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THIRD CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES.AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE YEAR ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE [caption title].
Philadelphia. 1795. - [3]pp. Folio. Old fold lines. Very minor soiling. Very good. An official copy, signed by Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, of an act passed by the Third Congress, listing the appropriations for the federal budget for the year 1795. It includes salaries for the various government officials (the President and Vice President combined received $30,000); expenses such as fire wood, stationery, printing, candles, "and other contingent expenses" of various offices, as well as for the creation of the mint, including the purchase of land and a building to house the mint, and a coining press. The budget also provides for pensions, and for the care of the widow and orphaned children of two army officers. This is the final budget devised by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who left office at the end of January, 1795. "Approved, January the second, 1795," and signed in print by Speaker of the House Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Vice President John Adams, and President George Washington. Two states of this imprint are noted. One, Evans 29688, includes a statement of deposition: "Deposited among the rolls in the Office of the Secretary of State. Secretary of State," and is signed by Secretary of State Edmund Randolph. The other, Bristol B9364, is without this statement. This is the former, signed by Secretary of State Edmund Randolph. NAIP locates only one copy with the deposition statement, at the Library of Congress. Scarce in either format, and particularly rare with the signature of the Secretary of State. Edmund Randolph became the second Secretary of State on Jan. 2, 1794, succeeding Thomas Jefferson, who resigned at the end of 1793. He continued the practice begun in the First Congress of the Secretary of State signing a small number of "official" copies of Congressional acts for distribution to the States and important government officials. After the Third Congress, official acts were no longer signed in manuscript by the Secretary of State. EVANS 29688. NAIP w014574.
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