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, K I ;.. 'IPART. XI. ;. - x -W j ; -
THE DEFALC ATIONS OF WILL
'; M. PRICE. : - J H .
The extent of the defalconrM
T,rt. am district fltiomey, l ivu.iu j
testimony b! B F Duller, Eq . his suces
or in office, to be $72,124 00; .cct
however, in all probability, to some offsets
for the legal serf ice? not yet rcmlereil in
th e chargesof Sir Price, ; I f .
The subjoined extract from the MsUmo
ny of Mr Boiler presents the results of his
own examination into the subject. 1,1 he
cprointue'e is unable to comprehend how
ever, the practicability of any concea rnent
by any district attorney, respecting suits
nmoncAfl. or suits discontinued by pay
ment or otherwise, from the knowledge of
the Solicitor of the Treasury, for an pe
riod much exceeding the vacation between
terms of. the district and circuit! courts in
aiiv State.1 hrovided clerks of courts, mar
shals, and collectors, are properly Ijeild up
to a discharge of their respective duties by
Uh'e Solicitor, and provided due diligence is
j used in the: Solicitor's ufSee in o'jn)ijarng
; the.periodieal.jtou irrqneni returns w uuu
i required by laV ot these several officers,
t It is unnecessary to recapitulate here t re re-
GiiremenlaTof the law in tliese particulars,
r.rl thKYliiiicB of the Solicitor arisinir there-.
fiow, as they will be understood in the se
quel. ! j . - . ' .! "!
TidriM hot annear that the returns actu
ally made bv Aft Price were uniruejbul all
' ' - 'J 1
i m return remiirei! bv law to vr maue
were not made; and this fact rami hare
been detected in each; case at the Solicitor's
office if tlie comparison expressly. jeuiretl
bv law. oft returns made there, had; been
made with or noer care. Fur instance: the
case of the United States vs. BancUhpar
i;ntir1 hv Mr Rnilpr. must have! been
originally and fur many terms, cerjtfed by
the c erk ol the court to tne solicitor as s
suit pending, j When it ceasedin bepend
in, it ceased to be certified, of course;
nd due dilligence on the part oT tjiej Soli
citor could have detected the facU and held
the attorney immediately accountable.
The discharge of Tread well in 1835, on
which i Mr Price received 5,uW was
made oh terms pi escribed by the Treasury
Department: and it is oresumed. that it
must, of : coarse, Jiave been conducted
through the Solicitor's offiee,as such is the
requirement of law. Is it possible jdiie. dil
igence on the Dart of the Solicitor would
have Ion sight of an order upon. Which it
bad specialty directed the receipt of so large,
a sumt even though the attorney had neg
lected to report upon it! f
The same remarks are .equally a plica
hie to each of the other cases, wherein Mr
Price ia a defaulter, and wherein be, omit
ted to make report to the Solicitor.
It will be obscived that Mr Butler says,
it appears that in January and February,
1837, Mr Price received $9,646 107. and
in May, j'1837 56,051 11, on custom
house bonds, no pait of which b aa ever
been paid. j - .,'--' fj.,'-
The Solicitor of the Treasury; in his
testimony, y j 'The clerk of thje ilistricl
. court, during the year 1837, repobed two
hundred and forty one bonds put in jiuiiby-
Uie district attorney. On i comparison of
these reports with the reinrnsfiofltll e dis
trict attorney of bonds put in Suit, f so as to
ascertain the legal proceedings, it appeared
that judgment had been entered oojatl but
dfiytwo bonds ; of these, forty-ftnir came
within' the provisions tf the second sec
tion of th? al6f lj9ih March, 1336, for
the relief of i the sufferers by fire,ind the
suits thereon were' accordingly discontin
ued ; bfj the remaining eighijiseieH bonds
are reported as put in suit on he 25th
January1, 1837, and one on the 8ih April,
1837.1 Oujlhese eights bonds, trie clerk
does not report thai jtulgmenis were reco-
vereu uj me uiairipv attorney, wno tnere
fore, remains charged with them."
- Now, if the money received by Mr Price
tn January, February, and Miy, of 1837,
was received on any of these'lasitl named
eight suits, (as, probably,it must Have been
inasmuch as tlie Solicitor says, in his tes
timony ,! ill the bonds reported by the col-
lector as transferred to the district attorney
had been reported on and accounted for by
the latter,) it is difficult to attribute the es
cape of Mr, Price's defalcations for these
to any thing but negligence on the part of
the Solicitor of the Treasury.; Tie suits
having been once reported as pending, cer-
.. tineu tn like manner, at eacli sqccessiwe
term of the court; or omitted altogether
: - ! J I.I. I ' mi t .
