. On 7 May, the same day on which it named John Jay its new secretary for foreign affairs
and appointed Thomas Jefferson to take Jay's place as minister plenipotentiary with
and Franklin, Congress approved Elbridge Gerry's motion to reduce the annual salaries
of its ministers from $11,111 to $9,000. This motion followed the 5 May recommendation
by a congressional committee, which included Gerry and Jefferson, that America trim
its civil list by several positions and reduce the salaries of several of its remaining
officials. See JCC
, 26:342–343, 349–350, 352–356.