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Indianapolis Indiana Journal (Newspaper) - June 9, 1830, Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana journal. Vol. , wednesday june 9, 1830. No. 372. Published by Douglass amp Maguire. Terms. Ilo Llara per non us if paid in adv Ince three dollars at tie end of the year. Advertisements inserted on the usual terms. From the National intelligencer. Or. Chilton s letter. Washington april 22, 1830. Messes. Gales a Seaton a i proceed to redeem the pledge i gave through the Columna of your paper of the 16th instant a appalled by the battalion of figures which or. Wickliffe has paraded before me or the mercenary Squadron who Are yelping at my heels. I feel the Confidence of having truth on my Side and we have High authority for saying Quot it is mighty and will in All that i have heretofore said relative to the Public expenditures i have relied on the official documents submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury to Congress the appropriation acts found to the statute books and last though not least on the figures of the chairman of the retrenchment committee himself. Taking these different lights to guide me i have found that the expenditures of the a Asi year the year which above All others the nation looked to for retrenchment and Reform have exceeded by very Large sums the expenditures of the prec editing year taking out from each the payments on account of the Public debt and those made by the British for deported slaves under the Ghent treaty so As to present the naked Nett amount Knob secured by what does not belong to it. The excess to be sure was much greater according to the first official report of the Secretary than it will now appear to be by Bis amended official or by the former figures of the chairman of the committee of retrenchment but still taken in either Way or All ways in which any fair comparison can be drawn there is a Large and to me an unexpected excess. This i now reiterate after a careful review of All that has been written and am ready to prove it at and on All proper occasions. When this controversy first began there was a portentous fluttering a bout the departments lest the Secretary of the Treasury bad admitted too much in his official report on the state of the finances and sundry movements took place first in one House of Congress and then in the other to enable the Secretary to take Back his estimate for the 4th Quarter of the year. He has accordingly managed to make the required correction through the committee on retrenchment though uncalled for by the House of representatives and i shall now in what i have to say discard his first report for the 4th Quarter and rely solely on the amended one. I have Only to request after i shall Shew by this second and amended statement of the finances from the honorable Secretary that 1829 is still ahead of 1828 in expense that he will not take this Back also to make further amendments before we get through. But i am blamed for hitherto relying on the 4th Quarter s estimate of the first official and or. Wickliffe is very Learned and technical about the terms a estimate and Quot sex Pend Lurey i knew Well enough Liat the estimate would not always Square exactly with the expenditure but i could not permit myself to doubt but that it was near enough to the truth for substantial accuracy and for any fair calculation. It was sent to Congress As the basis of its Logis Laliotis and surely if fit for Congress to act upon it was not to be discarded by me when it was the Only official information sub knitted. But it now turns out that the department is willing to Savval Low the Blunder Iii was one of More than a million of dollars if they can help the cause of my antagonist and hereby put me Down. The Secretary estimated As he says for that Quarter the expenses at 7,-245,481 03, whereas they turn out after All to be Only 238,914 43.--Diiference, or As i Call it official blundering $1,006,566 62. If or. Rush bad made such a mistake As this i hardly think my colleague would have intruded himself Between me and my constituent i to defend Azm As he has 3one on this occasion. But j am reminded that or. Rush ill 1828, estimated his 4th Quarter at $7,392,603 72. He did so. But was there any such difference of a million in that Quarter As i am now considering not the expenses of that Quarter were 7,214,571, a near As could be expected to the do not then quote or it Rush Ai a precedent for this system of blundering by millions. But let this official slip go for what it is Worth. I come at once to the actual expenditures of the two years As now admitted by the Secretary himself and endorsed by the chairman of the retrenchment committee. Here they Are total expenditures for 1828, $25,459,479 52 deduct Public debt $12,163,438 07 w2,953,507 47 treaty of Ghent 790,069 40 Nett expenses of l828, $12,505,972 05 total expenses for 1829, $25,071,017 59 deduct debt $12,383,800 77> a non a a a Ghent treaty 8,280 22 12,92,080 99 Nett expenses of 1829, $12,676,936 60 making an excess of the year 1829, Over the expenditures of the year 1828, of ,$171,964 45, and this too without to Kinig into consideration the fact that the year 1828 is charged with six months legislation and the year 1829 with but three. To make the comparison perfectly fair three months legislation should be deducted from 1828, so As to make it allow but three months session to each. Now the pay of both houses of Congress for ninety Days without considering the