West Point Octo. 14 1780
Inclosed I send your Excellency the estimates of the annual expence of the war; and the amount of what each State can pay towards the charge. Nothing more can be expected from them than to prove that our income is not equal to our expence. They are calculated upon as low or lower scale than the real case will amount to.
Besides these estimates there are several other matters not included in the bills namely the expences of the Navy, the charge of inlisting Men, the support of our Ministers abroad at foreign Courts, the interest of our funded Monies with a great variety of other matters which can only calculated upon under the head of contingencies; but will operate upon the people in the bills of general charges. On the other hand the States are taxed as high as they can bear and much higher I am afraid than will be paid; unless our governments are far more nervous than they have been.
By the account current your Excellency will see that our expences overrun our income near one half; and this is a fact that I have been along time convinced of; tho I did not think, our arrearages had been as great as I now am perswaded they are.
I wish my knowledge was [more] competent to the business; and that I had, [had] more leisure to have done justice to [the] subject. I have devoted as much time, paid as much attention and got as good information as my situation and circumstances would admit. If the calculations shall in any manner reflect any light upon the subject; or pave the way to further and more accurate estimates I shall be amply rewarded. I am with great esteem & regard your Excellencys Most Obedient humble Sert
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.
Expenses annually for support of the War
|By amot of annual tax of the State of|
|New Hampshire exclusive of internal|
|expences as pr estimate No. 9||£ 70.000|
|By do of Massachusetts||do||pr do||300.000|
|By do of Rhode Island||do||pr do||40.000|
|By do of Connecticut||do||pr do||220.000|
|By do of New York||do||pr do||80.000|
|By do of New Jersey||do||pr do||90.000|
|By do of Pensylvania||do||pr do||300.000|
|By do of Delaware||do||pr do||25.000|
|By do of Maryland||do||pr do||140.000|
|By do of Virginia||do||pr do||300.000|
|By do of North Carolina||do||pr do||130.000|
|By do of South Carolina||do||pr do||20.000|
|By do of Georgia||do||pr do||20.000|
Dr United States in Acct Curr. of National With the Finances of Government 1780.
|To amount of deficiencies of arms accoutrements and|
|ammunition as pr est: No. 1||284 536|
|To Amt of deficiencies in Ammunition for|
|field artillery &a as pr No. 2||52.245 1/3|
|To amt of deficiencies of shells shotts &a as|
|pr account No. 3||360.176 3/4|
|To amt of yearly pay for 49 Regiments of|
|infantry 4 Cavalry four artillery No. 4||3.541 396|
|To amt of 15.535130 rations necessary for|
|32.000 men for a year @ 1/4 each No. 5||3.452.251|
|To amt of Qr M. General department No. 6||2.660.226|
|To amt of Hospital department No. 7||331 724|
|To amt of Cloathing for 32000 men &a No. 8||736.000|
|Deduct amt of Stores supposed to be on hand|
|in the Qr Master’s Clothier’s and|
|This is calculated on the lowest estimate without any allowance for Contingent expences nor are the expences of the Foederal administration included.|
|Amount of annual expences||11.418.585|
|Amount of Stores in the Qr Mrs Commissary Clothing and|