Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Trumbull, 10 July 1789

From John Trumbull

London 10th July 1789

Dr Sir

An Inflammation in my Eyes has occasiond me to make use of another hand in copying the above. I enclose a paper containing the Impost Bill, in form.—Your three last packets, by Mr. Edwds., the post and Genl. Dalrymple are on board the Neptune Capt. Talbot who saild for New York Saturday the 4th.—I am most sincerely yours,

Jno. Trumbull

RC (DLC); endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 15 July 1789. Trumbull’s letter is written beneath a Tr in an unidentified hand of an extract from journal of the House of Representatives for 1 June 1789: “Mr. Benson gave Notice that he intended to move for a Resolution to this Effect. That Congress will earnestly recommend to the Legislature of Rhode Island to call a Convention of the People of that State, in order to adopt the Constitution.—Mr. Benson said, he had no other View in bringing this forward, than that the United States should know certainly and speedily whether the State of Rhode Island intended to become a Member of the Union. It might, he said, be supposed by some, that that State had already given its Ultimatum.—But he would inform the House, that the Governor of Rhode Island had sent Information to the late Congress, that the Constitution had been submitted to the Decision of the several Towns in that State, a Majority of which appeared to be opposed to it. That Congress had taken no Notice of this Communication, as it was considered an improper and unconstitutional Mode of determining on the Merits of the Constitution.—Mr. Baldwin, from the Committee appointed to agree upon the Compensation to be allowed the President, Vice-President, Senators and Representatives, reported, that the President should be allowed, as a Compensation for his Services, 20,000 Dollars per Annum, comprehending the allowance for his Secretary, Clerk &c. and exclusive of the Expense of his Equipage, Servants, and some other Objects to be provided for and defrayed from the publick Treasury.—That the Vice-President should be allowed a salary of 5,000 Dollars per Annum, and that the Senators and Representatives six Dollars per Day, during their actual Attendance in Congress, and for the Expenses of travelling to and from the Seat of Government, six Dollars for every 20 Miles.—On Motion of Mr. Smith (S.C.) a Committee was appointed to bring in a Bill for the Establishment of a System of bankrupt Laws, throughout the United States. Then the House adjourned.” Enclosure: The newspaper containing a copy of the impost bill in final form (that is, as adopted by the House of Representatives on 16 May 1789) has not been identified.

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