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The Secretary of the Treasury presents his compliments to the Minister Plenipotentiary of the united States at the court of Great Britain and requests the favor of having the inclosed letter transmitted to our Bankers at Amsterdam. D , Pinckney Family Papers, Library of Congress. Letter not found. Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard.
As I imagined it probable that from the circumstance of a part of the proscribed privateers having been either captured by his Majesty’s cruizers or disarmed by order of this government, occasion might be taken to detract from the urgency of attending to my remonstrances I deemed it incumbent upon me to specify particularly the proscribed privateers which were at that time either within the...
I arrived at my own house yesterday evening, where I found your letter of the 14 instant; having previously received that of the 25 of September, by the circuitous route of Albany, the evening before my departure from New York. As to the right of the President to convene Congress out of the ordinary course, I think it stands as follows—“he may on extraordinary occasions convene both houses of...
An attack of the malignant fever which has of late afflicted the City of Philadelphia has occasioned me to be for some time absent from that City for the recovery of my strength. Just returned to my house in its vicinity I find here your letter of the 1st of July last with its enclosures in duplicates. A letter from me previous to my late journey will have assured you of my satisfaction at the...
At sundry meetings of the heads of departments & attorney general from the 1st. to the 21st. of Nov. 1793. at the President’s several matters were agreed upon as stated in the following letters from the Secretary of state. to wit. Nov. 8. Circular letter to the representatives of France, Gr. Brit. Spain & the U. Netherlands, fixing provisonily the extent of our jurisdiction into the sea at a...
Not having been in condition to attend you yesterday, and (though free from fever) yet not being well enough to go abroad immediately, I have concluded to submit to you by a line the result of my further reflections on the subject of my last letter. I believe it will be altogether safe for the ensuing session of Congress to be held in Philadelphia, and that the good of the public service...
I had prepared an answer to a letter from your Deputy of the 22d of August last, when the late calamity in Philadelphia, and my indisposition caused a temporary interruption in the current business of this Department. My circular of the 4th of August will have informed you, that prizes brought in, or sent in, by armed vessels, originally fitted out of our ports are not to be admitted to entry....
To the circumstances already mentioned in my letter of Yesterday it must be ascribed that certain communications of the 27th of August last from the Deputy collector have not received an earlier attention. My opinion on the case in question is, that the drawback claimed by Mr. Foster cannot be allowed unless the oath of the master and mate be procured, as prescribed by law, in addition to the...
Treasury Department, November 7, 1793. “… It is of importance to the public service that the suit of Messrs Arnold & Dexter should be well and effectually defended. You will therefore engage such counsel as you can intirely confide in for the purpose.” LS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; LC , RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; copy, RG 56,...
Mr Delaporte of Baltimore has communicated to me, that about Twelve months ago, he received some Furniture and wearing apparel belonging to Mr. Gimat, late Governor of St Lucia; upon the entry of which at the Custom house, he gave his Bond, with condition to be cancelled, in case Mr Gimat should arrive within a Twelve month, and take the oath of his intended residence in the United States, as...
[ November 8, 1793. On November 17, 1793, Schuyler wrote to Hamilton : “The mail … brought your favor of the 8th Instant.” Letter not found. ]
The following case has arisen upon the representation of different Collectors. There have arrived in several Ports of the UStates vessels belonging to citizens of France with Cargoes on board, which were obliged for safety to quit the Island of St Domingo a French Colony, in consequence of civil commotions existing in the Island, and under that species of necessity proceeded to the UStates as...
Inclosed in a letter which I have just received from poor Fenno. It speaks for itself. If you can without delay raise 1000 Dollars in New York, I will endeavor to raise another Thousand at Philadelphia. If this cannot be done we must lose his services & he will be the victim of his honest public spirit. Yrs. truly If may either be in the form of gift or loan. ALS , New-York Historical Society,...
Your letters of the 23d, 28th, 30th of September and 12th of October have been duly received. Understanding from the comptroller that the public money which remained in the hands of the late Collector, or since his decease in the hands of the acting Executor to the Estate, has been paid over to you, I have to inform you that drafts had been previously drawn by the Treasurer in favour of...
The Commissioners for settling the accounts between the united States and the Individual States having made their final report to the President, dated the 29th of June 1793 I am to announce to Your Excellency, that a Balance of [Seventy five thousand and fifty five Dollars] has been reported by the said Commissioners in favour of the State of [New Hampshire.] I have the honor to be with...
Treasury Department, November 15, 1793. Requests “amount of the last quarters dividend paid by the office of Discount & Deposit, in order that a warrant may issue to cover the same.” LS , Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully submits to the consideration of the President of the United States, a communication from the Commissioner of the revenue of the 6th instant, transmitting two proposals respecting the masons work for repairing the Tybee Lighthouse in Georgia. From the measures, which have been taken, it appears improbable that better terms are obtainable, and from such...