I tom-boose bond shall! desire 10 disc&argc
I--.--. rthm whnl. nf his debt DrevioOS tO
judgment, to request nun 10 pay iuo
nev W the collector 1 iwlid delivered -ibe
bond for suit, taking froaii:m and banding
over to the district sliornet proper receipU
therefor ; but if, instead paying ine mo
ney to the collector, ssteq nested, the obli
gor makes a tender of the whole amount
due the Government M tne aistrici aupr-
ney, he is to receive th fame, ind j forth
with to deposit u in banK to tne creou oi
the collector. who delivered the bond tor
suit : or, if there be noj riank near in which
Government depositee aremadeioiay the
amount to sucb colleetori 1 ...'
' Pursnant to these instrdctions, 1 pnder-
stand that Mr HamiUoQ,lhe predecessor in
office of Mr Price, a) wajr referred persons
applying to pav bcXidai 1rceived from, the
collector of this port,! tii tile collector's of
fice: and IhaliMr Pnce generally pursued
the same course until some time in the year
iS7. hf anoejirs froiO hi registers, that,
in the winter of lSSM'She received pay
ment, and that, in the spring oi summer of
1837. she-practice or receiving payment at
his office on customhouse bonds delivered
to him for colled ion became a settled one.
In this wav public nioneys. to a large a
mount, ware brought Unto bis bands, and
he was exposed to temptations, and they to
hazards, which would 'riot have existed bad
the former usage benl jMpt UP especially
neilher the collector nor the officers of
the Treasury DeDartmcnt could generally
know, except from Mr Price's own reports,
what navments were rhade to him on this
account. More than two1 thirds of the sum
for which he is in default consists pi mo
neys received in tins tray. This practice
also enabled f him to retain moneys in his
hands for a considerable time before paying
them over. Several of the payments made
by him to-th collecior during the year
1838. were after r delay of one or two
monihs. and 1 have fmlnd one case in tshich
he held 3,849 57 for ten months.
Secondly, in sails ori'ir ess airy trinscripts.
and in liiigated cases. generdlly.aud in proceed
ings of a special nature, j the 1 reasury cmcers
have no means of khowins officially, except
froio the report of the district atwruey, what
moneys ara received by tjimy lliis enables an
unfaithful or careless mcei lo retain moueys in
his haodf. and exposes l hem to loss. Mr Price's
defalcation commenced ttitn cases 'of this na
tare. . i f- ..j '.'jj '
The first! instance i pf official delinquency
which! have discovered, Was no; ia paying over
to the collector of Boston a joy part of the sum of
$2,500 received by Mr IJrice on the J7lh Jnoe,
1 835, from Evert A Capcker. assigoeeof Sco
vill 4 Birbeck, agaipsl whom a chancery
suit had been btooght ifor lie purpose of recov
ering a balance doe let jbef United Stales on a
cus loin house bond executed by Scot i lie and
others. J'bis cbaucery situ had beeoj pending
for sevenl years, andibe officers at Boston bad
no knowledge of the progress made in it, except
from the communications of the district attorney.
I was only daring the last week that I ascer
tained fioai Kit Uanckeir ihe fact of the payment,
no entry of jit being found jo ibe register of Mr
Price; and 1 have reason (u believe ibat I was
never uiade knows to j the' collector of Boston.
On the 7ih September! l$35, Mr Price receiv
nJ from Cptifkiui TrieadwelU of this j city, on
hi discharge as atrinspltent debtor pursuant to
an order of the Secretary of the Treasury, the
am ot 5,000. j J his money was not paid
Question M Wtst wsi the tepaUUoa of
William M ribej for pecuniary responaibilr
ity at the time 1of ibis late appointment as
district attorney the United States?
