§ From Albert Gallatin
27 October 1801, Treasury Department. Encloses letter from Oliver Ellsworth, which had been referred to Treasury Department accountants. Comptroller requests JM’s opinion on the principle on which the account is to be settled and the time period for which Ellsworth is entitled to a salary. Since case is not defined by law but covered by discretionary power which is vested in State Department, comptroller will be governed by JM’s decision.