competitive bids for all purchases
supplies &c. He came to see me & said
that in his opinion I had nothing to do
but just to approve his accounts!
That he had the power to purchase &c. &c.
He is the last relic left of the old regime
& he yields badly, - but he will yield.
I will not approve a dollar of his
accounts except in compliance with
the rule. Heretofore every petty official
in this district seems to have been a law
unto himself so far as expenses were
concerned, and Judge Noyes was never
known to refuse their exorbitant demands
out of the goodness and weakness of his heart.
When the Marshall falls into line, as he will,
the court will then have full and entire
charge of all expenditures in this district
except for fixed salaries, - fixed by law.
As long as I remain here I intend to
keep control, and no expenditure either
in the clerks or Marshals office, or by
any Commissioner or other official where
I am required to audit the account will
be allowed except such as are incurred under
the rules and honestly. The auditing of