Answef i It was,-in my rauraiuon, aua c
cording toltfcfe best of my knowledge (be
general opinion that be was utterly anwor
thy of anyj pecohiary credit 1 have knowo
Mr fnce u pwards oi tmny years. : y t
Qoestion.6 How long has Air nice been
thus regard ii,liis'coriinomtBT-. ' 1
Answer Mf opinion of bim has been the
same for Alt last: twenty years, With the
. :. f S ; m-m- ' ."'1 L ".' 1 L
public, he raay-,tiave gatnea somciuingin mo
Kimnm t( the ; laki few vears. prior to his
tiettioni 7 uo you say mat rnce s repu
tation had improved any before his appoint
tnent as district! attorney of the' United
Sutes? ': 1? 1 '!
Answer- lKot'td my knowledge, f
Gorhtmft n prili, cashier of the City
Bank of IKew Tork. !
mEitomimd by Mr Curtis.
Questions ! Ware you acquainted with
William M$ Price! late district attorney of
the Unitedl Slates? If -yea, what jwts his:
general teVutditon for pecuniary i responsN
bility prior to, and at the time of, bis late
nnmniment as 'district atlornev? Was Mr
Price regarded in this community as trust-f
worthy in pecuoLary matters? t ! ; : -
AnsweVp I was. acquainted with Mr W
M Price. My impression is, that Mr Pace's)
responsibility, in a pecuniary point of view
was very Ughti Prior lo his appointment
as district attorney, his name would have
had no weight in bank. , ' 1
Question 5 Was Mr Price reputation
such that you Would have felt justified in
intrusting nim wuu ine t-unotirwu iuu in
ceipt of money
and at the; time
oyer, nor was ihe fact
discharge o(T Tread we
year, mr. l nee zm
because settled, or otherwise, in the attor
ney's report. The law requires each report
to include suits pending s Well; las suits
concluded If they were reported as con
cluded, vigilance by the Solicitor would
have detected the fact, and held the attor
ney responsible for them at lite return day
of the execution , if not reportc) a. pending
. or concluded, vigilance would equally soon
. have deieclerfUhe fart, and sbugiit an ex
planation. Hjf defalcation oni these etght
suits, and the wsnt of inlormatipri concer
ntng them at the Solicitor Mmei, j are at
tribuublettherefore, to a negligent idminis
tiatioh of the duties of that office! in the
Of its payment, nor of the
lt communicated to the
In October of it he same
ears, trom ins register.
to have received about SI. 000 in two chan
cery soils then pending, firT wr.icli the Uni
ted S.aies vere inleresieland wtiirh (sum has
oever been pitl overijj jHi defalcation, prior to
December, 1836, according to the in form a; ion in
my possession, was confined almost eiclasively
lo the sums above ' mentioned. In December,
1836, he appears lo have received $1,23 97
in January and Febraary, 1837, 9, G46 07 ;
and in May, 1SJ7 $6,05 1! 11, on cutiiom house
bonds, no pari of which has ever been paid over.
This increased his defalcation to $25,000, at
which a appears to Have Remained uoiil after
the 1st Aprii, 1338 between which time and
the 5th day of December $838; ii was extended
to about the sam of 72,25 36, above men
tioned. ' ! . V. " I ' i'v. .. ; '
I am not able to slate whether or not Mr
Price made all the returns to i he Treasury De
partment at Washinoiun mj aired ' by his daly
and ihe insiruciionot the Solicitor 5 but I have
reason to believe ihaii, when suits were commen
ced on bonds, they vfere generally reported, and
that the returns of ceslomf bouse bonds in suit
were regularly made to the Solicitor ; up to the
end5ol the last September 'term of the dislrict
coon..: ; y: r '
Bm there is a carrse aoxiliary to thai of inef
fi' iency or neoligence 10 the admmislration of
the department uf toe Solicitor of the Treason.
to which are-ascribable ibia incipient impulses "of
ir r rice 3 ueiaicawon. 11 is to oe, ioand in the
pecuniary irresponsibility Mod want of trustwor
thiness, as a professional man, at the time of bis
: ... tj ,l . Las..
aiirniu(neiu 10 me nines 101 utsirici auornpv in
1834, by President Jaclcson, as also ai the time
of his reappointment in 1$3S, oy President Van
Buren. These characierjsiici of Mr Price ap
pear to have been notorious av each period of bis
appointment iri iheco'nmuniiy froni which be
wa selected. Tke subjoined proof sublishee
opinion of the committee, and find no apo
logy in any defectof existing laWa
Extract from the ttstimony of B
' er, Esq. j ! ' !
