From William Gray, 21 January 1814 (Abstract)
§ From William Gray. 21 January 1814, Boston. “Permit me to introduce to your notice the Honble Moses Carleton of Wiscasset, who is a very respectable Character, a firm supporter to the General Government, and is a Gentln. of real worth & probity,1 any civilities shewn him will be considerd as conferd upon me.”
RC (DLC). 1 p.
1. Carlton’s business in Washington was probably related to a 20 May 1813 petition that he and other residents of Wiscasset, District of Maine, submitted to the House of Representatives, requesting relief from penalties imposed on them for importing British merchandise in the spring of 1811 (DNA: RG 233, Petitions and Memorials, 13A-G12.4). The petitioners asserted that the French decrees of Berlin and Milan had not really been revoked “as supposed” in JM’s proclamation of 2 Nov. 1810, and that they and many others had therefore believed, at the time the cargoes in question were shipped, that the U.S. nonimportation laws would not be reinstated against Great Britain. Introduced in the House by Abiel Wood on 28 June 1813, the petition was referred on 18 Jan. 1814 to the Ways and Means committee. It was dismissed without achieving its object on 5 Apr. 1814 (Journal of the House of Representatives at the First Session of the Thirteenth Congress [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 30188a], 113; Journal of the House of Representatives at the Second Session of the Thirteenth Congress [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 33241], 180, 533, 535).