Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: John C. Calhoun to William H. Crawford, 14 April [1821], enclosure no. 1 in William H. Crawford to Thomas Jefferson, 16 April 1821


John C. Calhoun to William H. Crawford

Department of War 14th April 1820. [1821.]1


In reply to the letter of Mr Jefferson which you transmitted to this Department, I enclose a report of the 3d Auditor who is charged with that branch of business, on the account of the State of Virginia. By reference to this report you will see that the whole amount, of the claims of Virginia on file and unadjusted is $11,4987100, and that the residue of her claims is in the hands of her agent, not having been yet exhibited for examination.

should they be presented, the course Suggested by the Auditor will be persued; that is, they will pass a general examination, and whatever amount may be Safely advanced on them, will be made on Such examination. Even with these additional claims which were not anticipated when the appropriation was made, I do not think there will be a deficit in the appropriation, and consequently do not apprehend any difficulty on that account.

As to the amount which may finally be due to the State, or that may be advanced on the examination which I propose, I can form no opinion till the Agent of the State has exhibited her claims.

I return Mr Jeffersons letter.

I have the honor to be Your Obedt servt

J. C. Calhoun

RC (ViU); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Calhoun; at foot of text: “Honble Wm H. Crawford Secy of the Treasury.” Tr (ViU); at head of text: “Copy.”

the letter from TJ to Crawford enclosed here was that of 8 Apr. 1821. Virginia’s agent for claims against the United States government was Cary Selden.

1RC: “1820.” Tr: “1821.”

Index Entries

  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; as secretary of war search
  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; letter from, to W. H. Crawford search
  • Crawford, William Harris; as secretary of the treasury search
  • Crawford, William Harris; letter to, from J. C. Calhoun search
  • Hagner, Peter; as U.S. Treasury auditor search
  • Literary Fund; and U.S. debt to Va. search
  • Selden, Cary; as Va. claims agent search
  • United States; debt to Va. search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search