James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Paul Hamilton, 16 October 1811

From Paul Hamilton

Nav: Dep’mt 16. Octo: 1811.

I have the honor to submit to Your consideration the paper herewith marked A. which is a statement of navy appropriations up to the 15. instant inclusively.

By this paper, You will perceive, Sir, that the aggregate unexpended balance on that day, was $785.491.13.: but that of the appropriation for “repairs of vessels” there was only, on hand $1532..8.—& only $508.36. of the Appropriation for “quarter Masters department of the Marine corps.” These balances indeed, are merely nominal; for on the appropriation for “Repairs of vessels” there are at this time requisitions unpaid, to the Amount of nearly $30.000. vizt

Requisition by Navy agents at Cha’ston $7.600  
Do Do Nfolk 5.000  
Do Do NYork 6 000.  
Do by the purser Do this place  6 394.25

and on the appropriation for Qrmasters Department Marine Corps, the inevitable demands for fuel not yet provided & other Articles, will really exceed the apparant balance on hand.

Under these circumstances Sir, I take the liberty of submitting to You, the propriety of a transfer of funds, in aid of these appropriations, from other appropriations which I beleive can spare the transfer & should You approve such transfer, I have to request Your Signature to the enclosed paper. With the highest respect I have the honor to be Yr: Mo. ob.

P. Hamilton

Letterbook copy and copy of enclosure A (DNA: RG 45, LSP). Enclosure A is a “Statement of appropriations Treasury 15. Octo 1811” (1 p.). Second enclosure not found.

1Arithmetic error in letterbook copy.

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