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most anxious solicitude to meet the wishes of Congress in the adoption of a Fiscal Agent which, avoiding all constitutional objections, should harmonize conflicting opinions. Actuated by this feeling, I have been ready to yield much, in a spirit of conciliation, to the opinions of others. And it is with great pain that I now feel compelled to differ from Congress a second time in the same session. At the cominencement of this session, inclined from choice to defer to the legislative will, I submitted to Congress the propriety of adopting a Fiscal Agent which, without violating the Constitution, would separate the public money from the Executive control, and perform the operations of the Treasury without being burdensome to the People or inconvenient or expensive to the Government. It is deeply to be regretted that this department of the Government cannot, upon constitutional and other grounds, concur with the legislative department in this last measure proposed to attain these desirable objects. Owing to the brief space between the period of the death of my lamented predecessor and my own installation into office, I was, in fact, not left time to prepare and submit a definitive recommendation of my own in my regular message; and since, my mind has been wholly occupied in a most anxious attempt to conform my action to the legislative will. In this communication I am confined by the Constitution to my objections simply to this bill; but the period of the regular session will soon arrive, when it will be my duty, under another clause of the Constitution, "to give to Congress information of the state of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as" I "shall judge necessary and expedient." And I most respectfully submit, in a spirit of harmony, whether the present differences of opinion should be pressed further at this time, and whether the peculiarity of my situation does not entitle me to a postponement of this subject to a more auspicious period for deliberation? The two Houses of Congress have distinguished themselves at this exraordinary session! by the performance of an immense mass of labor, at a season very unfavorable both to health and action, and have passed many laws which I trust will prove highly beneficial to the interests of the country, and fully answer its just expectations. It has been my good fortune and pleasure to concur with them in all measures except this. And why should our difference on this alone be pushed to extremes? It is my anxious desire that it should not be. I, too, have been burdened with extraordinary labors of late, and I sincerely desire time for deep and deliberate reflection on this the greatest difficulty of my administration. May we not now pause until a more favorable time, when, with the most anxious hope that the Executive and Congress may cordially unite some measure of finance may be deliberately adopted, promotive of the good of our common country?
I will take this occasion to declare that the conclusions to which I have brought myself are those of a settled conviction, founded, in my opinion, on a just view of the Constitution; that, in arriving at it, I have been actuated by no other motive or desire than to uphold the institutions of the country, as they have come down to us from the hands of our God-like ancestors; and that I shall esteem my efforts to sustain them, even though I perish, more honorable than to win the applause of men by a sacrifice of my duty and my conscience.
WASHINGTON, September 9, 1841.
APPROPRIATIONS-NEW OFFICES, &c.
CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES,
In compliance with the "Act to authorize the appointment of additional paymasters, and for other purposes," passed July 4, 1836.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1841..
OFFICE OF THE HOUSE OF REPS. OF THE U. S.,
In obedience to the 6th section of the Act to authorize the appointment of additional paymasters, and for other purposes," passed July 4, 1836, which requires "the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives, as soon as may be after the close of each session of Congress, to publish a statement of all appropriations made during the session; and also a statement of the new offices created, and the salaries of each; and also a statement of the offices the salaries of which are increased, and the amount of such increase," the Clerk of the House of Representatives subnits the accompanying statements.
MATTHEW ST. CLAIR CLARKE,
APPROPRIATIONS AND OFFICES CREATED IN 1841.
Appropriations made, new offices created, with the salaries of each; of fices of which the salaries are increased, with the amount of such increase, during the 1st session of the 27th Congress of the United States of America.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1841.
Prepared by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, in obedience to the 6th section of the act of July 4, 1836, entitled "An act to authorize the appointment of additional paymasters, and for other purposes."
Statement of appropriations made during the 1st session of the 27th ·Congress of the United States of America, specifying the amount and object of each.
H. R. No. 1.
For carrying into effect an act for the relief of Mrs. Harrison, widow of the late President of the United States
H. R. No. 2.
An act making appropriations for the present session of
For the pay and mileage of the members of the Senate for
For the pay of the Chaplain of the Senate
For printing, stationary, and all other contingent expenses of the Senate for the present session
For the pay and mileage of the members of the House of
For the supply of stationary for the House of Representatives for the 2d session of the 27th Congress
H. R. No. 4.
For carrying into effect an act authorizing a loan not exceeding the sum of twelve millions of dollars
$68,541 60 500 00
H. R. No. 6.
For carrying into effect an act to provide for the payment of navy pension's
H. R. No. 7.
For carrying into effect an act making further provision for the maintenance of pauper lunatics in the District of Columbia
H. R. No. 8.
An act making appropriations for various fortifications, for ordnance, and for preventing and suppressing Indian hostilities."
For repairs of West-head battery, Governor's island, Boston horbor
For repairs of Southeast battery, Governor's island, Boston harbor
For repairs of Fort Independence and sea-wall of Castle island, Boston harbor
For Fort Warren, Boston harbor
For repairs of old fort at New Bedford harbor.
For Fort Adams, Newport harbor
For fortifications in New London harbor, rebuilding of
For repairs of old Fort Griswold, New London harbor,
For completing repairs of Fort Niagara, and erecting and
For Fort Schuyler, New York harbor
For repairs of Fort Wood and sea-wall, Bedlow's island,.
For permanent walls for Fort Columbus, Castle William, and South battery, Governor's island, New York harbor For repairs of sea-wall of Castle William and other parts of Governor's island
For Fort Delaware, Delaware river, provided the title to
or Fort Sumter, Charleston harbor, South Carolina
65,000 00 105,000 00 5,000 00 45,000 00
15,000 00 70,000 00
50,000 00 5,000 00 35,000 00 115,000 00
5,000 00 15,000 00
For commencing dyke to Drunken Dick shoal, for preservation of Sullivan's island, and site of Fort Moultrie, Charleston harbor, South Carolina
For Fort Pulaski, Savannah river, Georgia
For Fort Morgan, Mobile Point, Alabama
For defensive works, and barracks, and purchase of site at or near Detroit, Michigan
For purchase of site, and for barracks and defensive works at or near Buffalo, New York
For fortifications at the outlet of Lake Champlain, and purchase of site
For defensive works, barracks, and other necessary buildings, and purchase of site for a depot at or near the junction of the Matawankeag and Penobscot rivers, Maine For contingencies of fortifications
For incidental expenses attending repairs of fortifications -
For purchase of ordnance and ordnance stores
For purchase of saltpetre and brimstone
For preventing and suppressing Indian hostilities, viz ; For balance required, in addition to the sum applicable out of the amount appropriated at the last session of Congress, for arrearages of pay due Florida militia called into service by the Governor of the Territory in eighteen hundred and forty
For arrearages of pay due Florida militia, commanded by Brigadier General Read, for six months in the service of the United States, commencing November, eighteen hundred and forty, and terminating April, eighteen hundred and forty-one
For arrearages of pay due to a battalion of Georgia militia. for service on the frontiers of Georgia and Florida, in eighteen hundred and forty and eighteen hundred and forty-one
For the Quartermaster's Department the sum of
For arrearages due for roads, harbors, and rivers, where public works and improvements have hitherto been made, and for the protection of public property now on hand at these places, and for arrearages for surveys and completing maps authorized by the act of March third, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine
$30,000 00 35,000 00 20,000 00
100,000 00 20,000 00
78,495 92 440,040 00