George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 25 January 1793

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States [Philadelphia] January the 25th 1793.

Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives:

I lay before you an official statement of the expenditure, to the end of the year 1792, from the sum of ten thousand dollars, granted to defray the contingent expenses of government, by an Act passed, on the twenty sixth of March 1790.1

Also an abstract of a supplementary arrangement made in the district of North Carolina, in regard to certain surveys, to facilitate the execution of the law laying a duty on distilled Spirits.2

Go: Washington.

LB, DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–1793, House Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals; LB, DLC:GW.

Tobias Lear presented GW’s message to Congress on Monday, 28 Jan. 1793 (Journal of the Senate description begins The Journal of the Senate including The Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate: George Washington Administration 1789–1797. Edited by Martin P. Claussen. 9 vols. Wilmington, Del., 1977. description ends , 5:40; Journal of the House description begins The Journal of the House of Representatives: George Washington Administration 1789–1797. Edited by Martin P. Claussen. 9 vols. Wilmington, Del., 1977. description ends , 5:98).

1On 24 Jan., Alexander Hamilton sent GW this statement in compliance with section 3 of “An Act making appropriations for the support of government for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety” (see Hamilton to GW, 24 Jan., and notes; 1 Stat., description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 105). The statement, which register Joseph Nourse prepared in the Treasury Department on 1 Jan. 1793, is filed under 28 Jan. 1793 in DLC:GW and reads:

1792. For the following payments made upon orders of the President of the United States.
Aprl 10th His order in favor of Sarah Westfall, administrating of the Estate of Nicholas Ferdinand Westfall deceased; agreeably to an Act, for the relief of certain windows, orphans &ca passed the 22d March 1792. 336.—
Decr 12th Ditto in favor of James Poupard, being for one large office Seal on Silver, & twelve office Seals on brass, engraved by said Poupard by direction of the Secy of State, for the use of the public offices in the Territory north west of the Ohio. 123.80
 
 "  13th Ditto in favor of Tobias Lear, Secy to the President of the U.S. for so much paid by the President, to Wm Gray for going as Express from Mount Vernon to Monticello, the Seat of Thomas Jefferson, Secy of State, in Septr 1792, to get his signature to the President’s Proclamation, as per said Gray’s receipt filed in this Office 12.—
471.80
 "  31st Balance subject to the orders of the President of the United States. 8,302.50
Dollars  8,774.30
1791. Cr.
Decr 31st By balance unexpended, as per certified Accot rendered under this date
Drs  8,744.30

2Hamilton “enclosed Drafts” with his brief cover letter to GW of 25 Jan. (DLC:GW). The “Drafts,” which GW’s executive journal describe as being “the supplimentary arrangemt. respectg. the Surveys of No. Carolina,” have not been positively identified, but they may have included the abstract sent to Congress on this date (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 36). For the rearrangement of surveys and revenue officers in the District of North Carolina, see Alexander Hamilton to GW, 4 Jan., and notes, and GW’s Executive Order, 22 Jan., and note 1.

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