Alexander Hamilton Papers

Report on Several Petitions Barred by the Acts of Limitation, [27 February 1794]

Report on Several Petitions Barred
by the Acts of Limitation1

[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 were referred by the House of Representatives, the several Petitions noted at foot hereof, respectfully reports thereupon as follows—

The Claims to which the said petitions severally relate, are barred by the Acts of Limitation.3

The Secretary has repeatedly and especially in his Report of the 16th. of April 1792,4 suggested the weighty reasons which operate against relaxations in regard to the Acts of Limitation.

There appear in the Cases, now submitted, no reasons sufficiently special or discriminating to render it, in his Judgment, expedient or safe, to make them Objects of particular Legislative exception.

Which is humbly submitted

Alexander Hamilton
Secy. of the Treasury.

Names of the Petitioners above referred to
Mordecai Sheftall5 William McNeal.9
Esther Johnson6 Anne Latta & James Latta10
John Sutlief7 John Brandon11
Peter Rockafeller8 Englebert Kemmena12
Sarah Greaton William Read13

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.

5This petition was referred to H on March 29, 1792 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 554).

6This petition was referred to H on December 5, 1792 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 634).

7This petition was referred to H on December 18, 1792 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 650).

8This and the next petition were referred to H on February 9, 1793 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 697).

9This petition was referred to H on December 24, 1793 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , II, 20).

10This petition was referred to H on January 10, 1794 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , II, 32).

11This petition was referred to H on June 24, 1790 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 250).

12This petition was referred to H on September 25, 1789 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 123).

13This petition was referred to H on March 19, 1792 (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 539–40).

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