I have examined your Estimate. I observe you Estimate for your Contracts made; I suppose you mean the account is not yet liquidated, but will probably not exceed your Estimate. The Articles under this denomination will be provided for. The Article of Specie required for transportation of Stores is yet too loose, please to say what Stores, and whither to be transported, and by what mode of Conveyance; this may be a separate provision. The Article of Paper is much too high, but I expect you will get it on more reasonable Terms. You are not to confine yourself to one Market.
The Article for Expresses shall be provided for. You will find inclosed an order to the Commissary General to Issue from the Stores of the Specific Collections, in the districts of Edenton and Newbern, Provisions or other produce of the Specific Tax at the prices stipulated by Congress to the amount of all the Articles, except that of Specie for transportation of Stores, which you shall have an Order for, where your Estimate is particular.