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I judge it proper to keep you apprised of every thing material which occurs in the department and therefore enclose you copies of two letters from the Secretary at war on which Mr. Coxe has requested that 37,000 dollars may be advanced to the Contractor for rations and 15,000 or 20,000 dollars to the Contractor for cloathing for the year 1795. As there is no special appropriation, it will be...
I have recd. your Letter of Sept. 30th. & have lost no time in causing Notes to be prepared for the remittances directed to be made to Genl. Miller & Mr. Williams, which will go forward tomorrow by Colo. Presley Nevil to whom a reasonable compensation has been promised. I expect to be able to forward ninety thousand Dollars by the same conveyance to Fort Cumberland for the pay of the army. I...
Applications are frequently made respecting accounts which remain dependg in this Office, on which I have already delivered my opinion and made reports while I served in the Office of Auditer of the Treasury. In some cases special appeals were made to my predecessor in Office, & in other cases when no appeals were made; the principles on which the accounts were stated, appear to be interesting...
I send you the residue of the pamph[l]et. I am astonished at the villany of Munroe—a more base, false, & malignant suggestion than is contained in his Note of Jany 2d 1793. was never uttered. I am yrs ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Wolcott to H, July 3, 1797 . Wolcott enclosed pamphlet No. VI by James Thomson Callender....
The paper referred to by Abishai Thomas Esq. in his Letter dated the 12th instant, is merely a Rect. signed “ James Green Jr. Treas. Loan Office ” for a number of indented Certificates supposed to be then issued in pursuance of the resolutions of Congress of the 2d. of January & 2nd. of July 1779 in favour of a Chairman of a Committee of Accounts in North Carolina. The Rect. was given by Mr....
Treasury Department, Comptroller’s Office, February 29, 1792. Sends report on memorial of Samuel Fowler. States: “Though there is not any recollection of the particular Certificate presented by Saml Fowler and defaced at the Treasury, yet from the circumstances now stated, it is evident that said Certificate was a forgery and not chargeable to the public. That the negligence imputed by the...
I have no recollection of Mr. Anthony Singletons application to fund Certificates of Regd. Debt, and unless the Certificates are presented I cannot judge whether there are any valid objections against complying with his request. I well recollect that in the year 1791, it was a standing rule to admit no transfer of any Certificates issued by Mr. Nourse without a power of Attorney. It was found...
I fear that your opinion of Nov. 3d has been founded on a partial view of the case. You will remember that it has all along been a recd. opinion that the French had a right by Treaty to enjoy an indefinite asylum in our Ports: but that they could not claim the privilidge of selling Prizes in our Ports . The privilidge of an indefinite asylum in was also granted to British Ships of War &...
The following occurrence took place a few days since in this Office, which I take the liberty to state, that a rule may be established to govern in future or similar occasions. Solomen Marks Jr appeared at the Office with John McCulloh and in his presence wrote a transfer to said McCulloh on a Certificate for One hundred & eighty one Dolls & sixty one Cents. six ⅌ Cent Stock. Before the...
I have recd. your favour of September 26th. and have made a few notes, which I will revise and send to you to morrow. The style & temper is excellent, no observations occur to me upon the first part of the Draught. You will judge of the expediency of sending the Letter, from the information which you possess of the public opinion. I have no lights beyond those which I suggested as from...
Treasury Department, Comptroller’s Office, June 4, 1792. “I have considered the question stated by Samuel Bayard Esq Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States … & am of opinion that charges for postage which may be incurred by him in executing his official duties can be properly allowed.… The Letters from Mr. Bayard to the several Clerks can be ⟨ma⟩rked as paid & the postage charged to...
I shall send by this Post a Letter to Keeper of Debtors apartment in New York granting the priviledge recommended in your Letter of yesterday. As there are probably many persons ⟨liable⟩ to be held in close confinement, ought not the Governor, State Judges, and District Judges to direct the removal of the Prisoners to some Gaol in the Country? I am acquainted with the state of a delicate...
