James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Alexander James Dallas, 1 March 1816

1 March 1816

The Secretary of the Treasury has the honour to lay before the President of the United States the annual report of David Shriver, Jun. the superintendant of the western road from Cumberland to the river Ohio.

The Secretary having respectfully submitted to the President propositions for accelerating the completion of this great national work, deems it proper, upon the present occasion, to add the following statement and estimates of the appropriation which have been made and which will be required for that purpose:

1. Statement of past appropriations.
 In 1806, by the act of the 3d of March, 1806 $30,000 00
 In 1810, by the act of the 14th of February, 1810 60,000 00
 In 1811, by the act of the 3d of March, 1811 50,000 00
 In 1812, by the act of the 6th of May, 1812 30,000 00
 In 1813, by the act of the 3d of March, 1813 140,000 00
 In 1815, by the act of the 14th of February, 1815 100,000 00
 Amount of appropriations 410,000 00
 Deduct amount carried to the surplus fund, not re-appropriated 22,679 75
 The sum expended upon the road prior to 1815 is 194,638 80
 The sum expended upon the road during 1815 is 73,708 80
 The sum expended upon the road from the 31st of December, 1815, to the 27th of February, 1816, is 17,446 00
285,786 60
 Leaving the balance of appropriations, on the 27th of February, 1816, at 101,533 65
2. Estimate of appropriations required.
 To carry this road to Uniontown, about the sum of 117,000 00
 To complete the road from Uniontown to Brownsville, about twelve miles, will require, at the rate of 7,500 dollars per mile, according to the estimate heretofore laid before Congress, about the sum of 90,000 00
 To make the road at and from Wheeling, on the Ohio, to the 113th mile marked upon the survey of the commissioners, about 12 miles, will require, at the same rate, about the sum of 90,000 00
 To survey the course of the road from Brownsville to Wheeling, through Washington and Alexandria, will require about the sum of 3,000 00
300,000 00
 Upon this general view, it is proposed, that in addition to the above-stated balance of past appropriations of 101,533 65
there be recommended to Congress a further appropriation to the amount of 300,000 00
 Making together the amount required for the above purposes, $401,533 65

All which is respectfully submitted.

A.J. Dallas,
Secretary of the Treasury.

Printed Source--American State Papers. 38 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1831-61)..

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