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Notes on Reducing Navy Expenses, 10 October 1803

Notes on Reducing Navy Expenses

[ca. 10 Oct. 1803]

Navy estimate Oct. 1803.

  D
In actual service.  2. frigates 209,807.36
 5. small vessels 185,158.19 394,965.55
In ordinary. 11. frigates 180,845.17
Pay of officers on shore  27,500.   208,345.17
Contingencies  40,000.
Ordnance & stores  15,000.
Marine corps  90,780.43
Navy yards  30,908.85
780,000.
from which a reduction is needed of 180,000.
600,000.
Six months of half the force is ¼ of the whole  98,740.
Repairs & contingencies
last year’s report 182,000
 this year’s do. 257,000  75,000.
Ordnance & stores   5,000.
Navy yards  10,000.
188,740
 Deduct ¼ repairg actl. force  24,625.
164,115 
Actual service. Proposed estimate
Contingencies
including
Provisions Pay Medical repairs
1. frigate 44. guns  6. mo. 17,247  25,483 625  18,000.
1. do. 36. 12. do. 29,806  44,293 1125  12,800 
1. brig 16.  6. mo. 5,267  9,086 325  3,500 
1. do. 16. 12. 10,534. 18,172 650. 7,600 
1. Schooner 14.  6. mo. 3,961  5,310 250  2,500 
2. do. 12. 17,844  21,240 1000. 10,000.
Ordinary. 6. frigates 44. &. 36. 13,792. 20,616 300  54,000.
5. do. 32. 10,597. 15,740 250  45,000 
General contingencies 30,000.
Half pay   20,000    
Provisions 109,016  109,016 
Pay 179,940 179,940 
Medical 4,525  4,525 
Contingencies & repairs 172,800  172,800 
Ordnance 10,000.
Navy yards 21,000.
Ordinary of 1. frigate & 2 small vessels 6. months 12,000.
Marine corps  90,760 
599,061 

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 136:23476); undated; entirely in TJ’s hand.

last year’s report: for navy estimates for 1803, see Vol. 39:344-7, 348-50, 376-9. The navy appropriation act for 1804, passed by Congress on 31 Jan. 1804, contained a total appropriation of $650,000 (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855-56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:249).

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