Having had no knowledge or! Informa-
tionof Mr Price's conduct! is a rereivet of
e part u re
public money, until since his!
irorn the city in December last,
- able to slaie the causes which
defalcation, nor have I formed lady
opinion ohthatsiibjtri; but I tiN beume
acquainted,since 1 have been in office, with
smne circumstances which appear to have
jenahlpd him to receive and tettain public
jmoneys, without being liable to e called in
Jt prompt setrlement thetefor, and which I
TVeia'rd as amon? the causes that j ted tnh ia
defalcation! Ftrsf. snd prinnpallv, br th
I circular, 0 jthe ' Solicitor of ttie fTreafeury,
dated July 27, 1830, district attorneys are
instructed, whenever aoy obligor of a cue. by Mr Owns,
Alexander HamUlon. p Witness called by
Mr Owens. Examined by Mr Curtis.
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Question 4 Did you know William M
Price, late district alorney of the United
States, and his gfnerareputation for pecun
iary responsibjliy?; What lias been that
reputation for fifjeeo years past?
Answer. I have known him for the peri
od mentioned, and during the time have un
derstood him to he entirely without pecun
iary responsibility. I
Jlre 7t S De i?evr, formerly wether
in the custom-house, ed led by Mr Wise.
Examined by, Mr Harlan.
.... . ' f'l'i' !
Quesliion 10 Are you acquainted with
Wilium M. Price, late district attorney of
ine united States? If yea, please state
whether he was regarded, before and after
his appointment, 8 man worthy to be in
trusted with collection of large sums of mo
for the City Bank, prior to
of his I ite appoint ment as
bf the!(J. States?
Answer rl was not, at the lime alluded
lOfjufficiently srquainted with Mi Price to
have done so without first making the ne
cessary trjiuis. I
Q,'iestibb 6 Was it not notorious in the
community at the time of Mr Price's ap
pointment as district attorney of -the United
Sutes, and before that time, that he was re
girdlessof bestiary Obligations ? j
Answer I have ho distinct knowledge that
will authorize ine to answer that question.
How Price may have blood in pecuniary
matters With others I know not. -
Qaestioin 7 iTou are asked concerning
the common report, the general reputation
to respect to Mr Price, and not concerning
your own knowledge of him. Would you,
(if it hadjbeeia ! within the scope of your
duties as cashier of the City Bank,) relying
upon the general reputation of Mr Price, at
the time above alluded to, have intrusted
him with the collection and receipt of all v
considerable sum of monev from your bank?
Answer Nq. If I
James B Juttrr ay. late president of the
Morris Canal Company, called by Mr Ow
ens. 1 id it n " "" p
I . lE$amined by Mr Curtis.
Q-iestitm 5 Ware you acquainted vfiih
WilliaioM Price, lale district attorney! of
the United; States ? If yea, how long? Was
Mr Priced prior to, and at the time of, bts
late appointment lo said office, regarded in
this cbmmtiniy as worthy of confidence in
i Answeri I fjave been acquainted witbj.Mr
Price for Inirtv years, and h9ve never known
mm 10 oe consioereo as 01 mucn pecuniary
responsibility jprior lo his being appointed
district attorney. ! ?
Q.iesdon 6 Would yort, a5 a merchant,
have regarded it as safe and pindent lo place
dernaods: in : his hands for collection, when,
in the course oft business, the money to any
considerable amount would have passed in
to his hands? I I '
AnsWer I should never have emnloved
Mr Priee to Have collected an? demand for
me involving the necessity of a largo lum
of money; passing through his hands.
George Gristoold, merchant, called by
. 1 Hj 1- J IMr Owens. .
I iExaJnined by Mr Curtis. 1
Question Were you acquainted with
Wm M I Price, late district attorney ot the
United Stales? If yea, how long havefyou
known him, find what was his reputation in
this cootmuhity for pecuniary responsibility
at the time of, and prior to, his appointment
to said othce'' 1 l
Answer; I think I have been acquainted
with hijmjibrl about fifteen years: I should
think he Had as little reputation for pecon
ury responsibility as any man you caiiffind.1
I should say j his reputation was decidedly
bad; I never eaw the day when T would!
trusi him With two huadred dollars. ' i
Question $ Was Mr Price's reputation
such, st the time of his . late appointment
ia tots curamuoiiy, mat yoa snpuio nave re
garded iHa6 and prudent to mtrustf him
with the collection and receipt of anv con
siderable sub of money? j
Answer Certainly not.
