MB AR0UNA PORTFOLIO
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Ta-fAc Honourable the General Attemhlj of. the
.In n ak'mgj ta you that Statement which
is SHnailly reiuire4 of the Public Treaurei
hj.Ayr. I have the honor herewith to sub
mi( the following Report v'u.
The receipts at the Public Treasury of Tf.
'Carolina, from the ltday of November, 1 90S,
to the; 1st day Ttf November, 1807 including
A.rresaragfts, the Public Taxes of every de
ci jption, and the Cotton Gin Tax, amounrto
twenty eight thousand one hundred and se-Tentj-nine
Pounds twelve Shilliags snd six
pence, (2$, 179 6) which uirj being ad
4edto the balance remaining in the treasury
.oh the first day of November, 1806, to wit,
Frty one thousand five- hundred and. thirty
: ight pounds thirteen Shillings and six pence,
as, reported to the last" General Assembly,
makes an aggregate amount of sUty nine
thousand seven htlndred and eighteen Pounds
ix Shillings. (. 69,78 1 6.) From this sum,
tol,- disbursements have been made, within
the period first above mentioned,' (say from
November, 1806, to November, 1807) to a
mount of twenty eight 'thousand one hundred
. and ten pounds nine shillings, &hd six 1 pence, .
28,110 9 6.) Ts,yqThert for ; alt which
redelivered over. to the Comptroller, and
passed tothe Treasurer's credit, and are by
Vim held ready for the inspection of the Com
mittee of Finance. :
This expenditure, or these disbursements
being taken from the aggregate . amount a
bove .mentioned, a' Balance of forty one thou
land six.hundred and seven pounds sixteen
hillings and six -pence, (41,607 16 6) U
left in the Public Treasury oh the said first
day of November, 1807, yet to be accounted
". for. "'
The most worn pf the Bills forming this 4
Balance, have and will be selected and held
in readiness to be burnt in case the legislature
shall so direct. '. ,
The receipts at the treasury for Lands en
tered and paid fori amount, from the first day
of November, 1806, to the first day of No
vember, 1807, tothesom of two thousand
five hundred and fifteen Pounds and ope pen
ny (.3,515 0 1.) These receipts, however,
. .are fully and completely covered by Certifi
cate and other voutlrr -and do therefor
in no wise afTect the Public Treasurer's ge-
neral Account of the Taxes, &c. the Balance
of which is as above stated.
Pursuant to the directions-of the Legisla
ture, I purchased since the last session,
twelve dollars i& cents of unredeemed six
per cent stock, at the rate of 93 per cent.'
Seven dollars seventy six cents of unredeem
ed deferred six per cent stock, at the same
rate i and seventeen dollars and forty cents
of three per cent stock, ajthe rate of 57 per
cent : which is all the stock of the funds of
the United States which has been offered, to
me for tale in this state
: Warrants transferring to the books here
two thousand three hundred dollars, of eight
per cent stock of the funds of the United
States, purchased with the remittance men
tipned in the Public Treasurer's report to the
lait General Assembly have been received
durirgthe recess ; as have likewise the war
' rants of transfer for the fifteen hundred other
dollars of the like eight per cent stock, men
tioned in the same report as being contracted
for. These purchases were made at the rate ,
. of 105 per cent i andjthis stock, likewise, has
been placed on the books Qf the Loan-Office,
to the credit of North-Carolina. '
Pursuant to the provisions ef the-Act of.
Assembly, ent'UuIed, An a:t to relievexer-
UinTjf the inhabitants of Mecklenburg coun
ty, and other citiiens of this State," the Trea
eurerof the University of North-Carolina has
transferred to me as Public Treasurer, and
in trust for the use of the State, one hundred
and forty fourldoTIart sixty one centsrslr per"
cent stock t the unredeemed part ot which
- is equal, at the price at which it was not long
aince purchased at Philadelphia, to the sum
ol fifty-one pounds eighteen shillings and ten
pence North-Carolina currency the amount
of the claim which has been additionally re
ported to me by the said Treasurcr,and which
this stock was intended to cover.
