Cabinet Meeting. Opinion on the Application of Money
Given by Law to the Indigent of Santo Domingo
[Philadelphia, April 22, 1794]
We do ourselves the honor of advising the President of the U. S. to apply the remainder of the money, given by law to the indigent of St. Domingo, resident here,1 to the furnishing of them with the means of going thither, it being known, that several vessels are now bound thither from different parts of the U. S. with passports for the purpose of conveying them.2
DS, in the writing of Edmund Randolph, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives; LC, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives.
1. “An Act providing for the relief of such of the inhabitants of Saint Domingo, resident within the United States, as may be found in want of support” (6 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America [Private Statutes] (Boston, 1856). description ends 13 [February 12, 1794]). See George Washington to H, March 4, 1794, note 1; March 21, 1794, note 2.
2. On April 26, 1794, the President signed passports for several ships to go to “the Island of St. Domingo, in ballast—with liberty to take in such Inhabitants of sd. Island as may choose to go as passengers, with their clothing, baggage & seastores” (JPP description begins “Journal of the Proceedings of the President,” George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 289).