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From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, Henry Dearborn, and Robert Smith, 5 May 1802

To Albert Gallatin, Henry Dearborn, and Robert Smith

May 5. 1802.

Th: Jefferson asks the favor of the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary at War & Secretary of the Navy to carry into execution the inclosed resolution of the H. of representatives of May 3. 1802. desiring a statement of expenditures from Jan. 1. 1797. by the Quarter Master Genl. the Navy agents, for the Contingencies of the Naval & Military establishments and the Navy contracts for timber & stores; each so far as the matter lies within their respective department.

RC (Wheaton J. Lane, Princeton, New Jersey, 1951); addressed in Meriwether Lewis’s hand: “Robert Smith esquire. Secretary of the Navy”; endorsed by Smith. PrC (DLC). Enclosure: Resolution of the House of Representatives, 3 May, requesting the president to cause the proper officers to prepare statements, including a detailed account of the expenditures and “application of all public moneys,” which passed through the quartermaster general’s department from 1 Jan. 1797 to 31 Dec. 1801; a similar account of expenditures of the navy agents; an account of the moneys drawn out of the Treasury “for the contingencies of the Military and Naval Establishments” for the same period; and copies of contracts made by the Navy Department for the purchase of timber and stores, and the accounts of moneys paid under the contracts; all to be presented to the House during the first week of the ensuing session of Congress (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:237).

Representatives Robert Williams, a Republican from North Carolina, and Thomas Morris, a Federalist from New York, were appointed to present the 3 May resolution to the president. TJ submitted the requested STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES to Congress on 23 Dec. 1802 (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:237, 257).

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