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JQA Diary, volume 43 9 March 1842
JQA Neal Millikan Adams Family Finances
72 Washington Wednesday 9. March 1842.

9— V:30. Wednesday

Rothwell Hassler

Rain, last night and this morning. Mr. Angier went with me to the Capitol. Weekly meeting day of the Committee on the Smithsonian bequest.— Present Adams and Truman SmithHabersham was in an adjoining Committee room— No Quorum— In the house, Roosevelt called in vain for the consideration of the Message received yesterday from the President, upon the cravings of an empty treasury. Halsted by privilege preference presented a report from the Committee of Elections, without announcing its purport, or to whom it related— Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.— Barnard attempted to introduce his resolution for reorganizing the hall, and discarding the desks, but failed.— The General Appropriation Bill was resumed in Committee of the whole on the Union Briggs in the chair. M’Keon offered a Resolution to repeal the land distribution Bill, but it was not received— The day was consumed in debating on the patronage of the public printing, and the contingencies of the Department of State— Caruthers, Gilmer, Fillmore, Wise, Fillmore again, Samson Mason, W. Smith, of Virginia, Cushing and Gentry shared in this discussion, in which there was sharp shooting between Gilmer and Wise on one side and Fillmore on the other. Gilmer and Wise are the backstairs Viceroys over President Tyler; and they are the busiest marplots in the house to destroy the credit of the administration and of the Country— Fillmore complained, and was answered by Gilmer by frothy braggings of independence, and by Wise with overbearing insolence and insult—till the Committee rose and the house adjourned— Mr Hassler called on me this evening, with bitter complaint that President Tyler had determined to break up his double establishment for the survey of the Coast, and for the manufacture and distribution over all the States of the Union standard weights and measures— He shewed me a Letter of notification from Walter Forward Secretary of the Treasury to Hassler’s Son dismissing him from the public service which he said Forward told him he had issued against his own will and earnest remonstrance, by express command of the President, and he said the President was equally determined to dismiss him; but he did not think he had lawful authority so to do— Mr Hassler wished me to interpose in his behalf; but that is certainly beyond the scope of my authority. Mr Rothwell the Treasurer of the Columbian College came this morning to the Committee room, and this evening to my house; and I agreed definitively with him upon the settlement of the debt from the Columbian College to me— I am to receive stocks of various descriptions and at no little hazard, in payment; to all which I have consented to assist the College in relieving them from the burden of their debt.