printing and other contingencies would amount to f 190,080 which if taken out will paid by the British for deported slavic leave the Realf excess of 1829 Over 1828, under the treaty of Ghent is again three Hundred and sixty two thousand and put in to swell the twelve Moi the i will now notice an artful but ingenious contrivance which has been As i presume gotten up by some of the subaltern of the departments and which i should think nothing but desperation could have driven them to in the Hope of obscuring the facts which Are in dispute Between or. Wickliffe and myself. Finding that upon any fair statement of the accounts for the financial year that is reckoning As the department always do from the 1st of january to the 1st of january the balance is largely against 1829, a paper is put Forth purporting to give two years expenses from March to March in each year. By this arrangement the twelve a months ending the first of March last which Are called general Jackson s twelve months apparently Madea thel2 preceding months which Are called or. Adams s. A table thus made As i presume by the Cabinet journeymen is adopted by or. Wickliffe As he says Quot to make the comparison a fair and just yes a Quot fair and just Mark these words. What i have first to say of this Quot fair and just Quot comparison is the t the sum of $790,000, forty four dollars such is the result of a comparison Between the first year of the present and the last of the late administration. But let us go Back to the first year of or. Adams As perhaps still More fair. That is let us compare the first with the first of both administrations each of course having the Benefit of a Short session and see How we shall come out in such a contrast. In 1825, the first year of or. Adams the whole expenses were 123,585,804 72 deduct Public debt 12,095,344 78 Nett expenses of 1825, 11,490,459 94 1� has been already Shewn that in 1829, according to or. Wickliffe s own admissions and the latest report from the department of the Treasury that the expenditures were 12,676,-936 60 making an excess in the first year of the present administration of $1,186 476 66, Over the first year of the last. I will also state that in the latter year the sum of two Hundred thousand dollars paid to Gen. Lafayette is charged and put Down As expended in 1825. Should that be reckoned As not standing on the footing of Ordinary expenditures and no one will pretend that it does the difference in the two years will be 07ie million three Hundred and eighty six thousand four Hundred and. Seventy six dollars and sixty six units. It is useless to struggle a gains these figures. You cannot shake them off. Or. Wickliffe has said Mitch about abuses and speculations but this does not help the difficulty. Why spend More Money now than the last administration did with All the abuses which have been attributed to them it matters nothing to the american people whether they Are plundered with or without the forms of Law. If the pre in ent administration is As economical and the last was As wasteful As or. Wirk Liffin asserts then we Are brought to this strange results that wasteful servants spend Money than the economical if Tutto were abuses under the last administration it is neither my business nor my inclination to defend them nor shall i be so carried away with names As not to condemn in others what i did condemn in them. My complaint is against the manner of administering the government and that men have failed to fulfil the promises which hey made. Every administration has been taken in by defaulters and speculators and no reasonable Man can expect this administration to escape. There were conspicuous instances even under the administration of or. Jefferson who i believe administered this government on the purest principles and with a stricter Eye to real Economy than any other Man since the Days of Washington. And if or. Wickliffe has now a list of defaulters in his pocket and will keep it for three years to come i venture to predict he will be Able to add much to the length of it at that time and perhaps the names of some of those who have slipped the list in his hands May Assisi St to swell it. He should remember that we often see a great dust raised about one sinner which is used to cover the new crimes of a dozen worse ones who mix in the throng. And even at the execution of a convicted Felon Matiy a Man has had his pocket picked by some solemn faced by Stander who at the same time expatriated feelingly on the enormous offence of the dying Man. Charged to or. Adams and to make it still More Quot fair and just Quot six months legislation As i have before stated is heaped upon the top of that Ali ill hut three months Goto the term of general Jackson. These Quot fair and just Quot inequalities however Are trifles lighter than air compared to the rest of the artifice which i will now unveil. What Are called the expenditures for the twelve months ending 1st of March 1830. In truth contain but a Quot fair and Juit Quot statement for any Correct Contr Aici of but ten months because he bulk of expenses which would have been paid during the months of january and february 183�, if the departments had Deen in funds were postponed until after the first of March. The principal moneyed operations of the departments for expenses accruing in these months were necessarily postponed. Is this the sort of retrenchment we have been contending for As or. Wickliffe appears to have convenient Access to the departments he can Tell if any warrants