The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully submits to the consideration of the President of the United States a letter from the Commissioner of the revenue of the 15 instant, transmitting two proposals respecting the Carpenters work of the Tybee Lighthouse in Georgia. The Secretary agrees in sentiment with the Commissioner of the revenue that it is for the interest of the United States to...
Some embarrassment has arisen on the subject of a fit person for District Attorney of Rhode Island. Mr. Howel has been strongly recommended on the one hand and positively objected to on another—and Mr. has been proposed in opposition. Your opinion does not appear on either side. The President is desirous of further information and I have undertaken to procure it for him. In addressing myself...
[ November 23, 1793. “The Secretary of the Treasury by letter of the 23d Novr. 1793, informed William Gardner, Commissioner of loans for New Hampshire, that the Treasurer had been directed to furnish him with a draught upon the Collector of Portsmouth, for five thousand dollars, to enable him to discharge the interest due on the stock standing on his books, on the 31st. December.” Letter not...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President. He regrets extremely that the state of his health does not permit him to attend the President today. He has the honor to enclose a report on two of the letters to Mr. Genet, & would have embraced the third respecting the protested bills, if it had been in his power. But no inconvenience can in this case ensue, as the...
The Secretary of the Treasury upon two Letters from the Minister plenipotentiary of France to the Secy. of State severally bearing date the 11. & 14 of November inst. respectfully reports to the President of the United States as follows. 1. The object of these Letters is to procure an engagement that the bills which the Minister may draw upon the sums, which according to the terms of the...
It appears indespensable to adjust disagreeing Ideas with regard to the State of the Account between France and the UStates, that as much as shall be found practicable should be done without loss of time towards a settlement of it. With this view I have instructed the Accounting Officers of the Treasury to proceed in the business as soon as there shall appear some person on your behalf to...
[ November 26, 1793. On February 24, 1794, Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard wrote to Hamilton : “We … have now to acknowledge Receipt of the Triplicate of your esteemed favor of 26 November last.” Letter not found. ]
We have received your Letter of the 26th instant. We take to day to revise it and tomorrow or the day after we expect to hand it to some Printer for publication with our Certificate. We are with respect and esteem   Your obedient servants John Jay } Esquires. Rufus King LS , in the handwriting of H, Columbia University Libraries. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to H to...
Poor Fenno is ruined by his Patriotism. His weekly paper is at an end—and he cannot begin again without a loan of at least 1500 Dollars. As I think he deserves assistance from the goodness of his motives and that it is of consequence to the Fœderal cause that he should be enabled to prosecute a paper—I have set on foot a subscription to a loan for his use. The inclosed will shew its progress....
We the subscribers, certify that we did severally communicate to the abovementioned John Jay and Rufus King, the particulars contained in the foregoing statement. That such of them as are therein mentioned to have been reported to Governor Mifflin by Mr. Dallas, were communicated by the Governor to each of us, as having been received by him from Mr. Dallas. That such of them as respect Mr....
Notwithstanding the information of this Morning respecting the Insertion in Dunlap’s Paper on Monday, certain reasons determine us rather to return to you the Paper with our certificate. You will find that we have altered nothing material to your purpose. The omission of what concerned the President has proceeded from a scruple about official propriety. We are with respect & esteem   Dr Sir  ...
Various circumstances have prevented an earlier answer to your letter of the 22d of August last. The question referred to having been stated to the Attorney General, you will receive a copy of his opinion herewith enclosed, in which I concur. I am Sir   Your obedient Servant L[S] , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives. Although...
I have taken the opinion of the Attorney General on the case of the St Domingo Vessels, mentioned in your letter of the 2d September last, which confirms that which I had before entertained, and on further reflection continue to entertain—namely that those vessels do not fall within the meaning of the 38th Section of the Collection Law respecting vessels that put into our Ports from distress...
Treasury Department, November 30, 1793. Encloses “a letter … received from General Stewart on the subject of his proposed appointment.” Thinks “it consistent with a reasonable construction of the general interest of the Law to allow the indulgence which his situation requires.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Letter not found, but see Walter Stewart to H, November 27, 1793...
Objects to be communicated in Speech & Messages I Proclamation II Embarrassments on carrying into Execution the principles of neutrality; necessity of some auxiliary provisions by law III Expectation of indemnification given in relation to illegal captures IV State of our affairs with regard to G Britain to Spain to France—claim of Guarantee —propositions respecting Trade V Indian affairs....
It is greatly to be lamented, for the sake of humanity, that the flame of War, which had before spread over a considerable part of Europe has within the present year extended itself much further; implicating all those powers with whom the United States have the most extensive relations. When it was seen here, that almost all the maritime Nations either were, or were likely soon to become...
I was very glad to learn, my dear daughter, that you were going to begin the study of the French language. We hope you will in every respect behave in such a manner as will secure to you the good-will and regard of all those with whom you are. If you happen to displease any of them, be always ready to make a frank apology. But the best way is to act with so much politeness, good manners, and...
