United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 82
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum Appropriation for three ships of not less than 32 guns each.of six hundred thousand dollars shall be, and hereby is appropriated, to enable the President of the United States to cause to be built, and equipped, three ships or vessels, to be of a force not less than thirty-two guns each, and of the dimensions and model which he shall deem most advantageous for the public service, as part of the additional naval armament authorized by law.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted,Disposal of the materials for ships now on hand. That the timber and other materials belonging to the United States proper for building and equipping the ships or vessels aforesaid, remaining in their several dock-yards, and elsewhere, may be employed under the direction of the President of the United States, in effecting the purposes of this act; or may be otherwise disposed of, as he shall think best. Appropriation how to be paid.And the sum hereby appropriated, shall be paid out of any unappropriated money in the treasury.
Approved, July 16, 1798.