James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Albert Gallatin, 14 November 1803

To Albert Gallatin

nav. Dep. nov. 14. 1803

To avoid the expence to which we are exposed for the rent of Houses for the messengers of the Departments of State, War and navy, General post office and of the accountants of the War and navy Departments, & to provide against accidents of fire to the Buildings occupied by these Departments we conceive that it would be expedient for Congress to make provision for building six small brick Houses with necessary buildings attached to them & for purchasing two fire engines and erecting Pumps &c. We therefore submit the following Estimate of monies necessary to effect these objects and request that you will lay the same before Congress.

Six small brick dwellings a 1000 each 6000
other necessary Buildings 1200
Fire Engines 1400
Pumps 350
Buckets  200
James Madison
Gidn Granger. H. Dearborn
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