[ Philadelphia, December 2, 1793. The dealer’s catalogue description of this letter reads: “Regarding the account of Young & Dannacker for ‘surplus cloathing furnished for the use of the army. As it appears that the Cloathing for the Sergeants & musicians has been made of cloth of a very superior quality, it is my wish that [they] be allowed an extraordinary compensation therefor.…” Letter not...
The Secretary of the Treasury on the letter from the Minister plenipotentiary of France to the Secretary of State of the 15 instant, respectfully makes the following report to the President of the United States. It is true as alleged by the Minister, that certain drafts of his on the Treasury have not been admitted. Some of them were predicated upon the fund engaged to him in November; but one...
I have found it necessary in order to provide for the punctual payment of the allowances to fishing vessels which will become due on the 31st inst to authorise the Collectors of the several districts in Massachusetts to draw on you, when the funds in their hands shall be inadequate to discharge the demands uppon them. The Collectors who may have occasion to resort to this resourse have been...
[ Philadelphia ] December 5, 1793 . States “that he has reason to believe General Stewart has removed the obstacles to his appointment.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. See Walter Stewart to H, November 27, 1793 , and H to Washington, November 30, 1793 . Stewart’s appointment as “Surveyor of the district of Philadelphia, and Inspector of the Revenue for the port of...
[ Philadelphia, December 6, 1793. “The Secretary of the Treasury, by letter of the 6th of December 1793, directed the Treasurer to draw, and deposit in the Bank of the United States, for sale, bills upon several persons; among those, upon the Collector of Norfolk, for a sum of twenty thousand dollars, to be comprised in various draughts.” Letter not found. ] D , RG 233, Papers of the Select...
At a meeting of the heads of departments & Atty genl. at the President’s on the 7th. of Dec. 1793. Mr. Genet’s ltre of Dec. 3. questioning the right of requiring the address of Consular commissions to the President was read. It is the opinion that the address may be either to the US. or to the President of the US. but that one of these should be insisted on. A letter from James King was read,...
Treasury Department, December 9, 1793. “The President of the united States having been pleased to appoint you to the Office of Commissioner of Loans in the State of Pennsylvania, you will herewith receive your commission.…” LS (photostat), Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
From your weekly statement of Cash I calculate that you will have sufficient funds in your hands to discharge the allowances to fishing vessels, which will become due in your District on the 31st instant. You will therefore pay those allowances agreeably to the instructions heretofore given for that purpose. I request however that you will furnish me with an estimate of the sum which will be...
I have this moment received your Letter of the 8th instant, and have instructed the Comptroller of the Treasury to proceed in cooperation with you, as speedily as possible, in the adjustment of the Account between France and the united States. Any question arising in the course of the business which may require my special attention will immediately receive it. With consideration and esteem   I...
An arrangement has been made in consequence of your representation to the comptroller of the Treasury, of the 13th of August last, for discharging at the office of the accountant such part of the pay due to the Commissioned officers of the Army as they may desire to have paid here. The following plan has been devised for the purpose: Let the officers who wish to be availed of the arrangement,...
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Jefferson. He has a confused recollection that there was something agreed upon with regard to prizes about which he was to write to the Collectors but which his state of his health at the time put out of his recollection. If Mr. Jefferson recollects it Mr. H will thank him for information. AL , Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress. This is...
The enclosed paper is the Charter party of the Swedish Ship Maria, which was chartered by our Consul at Lisbon to carry certain dispatches hither for our Government. I request that you will pay to the Captain one half of the freight as stipulated in the said Charter party, and that you will endeavor to procure for him a frieght back to Lisbon. It will be desireable, that this be done with all...
It is known that in the last Session certain questions were raised respecting my Conduct in Office, which, though decided in a manner the most satisfactory to me, were nevertheless, unavoidably from the lateness of the period when they were set on foot, so accelerated in their issue, as to have given occasion to a Suggestion that there was not time for due examination. Unwilling to leave the...
It is my desire that you proceed immediately in the plan of purchasing, for the account of the United States, Spirits lawfully distilled in the western Surveys of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and in Kentucky, in the manner which was directed upon the last occasion. A fund of Ten Thousand Dollars in addition to the former sum of ten thousand Dollars may be applied to the purchases at proper...
I am to acknowledge the receipt of an extract of a letter from you to Mr. Hammond of the 5th. of September 1793. As a preliminary however to the Instructions to be given to the Collectors, it will be necessary that you inform me, whether Mr. Hammond has assented to the proposed arrangement as well as the number and names of the prizes that come within the description. I have the Honor to be  ...
I have the honor to transmit herewith, an account of the receipts and expenditures of the United States for the year 1792, pursuant to a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 30th of December, 1791, accompanied with an explanatory letter to me, from the Comptroller of the Treasury. I trust the House will consider the interruption to business, occasioned by the late calamity in...