James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, 30 January 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Albert Gallatin

30 January 1802, Treasury Department. Encloses at JM’s request an account of the funds drawn from the treasury under appropriations made to defray expenses “incident to the Intercourse with the Mediterranean Powers.” Estimates the “gross sums” disbursed by the U.S. to be $2,046,137.22, not including sundry expenses of the last year, but treasury documents “by no means, show the ultimate Application of the money.” “The Accounts when ultimately render’d and settled shoud exhibit the Amount paid, in order to obtain Treaties, to each of the Barbary Powers; the Amount lost by the various Remittances in Stock, or bills of Exchange; the Amount paid for the annuity due to Algiers; and the amount paid to those several States as Presents, or extorted at different times, under various pretences. It is presumable that there may be, in the Department of State, Information, which, combind with the Accounts now enclos’d, wou’d assist, even at present, in drawing a sketch of that kind.”

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