Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Rittenhouse, 3 June 1793

From David Rittenhouse

June 3d. 1793


I was unwilling to ask a further Sum of money on account of the Mint until the Treasurer had obtained a Settlement of his Accounts at the Comptrollers Office, which is now done, to the 1st. of April last. This has obliged me to advance considerably for the Expenditures of the Mint, and I must request you to apply to the President for his Warrant for 5000 Dollars, in favour of the Mint. In future I hope our expences will be greatly diminished, the Necessary Buildings and Machinery being nearly compleated. I have subjoined a Short State of the Mint Accounts at this day. I am, Sir, your most obedient Servant

Davd. Rittenhouse, Direcr of the Mint

Mint in advance as per Statement March 22d 1063.25
Paid Since, For Copper Since purchased, Vizt. 11,353 ℔ . 2624.99
    Officers Salaries & Clerks pay, complete to March 31 2400.
    Workmen employed at the Mint 10. Weeks  609.58
  For Materials Carpenters & Millwrights Bills & other Expences 1455.02
    Presidents Warrant of March 25th. 1793 5000.
   Ballance, Mint in advance, June 3d. 1793 3152.84 Drs.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); below signature: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by Tobias Lear.

TJ sent this letter to the President this day with a brief covering note describing it as “containing a general statement of the expenditure of the last monies furnished, and an application of a further sum of 5000. D.” (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR, addressed: “The President of the US.,” endorsed by Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.; Tr in Lb in same, SDC). Washington immediately instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to pay the desired sum (Washington to Hamilton, 3 June 1793, Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends , xiv, 514; Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 160).

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