From David Rittenhouse
June 3d. 1793
I was unwilling to ask a further Sum of money on account of the Mint until the Treasurer had obtained a Settlement of his Accounts at the Comptrollers Office, which is now done, to the 1st. of April last. This has obliged me to advance considerably for the Expenditures of the Mint, and I must request you to apply to the President for his Warrant for 5000 Dollars, in favour of the Mint. In future I hope our expences will be greatly diminished, the Necessary Buildings and Machinery being nearly compleated. I have subjoined a Short State of the Mint Accounts at this day. I am, Sir, your most obedient Servant
Davd. Rittenhouse, Direcr of the Mint
|Mint in advance as Statement March 22d||1063.25|
|Paid Since, For Copper Since purchased, Vizt. 11,353 ℔ .||2624.99|
|Officers Salaries & Clerks pay, complete to March 31||2400.|
|Workmen employed at the Mint 10. Weeks||609.58|
|For Materials Carpenters & Millwrights Bills & other Expences|
|Presidents Warrant of March 25th. 1793||5000.|
|Ballance, Mint in advance, June 3d. 1793||Drs.|
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); below signature: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by Tobias Lear.
TJ sent this letter to the President this day with a brief covering note describing it as “containing a general statement of the expenditure of the last monies furnished, and an application of a further sum of 5000. D.” (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR, addressed: “The President of the US.,” endorsed by Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.; Tr in Lb in same, SDC). Washington immediately instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to pay the desired sum (Washington to Hamilton, 3 June 1793, Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends , xiv, 514; Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 160).