Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 5 November 1792

To George Washington

Nov. 5. 1792.

Th: Jefferson having had the honor at different times heretofore of giving to the President conjectural estimates of the expences of our foreign establishment, has that of now laying before him in page. 1. of the inclosed paper, a statement of the whole amount of the foreign fund from the commencement to the expiration of the act which will be on the 3d. of March next, with the actual expences to the 1st. of July last, and the conjectural ones from thence through the remaining 8. months, and the balance which will probably remain.

Page 2. shews the probable annual expence of our present establishment, and it’s excess above the funds allowed; and in another column the reduced establishment, necessary and most proper to bring it within the limits of the fund, supposing it should be continued.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); endorsed by Tobias Lear. PrC (DLC). FC (Lb in DNA: RG 360, DL). Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, SDC). Recorded in SJPL.

This day TJ also wrote the President a brief covering letter stating that he was enclosing “3 complete copies of the inclosed papers for himself and each house of the legislature, and a copy of the account to be lodged in the treasury” (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR, endorsed by Lear, not recorded in SJL; Tr in Lb in same, SDC).

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