Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 15 January 1793

To George Washington

Philadelphia Jan. 15. 1793.


On further consideration I have thought it may be as well to omit the proposition for making any addition however small to the foreign fund, till the next session of Congress, by which time it will be more evident whether it is necessary or not. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC). Tr (DLC); 19th-century copy. Not recorded in SJL.

Foreign fund: The money appropriated by Congress to meet the expenses of the diplomatic establishment. In February 1793 Congress passed an act continuing in force for another year a 1790 act which authorized the expenditure of $40,000 a year for this purpose (Annals description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … Compiled from Authentic Materials, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. All editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. The first two volumes of the set cited here have “Compiled … by Joseph Gales, Senior” on the title page and bear the caption “Gales & Seatons History” on verso and “of Debates in Congress” on recto pages. The remaining volumes bear the caption “History of Congress” on both recto and verso pages. Those using the first two volumes with the latter caption will need to employ the date of the debate or the indexes of debates and speakers. description ends , ii, 2292, iii, 1411–12).

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