To William Ellery
Treasury Department August 21st 1794
I have directed the Treasurer of the United States to remit to you on account of the fortifications1 erecting at Newport the further Sum of Two thousand five hundred Dollars in bills to be drawn payable to yourself or order.
These draughts having blanks for the directions are to be filled up on yourself provided the funds in your hands are adequate to the purpose. If that however should not be the case, you will draw upon the Cashier of the Bank of Providence for the deficiency.
I shall Just add, that in the expenditure of this money, you will strictly conform to the instructions & regulations contained in my letter to you of the 3d of April 1794.2
I am with consideration Sir, Your most obedient Servant
As the remittance now made completes the whole sum allotted for the fortifying of Newport you must take care, that the expenditures including your Commission thereon does not exceed the amount of the remittances.
William Ellery Esquire
Collector of Newport
LS, The Sol Feinstone Collection, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia.
1. For information concerning the fortifications, see Henry Knox to H, March 29, 1794; “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” April 3–June 4, 1794.