United States 28th May 1796
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives
The extraordinary expenses, to be incurred in the present year in supporting our foreign intercourse, I find will require a provision beyond the ordinary appropriation, and the additional twenty thousand dollars lately granted.
I have directed an estimate to be made, which is sent herewith, and will exhibit the deficiency, for which an appropriation appears to be necessary.
DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
28th May 1796
Estimate of the funds necessary for defraying the expenses of foreign intercourse, for the year 1796.
|Ministers plenipotentiary at||London|
|Four Secretaries, at||1,350||5,400|
|A quarter’s salary to each minister returning home, and about
two months pay for their continuance in service after the
commencement of the service of their successors
|Contingent expenses of the ministers, other than those that are personal||3,000|
| Probable expenses of obtaining papers and prosecuting the claims
of our citizens for spoliations on their Commerce
|deduct the difference between the salaries of two ministers
plenipotentiary, and two ministers Resident, for half a year
|Note. The Minister Plenipotentiary for Madrid & the||}|
|Minister Plenipotentiary proposed for Lisbon, having|
|already received as Ministers Resident at Lisbon &|
|the Hague the annual out fits as such, only 9,000|
|dollars are now estimated for both to complete the|
|outfits of their advanced grade.|
Secretary of State