Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 30 April 1807

Apr 1807

[In Gallatin’s hand:]

To the Secretary of the Treasury

Pay to   out of the fund appropriated to defray the contingent charges of Government the sum of   (to be applied by him in conformity with my instructions) and for which he is to be charged on the Treasury Books.

Signed Thomas Jefferson

The object may be expressed instead of using the words “in conformity with my instructions”—But it is not necessary in the first instance that the object should be expressed; and even the whole of that line “to be applied &c” may be altogether omitted in the order. The party receiving the money must afterwards account for it & exhibit both receipts for his payments & the President’s authority for making the payments.

In this instance it seems, at least from precedent, that the money should be advanced either to the attorney general or Secretary of State

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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