To David Allison
Philadelphia Apr. 4. 1792.
I am sorry that my absence last night prevented the immediate answer to your favor which was desired. All demands for money, be their nature or purpose what it will, must be addressed to the Treasury department, which alone can decide on them. Judge Turner from the N. Western territory has had occasion lately to make application in a case similar to yours. I would advise you to apply to him and know the best mode of doing it. I trouble you with a letter to Judge Campbell in answer to the one from him which you were so kind as to bring me.—I am Sir your very humble servt,
Allison, the clerk of the Mero District Superior Court, had written TJ on 3 Apr. 1792 at the request of Daniel Smith, secretary of the Southwestern Territory, to inquire about an advance for rent and stationery for their offices (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR; endorsed as received 3 Apr. 1792 and so recorded in SJL; Carter, Terr. Papers, iv, 442). TJ’s enclosed letter to David Campbell was that of 27 Mch. 1792.