It has not -yet been in my power to eflect a
further purchase of stocks in any of the north
ern states, owirig to the impracticability of ob
taining in this state either Rank notes or bills
from merchants or others, which are current
or can be neroctaleu there. L hive been a- J
Me to collect and exchange for. with patt of
the monies received as interest and retm-
tursrment of principal of the Stocks belong-
fng to this stae', between two and three thou-'
and dollars in Dink notes, and hive now
hope,' as the season Cor purchasing produce
in the ports or ibis state -advances, of having
it in my.po.wer, in the course of a few weeks,
to exchange the remainder of those monies
for noter;a FifettetiHe or WlVaintfon i Ai
. won ai this can be .efrcctcd,1 measures
slull. . without, further, dejay. bf taken for
. , inlinc the. ampyntjn stocks as heretofore,
" ' For.thf iurtftr information of the Igisla
jrpi litrtlouboia aSutiracntshewiog,
at one view, the amount of the different d
nominations of the Funds of the United State
which are held by, and belong to the Stre
ot North-Carolina v
By a Resolution of the last. Assemblyft
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was made the duty of -the Public Treasur
to cause the State House to be painted ; 1 1
no direction was given as to the colours to s
used in that work. On enquiry, it was fou 1
thaa variety of Opinion existed on this he ,
even among those who professed to be skild.
in the business of painting ' I did not oq-
ider mvself comDetent to deside as to bre
. fcrence, and therefore thought it best ti re
iy tinc proposals oi mosc who wero y n
mtiila . mnA Ia At1h r. iftr1r'
the pleasure of the Legislature, in regard to
colour. Sec should be"known. This was ac
cordingly done Proposals were received andf
filed ; and the necei sary quantity oi Oil esti
mated at eight barrels, was purchased at the
'rate of one dollar per gallon, delivered bear
Salem, nd was brought to and is now stored
.in this, place, ready to be used as the Ge
neral Assembly may direct, us soon as
the proper season lor painting shall com
. mence. , . . ' "
I have the honour to remain ; ;
Gentlemen, " ' '
- Very respectfully, ' ' '
- Your obedient servant,
JOHN IIAVWOOD, Public Treasurer.
JRaleigh, 26th November, 1807.
Should the Legislature deem it expedient
, that measures be taken with the Stocks be
longing to this State, or with any part of
them, before the next Assembly, , in conse
quence oi the Act of Congress, supplemen
tary to the Act, intituled " An Act making
Provision for the redemption of the whole of
vthe Public Debt of the United States," p
' sed last Session, they will of course1 direct
. J Hi
A STATEMENT of the different' species of
STOCKS belonging to Noith.Ca!ioun kjand
standing to her Credit on the Books ofhe Loan
Officeofthe Umitkd St atks for the nid State
mount oi Ult!
Sit fn Ccat
8 tet Ceoi J
JOHN HAYWOOD, PuUie Treasurer.
26th November, 1807 .
It will be remembered that the Old Six per
Cent Stock is in part redeemed 5 that is to
say, thirty-five dollars three cents (S 35 3)
in each hundred dollars of the original Stock,
have been paid up to the United States, to
wards the Redemption of the said stock.
The Six per Cent Deferred Stock' is also in
part redeemed, say fdurteen dollars forty
two Cents, (S 14 42 in each hundred dollars
of that original Stock, have likewise . been
, Friday, November iy. j.
Received from his Excellency the Cover .
vior the following message t '
3 Gentlemen Having received from the Adjutant-General,
the annual return of the mi
litia of this state, I have the honor of sub
mitting to your inspection, together with I
letter accompanying the sathej as containing
observations worthy onegislativenotFceT j '
Although the Adjutant-General has dbne
every thing in his power to render this return'
complete, yet it will be found toe otherwise.
-And further it will be found as a fact much
to be regretted, that after such considera
ble lapse of time, and under the most ear
nest and pressing instructions of the Adjutant
General, that he has not been furnished with
--TnasterTolla fbnnore than -one- theusand
and six men, including every description
aiid inspector' returns for four hundred and
ninety.seven of the detachment of seven
- thomind and three militia required frora this
' state. Oh this occasion it was cxpectedthat
punctuality would be observed. . Such re
missness in the militia officers, merits the
moaiil ol t
P. Ccot De
sevsrest reprobation, and if nut already pin
itible by -our laws, ought to be made to. V -
To carry this levy into execution with;
punctuality end expedition,' nothing has been',
wanting on the part of the Adiotant-Genertl
,10 facilitate the operation v tor he has at
great persons! labor and. Voftvenience, fa
nished all the aid andjnforntation that wis
necessary. 1 would hrc proved a matter
"highly gratify ir.g, if on' Kit occasion' the
state of Norlb-Cafolina had by her alacrity
and promtitude taken prominent rank with
her sister state, which she certainty ws
entitled to, bad justice been done to the zeal
and patriotism of her cititens.' ' v' ' '
! NATHt. ALF.XANDDER.
Ralcifch, Nov. t7, 1107. .
Uis EtttlUntj the Qamtnwr of thi State of Af.
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Raleigh, 23JNot. 1107,
SIR, . ..
