17 June 1805
It is necessary, according to usage, that you should add the word “Approved” with your signature to the enclosed requisition from the Dept. of State for certain payments to be charged to the contingent fund.
That fund has always been held to be solely at the President’s disposal; and accordingly his signature to be essential to authorize the Treasury to pay.
Respectfully Your obedt. Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.