Letter from James Duane, requesting an account of the expenditure of Continental moneys


A Letter from James Duane, Esq˙, Chairman of the Continental Treasury Office at Philadelphia, requesting an account to be rendered of the expenditure of Continental Moneys, passed through this Convention, was read, and follows, to wit:

"Treasury Office, Philadelphia, May 7, 1776.

"HONOURABLE GENTLEMEN: The Congress having, on the 17th February last, appointed a Standing Committee for superintending the Treasury, and on the 1st of April, among other things, ‘Resolved, That all Assemblies, Conventions, Councils and Committees of Safety, Commissaries, Pay-masters, and others, entrusted with publick Moneys, should, within a reasonable time after being called upon for that purpose by the Committee of the Treasury, produce their accounts at the Treasury Office, in order to their being settled and adjusted;’ we are, in pursuance of the said regulations, to request that your honourable House will be pleased to give orders that an account be rendered of the expenditure of the Continental Moneys which, by the acts of Congress, have passed through your hands, in to this Office, with the proper vouchers, that the same may be settled and adjusted here, and reported for the final allowance of Congress.

"I have the honour to be, in the name of the Superintendents of the Treasury, honourable gentlemen, your most obedient humble servant,

"JAMES DUANE, Chairman."

The President, at the request of several Members, inquired of those Members who form the Pay-Table Committee, in what forwardness they had got the publick Accounts. Those gentlemen replied, that the publick Accounts are in great forwardness, and that they expect the accounts of disbursements of publick money will soon be ready to transmit to the Continental Congress.