Theacttertviiethe militia lawi of till
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state relative to the Infantry, refairinj the '
Aajuiant-ueneral "to make from all the an--,
" nual returns, proper abstracts, and to lay
i the same,' with a Report of the general state i
" of , the Militia, Magazines and Military
" Stores, and such improvements as he may .
think necessary for the Advancement of
" discipline and benefit of the militia, annually,
" before the GeheralAssembly or Coraman- r
" der in Chief of the state;" I do myself the
Jionor of enclosing herewithrabitracts from '
aU the returns I have received to this day. i
Although thev do Hot nriuni a full view '
f4he real military force, bf the -state yet
wejfjjeitIniy - lac i North-Carolina
Sre respectable looting than any heretofore .
a4 wid I am- satisfied thatf by a steady
u improvea pursuit of the means which
ave been Used this rear, fat an exnfcnce ta-
he pnblio, of less than one hundred dollars
ncluding all the extra, printing and postage- for '
he detachment returnsV onr
Will prove to be near 60,6o instead of only :
;t nccoraing ia statement puolishod
rom the last returns, transmitted to the Se-
retary ol War ; ' making a di (Terence of
nore than 1 5,000. ; By the abstracts now en-"
losed, you will perceive, notwithstand'nli;
0 General Offers have failed to nuke
icir returns that our militiaionsists of
lulantry. Artillery Gavalry. TotS.
. 4M83 - S3 . . 1273 49.7U:
y- the abstracts
1806, only 39,660 0 ' 446 40,106
Making a difference of about ten thousand
tween this and last year'b :rei'"M'HMm'
The increase ot those most usetui corps,
e artillery and cavalry- mast afford 'great'
tistaction ; and it is hoped some means will
e devised to make their proportions ft least
ualtothat mentioned 111 the late demand
om the. War-Office,; vir. l-20th of artillery,
d MOth of cavalry. The Establishment
d increase or the rifle corps would also be
In common with every well wisher to his
untry, I should ieel much gratification (par.
cularly at the present eventful crisis) if this
ommunicatioh could be made equally agree-
ible throughout ; bat, Sir,- by the returns
at were specially formed to" procure the
ost perfect information from all the coun-
es, l am authorised to declare ana witn
uch regret do "Rxpoxt,' ' That there are
Otis any one of theiu, cither magazines,
Hilary stores, cannon-or field pieces, be
lVigingto the state 1 That the militia',' ex-
ci&ive of a few volunteer corps, are denci
e4 in all the requisites which would render
rtn capable of honourable or offectual ser
vce, except strength, courage and palrioriiM.
Tiese excellent qualities, however, will en
allethem when well armed and disciplined,
toachieve the most splendid victories over a-
njtoe that may dare to invade our free and
hapy land. : -
lS the Jaw turther requires " ineAdjutani
eneral from time to time to make a report
the Legislature of what shall be done
him in virtue of his appointment, and to
company the report with such remarks as
Mmay by him be deemed necessary for the
rlter regulation and improvement or the
Hilary ; discipline throughout the slate ;
IVU endeavour to perform that arduous
dut by respectfully offering my observations
at urge, during tne present session, to me
Legislature t and therefore think it unneces
sary to trouble you further herein than briefly
I to itmsrkthat those officers who are igno
ran , being taught their duty.; more trequent
imu ters; heavier fioes for neglecting to at
lni "properlr armed andV eeeutrdr- and.
roofc especially lor not making returns ; aue
attehtlon to rnk without which n officer
caniol possess the laudable military pride
wtiith create an enthusiasm that icaas w
irrett and trlorious actions : and more fre-
queftt reviews by the superior officers;
woddln my. humble, opinion, greatly "be
nefit the militia," and promote the advance
mditcirlinthhootthe-tauUulluitiobe a duty of the most impetitive obliga
above all, the establishment of a elect corps
of the voung and willing, to be uniformly ar
med by the state, cloathed in regimentals at
their own expence, and obliged to .muster
more frequently than common. These may
retire after eight year aervice from their ex
tra duty, and mingling with the great mass
of militia, gradually introduce miUtArspirlt
and discipline amongst tne wnoje.
..' A detail of the measures pursued to com
i!ei the reuuisition tnade by direction of
ttt'e President of the United .States, for our
quota of one. htlndred thousand militia, will
be more properly Introduced to notice by a
leperate report, which shall be rnsdo with
out any avoidable delay ; but painful as the
duty is, I think it proper to take thi opnor.
tuoity of expressing my extreme mortifies
tlon. that notwithstanding the Urict order
issued eves since the ,32th July, subsequent
reltcn, soori, followed, purging dispatch, and
atnretsinrmr most earnest desire that N.
Carolina should appear ,mongst the firs.
ttstritoiuiXe her return. Notwithstanding
mt laborious exertions and aopplyinff form
in the utmost abundance to every division
for the detachment,' I have' only received
muster roll of'IOOft men Including every d
Kripiioti; ind'lnkpwtion returb f 497-
There are just ground however to believe,
that the quota will be suppfied eiTliXL.t ut
Volunteers, auoble ardor having pervaded onr
fellowitieens in every part of ; the. at ate 10
repel insult punish aggression, and defend
t the. just right and rtai independf nte . of, ibe
unuea owiesot America, v. .wc; '.
