Report on the Petition of Daniel Ellis
and John How
[Philadelphia, April 12, 1792
Communicated on April 17, 1792]1
The Secretary of the Treasury, pursuant to an Order of the House of Representatives of the 17th. of January 1791, referring to him the petition of Daniel Ellis and John How, Executors of Samuel How, late of the City of Burlington, deceased,2 respectfully reports.
That it appears by the Petitioners own shewing, that the subject of their claim, which is payment for supplies furnished to a Pennsylvania row-galley, has been originally regarded by Congress, as a charge proper for the consideration of the State. And that the Comptroller General of Pennsylvania,3 who appears to be the proper Officer to decide on the said claim, has rejected it.
The Secretary does not, therefore, perceive, that the case is of a nature to claim relief from the United States.
All which is humbly submitted,
Secry. of the Treasy.
April 12th 1792.
Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives.
1. Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 580. The communicating letter, dated April 16, 1792, may be found in RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives.
2. “A petition of Daniel Ellis and John How, executors of Samuel How, late of the city of Burlington, deceased, was presented to the House and read, praying to receive payment for a quantity of port which was impressed from the said Samuel How, for the use of the Army of the United States, during the late war.…
“Ordered, That the said … [petition] be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.” (Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 355.)
3. John Nicholson.