From James Madison
Department of State:— 16 Feby. 1802.
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury to me, together with the documents accompanying it, containing an account of the monies drawn out of the Treasury under the several appropriations made for defraying the expenses incident to the intercourse with the Mediterranean powers, and statements of the credits obtained or claimed at the Treasury by the persons to whom they were advanced.
It would have been very desireable to separate the whole amount expended into the several subordinate heads of expense, intimated in the close of the Secretary’s letter: but apprized of your wish to communicate, as soon as possible, such information as that letter affords, I forbear to detain it, especially as an opinion of the present1 scantiness of materials to effect the separation referred to, does not encourage the hope of its being rendered perfect.
with the highest respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obed. servt.
RC (DNA: RG 233, PM); in Jacob Wagner’s hand, signed by Madison; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by a House clerk.
1. Word interlined, probably by Madison.