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From George Washington to United States Senate, 15 February 1797

United States February 15th 1797.

Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives

I lay before You an Official Statement of the Expenditure to the end of the Year 1796, from the Sums heretofore granted to defray the Contingent Charges of the Government.

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DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.

Enclosure

1796

Dr. Account of the Application of the Grants made by Congress for the Contingent Charges of Government, from the 1. January to the 31. Decem. 1796 Cr.
1796 Dollars Cts Dolls Cts
To the following payments made upon Orders of the President of the United States By Balance unexpended on the 31st day of December 1795, and subject to the Orders of the President of the United States, according to Statement of Account rendered to that day 7,893 05
Jany 26. Warrant No. 5729 in favor of Timothy Pickering Secretary of State, to be applied payment of the Accounts of Bills presented by Thomas Fitzsimons Chairman of the Committee of Merchants for the Expenditures in procuring Copies of Papers from the British Admiralty Courts in the West Indies in Cases of the Capture of American Vessels 2,500 By Appropriation granted per Act of the 1 June 1796 20,000
Feb. 19. Warrant No. 5798 in favor of Ditto, to be applied to the payment of Bills and Accounts presented by Thomas Fitzsimons Chairman of the Committee of Merchants for Expenditures in procuring Copies of papers from the British Admiralty Courts in the West Indies in Cases of the Capture of American Vessels 2,000
Feb. 25. Warrant No. 5815 in favor of Ditto, to enable him to take up a Bill of Exchange dated 11. August 1795, drawn by Fisher and Darrell of Antigua on Thomas Fitzsimons Chairman of the Committee of Merchants of Philadelphia on account of the Expenses attending the Copying and Authenticating the proceedings of the Court of Vice Admiralty of Antigua on the property of Citizens of the United States, Captured and carried there under the Orders of the 6th November 1793 1,498 84
May 23. Warrant No. 6108 in favor of Ditto, to be applied to the payment of a demand for Transcripts of proceedings on American Vessels in the Vice Admiralty Court of Dominica and other expenses connected therewith 1,000
July 6. Warrant No. 6280 in favor of Ditto, for the purpose of enabling him to continue the payment of the Expenses attending the procuring of Copies of the proceedings of the British Courts of Vice Admiralty in the Cases of Captures by the Armed Vessels of that Nation 2,000
Augt 3. Warrant No. 6346 in favor of Ditto to defray the Contingent Charges of Government 1,000
Octr 1. Warrant No. 6548 in favor of Ditto to defray the Contingent Charges of Government 2,000
Balance unexpended on the 31 Decr 1796 15,894 21
27,893 05 27,893 05

Joseph Nourse Regr

Treasury Department Register’s Office, Feby 6. 1797

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