Estimate of Navy Appropriations for 1803
Estimate of the Secretary of the Navy
|Specific appropriations||Objects||Amount of specific
frigates & a schooner
|Half pay to
Store rent commissions,
freight travelling expenses
|Medical & hospital||7,350.—.||350.—.||7,700.—|
|Seventy four gun ships||114,425.—|
several distinct heads)
|deficiencies of 1802||181,849.09|
The above estimate is calculated on the supposition that 6 frigates shall be kept in actual service the whole year; but it is understood that a part of the appropriations is to be made conditionally and not to take place unless with the consent of the President, and in case war should break out with some other Barbary powers. It is also intended that an appropriation should be made for purchasing some small vessels, and finally that the whole expenditure must not, under any circumstances, exceed, (exclusively of the deficiencies of 1802) the sum of 900,000 dollars.
|2 frigates should be
kept in commission
|estimated at 75,000
drs. per annum
|2 do||for 6 do.||do do||75,000|
|1 do||for 12 do.||do do||75,000|
|1 schooner (Enterprize)||" 12 do.||do 22,000||22,000|
|3 small vessels||" [. . .] do.||do 30,000||60,000|
|making for the vessels in commission||282,000|
which sum is 4000 dollars less than the three fifths of the estimate sum of 476,874.86 for the same object and leaves the other two fifths applicable to the case of war with any other Barbary power. As to the sum of 72,000 dollars wanted for the purchase of vessels, it may be taken out of those two fifths, or out of the appropriation for seventy-fours, which last is preferable, because that appropriation will be rich enough when the deficiencies of 1802 shall have been made up, & because it will leave us a greater fund in case of war with Morocco &a.
Modifications proposed on the preceding plan
|Vessels in commission||Vessels in ordinary||Half pay to officers||General contingencies||Total|
|Pay of officers & seamen & subsistence of officers||148,001.40||23,188.—.||14,136 —||185,325.40|
|Medical & hospital||4,410.—.||350.—||4,760.|
|For such expences as may with the approbation of the President be incurred for the maintenance of the navy in case of war4 with any other powers than Tripoli||190,749.94||30,000 (c)||220,749.94|
a it is proposed to reduce this item from 40 to 10 thd. dollars & to throw the other 30 thd. in the contingent appropriation in case of war with any other Barbary powers
b—If either of these appropriations is supposed not large enough, the increase will be deducted from the appropriation (c) so as to leave the whole sum the same
d—This may be diminished, if Congress shall amend the law respecting marines—
MS (DLC); undated; in Gallatin’s hand, with emendation by TJ (see note 4 below).
In the 1803 navy appropriations act, the sum of $90,780.43 for the marine corps was subdivided into $64,095.60 for pay and subsistence, “including provisions for those on shore, and forage for the staff”; $16,223.83 for clothing and military stores; $1,000 for medicines and other expenses for care of the sick; and $9,461 for “quartermaster’s and barrackmaster’s stores,” traveling expenses, and other contingencies (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States…1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855-56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:208–9). above estimate: the total for the sums listed by Gallatin for specific appropriations is $885,000, not $900,000. In the estimate enclosed with his letter to TJ of 18 Jan., Gallatin included $15,000 for ordnance and other military and naval stores. The addition of this sum brings the total to $900,000.
president proposes: see Notes on Navy Appropriations for 1803 printed at 18 Jan. In that proposal, TJ estimated $30,000 in expenses for the Enterprize for one year. TJ also included $72,000 for building three vessels, bringing his total to $362,000, compared to the total here of $282,000.
1. For totals, this figure should be 13,504.34.
2. The sum is actually $885,000.
3. Gallatin again means 13,504.34 (see note 1), but here the sum as written gives a total of “99,847.46” as in MS.
4. TJ emended the remainder of this sentence to read “or imminent danger of war with any of the Barbary powers other than Tripoli.”
5. That is, 885,030 (see notes 2 and 3).