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Enclosure: Appropriation of Ten Thosand Dollars for the Purpose of Defraying the Contingent Charges of Government, 27 May 1794

Appropriation Of Ten Thousand Dollars for the Purpose of Defraying the Contingent
Charges of Government, by the Act of 26. March 1790.
Dr. Cr.  
1794. 1793.
Januy. 3d. To Warrant No. 3322 in favor of Bartholemew Dandridge being for so much paid by Edward Carrington to Andrew Beedles for carrying a Packet of Dispatches from the President of the United States to Mr. Jefferson, 16th. October 1793 13.33 Decemr. 31. By Balance unexpended as per certified Account rendered under this date, and lay’d before Congress 8,154.50
Feby. 11. To Warrant No. 3402 in favor of James Crawford, Assignee of John Halsey Assignee of Jacob Dohrman and Company Agents for Edward Church, being the Amount of a Bill of Exchange, Lisbon 19th. October 1793, drawn by Edward Church on the Secretary of State for the United States in favour of Jacob Dohrman and Company, for one hundred and fifty Pounds Sterling at the current Exchange upon London at the day of Acceptance and which the President of the United States has ordered to be paid out of the fund appropriated for the contingent expenses of Government,9 the rate of Exchange having been first ascertained to be 176 per cent at the time of Acceptance 704.  
March 7. To Warrant No. 3447, in favour of Francis Malbone, Attorney for Edward Trowbridge Ellery, Clerk of the District and Circuit Courts in the District of Rhode-Island, for Eighteen Dollars and 66/100, being for a Screw press and frame procured by the said Clerk for the Use of the District and Circuit Courts in the District of Rhode Island, and which is to be paid out of the fund &ca. 18.66
April 16. To Warrant No. 3593, in favour of Nathaniel C. Higginson, Agent appointed by the President of the United States, to proceed to the British West India Islands &ca 5,000.  
May 27. To Balance unexpended subject to the Orders of the President of the United States 2,418.51         
Dollars 8,154 50 Dollars 8,154 50
By Balance unexpended, subject to the Orders of the President of the United States Drs. Drs. 2,418.51
The said balance will be required to discharge an Account of Expences incurred by the Cutter which was dispatched by the President of the United States to Europe.

Treasury Department
Register’s Office, 27th. May 1794.
Joseph Nourse Regr.

9On February 10, 1794, Edmund Randolph wrote to George Washington: “The bills drawn by Edward Church on the Secretary of State and accepted by me, amount to one hundred and fifty pounds sterling. The Secretary of the Treasury is disinclined to pay it out of the monies in his hands. I must therefore request you to give an order for the payment, out of the contingent fund at your disposal. The form of the Order may be some what in this Shape. ‘The President of the U.S. desires the Secretary of the Treasury to cause a bill of exchange drawn at Lisbon, on the 19th. of October 1793, for one hundred and fifty pounds sterling by Edward Church in favor of Jacob Dohrman & comp; and accepted by the secretary of State in behalf of his department on the 10th of January 1794, to be adjusted and paid out of the contingent fund at his disposal. If the forms of the Treasury department require any further document from the President, he wishes it to be prepared and sent to him for his signature’” (ALS, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives). On the same day that Randolph wrote to Washington, the President “Directed the Secy. of the Treasury to cause to be paid out of the Contingent Fund a bill of exchange drawn by Edwd. Church …” (JPP description begins “Journal of the Proceedings of the President,” George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 269–70).

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