I'Jdhn JTard, broker, called by Mr Qictni. :
.boestimi 4 Wrefi1;sedaa4W..wltb''
tiam M PfweVla tedisiiici attorney ol ihe Uni-
ied States?'! If yea, how,Jn2 have yoa ikoown
tiim ? . What was bis repuistibo for - pecuniary
responsiDiuiy at me time or ana prior 10 du p-
p6iotmenitd said; office!? ' fif: rz'i
Answer.; A slight acquaintance. for a) year or
two past, j He was generally considered with
boi necontary responsibility. " : , j .
Question 9 Have vod, or not, known his ge
neral renaiaiion fur a lonser period, and for ma
ny yearapai ? " f j v' J v r . . .
jAnswer. ;I consider his general repu tation has
been exceptionable for many years, andM havs
known for many years. ;
Question '10 Vould you, as a broker and a
man of business hive regarded it safe and pm-
dest lo have intrusted Mr Price with the collec
tion and receipt of any considerable sum of mo
ney? j . i v.r ,H 1- . I .
! Answer, if should not.- .
David Clarkion. president of the - Brooklyn
(late deposite) anb. f m f
j I EdtiTniaedpy Mr Cvrtis.
Qaestion 1 Wpre you acqaainted with Wil
liam M Price, late district attorney of the Uni
ted States? and how (dog have yoa known Liin?
i Answer. or linany vears. ,f
j Qaestion 2 For the last ten; years, or prior lo
and at lbe;time of his akiog said office, what
Was bis reputation in this communiiy for fideli
IV aaJ responsibility in pecuniary iraasactions t
Would yoa have deemed it sate and prudent to
intrust htm with your, ibasinests, if your money
were eonseqoenlly to pass into his uaads ?
Answer; Since I have known him I hare been
myself, unfavorably impressed as to bis stand
ins , and bis ; pecuniary responsibility r such that
f should hive considered my "property insecure
in his bands. ! I . - '
i While it is not deemed by, the committee
Within ibe scope of ils legitimate province :o in
ves tig ale the causes wbicb have disturbed the
rightful course of appoiotmenU and have plac
ed or coniinoed;power in unfaithful or incompe
tent hands,1 Ibe conviction is irresistible, that,
in the ca3H of Mr Price, as well as in that of
Mr fSvartwoat they lave, resulted in immense
losses of the public money, alike disreputable to
tbe Government and (demoralizing to the coun
try.! And,' from the testimony in t&ecise, the
committee find the following facts established :
j 1st That;William;M Piice, as district attor
ney, Is a defaulter to the Govern men t in a large
amount. ' : K i ' '":
2d That bis defalcations are attributable to
the notorious irresponsibility and want of charac
ter; of said Price at the periods of- his appoint
ment and reappointment, and during bis entire
terms of office i and to Iht continued neglect of
thf proper and efficient discbarge of duties at
the effice of the Solicitor of the Treasury, by
the lale and present locambenis of that office.
Answer. I was removed by Mr Hyt, fthe
present Collector.) but hare never undescended
to ask the reasons, and must, therefore, be under
the necessity of referring to the Collector who
is now present. .
Abeahaii D. Varderpoex. sworn as a
Examined by Mr IFise.
Qneslion. What offices baye you held in
the custom-bouse ; when did yoa eoramence to
hold them what the salaries of offices held by
you? ... . .
Answer. I was appointed to the office of In
spector of ihe Customs, io May 1 829, at fl
095 per year, and held it oolil iSSG.wben 1 was
appointed Deputy Surveyor, at a 1,500 per vear.
and March, 183S, appoiuted Appraiser, at $2,-;
uuo per year. . , - ' '
Question. Do yoo know whether the officers
of the custom-hoose have ever been called 00 to
contribute snms of money to party and political
objects ? What officers have been so called 00 ;
by wl-om ; for what amoont ; with or uiihoot
regard to their salaries of office; wheo did they
coolrioute; if they refused, was any intimation
given that their refusal mi?hi occasion their
removal; what amount has so beet) contributed
and collected, and.for the support of what par
ty, a 1 any one election,
1 bis interrogatory was objected toby Mr ros
THE WAY 7
We hive fr
ers ofihc.Pul .
office lonj afif r
Mr Foster called
for the yeas and nays.
