Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Hamilton, with estimate of the expences of the Department of State, 17 June 1790

To Alexander Hamilton

New York June 17th. 1790


I have the honor to enclose you an estimate of the probable expences of the Department of State for one year from the 1st. day of April last past, not including the diplomatic establishment abroad, for which there is a Bill before Congress to make a special appropriation.

I have given directions that a list shall always be sent to your Office of all Commissions to be made out for persons connected with the revenue, and whenever you think proper, the Commissions themselves shall be sent to your office to be forwarded thence. I have the honor to be with sentiments of the most perfect esteem and respect &c.,

Thomas Jefferson

Estimate of the expences of the Department of State for one year from April 1st. 1790.

  The Secretary of State, his Salary 3500
1st The Home Office.
  One Clerk @ 800 dollrs. One do. @ 500 dollrs. 1300
  office keeper and messenger 100
  Stationary 1101
  Firewood 50
  Newspapers from the different States,2 suppose 15 @ 4 dollars 60
  A collection of the Laws of the States to be begun, suppose 200
  Drenan’s account of 1789, August 19th. going express3
6 dollrs.
  Maxwell’s Do.4 10
16 1836
2d. The Foreign Office.
  One Clerk @ 800. dollrs. two Do. @ 500. dollrs. each 1800
  The french Interpreter 250
  Office keeper and messenger 200
  Rent of the office 200
  Stationary &c. 751
  Firewood 50
  Gazettes from abroad, and do. to be sent abroad 25
  Contingencies 25 2625

New York June 16th. 1790.

FC (DNA: RG 59, PCC No.120). Enclosure (FC in same). Dft (DLC); in TJ’s hand; at head of text: “Estimate of the expences of the Department of state for one year from Apr. 1. 1790.” with some alterations and deletions, the more important of which are indicated below.

1This figure in both offices was increased, as the altered (and indecipherable) figures show; the item covered “Parchment, paper, blank books &c.” as it was expressed in Dft.

2At this point in Dft TJ wrote, and then deleted, “and from Canada.” The total for this item in Dft was originally $68, indicating that TJ had at first thought of subscribing to two papers from Canada.

3In Dft this item reads: “John Drenan’s account of 1789. Aug. 19. for going express to S. Quay 6. D.”

4In Dft this item reads: “James Maxwell Do. Do. for a boat express. 10 [D.].”

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