From: Copies of original letters from the army of General Bonaparte in Egypt, intercepted by the fleet under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson. With an English translation (London, J. Wright, 1798-1800, 3 vols.), vol. 3, pp. 57-60.
Army of the East.
ESTIMATE of the different sums due on the 23d of August 1799, the Period at which General KLEBER took upon himself the Command of the Army.
PAY of the army -- -- 4,015,000
Extraordinaries -- -- 576,000
Difference of pay, between the law of the 2d Thermidor, in the year 2, and that of the 23d Floreal, in the year 5, due to part of the army -- -- 802,332
Artillery -- -- 91,214
Marine, military, and merchant service, by a rough calculation -- -- 3,962,124
Military subsistence -- -- 1,198,973
Clothing -- -- 144,381
Military Hospitals -- -- 311,277
Military Convoys -- -- 177,098
Military Posts -- -- 5,432
To the Interceptor of the saddle manufactory -- -- 12,601
To the Interceptor of the boot manufactory -- -- 6,000
To the Commissaries at Suez – 7,014
To certain French, Turks, and Greeks, who have furnished provisions at Alexandria and elsewhere -- -- 41,980
To Citizen Rosetty for provisions for the army, when on its march to Rhamanie -- -- 3,222
Total -- -- 11,315,252
Since the army quitted France, the expenditure has exceeded the receipts by 11,315,252 livres—this debt, then, must inevitably continue increasing. At our first arrival here, requisitions were made in all the towns for the immediate subsistence of the troops. They have never been paid for.
Extraordinary contributions were levied upon the merchants, tradesmen, &c.
The assets of the Mameloucs were also seized on our arrival; their wives been made to pay an extraordinary imposition.
The receipts of the last year were greater than those of the present can possibly be. The inundation has failed, and many villages have been deprived of water.
The debt above stated, does not include what is due to the provinces for the supplies in kind, with which the troops were furnished during their march.
It is evident from these observations, that, as long as the army of Egypt is engaged in hostilities, there can be no foreign trade; nor can the receipts be possibly made to answer the expenses. It is peace alone which can place the receipts on a satisfactory footing.
Certified by me,
E. POUSSIELGUE, Commissary-general, &c. to be conformable to the respective lifts delivered to me at Cairo, Oct. 7, 1799.
Examined by the Commander in Chief,