From Thomas Jefferson
Philadelphia Jan. 26. 1792.
It is perfectly equal to me that the 1233⅓ dollars mentioned in your letter of yesterday,1 be taken out of the 40,000 Dollars now desired, or not.2 You will observe that the two sums of 40,000 D. each are for the interval between July 1. 1790. & July 1. 1792. and that the act is to continue, even if not renewed, till the end of the next session of Congress,3 probably the beginning of March 1793. The heavy draughts for Outfits for the late appointments4 will require a new call in time for the commencements of the 3d. year of the act.
I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your most obedient & most humble servt
ALS, letterpress copy, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress; LC, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. Letter not found. Jefferson is presumably referring to warrant No. 780, which was issued on December 20, 1790, in the amount of $1,233.33 in part payment of Gouverneur Morris’s expenses on his London mission and John Brown Cutting’s expenses in connection with his services in England to impressed United States seaman (ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Foreign Relations, I, 131–32, 137).
3. Section 2 of “An Act providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations” states: “And be it further enacted, That this act shall continue and be in force for the space of two years, and from thence until the end of the next session of Congress thereafter, and no longer” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 128–29 [July 1, 1790]).
4. The “late appointments” were Thomas Pinckney as United States Minister to Great Britain, Gouverneur Morris as United States Minister Plenipotentiary to France, and William Short as United States Minister at The Hague.