James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard Harrison, 27 December 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Richard Harrison

27 December 1803, Treasury Department. “I have the honor to enclose extracts from the Accounts of Mess. Jay, Short, Pinckney, and John Q Adams,1 which will shew the grounds on which they have respectively received Credit for Expenses of the kind allude⟨d⟩ to in your letter of yesterday. But as all these Gentlemen, except Mr. Jay, were in the rect. of regular and legal Salaries, it is presumed their cases do not fully answer as precedents for that of Doctor Stevens; and I am still decidedly of Opinion that whatever allowance he is to have, whether in the shape of compensation, or as a Reimbursement of Expenses must be fixed by some superior Authority before it can be admitted by the Accounting Officers of the Treasury.”

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