TjSXATIOJV OF; OFFICE-HOLDERS.
i Our attention has been directed to the follow
inj portion of the testimony taken before the In
vestigatirig Committee cf tbe House of Repre
sentatives at New York, which affords indie
potable evidence of fxhe patronage I of the Got
ernrnent, in thai city, being habitually and sys
leroaticaliy btooght in conflict with freedom of
eiections.' Are not these aboses, and do ibey
Ark sxt &. D Peyster sworn as witness.
Examined by Mr. Wise.
, i Qneslion. While yoo were connected with
the eustom honse.do you know whether or not
I the officers of the customs
The question. Shall the interrogatory bepro
pounded? was pot and decided in theaffirmate.
Teas Messrs. Cart is, Dawson, Harlan, Smith,
Wise '5, J"ay5 Messrs. Foster, Owens,Wag
eoer 3. . ' - . '.-
Other proceediozs were bad in regard to which
Mr.' Wise ofTereHhe following resolottcn.ir ;
Resolved. That, the following fcts be enter
ed on the Journal : Mr. Wise piopounded to the
witness, Abraham B. Vauderpoel, tbe following
qoestion, to wit ; V -,. r
' Question 2. Do yoo know whether tbe of
ficers ft be eostom-house have ever been call
ed pto cot)lribo sums of money to party 'and
xIitical objects? what officers have been so call
ed upon j by whom ; for what amount ; with or
without regard lo their salaries of office when
did thev routriiute; ifthev refused, was a oy
intimation given that their refusal might occa
sion Ihe'r removal; what amoont has so bern con
trtboiedor collec ed, and for the support of what
partv, at any one election ?' t!
1 he witness look the interrogatory witjhnut
objection to propounding; ihe same, and proceeded
to write his answer tbereto on the paper attach
ed lo the question, and bad written the following
to wit ;
"I bare known officers attached lo the ros
tem-house lo have been called on for V When
Mr. Owens, member of the Committee, inter .
posed and informed the witness that be was not
bonnd toanswer any intorrogatory relating Ao :
bis private affaiis ; a"nd thertopon, Mr. Fosler,
another member of the Committee, objected to
propounding the . interrogatory. The witness
here commenced to tear off what he had written
before objection was made to the in terrors lory.
Mr Wise prevented him from doing- so, by fur
bidding the act.' Mr. Foster insisted lhat the
witness had tbe right to tear off what he had
written, and it was not his answer until it ; was
complete and hunded in, and he ake'd the wit
ness whether it was bis answer, and he replied
'It was not; and the Committee bavin? decided
lhat the interrogatory should be propounded, the
said question by Mr, Wise was again handed to
ihe witness, and he returned the following ; '1
decline to answer the 2d question.' The witness
was then permitted 10 retire.
( Mr. Curtis called for the yeas and nays on Mr.
V ise's motion ; and the resolution ws adnpted.
were called upon to
pay any art of their salaries, or any assessment j Fcas Messrs f.nrris, Dawson, boater, FTsrlao,
o tax thereoni lor nartv or Dnfiiteal oorooses? 'Jwens.&mivh. Va?ener. Wise 8. JYavs
If yea, slate whether you have ever, and wbe
you h ave (made any eech pay meni and slate the
motive upon Which sucn payments were maie
-f-Mr. Wagener objected to the propounding of
this-inierrogatory, and called for; the yeas and
nays. ,j . ;. . ' -'
The cqmmillee decided ;hat theUnterrogato y,
should ua; propounded, tens Messrs. Curtis,
The examination of Mr. Lyon continued by
Question. Whilst yoo were Deputy Colfee
too at the port of New York.wereyou ever call
ed on as an officer of the custom house to contri
bute any sum or sums of monev to party or no-
faws6n,ilsrlMf mirth, Wiser-S. JVflwMr I litical objects; if so what a mown 1 j was such a
Waterier. ; I mount, from you, called for in consideration:
J The interrogatory was then propounded, and yonr salary from Government ? what prpor-
the witness give the following . 1 tin did it bear to your salary ? did you pay it?
! Answer. -'J'hje Weighers were called op to if not, why not ? who called for such contribu-
pay. 1 15 each Tor ihe.suoK)rtof tae elect ion, and lion f were other subordinates in the costom-
when I tieciined, Mtj-j- Vanderpoel, the Deputy house to your knowledge called onlo contribuie
Surveyor, observed that I ought to consider v he irT lrke manner f for the support of what party
Answer I am acquainted frith; William M
fnce, late district attorney, and answer the
question in the negative.
