Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 25 February 1802

From Albert Gallatin

Treasury Department Feby. 25th 1802


I have the honor to transmit the official statement of the contingent fund in the usual form. In order that it may be fully understood, I will add that the sums appropriated to discharge the contingent expences of Government amounted on the 1st of January 1801 to Drs. 19,950; that the fund received an accession during the course of the year 1801 of Drs. 961 & 80 cents, being monies formerly advanced out of the same, but which having been applied to other objects, have been charged in account to their proper appropriations, and credit given for the amount, to this fund; and that, no monies having been expended, during 1801, out of this fund, the whole unexpended balance, thus amounting to Drs. 20,911 & 80 cents has been carried to the credit of the surplus fund on the 31st Decer. 1801. The account is thus closed, the appropriation has ceased & determined; and there are not, at present, any monies appropriated to defray the contingent expences of Government.

I have the honor to be very respectfully Sir Your most obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 25 Feb. and “Contingent fund” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: see enclosure described at TJ to the Senate and the House of Representatives, 25 Feb.

On this date, Gallatin forwarded to TJ from the Treasury Department the register’s statement on the contingency fund: “The Secretary of the Treasury has the Honor to transmit to the President of the United States, Triplicates of a Statement of Expenditures upon the Funds heretofore appropriated for discharging the contingent Expences of Government up to the 31st. of December last.—All which is respectfully submitted by Albert Gallatin” (RC in DLC, in a clerk’s hand, signed by Gallatin; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”).

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