Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from United States House of Representatives, 24 January 1806

In the House of Representatives,
of the United States,
Friday the 24th. of January 1806.

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause to be laid before this House, any information which may be in the possession of the Executive Department, relative to the state and condition of the fortifications, which may have been erected at the several ports and harbours within the United States, and the territories thereof.; and also, the amount of money which has been expended upon each, as well as the probable expense of completing the same;—and also, any information of which said department may be possessed relative to the practicability of defending by land-batteries such ports and harbours, as have, by any former law, been directed to be fortified.

Resolved, That the President be requested to cause to be laid before this House, a statement exhibiting the amount of money which has been disbursed on account of the Navy, in each year, since its establishment; and stating, particularly, the cost of each armed ship or other vessel, built or purchased on account of the United States;—and also, the amount of money that has been expended on each Navy-Yard.

Nathl Macon

[Note in TJ’s hand:]

money expended in fortifications North of Patomac 784,981.29 :5
South of dc 158,637.62 :1
but to the 1st. sum should be added 222,810.04

expended by the state of N. York on the fortificns of the city, & credited by the US. in it’s debt.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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