7 March 1802. Sends a report of the secretary of the treasury on the claim of [Paul] Coulon, a French merchant.1 Asks JM to interest himself in the case to see that Coulon receives justice.
RC (DNA: RG 59, NFL, France, vol. 1). 3 pp.; in French. Enclosure not found, but see n. 1.
1. Gallatin’s report, dated 22 Jan. 1802, which looked unfavorably on Coulon’s demand for payment, is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Claims, pp. 251–55. The House passed a bill for Coulon’s relief on 12 Apr. 1802, but the Senate failed to concur (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 7th Cong., 1st sess., 266–67, 1163). For Coulon’s petition to Congress asking for compensation for his loss as owner of the prize ship Betty Cathcart, detained in Wilmington, North Carolina, see Pichon to JM, 29 Sept. 1802.