Philadelphia, 2d September, 1818.
SIR, I have paid to the officers and crew of the United States ship Hornet as prize money $22,763 45 My commisssions 1,250 Expenses 87 62 ___________ $24,101 7 Your most ob't. servant, (Signed) CHARLES BIDDLE,Jr. To the honorable B. W. Crownsinshield, Secretary of the Navy.
Philadelphia, September 2, 1818.
Under a general powe, I consider my receipt, as complete a discharge as a Secretary can wish, and precisely the same as a re- ceipt from each individual composing the crew. I was never regu- lated by, nor did I ever receive any instructions or authority from the Department, but claimed the money (as I should have done from an individual) by virtue of the power of attorney, and received it ac- cordingly.
Under these circumstances, I know not the object of the inquiry, but being unwilling to show a want of respect for the officers of government, I enclose you a statement which you can hand over to the Secretary of the Navy if you think proper.
The cause of any money being unpaid, arises in a great measure from conflicting powers of attorney, which I presume is no novelty at the Navy Office. The consequence has been attachments, which creates a responsibility on my part.
With esteem,Benjamin Homans, Esq.
Your most ob't. serv't.
(Signed) CHARLES BIDDLE, Jr.
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