Alexander Hamilton Papers

Report on the Petition of Peter Pray Van Zandt, [27 February 1794]

Report on the Petition of Peter Pray Van Zandt1

[Philadelphia, February 27, 1794
Communicated on March 3, 1794]2

[To the Speaker of the House of Representatives]

The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred by an order of the House of Representatives of the 14th. July 1790, the petition of Peter pra Van Zandt,3 thereupon makes the follow Report—

That the Subject of this petition has been decided upon by the Commissioner of the Revenue4 and the Auditor,5 subsequent to the reference of it to the Secretary—and that the interposition of Congress therefore does not appear necessary or adviseable.

Which is humbly submitted

Alexander Hamilton
Secy. of the Treasury.

Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1784–1795, Vol. IV, National Archives.

1This report was one of twenty-nine reports on petitions enclosed in H to Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, February 27, 1794.

2Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , II, 77–78.

3On July 14, 1790, “The … [petition] of … Peter Pray Van Zandt … [was] presented to the House and read … praying the liquidation and settlement of a claim against the United States.

Ordered, That the said … [petition] be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instructions to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.” (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 269.)

4Tench Coxe.

5Richard Harrison. For Section 7 of “An Act making alterations in the Treasury and War Departments” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 281 [May 8, 1792]) under which Tench Coxe and Richard Harrison settled this account, see Coxe to H, June 27, 1792, note 2.

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