were issued during that period which were temporarily taken up by the United states Bank and which the Bank did not present to the Treasury for payment till after the months of january and february the two last of the twelve called general Jackson a had expired. The suspending operation is now turned to grand account no sooner is it finished than out comes a certificate from a Treasury officer to Shew How Little appears by the books to have been paid in the twelve months ending the 1st of March 1830. Reader Mark this 1 the Quot act making appropriations for the support of government for the year 1830,&Quot was not in existence in january and february. It did not become a Law till the 18th Day of March. And the acts Quot making appropriations for the military service of the year 1830,&Quot and Quot making appropriations for the naval service of the year 1830,&Quot were neither of them approved till he 11th Day of March. Or. Wickliffe May Well select these two months As Best calculated to answer the purposes he had in View for nothing was or could be drawn from the Treasury under these acts in january and february before their passage to pay the monthly accruing expenses. Of this 1 do not complain. But i do complain hat when this suspending operation was Well known to the Treasury officers any of them should have arranged a statement to be used As a Quot fair and just Quot comparison with a year in which a partial appropriation was made for these months. I will do or. Wickliffe the Justice to say that i do not think he was accessory to this device. I be. Lieve he himself has been led into error for the official print in this City some time before or. W. Made his flourish threw out a paragraph on this subject by Way of a feeler and As i was not answered it was supposed the trick would take. But he ought to have looked into it deeper before he Lent to it the Sanction of his respectable name. Now just the reverse of what i have alluded to As taking place in the twelve months called Gen. Jackson a was the fact in the twelve months under or. Adams with which they have been compared by or. Wickliffe. The appropriations for january and february 1829, were not delayed till March As in 1830, but were made before the year commenced one Quarter having Beck appropriated in Advance. The Quot fair and just Quot comparison therefore by which nearly two million of dollars appear to Hava been saved is a con Parison of a series of months in which payments were made for expenses incurred As hey went along with another series during a part of which one sixth of the time Large payments were suspended or not made at All. According to this principle of saving a Man who spends two thousand dollars a year and pays As he goes is extravagant compare d to one who pays one thousand and runs in debt or postpones his creditors for two thousand More inasmuch As the/>az/men/5 of the former appear on his books to have payments of the latter. But the Case we Are now considering is unequal and unjust in another Way for when we go Back to he 1st of March 1828, the starting Point of the table adopted by or. Wickliffe we find the appropriations or the first Quarter of that year had not passed and did not till some time after. Of course Large sums which accrued in january and february 1828, wore naturally thrown upon the Serit s of months selected in the Quot fair Ai gtd just Quot i comparison As or. Adams. The delusion works at both ends.�? first by crowding in upon or. Adams expenses which were waiting fur the to pass and second by relieving two of the twelve called Gen. Jackson s , by the suspending process to which i have before alluded. The fallacy of such a Mode of calculation will appear, sex Quoter of the. Government that we May Quot look for abuses and expect extra a Quot fancies in an administration. I wish he would Tell me by what authority forty thousand dollars were taken from the Treasury in the last year to pay for ministers outfits which the appropriating department had not Only not authorized but refused to authorize. I stated in a former communication that the present executive had appropriated at the request of this administration �184,000 for foreign missions that is for the pay and outfits of ministers charges and secretaries and for contingent expenses of the missions ,$30,000 More making in he whole $�?�214,000 for these purposes being -�65,000 More Han was appropriated for the same object in 1828. Here or. Wickliffe meets me by saying that in 1828 there was expended for Quot Intercourse with foreign nations Quot in that year the sum of $ 211,124 26. The Reader would he Apt to suppose by Quot Intercourse with foreign nations Quot he meant the pay and outfits of the diplomatic corps. But this ,�211,124 26 is made up of a variety of different or Lickli s. Of which Here is the lit diplomatic department it 17,634 74 expenses of Mission to Congress of Panama 1930 50 contingent expenses of foreign Intercourse. 