[Letter] 1844 Aug. 22, Treasury Department [to] Hon[orable] W[illia]m Wilkins, Secretary of War / William B. Lewis

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Letter] 1844 Aug. 22, Treasury Department [to] Hon[orable] W[illia]m Wilkins, Secretary of War / William B. Lewis
Lewis, William Berkeley, 1784-1866
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Cherokee Indians
Thomas, William Holland, 1805-1893
United States, Southern States, 35.8176689, -78.6268927103715
business letters
Letter from William B. Lewis, Treasury Department, to William Wilkins, Secretary of War, dated August 22, 1844 discussing decisions made relevant to the claim of William H. Thomas for supplies he provided for the Cherokees in 1836. Contains the excerpt of a letter sympathetic to the claim, written by C. A. Harris, Commissioner, Office of Indian Affairs on March 26, 1838.
Digital image of original manuscript, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 2000, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Cite as: [title of item], William H. Thomas Papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
4 pages/leaves
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, William H. Thomas Papers, box 01, folder 05, document 06.
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Treasury Department Second Auditors Office
August 22. 1844
The Hon. Wm. Wilkins
Secretary of War
The claim of Wm [William] H Thomas Esqr [Esquire] for the value of provisions & clothing furnished poor & destitute Cherokees in
1836 before a disbursing agent was sent out by the government, has been received at this office from your Department, with the understanding that you decline acting thereon. Having compared it with other claims of a similar character which have been paid, & as it was approved by the Commissioners Messrs [Messieurs] Lumpkin & [deleted text: Wilson ] [added text: Kennedy ], I should have no hesitation in allowing it, but for a recommendation of the Commissioner

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of Indian Affairs in the case of [unclear text: Mrs. ] Morgan which was allowed & paid by direction of the Secretary of War the
27th March 1838. Mr. Harris at that time Commissnr. [Commissioner] of Indian Affairs in referring that claim to the Secretary of War says -- "

The limitation of the expenditure in payment of claims for provisions furnished before Gen. [unclear text: Wool ] reached the Cherokee country was made because it was represented by the Commissioners that $3000 would cover all the just demands. As there appears to be no doubt in respect to those within referred to, and as they have been in past paid, I should think there can be no objection to paying the remainder. But I recommend that no other claim of this character be paid without express authority from this Department
[Signed] C. A. Harris, Comr. [Commissioner]
Off. Ind. Affrs. [Office of Indian Affairs]
Mar. 26. 1838

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at the foot of which is written the following --
The balance due to Mrs Morgan is allowed. (signed) T. R. P.
In consideration of which, & as it, probably, has not before been brought to your knowledge, I have the honor to return the claim of Mr Thomas for such action as you may deem to be expedient & proper. --
I have the honor Sir, to be with great respect your Obedt Servt [Obedient Servant]
[Signed] [unclear text: W B ] Lewis

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Tr. [Treasury] dept. [department] 2d Aud. [Second Auditor's] Office
Hon Wm. Wilkins Secretary of War

[illegible text] W2487

Decision of the Hon Wm B. Lewis on the claim of Wm [William ] H Thomas "says he sees no reason why it should not be paid. Therefore refers it to the Secretary of War for his authority to make payment.