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To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Nourse, 3 February 1792

From Joseph Nourse1

Treasury Department,
Registers Office 3rd. Feb. 1792.

Sir

Having agreeably to your directions examined the Actual payments which have been made, upon the several appropriations of public Monies to 31st. Decemr. 1790 & having compared them with each other a balance of 314.747.29 Dolls. remains stated as per: B.

I have not been able yet to ascertain what proportion thereof will form a fund of surpluses which is appropriated by act of Feb. 11th: 1791,2 for the payment of the expences of Government for that Year, but think it probable that the following will arise Vizt.

Upon the Appropriation of 216.000 Drs: granted by act of
20th. Septr. 1789. for the Civil List 17893
} 35,000.
 
Upon the do:   190.000   “ by same act for } 35,000
discharge of Treasy: Warrts: drawn by the late Governmt.
Upon the do: of 141.492. .73 Drs. for the Civil } 4,000.
List 1790. per act 26th. Mar: 17904
do: do: of 147.169. .54 Drs. for discharging } 40,000
Specific Demands including the building a lighthouse
on Cape Henry per act do.
Upon the do: of 104.327 . . 22 by act 12th Augt: } 10,000
1790 for extraordinaries5
Upon the do: of 96.000 dols: for paying } (little or no
surplus will
arise on these
appropriations)
pensions to Invalids for the yr: 1789 per. act
of 20th: Septr. 17896
do: do: of 96.979. . 72 for paying }
pensions to Invalids for 1790 granted by act
26th Mar: 1790.
Estimated Amount of Surpluses which by act of
11th. Feb. 1791. is appropriated to the paymt.
of certain sums for the support of Governt. for
that Year.
} 124,000.

A more Certain comparison has been made between the sums appropriated for the services of the year 1791 & the actual payments as per statemt: C: by which it appears there is a surplus fund of 40,000 after paying all the demands which can probably be made upon those appropriations.

The Statement A: shews the Ntt. amount of Revenue to 31st: Decmr: 1790. together with the total amount of Appropriations to that time.

I have the Honor to be &ca:

Honble: A. Hamilton
Secy: of the Treasy:

LC, RG 53, Register of the Treasury, Estimates and Statements for 1792, Vol. “134-T,” National Archives.

1Nourse was register of the Treasury.

2“An Act making appropriations for the support of Government during the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 190).

3Nourse is referring to “An Act making Appropriations for the Service of the present year” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 95 [September 29, 1789])

4“An Act making appropriations for the support of government for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 104–06).

5“A Act making certain Appropriations therein mentioned” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 185–86).

6“An Act providing for the payment of the Invalid Pensioners of the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 95 [September 29, 1789]) provided the authorization for payment. The specific appropriation was provided by “An Act making Appropriations for the Service of the present year” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 95 [September 29, 1789]).

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