United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 23
Section 1. Additional appropriations for completing and equipping the frigates.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there be and there hereby are appropriated a further sum, not exceeding one hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and thirty-three dollars, to complete and equip for sea, with all convenient speed, the frigates, the United States, the Constitution and the Constellation; For pay and subsistence of the officers and crews thereof;and a further sum, not exceeding two hundred and sixteen thousand six hundred and seventy-nine dollars for the pay and subsistence, for the term of one year, of the officers and crews which are, or shall be engaged in the service of the United States on board the said frigates, in addition to the sums heretofore appropriated for those purposes, respectively, remaining unexpended; For contingencies of the naval armament;also, a sum, not exceeding sixty thousand dollars, to defray the wear, losses, expenditures of ammunition, and other current and contingent expenses of the naval armament; For salaries of officers and rent of the navy yards.also a sum not exceeding two thousand two hundred dollars, to defray the salaries of persons having charge of the navy yards at Norfolk, New York, and Portsmouth; and for the rents of the same.
Sec. 2. Out of what fund the monies are to be paid.And be it further enacted, That the sums hereby appropriated, shall be paid and discharged out of the surplus revenue and income of the current year, not before appropriated.
Approved, March 27, 1798.