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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
The Secretary of the Treasury, respectfully submits to the President the following Facts and Observations on the subject of the Laws, providing for the Collection of internal Revenues .— By the existing Regulations, the United States are, for the purpose of collecting internal Revenues, divided into sixteen Districts, each State forming one District, with the Exception of the District of Ohio,...
I have the honor to enclose a statement of the monies collected on account of the marine hospitals from when the law began to operate to the 31st of March 1801, showing also the disbursements made for the relief of sick seamen during the same period by the Agents appointed for that purpose, & the unexpended balances remaining on the last mentioned day in hands of said Agents or of the...
I enclose the hospital money statement which ought to have accompanied my letter of this morning, and add a letter, on the subject of repairs of Gosport hospital, received from the Collector of Norfolk who acts as Agent. I really do not know out of what fund the repairs can be paid. I forgot to mention that a blank commission will be wanted for Inspector of the internal revenues for the Survey...
The enclosed was delivered to me open this evening by Colo. Burr. It encloses an open letter for Mr Madison ; but the whole in fact is designed for you. I had not heard that Mr Lewis the new Marshal had offered to resign. If it is thought proper that he should & he has not offered to do it, I will, if you approve of it, write to Doctor Vaughan, on the grounds of public utility, advising that...
I enclose a letter this day received from St. Th. Mason in relation to South Carolina politics. My impression had been, on that subject, altogether different from yours, as I thought I had understood it from Mr Pinckney that immediate changes were necessary, whilst you conceived them improper for near two years. I concluded that I had been mistaken; but this letter again revives my suspicion...
I have the honor to transmit sundry papers in relation to David Hopkins imprisoned at the suit of United States for non-payment of a penalty. and a copy of my letter on that subject to Mr. Freneau who transmitted them. As he has mistaken the proper tribunal to whom he should have applied, & no relief can be obtained unless it be by a pardon, the papers are submitted to your consideration. It...
I have the honor to enclose the following papers vizt. 1st. Extract of a letter from the Collector of Sag harbour Long Island on the application of hospital money. The same complaints have occasionally been made by other collectors in those small ports from whence the money has heretofore been drawn to the principal port. It might be a good rule to permit the Collectors of those small ports to...
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Commissioner of the revenue accompanying proposals for erecting a light house on Falkner’s Island. There are two applicants , Mr Woodward of Connecticut & Mr M’Comb of New York. For the reasons stated in the Commissioner’s & Gen. Huntingdon’s letters, the first named gentleman seems to merit the preference. By the Act of 3d March last, the...
Your favor of the 7th instt. was received on the 11th, the day after the mail had closed. It arrives here on Tuesday, departs on Monday. You may answer by same mail, but cannot receive answers in less than fortnight. You will receive enclosed, as usual, the list of Warrants; & I also enclose a letter from Mr Doyley & one from W. Jones member of Congress for Philada. The first letter is not...
I am this moment favored with your letter of the 14th instt. & although I have little to add to mine of yesterday, will send a few lines by Doctr. Bache. I saw Clay last night; he spoke to me for the first time about office; I threw some general hints about Consulship; but he at once told me that he was not fond of commercial pursuits without which a place of Consul could not be accepted;...
The letter I had the pleasure to write to you the other day , & intended to send by Dr Bache will accompany this. I have little to add & only enclose some papers vizt No. 1 is the answer of Presidt. Bank U.S. to mine enclosing a list of names proposed for Directors here, and the order of the board in relation to the intended establishment of a branch here. No. 2 is the answer of the Collector...
My child continuing very unwell , I sent him with Miss Nicholson about 16 miles out of town, mean to go there this evening, perhaps will take them as far as Frederick town & may not be back till Tuesday—therefore write a few lines to day. Enclosed you will find the list of Warrants, copy of a late circular to the collectors, application from E. Sproat late inspector to be supervisor of N. West...
I duly received your favor of the 28th ulto.—In the case of the intended successor of Gen. White as surveyor at Brunswick, I applied to the printer S. H. Smith who married there, & who after ten days deliberation, told me that he had in vain tried to find a republican there fitted for the office, but mentioned the name of John Nelson as a very respectable & moderate federal character there. If...
This will be handed by Mr M. L. Davies of New York, the candidate for the naval office. I used my endeavours to prevent his proceeding to Monticello; but he had left New York with that intention & is not easily diverted from his purpose. The reason he gives for his anxiety is that, immediately after the adjournt. of Congress, E. Livingston & others mentioned to him that a positive arrangement...
In relation to Gardner and Campbell formerly clerks in the Auditor’s office, their case is not similar. Gardner voluntarily resigned about a year ago. As to Campbell, the Auditor states that when the public offices were about to be removed, the clerks, and he among the number, were supplied with an advance of money to defray their expenses to Washington ; that Campbell remained behind without...
I have nothing new to communicate; expecting to see you in a few days, and being much engaged this day, I only enclose the list of Warrants & two letters, one from Mr Dent applying for the Treasurer’s office, & one from Doctr. Bache, to which last I am at a loss how to answer. Mr Habersham seems embittered and determined not to accept the office of Treasurer. I can go on with the routine of...
The Secretary of the Treasury wishes to know where the Commrs., appointed to decide on the claims under judge Symme’s purchase, reside, in order to send the commisions. There is no time to be lost. A pardon has already been signed in favor of Hopkins & transmitted to Mr P. Freneau. The situation of the revenue district of Massac renders an appointment necessary. The resignation of Mr Irwin...
It is requested by Mr Hancock , if not impracticable, that he should obtain this afternoon the intended letter for the Collector of Philada. in relation to prize vessel “Harmony.” At all events he wishes for an answer before he leaves the city. The messenger of the Secry. of the Treasury is directed to call at six o’Clock this afternoon for the President’s answer which he will bring to his...
The enclosed letter from Mr Dallas, received this morning, showeth that the Brit. Consul has not agreed to the restoration in the case of the prize vessel “Harmony.” The instructions sent yesterday to the Collector do not, however, seem to require any alteration. Mr D. seems to have supposed that, had the capture been made before the exchange of ratifications, a restoration might have been...