James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Patterson, 1 January 1814

From Robert Patterson

Mint of the United States,
Jany 1st. 1814.


I have now the honour of laying before you a Report of the operations of the Mint, for the last twelve months.

From the Treasurer’s statement of the coinage, herewith transmitted, it will appear, that during that period, there have been struck and issued—

In gold coins, 95,428 pieces, amounting to $477,140
In silver coins, 1,241,903 pieces, amounting to  620,951
In copper coins, 418,000 pieces, amounting to    4,180

Making in the whole, one million, seven hundred & fifty five thousand, three hundred & thirty one, pieces of coin; amounting to one million, one hundred & two thousand, two hundred & seventy one dollars & fifty cents.1 I have the honour to be, Sir, with sentiments of the most perfect respect & esteem your obed. faithful servt.

R. Patterson

RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 233, President’s Messages, 13A-E1); letterbook copy (PP-NAMA: RG 104, Letters Sent by the Director). The Senate RC and enclosures have been microfilmed in Territorial Papers of the U.S. Senate, 1789–1873, reel 20, but in 2010 the editors were unable to locate the originals at the National Archives. JM transmitted the report to Congress on 6 Jan. 1814 (DNA: RG 233, President’s Messages, 13A-E1). For enclosures, see n. 1.

1In addition to Treasurer of the Mint James Rush’s statement of coinage (1 p.), Patterson enclosed “An Abstract of the Ordinary Expences of the Mint of the United States” for 1813 (1 p.), also signed by Rush, showing a total of $21,325.39 expended for salaries, wages, and incidentals. Both enclosures printed in ASP, Finance, description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends 2:650.

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