A question has occurred upon the following state of facts upon which I take the liberty to request that a legal opinion may be obtained from the Attorney General of the United States. By the Act entitled “an Act providing for the settlement of the claims of Persons under particular circumstances barred by the limitations heretofore established,” passed in the 27th. of March 1792, a period of...
Enclosed I have the honor to transmit to you, the copy of a Letter from the Surveyor General of the United States in Answer to my enquiries respecting the time when and the place where the troops required to assist in marking the Indian boundary line would be wanted. The opinion of the Surveyor General in relation to this business, confirms the expediency of directing the Commanding Officer in...
I have the honour to transmit a Statement of the Rects. & Expenditures of The United States for the year 1793 which has been prepared pursuant to the Order of the House of Representatives passed on the 30th. of Dece. 1791. To this Statement an Appendix has been added, exhibiting the operation of the Fund for reducing the Domestic Debt, to the close of the year 1793, also statements of the...
The 25th: Section of the act entittled “an Act concerning the registering & recording of Ships & Vessells” provides for the payment of the following fees to the Officers of the Customs. For the admeasurement of a Ship encluding Cents 200 Tons 200. For a Certificate of Registry 200. For a Bond  25 $4.25. In Districts where there is no Naval Officer, two thirds of the fees, are to be recd. for...
It appears from accounts depending in the Treasury & unsettled, that very considerable Supplies were furnished by the United States to the Marine of France in the years 1778 1779 & 1780, under the Agency of John Holker Esq late Consul general. The payments made by Mr. Holker on this account, were in Continental bills long after the Supplies were furnished, & when the currency was greatly...
The question upon the Constitutionality of the Act imposing duties on Carriages, will I expect be determined by the Supreme Court the next month. I request you if possible to attend the trial as Counsel for the United States. Mr. Lee the Attorney General is now here & will be able to inform you of the time when the trial will come on, and will concert with you the measures proper to be...
In examining the Accounts of Monsr. Le Ray de Chaumont with the United States, it appears to me to be important that the powers of the American Ministers and agents at the Court of versailles relative to procuring monies and supplies, and settling accounts on the part of the United States should be ascertained. If these sentiments should receive your approbation, I beg leave to submit to your...
The original papers of which I herewith enclose Copies, were a few days since recd. from the Accountts Office as Vouchers for accounts transmitted by Mr. Swan Pay Master of the Troops & for which he claims credit. The indications which they contain, that the instructions which were transmitted by the Treasury have not been pursued, render it my duty to submit the case to your consideration. By...
I have considered the application of Benjamin Bourne Esq. for the renewal of certain Certificates and Warrants for transfering funded Stock alledged to have been lost and am of opinion that the following rules should be adopted. That in case a transfer Certificate is lost, before the Treasury Warrant has been issued, the claimant or some person having knowledge thereof should in the first...
It is my opinion that compensations for the services of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts in making records & issuing Certificates for the pensions of Invalids are fully provided for, by the third section of the Act intittled “an Act for regulating processes in the Courts of the United States and providing compensations for the Officers of the said Courts & for Jurors & Witness” and that...
I have recd. your favour of the 20th. with Twenty Dollars. The sum I lent you was Thirty Dollars. Yesterday I sent you a small bill which you forgot to pay. No Consul can be recd. at present. The result of all the enquiries which I have been able to make is, that a small sum, might be raised by the gradual sale of 7½ ⅌ Cent Stock at par but that there can be no certainty, that a Loan would...
Philadelphia, October 14, 1794. “Letters were yesterday recd. from our Bankers at Amsterdam dated July 1st. & 15th. and August 1st. & 18th.… Mr. Willing advised me some time since not to reduce the price of Excha. on Amsterdam—the bills however were not sold the last time I inquired. I shall make a further inquiry on the subject. I cannot be certain from an Examination of the statement made by...
I have the honour to enclose a copy of a Letter recd. in this office from the Sec. of War, the object of which is, that provision be made for discharging at the Office of the Accountant some part of the pay due to the Commissd. & Non Commissd. officers, and Privates of the Army. There is nothing in the Law which contemplates an arrangement of this kind; but in case it can be carried into...
