Treasury Department Decer. 15th 1807
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Collector of New Orleans written in answer to mine of the 15h. of September last, by which he was directed to make a report respecting the conduct of Capn. Newcombs of the revenue cutter stationed at that place.
It appears thereby that Capn. Newcombs is guilty of habitual intoxication & so quarrelsome that he cannot keep any mates of respectability. But the most decisive reason for his immediate removal is that having received the full amount of pay due to his crew & lodged their receipts with the collector, it nevertheless appears that having induced his men, probably as a necessary matter of form, to sign those receipts before he had paid them, he has kept a part of their pay amounting to about 830 dollars.
The propriety of a new appointment is therefore respectfully submitted.
I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your obedt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.