[Philadelphia]. 1800. 9pp. Dbd. Stab holes in gutter. Tanning in interior gutter, else near fine. Item #WRCAM41354
A petition filed by William Tazewell requested compensation for the cost and loss of personal effects incurred during his return to America after serving as the secretary to Elbridge Gerry. Tazewell, who had been studying medicine in Paris became Gerry's secretary after completing his studies. When Gerry was recalled he requested that Tazewell remain in Europe to complete the publishing of letters and delivery of some items to London and the Hague. He was afforded, as was customary, a quarter year's salary with which to return home. Unfortunately, his ship was captured by a French privateer and his property was lost. Tazewell's claim was approved by the committee, despite the strongly worded objection of the Secretary of State, Timothy Pickering: "Decency even required that he should be content...Perhaps an adjustment not chargeable with rigour, might be made, which should exclude Dr. Tazewell from the quarter's salary for his return: The United States did not send him abroad for their service; and I do no know that they were bound to bring him home." EVANS 38868. NAIP w021898.