Russet H JVtftas, tailed tod exasined
Jonathan Goodhue. Jtercbant, called by Mr.
Oueni.l: I l . s'' I j
1 I j j1 Examined by Mr Curtis. ' t ' '
Question $i Were you acqaainted with! Wil-
liam M Pricf, late district attorney of
11 vea woaw nis remuaiuw 101 peconiar v : ie '
sponsibilily st'lbe time and prior to his appoiaU
meni to saia lonice r loo are not asked tar your
own Kntneieage, bat ot tbe general report in
tbUctfmmuQHr, concerning Mr Price's ptcanis
ry responsibaity. . '',- . -r.:--4' ;
j Answer. have known Mr Price for! many!
years; but io tbs way of meeting bin trei
qaentlylp Fom what I understand of bis bosiJ
ness in his profession, snd of s his inheritance;
from bit father esute, and on the othef hand,
of his. habitslpf expenditure, I did not suppose
lis pecuniary! resporrsibdity was of raaeh sc4
coant, if, i'adeed, of any. .- j.
; Qoesiioo plFrom what yoo knew of Mr Price
and his general character in thai t eommaaitv.
would yoa have eotMered-jt prodentrtt "nv
iin w imrwM aim wiin um cmieciton Of WSXSA
or boods to My eonsUerable amount, If tbs mo
ney was to ftass into his own hands f
Aaswsr. I shonjd net hive considered lt tn
ther my 1 .(W j per annum 1 was ool worth pay
ing $15 lur. (J nder the impression lhat it was
lje oriee cf mV situation, I pa;d it. The above
occurred during ibe last spring elect ioa for char
ier officers. During my holding office, for about
flve'yeafs, I was occasionally called on but al
ways declined until within the last two years.
Qaestion. lis the office of Weigher, which
you held, regarded a$ one the United Slatesand
the salary of which was paid oat of the Treas
ury of the United States. M
Answer. Latterly paid out Of the Treasury ;
formerly a commission was allowed on the a
mount of roods weighed. The office is one held
from the U. Slates. I
Quesiion. Do you know whether other subordi
nate ofllcersbesides yoorself in the custom-house
were called and reqnlred to pay: such tax or as
sessment oppn their salaries, for' the use of party
and poliyeaJ; purposes i
Ansvver.' Only by; hearsay, sniJ2ards the
other officers; butjLsaw many of the Weighers
pay tiieii!of $f )
Question, ' Vp sthe money thns collected
from ypiothj be used for political pnr
rwwPiyfdfea, foJTwhich of the then and the
Antwerp! it was intended to; be used lo sop
port theVeciion of poisons attached to tbe pies-:
Lent AdlToipfslratori. f j
uesuoi v no coiteciea me tax irom toe
Wetgheff 'hi ' - "
- Answer.; Mr Taederpoel. j
Qaestion What office does I Mr Vanderpoel
bold in theostora house, and what his salary ?
Answer .At tbat time he held tbe office of
Deputy Sarvsyor. I do not recollect the amoun t
of his salary, j believe he now holds the of
fice of Appraiser. s
Qaestion. Had he a book of ; the names of tbe
officers! from whom he collected, or had he a list
of tbem ? : 1.-5,-!' -' : . ." .
Answer j A Ilaiu j . j; '.
Jj Ifaminedby Mr Harlan. i '.
Qaestion. Are yoa acquainted with , William
M Price, late Diitrift A ttomey ufihUnited
Sutes ? If jrea, please to state whether hewas
regarded, before, and after hw.appoinlroent, as a
man worthy to be entrusted with the collection of
large sums of money.
Answer : I tm acqaainted. with William M
Price, lale District Attorney j and answer tbe
qoestion in tbe eegative. J
Qaestion. Was the last payment of i!5, re
ferred to by yon in your answer to the third qaes
tioo, paid bsfbre br since the) present Collecior
(Mr. Hoy t) earns into office? .
Answer. Si ace the last Collector came Into
were these contnoot ions called tor J was any
menace, directly or indirectlv, of removal, held
over these officers or yourself for failures to grant
such contributions f
Mr. Owens objected to the interrogatory. .f:.
