From Joseph Nourse
Treasury Department, Register’s Office, September 3, 1793. “I request that a Warrant may issue… for one Hundred dollars… for Contingent Expences… in stating the public Accounts for the year 1792 which Statement is directed by an order of the House of representatives of the 30th: December 1791.…”1
LC, RG 53, Register of the Treasury, Estimates and Statements for 1793, Vol. “135-T,” National Archives.
1. On December 30, 1791, the House “Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to lay before the House of Representatives, on the fourth Monday of October in each year, if Congress shall be then in session, or if not then in session, within the first week of the session next following the said fourth Monday of October, an accurate statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all public moneys, down to the last day inclusively of the month of December immediately preceding the said fourth Monday of October, distinguishing the amount of the receipts in each State or District, and from each officer therein; in which statements shall also be distinguished the expenditures which fall under each head of appropriation, and shall be shown the sums, if any, which remain unexpended, and to be accounted for in the next statement, of each and every of such appropriations” (Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 484).