I have recd. your Letter with the enclosures. By what I last sent you, you will see the perfidy of at least Munroe. I will attend to your request as soon as possible, but all my time this day will be taken up, and perhaps tomorrow. yrs. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Wolcott to H, July 3, 1797 . Letter not found. The...
I have the honour to transmit the following statements of disbursements by the Department of War in the years 1790 & 1791. Number 1. Being a statement of the accounts of Henry Knox Esq. Secretary at War as settled at the Treasury. No. 2. Being a statement of the accounts of Joseph Howell Esq. from the 10th. of Sept. 1789. to the 1st. of March 1790. as settled at the Treasury. No. 3. Being a...
I have the honour to submit to your consideration, a draft of a Letter to the Contractors of the Army, respecting the payment of Subsistence to Officers—and a proposal for an alteration in the form of the Abstract of Rations issued, which will be particularly necessary in case the proposed arrangement is adopted. It has occurred as a question whether the third section of the Act making...
By your direction I have examined the accounts of the several Loan officers, who serv’d under the late ordinance of Congress, and have now the honor to communicate my observations thereon. The accounts of Nathaniel Gilman, of New Hampshire, Nathaniel Appleton, of Massachusetts, William Ellery of Rhode-Island, William Imlay of Connecticut, John Cochran of New York, James Ewing of New Jersey,...
On examining the Accounts of Vincent Redman, Collector of the Customs, for the District of Yeocomico River, in the State of Virginia, for the Quarter ending 31st: March 1791, it appears, that he has charged duties on the Sloop Maria, an American Coasting Vessel, under Twenty Tons burthen at the rate of six cents per Ton, per Annum, to the amount of Ninety Cents. As the Collection of those...
I have examined the papers which have been transmitted to me relative to the accounts of Messrs. Joseph Gardoqui & Sons, and am fully of opinion that the amount of their account being 10,057 Rs. vellon. 22 Mars. equal to five hundred and two dollars and eighty five Cents ought to be admitted to their credit. Indeed it appears that the whole of their charges except for 1920 Rials vellon have...
The inclosed Letters of Administration granted to Catharine Jones on the estates of John Hanholt George Hollman, Bernard Brulbiner, James Burt John Geroir, & Atonia Lasambert late Soldiers of Genl Hazens Regt. were some time since presented at this Office with a power of Attorney from the said Catharine Jones, to Alexander Power of the City of Philadelphia, Broker for the purpose of obtaining...
[ New York, October, 1789. ] Sends “Estimate of Debts contracted by the State of Connecticut during the late War and remaining unpaid September 1, 1789.” Copy, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Wolcott was the son of Oliver Wolcott, Connecticut jurist and governor. Wolcott, who served during the American Revolution in the quartermaster department, was admitted to the bar in 1781, and...
Mr. Wolcott respectfully informs the Secretary of the Treasury, that Stephen Drayton Esq: of south Carolina, is charged on the Books of the Quarter Master Department, with between, three & four Millions of Dollars in old emissions recd. by him, principally during the years 1779. & 1780. Also that certificates of Specie value, to a large amount, were issued by said Drayton & his assistants,...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2d instant. The business to which you allude, relates to an application made to me by the Surveyor General, for a party of Men to assist in marking the Indian boundary line agreeably to, General Waynes Treaty; but, as the Surveyor General omitted to designate the time when and the place where the men would be required, I have written to...
At the close of the last week or on Monday of this, a Letter was recd. by the Secy of War from the President covering the Commissions of the Major Generals, dated on one day . This circumstance taken in connexion with others which preceeded, fully justify an opinion that the rank may [be] considered as settled in the order in which the appointments were made—of course that you are established...
I thank you for your Letter of April 5th. & enclose Mr. Kings Letter. I presume that the British Comrs. under the 6th. Article (for Debts) will contend for a similar construction respecting cases determined in our Courts. Is there any ground on which the principle can be opposed? Are we to consider the British Credit as at an end, if so what effects, will it probably produce here? Your further...
I send you abstracts of all the payments to the President to the present time. It is a fact that more money has been at times advanced than was due for service , but never a Dollar for which there was no Appropriation . The villany of the suggestion against the President has induced me to reply to the Calm Observer on the 26th. & 28th. You will see what I have said & the inclosed papers will...