The question, Shall the interrogatory be pro
pounded t. was put, and decided in the affirma
tive, the yeas ond nays having been called by
Mr. Owens. Yeas r Messrs. Curtis, Dawson,
Harbn, Smith, Wise 5. JNTcrys- Messrs. Ow
ens. Wagener 2,
Answer. I have frequently been called on to
contribute to political objects while I was deputy
Collector, as an officer of the custom-house, i'he
amount was from twenty dollars to one hundred
dollars. The tax was pro rata according to sal-
ary. n oore a proportion oi. irom one to six per
cent. I frequently paid a part of the amount
when it was too high, and more than I could af
ford, I urged them to reduce it; in one instance,
where I was assessed twenty dolJarSiMr; Swart
wout lofd tbe colltfior of the tax that ten dolt
ars was enough for me to pay. For a few years
bak I have not paid any thing to .the General
Committee, oecause I could not afford to pay ihe
amount assessed, and because I could not con
scientrously sustain 'the party. The collectors of
ibe Tammanv Hall General Committee, one of '
whpm was Job n Becker, called oo ore several
ti.nes. William Tyackooce or twice called on
j Il k . . i i 'v
me locoiieci tne amount wiin wnicn l was as
sessed ; he was not the regqlar collector, but was
one of the General Committee. I believe thai
nearly alt the officers of the custom house, in
doors and outnd the clerks,were similarly tax
ed, and generally puid what they were assessed ,
It was assessed by the General Committee o '
Tammany Hall, and for the support of the par
ty denominated the Tammany Hall, party. , If
the individual did not pay the amount be was
taxed with, the Collector would remark, You
will be reported to the General Committee; and
everj body well understood that- proscription
would follow. The Collector of the General
Committee has an alphabetical book, which con:
tains the names of persons taxed, and the a:
mouDt each individual is required to pay.
A Washington correspondent of the New
York Courier, writes in reference to the North
Eastern Boundary difficulties - ,
'Tbe prevailing impression here may be
briefly staled. Great Britain is wrong, in claim
ing territory which does not belong lo her. The
General Government is wrong, in having so long
acquiesced in unjust claims. Governor Fairfield
is wrong, in a rash, ill-advised and ill executed
movement. All parties would be doubly and tre
bly wrong, if in tbe nineteenth century they
parlment had i
show that thry !
money to thfir
cases was thit
at Columbtis, 1
we gave thr ; -Treasury
were constar;i c
and willul nr.;'
January, 183 1
whn he was i
had, been rep. 1
that unless all t!
Ill Arrp.tr. n:or.
sed from clT;c
lee contains v
in tnal of ihp !
were calico IV
J Amocrj t;;r.
iiF.ATi mh : .
slant fnenls i '
Slate have !-.: .
sorrow, tliat r
moneys at ti n
fore the firt i
I havd lon
Iree'y assure v
bpnoiDble tr .
in all tlie n :
hi 7 It In l!t r
is! served I; cr
man enjoys i.
I am very
agemenl of t!
tnct, ani k no
received the ;
sent but once.
r 1 :. t -.
iai ami hi
speak vf lliis i
jtnnllv bad thr
work, who, r:
been engages! f
ano he csnnci
ty dollars per :
suing six mo
treme. I k,,
under great ir
not obtained f
i' - -...
i.- --1 . ...
were ojurfi c'.
failure of tl,r ;
of the fiupinf :
ii possible ti.r
Itm returns lw
mad, to kef ;
known the tt
work, tmsc uUi
At nifrhf : i
from live Ijc:
of vour excel'
tegrily and :
ni at If i is uLli
Senale : arul
General II m
some Ira ot' i
If 1 had bee';
plained liic -oneration
hivA mv til :i if'
A m. .
sUenghlen I ;
Del JNlartin v.
and nothing '
knows to ho
and most m
of I hem arc
I'Kosf orr I ? : 1
'victory1 ?t c;
We are ru
Walker, M ' j
tirtet. ll v
are fnr Wlis'
or four tlit
the, new cor
to them, 12 i
t , 1 ! i 1 . ... tr .1 X ' . . .T i I (1
'Vn'?" er rensrved from office by j should sorTer a question of this kind to interrupt
the present Collector t If yea, state wWnjnd the pacific relations of two countries bound toae-
whetbsr toy reasons weie assigned thereforjand i ther bjo ma oy ties of kindred, association and
wfeat they were
interest, as are the U. States and Great Britain.
To His Et
Tins and c
your letter ti
of your frier
Preside of h:
before him, t
jour montl !
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