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I received yesterday six blank commissions for offices of collector &a. But one has been omitted; the Collector of Marblehead should also be commissioned as inspector of the revenue for that port. The President should also have left a commission of collector for Massac in lieu of W. Chribs whose character is infamous. If he is yet in town, will you be good enough to apply for those...
The Secretary of the Treasury requests the Secretary of State to furnish him with a copy of the aggregate number of inhabitants in the United States as returned by the last census, noting what State may be wanting, and also of the same aggregate as returned by the former census. The⟨y⟩ are wanted as the basis of some calculations in statements now preparing. Will it be productive of any...
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...
12 April 1803, Treasury Department. Has received JM’s 6 Apr. letter and has taken measures to place the requisite sums in London and Amsterdam. There not being at the time any depository in London for treasury funds, those funds were remitted “to the order of Messrs. Rufus King & Christopher Gore or of either of them.” Lists the accounts for which funds were remitted to Amsterdam: $19,425 for...
22 April 1805, Treasury Department . “It appears by the enclosed abstract, transmitted to this office by the Department of State, that the Vice Consul at Havana is in the habit of receiving the certificates of registry belonging to vessels lost or sold. This practice is repugnant to the several provisions of the registering act. By reference to the 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th. Sections of the...
20 August 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses copy of letter from collector at Boston in response to inquiries made at JM’s request concerning French armed schooner Beguine . RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p. Enclosures (3 pp.) are copies of Benjamin Lincoln to Gallatin, 12 Aug. 1801, and appended lists (see n. 1). RC and first enclosure reproduced in Papers of Gallatin (microfilm...
I do not perceive any appropriation from which Mr. Young’s account can be paid. The appropriation laws of 1802 & 1803 are in the following words “For salaries of the agents of the United States in London and Paris , expenses of prosecuting claims and appeals in the courts of Great Britain relative to captures of the vessels of the United States, and of defending American causes...
I enclose the copy of a note which I sent yesterday to General Turreau, and a letter I have this day received from him. No money can be paid to Buisson on advance without your permission, as your last letter on that subject, written in 1802 & enclosing Mr Lincoln’s opinion, which forbad any payment remains on the files of the office. If a payment is made, the two hundred dollars which you...
In compliance with your letter of the 9th instt., I have taken measures to remit Drs. 13,616 to Amsterdam for the service of the six ensuing months. But as it is expected that a considerable sum has been repaid in July last by the parties concerned on account of the advances heretofore made by the United States for the prosecution of claims, it is presumed that it will not be necessary to make...
§ From Albert Gallatin. 7 May 1806, Treasury Department. “I have the honor to transmit a draft [not found] of the island of Great Menan enclosed to me for that purpose by the Collector of Passamaquody together with some remarks on the possession taken by the British. That island is not within the Bay of Passamaquody, but in the open sea, & South of the southern extremity of the bay. It lies...
12 March 1805 , Treasury Department . “The delays, which have taken place in adjusting the claims of american citizens on the French Government which have been assumed by the Convention of 30th April 1803, make the Secretary of the <US> apprehensive that, the whole being liquidated at once, the Minister of the United States at Paris will draw for the whole at the same time. This would be...
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...
There is no official document in this Department showing the particular circumstances which attended the seizure made at Michillimakinack of certain goods the property of the North West Company. I cannot therefore give any decisive opinion on the merits of the case; and will observe generally that Congress having, by an act of March 3d 1805, given to the territorial courts all the powers of a...
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....
9 May 1803, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of a letter from the collector at Norfolk “together with two depositions transmitted by him, respecting the illegal proceedings exercised in Hampton Roads” by the British frigate Boston against the French ship Anne . RC and enclosures ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Docketed by Wagner. For enclosures, see...
I have, in conformity with your request, considered the several modes in which the Ministers of the United States might avail themselves of the two millions of dollars appropriated for the purposes of foreign intercourse by the last law of Congress. If, by the terms of the proposed convention, it can be agreed on to make the intended payment at the treasury of the United States to an...
3 November 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses copies of letters relating to Short’s accounts. “By these you will perceive that the Auditor is of opinion that you must decide the question whether Mr: Short’s claim is to be considered as involved in the issue of the suit against Mr: Randolph.” Whatever instructions or information JM transmits on the subject will be duly attended to. “The...
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.
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...
7 December 1804. “I enclose an extract of a letter from Colo. Allan of Passamaquody, by which it seems that the British Govt. considering the convention for fixing the limits in that bay (and in the vicinity of Lake of the Woods) as rejected, are taking measures to assert their claim to Moose Island by far the largest of those which had fallen to our share by the sd. convention.” RC and...
