[18 Mch. 1806]
By virtue of the act, entitled, “an act making Provision for defraying any extraordinary expences attending between the U States and foreign nations,” passed on the 13th. February 1806., and of which the annexed is an official exemplification, I Thomas Jefferson, President of the U States of America, Do hereby authorize and empower Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury of the U States, to take all proper and necessary measures for placing the two millions of Dollars appropriated by the act above recited, at the joint disposal of John Armstrong and James Bowdoin, Commissioners Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary for settling all matters of Difference between the U States and the Govt of Spain; and in case of the death of one of them, at the disposal of the Survivor to be jointly applied by the said John Armstrong and James Bowdoin: or in case of the death of one of them, by the survivor, to such purposes, as I may think proper to direct in my instruction to them. And for so doing this shall be his sufficient Warrant.
In Testimony whereof, I have caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed—Given under my hand at the City of Washington this eighteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and six.
By the President
Secretary of State
MeB: James Bowdoin Letterbook.