President of the United States,
A Letter to Him from the Director of the Mint,
Respecting the Compensations of certain Officers employed on that Establishment.
20th April, 1802.
Read, and ordered to be referred to the Committee
of the whole House, to whom it was committed,
on the second instant, the bill to repeal so much
of the acts, — the one, intituled “An act
establishing a Mint, and regulating the Coins of the
United States,” — the other, an act intituled
“An act supplementary to the act establishing
a Mint, and regulating the Coins of the United
States,” as relate to the establishment of the
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives,
The object of the inclosed letter from
the Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, being
within legislative competence only, I transmit it
to both Houses of Congress.
April 20, 1802.
Mint of the United States,
Philadelphia, 17th April, 1802.
To the President of the United States.
The Director of the Mint being informed by
the public newspapers, that a bill has been brought
into Congress for the abolishing of the Mint,
cannot, consistent with his duty, omit respectfully to
represent the case of some of the officers, clerks
and workmen of the Mint, to the President.
The salaries and wages allowed in the Mint have
not been increased since the first establishment of
the institution, notwithstanding the great rise in
the prices of every necessary of life for several
years past. They have submitted to a bare
subsistence without complaint, from the idea that
their employment was permanent, while they
behaved well, and that peace and reduced prices of
food would give them an opportunity of making
up former deficiencies. Add to this, that their
constant habits in the Mint have made it difficult
for them at once to return to their former
occupations with advantage. If the Mint should be
abolished, it will be some time before they can get
again into full employment, and of course must
suffer essentially, even as to their necessary
The Director therefore submits their case to the
consideration of government, and does not doubt
but some small provision will be made for them,
in case of their entire dismission from the public
In this representation it is not meant to include
the Director, Assayer or Treasurer, as neither of
these do depend on their salaries for support. All
which is respectfully submitted to the President by
His obedient humble servant,
The President of the United States.