From George Washington1
[Philadelphia, May 29, 1794]
As the million of dollars, granted by the Act of the 20th of march, last,2 was certainly for the objects in Algiers, I was anxious that some steps should be taken concerning the money. But as you represent in your letter of the 27th instant, that this cannot be done yet, you will inform me when you shall find that it can be done; and in the mean time, I wish to know, whether some provisions could not be made for borrowing it if an opening should hereafter appear for a treaty with Algiers, and for the redemption of our unhappy fellow-citizens there.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
2. “An Act making further provision for the expenses attending the intercourse of the United States with foreign nations; and further to continue in force the act intituled ‘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 345).