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I have received yours of the 29th. of June, with the several papers sent with it. Under the difficult circumstances of the currency, and the obligation to attempt a remedy or at least an alleviation of them, the place you have in view is entitled to a fair experiment. You do right however in reserving a discretion to judge of the sufficientcy of accessions by the State Banks. Should there be a...
Yours of the 18th. has just reached me, enclosing two letters from Mr. Adams which are returned. Our engagements in Europe must be fulfilled both with a view to justice and to the public credit. In doing this there are so many reasons for preferring the purchase of bills to the sale of Stock abroad, where there is an approach to equality of loss, that I concur in your opinion in favor of the...
I have recd. & thank you for the letters for Hamburg & Bremen, which will be transmitted from the Dept. of State. We ended our journey last evening. With the exception of a short pelting shower on the day we set out, the weather & the roads were peculiarly favorable. I found the prospects of the farmers generally far better than I had expected; The wheat fields much better, untill I reached my...
Col: McCobb has just handed me yours of the 3d. inst. The recommendations of him for the vacant office he seeks, appear to be decisive. I have referred him however to you for a communication of the result. That there may be no unnecessary delay, I write by the present oppy. to the Dept. of State, to forward immediately a blank commission to you, if there be one on hand already signed: and if...
I have recd. your several letters of the 5. 7. 8. & 11th. Your statement in the case of Mr. Hassler, was sanctioned & sent to the Treasy; as was the proposed purchase of a Custom-House at Boston. Be so good as to have issued a Commission for Mr. Plumer, as Loan Officer for N.H. The recommendations of Mr. Wentworth are very weighty; but being local, justify the preference of Mr. P. who is...
I return the answers of the Banks to the Treasury proposition. Some of them, I observe, are sore at the idea of their yielding to the temptation of gain, in prolonging the refusal to resume specie payments. The best mode of repelling the suspicion would be to dispose of their public Stock, and thus reduce their dividends. Whilst they refuse to co-operate with the Treasury, that circumstance...
Yours of the 12th. is duly recd. The result of the consultation on the discharge of the Army, and the expedition agst. Algiers is entirely satisfactory. That relating to the question of diplomatic measures required by the crisis is so also. My own idea was rather to ripen the subject for decision, than to act on it before the intelligence daily expected from Europe, and particularly from our...
I have duly recd your two favors of the 15. & 16. That inclosing the letter from the Collector of Barnstable had been previously recd. Mr. Monroe has presented this enormity to the attention of Mr. Baker, and will of course make it the subject of proper remarks & instructions to Mr. Adams. He has done & will do the same, in relation to the Indians. Your suggestion in favor of a Proclamation on...
I have this morning recd. yours of the 5 inst: those of the 3 & 4. having previously come to hand. They are accompanied by the Reports of the Board of Officers, on the organization of the Army—on the plan for establishing a N. & S. division Military Depts. &c. &c—and respecting Hospital Surgeons, Judge Advocates & Chaplains. It were to be wished that the act relating to the Peace Establishment...
I have recd. your two letters both of the 14th. I know of no objection to your proposed additions to or changes in the list of retained officers, unless it may be in the erasure of B. Peyton. If he be the young gentleman who has been employed at or in the neighbourhood of Charlottesville (Va). I have heard him spoken of as […] ⟨m⟩erit, & much esteemed by some whose esteem would be an […]⟨t⟩. I...
Yours of the 11th. has just come to hand. I return the papers from the Comr. of the Gen: L. office, with an acquiescence in the survey ordered in Missouri. I think the condition attached to it the least that will suffice to justify the measure. I have recd. a letter from Mr. Gallatin, from which as well as from his reserve to you, I infer that he has not made up his mind on his appt. to...
According to request in your’s of the 12 th I will give the best statement I can of Isaac Briggs ’s case with the joint aid of memory and the papers to which I have recourse. After the acquisition of Louisiana it became extremely interesting to the government of the US. that the communication between Washington & New Orleans should be made as short and rapid as possible. it seemed to me very...
I have recd. yours of the 23d. inclosing a letter from Mr. Baker, with the draft of an answer; and a letter from Wm. Js. Sears of Bermuda. The subject of Mr. Bakers letter, regularly belongs to the Dept. of State: But whether addressed to the Treasury Dept: or to that, ought to have proceeded from the Minister, & not from the Consul otherwise than thro’ the Minister. From courtesy, which as...
I have the honor to communicate to you, for submission to the President, the following propositions respecting the collection of arrears of direct tax & internal duties imposed previous to the year 1813: 1. That the duties of Acting Supervisor in the district of Pennsva. be attached to the office of Collector of direct taxes and internal duties, for the 1st. Collection District of Pennsva. &...
§ Samuel Harrison Smith to Alexander J. Dallas. 9 June 1815, Treasury Department, Revenue Office. “Robert Lightburn, Keeper of the Light House at New Point Comfort, being considered no longer worthy of that trust, James B H Johnson, appears from the enclosed letters, to be properly qualified as his successor.” RC ( DNA : RG 26, Light House Service Correspondence). 1 p. In a clerk’s hand,...