Mr Edmund Randolph late Secretary of State; against whom a suit has been instituted, by the United States, has applied to the Comptroller for copies of the “letters which were written from the department of State to that of the treasury containing requisitions of money, between the 1st day of January 1794 and the 19th day of August 1795.” As those letters are in this office mixed in the files...
I have the honor to enclose a letter this moment received from Mr Latimer on the subject of Mr Hancock’s application in relation to part of the cargo of the prize vessel “Harmony” brought in Philadelphia by a French letter of marque. By direction of the President, I had written to the Collector that without pretending to decide on the application of treaties to this specific case, he might...
30 April 1804, Treasury Department. “I had the honor to receive your letter of the 28th. instant; and have directed a remittance of two thousand dollars to be made to Tench Coxe Esquire. If that sum is not sufficient to purchase the four hundred additional copies of the laws of the United States, contemplated by the Act of last session, as ther[e] is no other fund from which the deficiency can...
I return the Spanish correspondence & the Algiers letter. Although there are some unpleasant circumstances in the manner in which the negotiation was carried and terminated, the situation of affairs is rather on a more decent footing than I had expected; but, as you observed, the instructions to Mr. Bowdoin & the conduct which he ought to pursue are very delicate & serious considerations. It...
In compliance with your request, I have the Honor to enclose an account of the monies drawn out of the Treasury under the several Appropriations made for defraying the expences incident to the Intercourse with the Mediterranean Powers; transcripts of the accounts of persons to whom the said monies were respectively advanc’d so far as the same have been settled at the Treasury, and statements...
I have the honor to return Mr. Erving’s letter of the 28th: Ultimo and its enclosures. It appears that, since Messrs. Bird Savage & Bird’s, failure, Mr. Erving has kept with Messrs. Lees & Co: an account of the monies belonging to the fund for the prosecution of Claims. This is contrary to the general principle which had been adopted in relation to the remittances made by this department for...
23 September 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses copy of letter from collector at Boston and copy of statement from a Mr. Doane. RC and enclosures ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. Docketed by Wagner as received the same day, with his notation: “British Snow Windsor / See Circular to the Governors of 16 April 1795.” Enclosures (4 pp.) are copies of...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter written to Mr Merry respecting the proposed payment of the last 200,000 St. due to Great Britain in London, instead of making it at Washington, and also a copy of my correspondence with the Bank of the United States on the same subject. It is as much the interest of Great Britain as our own that the payment should be effected in that manner....
30 January 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses at JM’s request an account of the funds drawn from the treasury under appropriations made to defray expenses “incident to the Intercourse with the Mediterranean Powers.” Estimates the “gross sums” disbursed by the U.S. to be $2,046,137.22, not including sundry expenses of the last year, but treasury documents “by no means, show the ultimate...
13 August 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses copy of his 13 Aug. letter to Bird, Savage, and Bird remitting £16,138 5 s . 2 d . in accordance with JM’s requisition in his letter of 2 July. Recommends that the firm receive instructions from State Department designating the payees and the particular expense accounts to be charged. RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s...
Mr Merry claims the exemption from duty for what may be imported by Mr Foster (for his own use) as Secretary of legation. If, and I believe it to be the case, no similar application has heretofore been made, I will want your directions: be, therefore, good enough to tell me whether the rule shall extend to every diplomatic character, excluding only consuls, but including Secretaries? Give our...
16 April 1804, Treasury Department. “I have the honour to request that you will direct that the sum of £526.4.9, being a balance due to the United States for monies advanced on account of the Board of Commissioners under the 7th. Article of the British Treaty, and which, I am advised in your letter of the 12th. instant, has been paid to Mr. Monroe our Minister at London, should be paid by him...
§ From Albert Gallatin. 11 November 1805, Treasury Department. “I have the honor to enclose a letter from Andrew Allen junr., the British Consul at Boston, together with a copy of my answer.” RC and enclosures ( DLC : Gallatin Papers). RC 1 p.; docketed by Wagner. For enclosures, see n. 1. The enclosures (3 pp.) are Andrew Allen Jr. to Gallatin, 28 Oct. 1805, stating that Capt. Randall...