. ; I have the hanur .to remain "f il 1
" Hr'ith much consideration,. ir, .; i?
' " your excellency's wy obedient. - -
5., -BENJAMIN SMITH,
-1 -. "' : Adjutant-Ceiteiilt
Senate of the United ;States-
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Mr. .Mitchell, rose to' call the' ettentjon of :
cthie Senate to a motion he had made' St the
commencement.' of the eessior;, reistive U
additional; mearis . of defence, ant) further
measures of security to the seaports aiid.
' harbors of the nation. r'Tfcia important sub -
' ject had been introduced 6y him at n early
day. 1 ft'had been printed and laid on the
table for coniaeralion, and it was his original '
Intsotion to have suffered it to lie' there until
tte bfficial inteHierie aHuded to in the mcs-
"sigij of the President should arrive, from G.
1 ' Recent and .alarming' information A which
had reached the seat bf "government s!iU
the rising of the" Senate on Friday lt,
though tinr.t'ured. with rumor and i-etingV
: tlie credibility ;of private j coromuvHc at ion,
had however altered WJinlr'
tion of Copenhagen, and the capture of il-e
' Danish fleet, were events of the utmost mo
ment to neutral powers j and taught thtni
mat rnc t;rearesx moucraiion, pruaence ami
forbearpnet were of no avail in guarding' a.
mild, an unoffending srtrd peaceful piAjt-ln
against the violence pMts rapacious ami
.stronger neighbor. A visitation of a similar
nature might, in the course of things,- be'ex.
pocted from the same quarter, and the fairest
of our commercial cities might bo wrapt iu
Games or battered to ruins. -'
Year after year had rolled away in fruitless
negotiation. He doubted whether in the
present posture of affairs, there would bo
' any satisfactory adjustment of the- point
in dispute.- It did not indeed follow that the
failure to effect a treaty would necessarily
-bring on a war. But the dominion ' of the
xicean was so proudly usurped by Britain,
nd the usurpation maintained by such a pro
digious naval force! that it would be calcu
lating extravagantly upon our good fortune,'
to expect that' our lights would not be Invad
ed by them : and in an age of the world,
when it was fashionable for ruling statesmen
to sweep away like cobwebs, abstract prin
ciples of right and written maxims of pub
lic Uw, it was surely a' season when the
weaker powers Ought to employ every pre
caution for their safety v
It was not his intention to recommend the
construction of a navy carrying metal e
. rough to dispute the empire of the high
seas. ;- ITii only object was to provide a force
sufficient to protect our acknowledged terri
tory, and to preserve peace within' our sea
ports and harbors. 'During the intervals of
peace it was the duty of wise statesmen to
prepare 1 for , war. Although Hhe United
Mates had been in the enjoyment ot tnal
blessing with little, interruption,'' for more
than twenty years,- there had been too little
done to gusrd against those evils which in
the common course of events it was scarcely
possible to avoid. But although threatened -
-with hostility from various quarters, lbe ia-
tioh on the whole enjoyed a good share of
tranquility - There was yet time to prepare
for the political tempest which would proba-
Wy succeed the calm we had loftg expetien-
cea. ine treasury was id a .conniuon to
furnish the necessary sum, without imposing
cent of tax upon ourselves. ' And with
time and money at our disposal he conceived
It tlon that Congres should now retrieve by
more than ordinary exertion the careless
ness and neglect of preceding sessions. .
Durinjf the last meeting of the ritiobal
Irgislatufe, indeed, a decent appropriation
tin made forthe repair and erection of de
fensive work where they hou!d appear t
be most wanted. - But how Jnadequalt wis
thi provision ! Exigehcie had"risen dur-
ing the recess, which' hid obftged the Pre
'sident to contract debt on the national ac
count to almost three' fourth of a million of
dollar. 'And the bilj on your table, Mr.
President, has been brought in to makeood
thi anticipated fund.' Had CWgres made
more hpe arranRementV,ifor ht' general
tafety, had they Taken tlTcciuat meiturc of
defenc at n 'taVlieY rlif.-lbr hid they made
the legil provision for purchasing the store
and implement which the irenerai- welfare
require, the Execetlve would not have been .
compelled to take the step which he hu
done, of pledging- tb natioral faith for
large amount of unappropriated money. But '
the Secretary of the Nsvy hi acted wUelf "
a well at boldjy.' on this emergency and)
the only sentiment to be uttered on the oc-
' cation It, that in consideration of the reluc
tance irtulfcstcd by Congress to adopt a