Thomas Jefferson Papers

IV. Estimates of Funds Required for the Diplomatic Establishment, 1790–1791, [19 July 1790]

IV. Estimates of Funds Required for the Diplomatic Establishment, 1790–1791

[19 July 1790]

Estimate of the expences of a Minister Plenipotentiary.
Minister Plenipotentiary. His salary 9000.
  His Outfit. Suppose it to happen once in 7. years, will average 1285.
  His Return at a Quarter’s salary, will average 321.
  Extras. viz. Gazettes, translating, printing, aids to poor American sailors, couriers and postage about 350.
  His Secretary 1350.
Estimate for a Chargé des affaires.
Chargé des affaires. His salary 4500
  His Outfit, once in 7. years, equal to an annual sum of 643
  His Return at a Quarter’s salary, do. 161
  Extras as above 350
The Agent at the Hague. His Salary 1300.
  Extras about 100
Estimate of the annual expences of the Establishment proposed.
France. A Minister Plenipotentiary 12,306
London. Do. 12,306
Madrid. A Chargé des affaires 5,654
Lisbon. Do. 5,654
Hague. An Agent 1,400
Marocco. A Consul 1800
Presents to Foreign ministers on taking leave, @ 1000. Doll. each, more or less, according to their1 favour and time. There will be five of them. If exchanged once in 7. years, it will be annually 715
Estimate of the probable calls on our Foreign fund from July 1. 1790. when the Act for foreign intercourse passed, to July 1. 1791.
France. A Minister Plenipotentiary. His Outfit. 9000. 
  His salary, suppose it to commence Aug. 1. 8250  
    Extras 320  
    Secretary 1237.5 18,807.5
  Chargé. Suppose him to remain till Nov. 1.
    Salary 1,500. 
    Extras 117. 
    His return, a quarter’s salary 1,125   2,742  
Madrid. A Chargé. His Salary 4,500  
    Extras 350   4,850  
Lisbon. A Chargé (or Resident) his Outfit 4,500  
  His Salary. Suppose it to commence Jan. 1. 1791. 2,250  
    Extras 175.  6,925  
London. An Agent. Suppose to commence
  Oct. 1. @ 1350. D. Salary 1,012.5
    Extras (@ 100. Doll. a year) 75   1,087.5
Hague. An Agent 1,400. 
Marocco. Consul 1,800  
Presents to Foreign ministers. The Dye about 500. 
    2. Medals and chains 2000    2,500  

MS (DNA: RG 59, MLR); entirely in TJ’s hand; endorsed by Washington: “Diplomatic Establishm. and Estimates.” PrC (DLC); after PrC was executed, TJ wrote following at bottom of page, not on MS: “given in to the President July 19. 1790.” Tr (DNA: RG 59, SDC); also dated 19 July 1790.

It is to be noted that the projected figures for the chargé d’affaires in France contemplated his return by 1 Nov. 1790, a clear indication that TJ supposed Washington had decided not to appoint William Short minister (see TJ to Short, 26 July 1790). It is also possible that TJ may have deliberately included the full cost of an outfit for a minister and those for the chargé’s salary and return (which would not have been required at all in the latter case or wholly in the former if Short had been named minister) in order to suggest to the president’s mind that a saving on these items might be applied to the cost of supporting a minister in London, thus appealing to Washington’s views in order to advance the nomination of Short. But this is not a probable motive.

1TJ first wrote: “… according to their grade and favour” and then altered the passage to read as above.

Index Entries