21 February 1803, Treasury Department. Transmits a copy of a letter from the collector at Baltimore enclosing various documents containing “all the information that can be obtained in relation to the complaint made by the Spanish Minister on that subject.” RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 59, ML ). RC 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin. For enclosures, see n. 1. Gallatin enclosed a copy of...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter from the collector of Boston respecting the complaint of the notaries public of that place. I do not find that there has ever been any provision made by law or instructions respecting the manner of certifying sea letters or any of the other custom house documents specified by the complainants. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir...
A commission is wanted in the name of Peter A. Schenk of New York as Marshal of do., which should be sent to me, as I am to transmit it to the district attorney in order that it may be used only in case Mr Swartwout shall not pay over the public monies in his hands. I make restitution of Lord Grenville’s speech, & Cobbet to Addington; to which I have added, tho’ not sure that it comes from...
The original vouchers to J. Swan’s account (my office being so weak at this moment that I cannot have them immediately transcribed) are sent herewith. Mr Wagner will be pleased to give a receipt to the Register for the papers. It appears thereby that Van Staphorst & Cie. credited the United States for the sale of the bullion on the 5th May 1796—that it was only 30th Septer 1796 that Mr Swan...
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,...
In the case of the Snow “Windsor,” the Collector of Boston was, in conformity to the Presidents instructions, directed in September last, to order her to depart. She was at that time abandoned by her Crew, and a mere hull. A compliance was physically impossible. She was not repaired nor fitted for sea, untill after the preliminaries of Peace had been signed between Great Britain and France. No...
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...
22 December 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses a copy of a letter from the collector at Salem questioning the construction of article 13 of the Jay treaty. The collector’s opinion “on first impression, appears correct,” but since it implies a government obligation to enforce the observance of the article on American merchant vessels that have arrived in the U.S. from the East Indies, desires...
20 November 1802. Gives a brief history of the origin of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’s claim against the U.S. beginning with French cash advances to the U.S. and shipment of military supplies in 1776 and 1777. Encloses several documents illustrating the facts on which the treasury decision against Beaumarchais was based. Lists facts that are not in dispute by either party and states...
I enclose the Auditor’s remarks on Mr Fenwick’s account. The nature of the vouchers necessary to be produced by him in support of his charges is a question proper to be decided by the accounting officers; but the principles by which they should be guided in authorizing the several species of expenditure, must be settled, upon due consideration of the laws, by your Department. A circular...
The law of the 3d. May 1802 having directed that the sums payable by virtue of the convention of the 8th. day of January 1802, between the United States of America, and his Britannic Majesty should be paid in such Instalments, and at such times as are fixed by the said Convention; it seems necessary that this department should be furnished with an official copy of the Convention, and of the...
… yet there is reason to believe that the authorised district, even as described in the 11th section, Was not understood necessarily to comprehend places not within the acknowledged limits of the U. States, in as much as the words “Bay of Mobile” used in that Section & favoring most that construction have been considered as a ⟨ generic? ⟩ term applicable to the Mobille waters as high up as the...
It cannot be expected that the Banks will make a loan to La Fayette: they never lend on real property; of the value of the Louisiana lands no person can at present give them Sufficient assurance; and their answer will be that they are ready to make the requested advance on La Fayette notes with two approved endorsers. I will confer with Tousard on his arrival & give every assistance in my...
§ From Albert Gallatin. 25 April 1806, Treasury Department. “The Secretary of the Treasury, presents his respectful compliments to the Secretary of State, and transmits for his consideration thereon, a letter from Ambrose Nelson of Philadelphia, dated the 23 instant, accompanied with a sett of bills for two hundred dollars, and other documents in relation to his claim on the French Government,...
Mr Rittenhouse arrived yesterday from Amsterdam, which he left 24 March, with Mr. Armstrong’s dispatches. He could give me no political information, but gave me a letter from the Bankers to him, by which it appears that there has been an order, subsequent to Mr. A.’s dispatches, to suspend for 2 months any decision on American vessels. Is this a preliminary to an exception in our favour? or a...
I enclose the rough draft of an Article for Spain, which tho’ I have rejected a number of modifications, contains in fact eight distinct modifications or plans vizt. 1. To pay 2 millions down, 1 million twelve months after ratifications and residue to Claimants under Convention. 2. do. do. & do. to Spain; in which case an additional article is provided for paying the Claimants in Colonial...
Amongst the claims laid by Mr. Pichon, under the convention with France, there are three which have been suspended, and on which your opinion is requested. 1st. He claims the “Magicienne,” formerly “Retaliation,” Francis Lagaux, Commander, taken by the Merrimack, condemned at Philadelphia, on 29th. November 1799. This vessel is not in the list furnished by the Navy Department, and certified by...