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    Treasury: LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, ACCOMPANYING HIS REPORTS ON THE MEMORIAL OF DAVID JONES, AND THE PETITIONS OF OBADIAH SCOTT, AND OF GEORGE GILBERT AND JACOB GILBERT. 25TH MARCH, 1800. ORDERED TO LIE ON THE TABLE. PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. [Philadelphia: 1800]. 13, [3 blanks] pp. Disbound, scattered soil. Light blindstamp on title page. Else Very Good.


    Jones's Memorial prompts Secretary Wolcott to recommend leasing the Salt Springs in the Northwest Territory, to prevent "irregular conduct of unauthorized individuals" which threaten the abutting woods and which may result in "a future unnecessary increase of the price of salt in the western country." The Gilberts sought relief from their 1794 contract with then-Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, for supplying clothing and uniforms to the army. The contract, with Hamilton's signature in type, is printed at pages 8-10. Although the Gilberts "suffered considerable losses in consequence of the increased price of cloth during the year 1794," Wolcott holds them to their bargain. Obadiah Scott fares no better in his effort to avoid paying duties of $57.00 on his distillery, which had broken by reason of "the high state of the water in the river Ohio."
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