From Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Washington June 10h. 1812
Enclosed is the Copy of an account of expenditures out of the furniture fund of the President’s house which I have rendered to the accounting Officers of the Treasury, with the necessary Vouchers, & which is in a train of Settlement.1
By this account a balance of 75$. 47 cts. appears to be in my hands, which balance is more than absorbed by an account of expenditures on small articles of household furniture, for which I have deposited monies in the hands of Mr Deblois, which account will be closed on my final settlement.
In the mean time I request the favor of You to grant me an order for a warrant for 200$. of monies remaining in the fund, in order to pay sundry accounts outstanding.2 I am with high respect Your obedt. hble Servt
B Henry Latrobe.
RC and enclosure (DLC); FC and FC of enclosure (MdHi: Latrobe Letterbooks). RC docketed by JM. For enclosure, see n. 1.
1. Latrobe forwarded an account (1 p.) listing seven payments between October 1809 and 4 Dec. 1811 from the fund for furnishing the President’s House and totaling $1,543.93. The amount available was $1,650.27. The payments were to John and Hugh Finlay for chairs ($1,111); John Achmann, a coppersmith ($46.47 and $127.23); John Kelly and Peter Lenox for hauling ($1.50 and $12.50, respectively); Samuel Harrison Smith for the National Intelligencer ($60); and Romulus Riggs for plate ($185.23). On the total of these payments Latrobe charged a 2 percent commission amounting to $30.87.
2. Filed with the RC is a draft in Latrobe’s hand, dated 12 June 1812 (1 p.), of a letter for JM to send to the secretary of the treasury requesting that a warrant for $200 be issued to Latrobe, “agent for purchasing furniture for the President’s house.”