Thomas Jefferson Papers

Estimate of the Domestic Expenses of the State Department for 1793, 18 October 1792

Estimate of the Domestic Expenses of the State Department for 1793

Estimate of the Expenses of the Department of State
at home, for one Year, commencing 1. January 1793.

The Secretary of State’s salary 3,500   
One chief Clerk      do. 800   
Three Clerks       do. 1,500   
Clerk for foreign Languages do. 250    Dollrs.  
Office keeper and Messenger do.  250    6,300   
Stationary of all kinds 170   
Firewood 90   
Office rent 256.67
A collection of the laws of the States, already
begun, to be completed to the present time,
and continued
Newspapers from the different States abt. 20
a 4 dollrs.
Gazettes from, and Gazettes sent to, am.
ministers abroad
Laws of the 2d. Session of the 2d Congress to
be published in 5 newspapers at abt. 100.
dollrs. each
for printing an edition of the same to be
distributed agreeably to Law
 700    1,851.67
whole amount of the expenses of the Depart. at home 8,151.67
Department of State Octr. 18th. 1792. Th: Jefferson

NB. The act of the last Congress Ch.8.§4. makes it a duty, on a certain contingency, for the Secretary of state to send special messengers for the purpose therein mentioned. But as the case is not likely to happen, it is thought unnecessary to propose a provision of money for it: and the less so as Congress will be in session at the time, and will doubtless make the provision in the moment, should it be wanting.

PrC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand except for signature and postscript. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 360, DL). Recorded in SJPL.

TJ prepared this table at the request of the Register of the Treasury (Joseph Nourse to TJ, 12 Oct. 1792), but it is not known when he transmitted it to Nourse. The act of the last congress was the March 1792 law relating to the election of the President and the Vice-President, the fourth section of which required the Secretary of State to dispatch special messengers to any state whose electoral votes had not reached the national capital by the first Wednesday in January after the election (Annals description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … Compiled from Authentic Materials, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. All editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. The first two volumes of the set cited here have “Compiled … by Joseph Gales, Senior” on the title-page and bear the caption “Gales & Seatons History” on verso and “of Debates in Congress” on recto pages. The remaining volumes bear the caption “History of Congress” on both recto and verso pages. Those using the first two volumes with the latter caption will need to employ the date of the debate or the indexes of debates and speakers. description ends , iii, 1342).

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