18,791 97 Relief and Protection of american seamen 14,635 69 treaties with Mediterranean Powers 34,730 00 treaty of Ghent sixth and seventh articles 2,700.34 treaty of Ghent first article 1,691 02 prize causes 8,000 00 Tami thing a few of its items for instance. Payne it of claims under ninth of the Quot fair and just Quot gives the Ftp cases of he military establishment during or. Adams last twelve months at 414,106 86. But i have in my Futudo a statement prepared by or. Ingham and reported by the chairman of tie retrenchment committee giving All the expenditures from 1789 to the treaty of Spain 960 05 $211,124 26 is this a fair Way of my charge reckoning in that manner Here has been appropriated for the Quot foreign Inte Conr a Quot this year 263,-000 ii thud of,214.000. Viz j e of of salaries and outfits of ministers Rembor 31, 1829 and there is not a cd year during the whole of the last and contingent expenses for same ministration in which these expenses i salaries of agents for claims at Lon including penmon., indians ments a pc. Came up to that amount. Relief and Protection of seamen in they Are in that document stated to be fur or and jams four Vears 184,000 30,000 4,000 30,000 1825 1826 1827 1828 $5,692,830 6,-240,234 foreign countries 15,000 Gen. Jackson s year 1829, $6,272,ti00 1 will next examine to it a Navnil expenditures As Given in the Quot fair and they Are represented in general Jackson s year to have been but $3,076,328 and hence is a saving claimed of a million of dollars. This fallacy will appear in several ways. If the Navy Cost one million ifs last year than the year before then the Secretary ought now to have an unexpended million on hand. But if he had that on hand Why did he ii ply to Cori Gross Early in this session to furnish a new Supply from the Treasury to enable him to fit out the frigate Brandy wine again if he carried the service through his first year Foi about three millions of dollars he would require no More than that for his second year especially with a million of savings to begin with. But let us hear him speak for himself for it is probable he knows something crore about it Han or. Wickliffe. I have before me his estimate at Page 275 of the documents accompanying his report to Congress in which he say explicitly Quot that there will be required for Quot the support of the Navy during the Quot year 1830, three million five Hun Quot dred and fifty six thousand five Hun Quot dred and forty seven dollars and thir Quot to four cts. In addition to the unexpended balances that May remain on hand Oil the St january 1830.&Quot How strange then that or. W. Should talk of the Navy costing but 3,076,328 a year under the present administration when the Secretary himself Ells us that it requires to support the Navy $3,556,547 34, in addition to what he Lias on hand i will Here observe that the naval service ought to Cost a great Deal less now than in 1828, because in that year there was expended 201,387 78 for completing the ten sloops of War that had been authorized under or. Monroe s adminis tuition and also ,29,552 67 for he suppression of the slave Trade for which $30.000 was appropriated in May 1828. I might take up the other items of the Quot fair and just Quot comparison so called but these that i have noticed will serve As samples of he right and i have i Trust shown enough to satisfy any one that no Reliance can be placed upon it. It is artificial and delusive through Lieut and not entirely creditable to those who got it up. Or. Wickliffe say truly Quot it is Quot when he executive surpasses the i Quot Mita of its Powers and usurps the a authority Oft a appropriating pow $263,000 he also says an Quot admin Strai Oil is 5675789 i reap possible and might be made so f r 5,720,200 the measures the recommend and the policy hey 1 say he same and what has been recommended is. A new executive department 2d. Giving More pay to the Aitor Ney general for which a Bill has been introduced besides giving him More clerks and a paper Carier messed Ger 3d. Increasing he pay of some of the foreign ministers who now get 25 dollars per Dav for their services 4th, rear admirals and vice admirals for the Navy with Large salaries and genl men if we go on in this wa3, we shall next want Field marshalls for the army. I am opposed to All this foreign style and All this splendor. I would rather have one Ough fighting Commodore than a dozen of your admirals of ribbons and strings. 5lh. Ten More clerks and an additional assistant postmaster general for the Post office department for which a Bill is before Congress. 6lh. Additional clerks in the other departments. If such is the retrenchment that others have contended for i have Only to say that is not what i expected. So far As it relates to the authorship of my publications i have Only to say that its denial is perfectly characters is tic of those who have sought to mislead the people on other subjects and now wish to Quot re Irma to Quot the Humble credit which i might gain by my pen. The charge that my change of Pinion has resulted from Quot disappointed ambition Quot is entirely gratuitous i never either directly or indirectly asked an appointment from any one of the Quot Powers hat be Quot either for myself or a relative. Sure i am i never shall. They Are Welcome to All the honors of their stations but 1 am no longer to be considered even in part responsible or their errors. No maa in America with so Humble an estate has suffered for hem More nor has any one in Many instances been More unkindly requited. I now Wash my hands of the sub Juett and i Hope finally As i have never been fond of controversy. 1 have seen a population of twelve millions or More thrown into confusion for Noo ther purpose than to Advance the views and wishes of a few individuals. I was one who aided in kindling the flame. Can it be thought strange then that i should feel some mortification at seeing every just expectation end in disappointment y and every Effort Owji portion i did miss or. Wickliffe As he acid i

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