The arrangement proposed in yours of the 14th. just recd. with respect to Majrs. Butler & Hayne, appear to be eligible, tho’ the latter may not find it convenient, being, I understand, an inhabitant of S.C., to be allotted to the N. Division of the Army. It is desirable to gratify Gen. Jackson, and it is fortunate that in this case it can be done, with an accom[m]odation at the same time to...
I am just favored with yours of the 25th. The paper inclosed in it is returned without delay. It is well adapted to its delicate object. I have merely noted for your consideration, a change of expression in page 3. “the enjoyment of undisturbed rights &a;” not being secured , like the renown of the Army; and another in page 4th. in order to guard agst. the criticisms of those who may not have...
My other two letters being on distinct subjects, and to go perhaps into other hands, I write this separately. will you pardon a criticism on your tariff which the public papers have given us compleat, but as yet without the report explaining it’s principles? having written to Europe for some wines, I was led by curiosity to look at that part of the tariff to see what duties I should have to...
The inclosed letter, tho’ anonymous, makes statements & references, in a manner which is embarrassing at the present moment. Should the posture of the military arrangements, admit nothing farther, the location of the officer thus criminated, ought at least to be influenced by the representations, unless these be invalidated in some mode or other, before the final allotments be made to military...
I have at length run thro’ the trial of Gen: Wilkinson, and send it to you, with an approbation of the sentence of the Court. I send also the trial of Capt: Hanson with a decision conformable to the sentence & recommendation of the Court in his case. Affe. respects RC ( CSmH ). Docketed by Dallas. For Maj. Gen. James Wilkinson’s 1815 court-martial, see Henry Dearborn to JM , 26 Jan. 1815 ,...
As the writer of the inclosed letter may possibly call on you, I have thought it proper that you shd. be previously acquainted with its singular contents. Mr. Graham mistook my intentions, in touching the subject of communications between you & myself. He will in order to put an end to the business, inform Majr. O.C. definitively, that the vacancy in the Artillery which he seeks will not be...
I now return the General Report of the Military Board on the organization of the Army. I have not found among the officers retained some whose merits I had supposed, would have placed them on the list of selections; but I have great confidence in the intelligence & dispositions of the Board, & am ready to presume that those preferred have titles to distinction better known to them, than to me;...
On the establishment of the offices of Assessor & Collector of the land tax, the first being all-important to us, I recommended , on a consultation with others a mr Peter Minor for it: but the office of Collector being given to an inhabitant of this county the principle of geographical distribution prevailed for the other in favor of a mr Armistead . the present Collector
I have recd. with your two letters of the 20 & 21. the General Sketch of the Finances to which they refer. That of the 25th. has also just come to hand. I return the Sketch under an Address to Washington, passing it thro’ the hands of Mr. Crawford with a request that he would hasten it to the department. The document embraces all the points occurring to me as requisite to be touched, and...
I return the papers inclosed in yours of the 27th. Concurring in the opinion of the Comptroller founded on his statement of the Case of the Schooner Mary. Still, I do not think a pardon proper. I am not sure that it would be correct to decide the question of a remission under the Act of Congs. which I believe submits it exclusively to the Treasury Dept. The case may therefore lie over for...
I have recd. yours of the 7th. inst: on the subject of the Seamen returning in distress. It is incumbent on the Executive to do every thing within its province for their relief. Your answer to the Mayor of N.Y. was entirely proper. He may be assured of the favorable dispositions of the Executive, and that a reimbursement of the advances of the Corporation will be recommended to Congress. The...
I have received your letter of yesterday communicating your purpose, of resigning the Department of the Treasury. I need not express to you the regret at such an event, which will be inspired by my recollection of the distinguished ability and unwearied zeal, with which you have filled a station, at all times deeply responsible in its duties, through a period rendering them peculiarly arduous...
I have just recd. yours of the 29th. Ult. I return approved your proposition for the sale in the Ordinance Dept; also your recommendation for provisionally retaining Mr Linnard. I am under the impression that Mr Monroe wrote to Govr. Cass, on the subject of the Indians on that frontier, and took the steps necessary for having the peace notified to them. Be that as it may it is proper that...
I have just recd. yours of the 19th. enclosing a letter from Mr. Baring. As the choice between the two modes of providing for our pecuniary wants in Europe, depends essentially on a comparison of the rate of exchange here, & the price of Stock abroad, it must be determined by the information possessed as to the State & prospects of each. My letter of yesterday made a reserve accordingly for...
I recd. by the Mail of this morning your two letters of the 11th. & 12th. instant, with the several papers to which they refer. That of the 9th. came to hand yesterday. The construction of the 5 Sect: of the Act fixing the Mil: Establishment is not without difficulty. Do not the terms & interpretation of former Acts of Congs. determine the question whether “men” means privates &c. only, or...