, on the change of opinion thereby produced in Mr Dickinson’s mind, &c. which I think should be communicated by himself to you. I requested him to call on...
I have the honor to enclose the opinion of the District Attorney of Pennsylvania , to whom in the absence of the Atty. General I had made application, in relation to the power of the Secy. of the Treasury to revise former unfavorable decisions of the Department on the subject of fines penalties & forfeitures. As this business originated upon an application in the case of W. Priestmann, and it...
28 June 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses papers relating to the claims of Gouvion’s heirs, amounting to $8,000, which government would prefer to pay to someone in U.S. with family’s power of attorney. RC ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Reproduced in Papers of Gallatin (microfilm ed.), reel 5. Enclosures not found.
As I wrote to Gen. Muhlenburg on the subject of T. Coxe being appd. Collector by him—Would it not be well to write immediately, as his Commission is made out, that he must be silent on the subject? Or in what other manner is it thought fit to communicate to him the non acceptance of the Collectorship by T.C.? That office is so valuable that P.M. having promised to give it as we had decided, it...
I have the honor to enclose the rough draft of a letter which may be sent from this Departmen⟨t⟩ to the Collectors of the principal sea-ports. It does not seem necessary that it should be made circular to all the Collectors, as I do not believe it would be proper that the certificate to be signed by the Collector should be like an “health bill” a ship-paper. The papers are to be transmitted to...
The within has just been received. I believe that the accounts of Mr Dunham are correct, & the flying report, of which he complains, without founda[tion]. But it is a delicate question, whether when a removal is either political, or, as in this instance, grounded on private immorality , we are bound to give or to advise an approbation of the official conduct of the party, without adding any...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose for the consideration of the President the draught of an intended circular to the Collectors on the subject of certificates of health. A letter from Mr King on the subject; observations of the Secy. of State, to whom the rough draught was communicated , which observations have produced the last paragraph but one in the circular; and a...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose the answer of William Watson Collector of Plymouth to the charges against him transmitted in Mr King’s letter of the 1st. of December last. From the several documents it appears that Anton Powell then resident of Havana having purchased in 1799. 1800. from James Byays of Baltimore a new built Maryland vessel registered in the name of said...
I have the honor to enclose a letter just received from the Comr. of loans of S. Carolina refusing the appointment of Commissioner of direct tax . The assessments of North Carolina are completed; those of Georgia nearly so. South Carolina the only delinquent State. I see no other way than that of sending a blank commission to some person at Charleston in whom you may have full confidence....
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honour to transmit for the consideration of the President of the United States, a letter from David Stone Esqr. Senator in Congress for North Carolina, in answer to one from this Department, concerning a proper person to fill the Office of Surveyor for the Port of Currituck in the District of Camden. As this letter contains all the information which the...
The abuse complained of by the Collector of Norfolk in the enclosed letter, which I have the honor to return, may be corrected by an altera⟨tion⟩ in the circular instructions to Collectors dated July ⟨19,⟩ 1796, a copy of which is also enclosed. This alterat⟨ion⟩ must however be made by order of the President. For the law having not ascertained what proof of citizenship should be necessary, it...
12 July 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses documents related to an inquiry into the conduct of William Watson, collector at Plymouth, Massachusetts, clearing him of suspicion of fraud and misconduct and condemning a relative (with same surname) who has been dismissed from service as deputy. Requests that JM convey copies of report and documents to Rufus King, who first reported complaint. Tr...
14 July 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses letter from comptroller on the subject of JM’s letters of 24 June and 2 July . Does not object to the comptroller’s proposal. Requests that JM designate on each requisition the persons to whom payable, the amount to be paid, and the object to which the sum applies. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 2 pp. In the enclosed 13 July 1801 letter,...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully reports, that the District of Michillimackanac was erected by the 17th. Section of the “Act to regulate the collection of duties on imports and tonnage” passed March 2, 1799; but that no appointment of Collector has yet been made, on a supposition, it is presumed, that it was unnecessary. It seems doubtful whether that clause, as well as those which...
# The Law, having given to the Collectors, the Appointment of a number of inferior Officers, Subject to my Approbation, there is, on that Subject, on which we must act in Concert, but one Sentiment that I wish to communicate; it is, that the Door of Office, be no longer shut, against any man, merely on account of his political Opinions; but that, whether he shall differ or not, from those,...
I have the honor to enclose a copy of the circular to Collectors in relation to Quarantine laws & of the form of a bill of Health. On this last, it is proper to mention that there are but thirteen ports vizt. Portsmouth N. H.—Newbury port, Salem, Boston, Newport, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Wilmington N. ⟨C., ⟩ Charleston S. C. & Savannah, in which naval officers...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose an account presented by Mr Ellicot for the use of the instruments used in running the Southern boundary of the United States. This claim the Auditor does not think himself authorized to admit. Its propriety must depend on the manner in which the line was run, on the necessity of the apparatus for executing the business, and on the...
The enclosed is the rough draft of a circular to the Collectors & is intended to correct several abuses which have crept in many ports. But it is submitted for the purpose of ascertaining whether it is proper to take this opportunity of communicating the sentiments expressed in the two last paragraphs marked #. In the first it is only intended to let them know that it is expected that they...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose the within letter, in order to know whether, on account of the suggestions of the Charleston Collector in relation to dangers from Saint Domingo, the President thinks fit to except that cutter from the general arrangements contemplated. If any danger be apprehended from that quarter, the Cutter may be preserved, but disarmed & reduced in...
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...