From Thomas Jefferson
Philadelphia, January 24, 1792. “In consequence of the act of Congress1 appropriating 40,000 Dollars per annum from July 1. 1790. for our intercourse with foreign nations, I received from the Treasurer2 a bill, the last spring, on our bankers in Amsterdam3 for 99,000 florins. As this will be nearly exhausted by this time, and there will be large calls immediately by Mr. Morris,4 Mr. Pinkney5 & mr Short6 for their outfits & salaries, I must ask the favor of a like draught on our bankers in Amsterdam for 40,000 dollars more.”
ALS, letterpress copy, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress; LC, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. “An Act providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 128–29 [July 1, 1790]).
2. Samuel Meredith.
3. Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard.
4. Gouverneur Morris, United States Minister Plenipotentiary to France.
5. Thomas Pinckney, United States Minister to Great Britain.
6. William Short, United States Minister at The Hague.