Navy Dep 7 Decr. 1804
There are eight gun boats now building for the maintenance of which no appropriation has as yet been required—;If they should be put in commission with the number of officers & men necessary in time of war, we shall require for their maintenance during the year, 1805, the following appropriations,
|5665||For pay & subsistence of the officers & pay of the seamen||51528.|
|For provisions—we shall require no appropriation for the year 1805—Our general estimate for provisions for the year 1805. will be sufficient to cover this expense.|
|250||For medicine & hospital stores||2000.|
|750||For contingt. account including repairs||6000.|
|1068||For pay of Marines||8544.|
|360||For clothing for marines||2880|
|72||For contingent account m corps||576|
If these eight gun boats should act in one division we shall only require for “pay & subsistence” the sum of 45324—because in that case there would be no occasion for a surgeon & a purser to each gun boat—one surgeon with 2 surgeon’s mates, & one Purser, with a steward for each gun boat, would be sufficient for the whole—The saving by this arrangement would be $6204 annually—which would reduce the whole sum required for the maintenance of these 8 gun boats from $71528, to $65324.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, sir, yr. mo ob. servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.