United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 29
Section 1. Secretary of State authorized to reimburse advances made by the consuls.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of State be, and hereby is authorized, under the direction of the President of the United States, to reimburse such reasonable advances of money as have been made, or, during the present year, shall be made by the consuls of the United States, in making and supporting the claims of American citizens to captured property, before the tribunals of foreign countries; or for the relief of sick and destitute seamen in foreign countries, beyond the sum already allowed by law for that purpose.
Sec. 2. $30,000 appropriated.And be it further enacted, That for the purposes aforesaid, there be, and hereby is appropriated, a sum not exceeding thirty thousand dollars, which shall be paid from any monies which may be in the treasury, not otherwise appropriated.
Approved, April 18, 1798.