I have had the honour to receive your favour of the 13th instant, by which I am informed that I have been appointed Auditor in the department of the Treasury. I embrace this first opportunity to give you notice that I have proceeded to this place on my way to New York, and that immediately upon my arrival there, I will do myself the honour to wait on you, for the purpose of acquiring such...
The following occurrence has happened in relation to which I request your opinion. Matthias Huysinga Misschert in pursuance of a power of Attorney from Theodosus Gerhardus Bosch of Utrecht, has subscribed to the Loan proposed by Congress about seventy thousand Dollars of Registered Debt, for which he requests Certificates of Funded Debt in the name of the said Bosch. Previously to the time of...
I take the liberty to request that the opinion of the Attorney General of the United States may be taken on the question arising out of the following state of facts. On the twenty first day of October 1780 congress resolved that the Officers of the Army who should continue in service to the end of the war should be intittled to receive half pay during life. On the 22d. of March 1783. the grant...
Treasury Department, June 24, 1794. “It is my duty to inform you that Daniel Benezet, Collector for Great-Egg-Harbour, has made no return to the Treasury since January 1792; and that several letters have been written to him from this Office on the subject, to which he has neglected to pay any attention. A similar neglect is imputable to John Lawson the younger, Collector for Sunbury, who has...
Treasury Department, December 27, 1791. “I have examined the memorial of Wm. W. Smith for himself and as Administrator to Gilbert Tennent deceased and of Joseph Eaker by his Attorney George Hunter, and report the following state of facts and opinion thereon. That it appears from the books and documents appertaining to the late Hospital Department, that Wm. W. Smith continued in the service of...
Treasury Department, Comptroller’s Office, June 9, 1794. “The following case has occurred in this Office in which I take the liberty to request that the opinion of the Attorney General of the United States may be obtained. In the beginning of the year 1787, Benjamin Eyre, being then and still a Creditor in the Unfunded Stock of the United States, became a bankrupt in London, in consequence of...
Treasury Department, March 12, 1790. Has “examined the accounts of Thomas Barclay.” Believes “that the final settlement thereof was delayed merely for the purpose of determining what compensation Mr. Barclay ought to receive for his services.” Itemizes Barclay’s charges against the United States, and states that “If the whole of these charges are admitted, the balance due to Mr. Barclay … will...
For the purpose of obviating the difficulties which have been experienced in respect to the Act providing compensations for the Officers of the judicial Courts of the United States & for jurors & Witnesses; and for the more regular collection & payment of the monies accruing from fines & forfeitures; I take the liberty to submit the following sentiments to your consideration. That all fees &...
Treasury Department, Comptroller’s Office, June 25, 1792. “I have considered the proposition stated in … Governor Mifflins Letter to you dated the 23d. instant, and can discover no objection to an arrangement being made, for permitting transfers to the Commonwealth of Pensylvania, of the sums which have been subscribed in the State Certificates. If this is done the Commonwealth will be...
The question whether Stock standing on the books of the Treasury & the Loan Offices respectively, is liable to attachment, being yet undecided, I judge it necessary to apprise you, that consequences unfavourable to the public Credit, are to be apprehended. The most considerable Credits which have been attached are those standing in the names of John Warder & Co & Donald & Burton; and the...
I have recd. a Letter from Mr. Josiah Meigs one of the Professors of Yale College, informing me that he has been offered one half of the establishment of the Daily Advertizer published in your City, which it is proposed should be edited & conducted jointly by Mr. Meigs & Mr. Morten the present Proprietor. To enable Mr. Meigs to accept the proposal it will however be necessary for him to...
On examining the Accounts of Daniel Benezet, Collector of the Customs, for the district of Great-Egg-harbour, from the 1st: of January to the 31st. of March last; it appears, that he has collected duties on American Coasting Vessells, under 20 Tons burthen, at the rate of Six Cents per Ton, per annum, to the amount of one dollar & Eighty six Cents. As the Collection of those duties, seems to...