10 June 1796
By virtue of the Act entitled "an act making further provision for the expenses attending the intercourse of the United States with foreign nations;” and to continue in force the act entitled "an act providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations," passed on the 30th of May in the year 1796.
I do hereby authorize and empower you, by yourself or any other person or persons to borrow on behalf of the United States, of the Bank of the Ud States or any other body or bodies politic, person or persons, any sum not exceeding in the whole Three hundred & twenty four thousand, five hundred & thirty nine Dollars and six Cents; and to make or cause to be made for that purpose such contract or contracts as shall be necessary and for the interest of the said States.
And for so doing this shall be your Warrant. Given under my hand at Philada this 10th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety six.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.