George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 24 January 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia, 24 Jan. 1792]1

Estimate of the demands on the Foreign Fund from July 1, 1790, to March, 4, 1793

1790-1. 1791.-2. 1792-3
8 months
France Salary 4500  6000. 6000. 
Secretary of Chargé des Affaires, during his absence in Holland.
Suppose 4 months abt 243.  1350. 900. 
his expences on that journey abt 675. 
Gazettes postage, and other
Extras abt 350.  350. 240. 
Outfit to Minister plenipo. 9000.
England. Official Agent, viz.
Mr. Gouverneur Morris, from 1790. March. 24. to Sept: 24 2000 
Minister plenipot. his outfit 9000.
his Salary, Suppose from March. 4. 1792. 3000. 6000. 
Extras 30. 240. 
his Secretary. Suppose from March 1. 1792. 450. 900. 
Spain. Chargé des Affaires.
his salary 4500.  4500. 3000. 
Extras 350.  350. 240. 
Additional Commissioner, his travelling and tavern expences, conjecture 1500.
Portugal. Minister resident.
his Outfit 4500. 
Salary from February 21. to July. 1 1625  4500. 3000. 
Extras 126.  350. 240. 
Hague. Agent. his Salary 1300.  1300. 866. 
Extras 100.  100. 66. 
Minister resident. his outfit 4500.
Salary. Suppose from March 4: 1792 1500 3000. 
Extras 80. 240. 
Colo. Humphrey’s Agency, from August, 11. 1790. to Feby 21: 1791. a. 2250 dollars per Ann. 1187.5
Extras 185. 
 
Foreign Ministers taking leave.
Medals.
Luzerne, about 1062.5
Van Berkel 697. 
Du Moutier 555.5.
2315. 
23,956.5 47,910.2 24,932. 
Total  96,798.5
The foreign fund @ 40,000 dolls: per Ann.
from July, 1. 1790. to March, 4: 1793 106,666⅔
 Balance will remain to guard against Contingencies 9.868.1.3

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1Jefferson wrote at the bottom of the page: “given in to the President Jany 24. 1792.”

2Jefferson’s middle column should add up to $47,860, which would change his total to $96,748.50, leaving a balance for contingencies of $9,918.10.

3Jefferson wrote to Alexander Hamilton this day: “In consequence of the act of Congress appropriating 40,000 Dollars per annum from July 1. 1790. for our intercourse with foreign nations, I received from the Treasurer a bill, the last spring, on our bankers in Amsterdam for 99,000 florins. As this will be nearly exhausted by this time, and there will be large calls immediately by Mr. Morris, Mr. Pinkney and Mr. Short for their outfits and salaries, I must ask the favor of a like draught on our bankers in Amsterdam for 40,000 dollars more” (Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 23:62–63).

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