General Post Office March 5th. 1807
I have paid from this office the following Sums, on account of the Roads from Nashville to Natchez and from Athens to the boundary line of the U.S. as run by Ellicott.
|1st.||To Thomas Wright for Exploring and Laying out the road on the Nashville Route||$425||.87½|
|2nd.||For Exploring and laying out the Route from Fort Stoddert to Lake Ponchertrain||}||261||.02½|
|3d.||For making the Road from Fort Stoddert to Pearl River||}||1245||.28½|
|4h.||For Cutting the Road from the high Shoals of Appelachy to Fort Stoddert by Mr. Wheaton||}||700||.00|
|5th.||In Monies transmitted to Col. Hawkins, to be laid out in Improvements of the Road, part of which is expended, and the balance General Merriwether is authorisd to recive and expend||}||1000||.00|
|6h.||Cash advanced Gen. Merriwether to be expended in Improving the Road||}||500||.00|
|In addition to which George Haller, who has undertaken to make the Nashville Route has a right at any time to draw on this office for Two thousand dollars, and his draft is expected by each mail||$ 2000||.00|
The Condition of this office is Such as to require the Reimbursement of these Sums, from the proper funds, and as both Roads are now got into a Sure train of operation, whereby drafts may be expected at any time for further payments, I take the liberty to Suggest the propriety of filling the Blank of the inclosed order with the round Sum of Seven Thousand Dollars.
I will do myself the honour to wait on the President tomorrow forenoon for the purpose of receiving Such Draft as it may be the pleasure of the President to give.
I am Sir With the highest esteem and Respect yours affectionate
[Note in TJ’s hand:]
Mar. 6. 07. Gave warrant for 7000. D.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.