Account of John Adams with the United States
|The United states of America to John Adams Cr|
|By the Total of Monies received1||28,355:||3:||3|
|The United states of America to John Adams Dr|
|To the Total of my Expences||13,855:||16:||0|
|To twenty Month’s allowance at the Rate of 11,428 Livres per Annum2||19,046:||0:||0|
|To Expences at Boston, upon the public Business and Postage of Letters, in my public Capacity since my Return||48|
|Ballance due to me.||4594:||12:||9|
Upon the Revision of my Accounts I find that of Monies received, somewhat larger than I had imagined and that of Expences, a good deal less. By attempting to keep a <
particular> minute Account, I must have forgotten and omitted many Articles, to my own Disadvantage, but this is the fault of no one, but myself, and the loss must be mine.
If the Honourable Board do not approve of this state, they will make what alterations they judge right. It is very probable there may be Errors in Casting and otherwise. The Business of keeping Accounts is a very dull Occupation to me, and that of transcribing them and casting anew, Still more so. I confess I have not Patience for it. The Board will correct it as they think just. If they Adjudge me in Debt the Ballance shall be paid to their order on demand.
MS in JA’s hand (Adams Papers); docketed: “Accounts”; with the following summary beside the docketing:
|Total of Monies received||28,355:||3:||3|
|Total of Expences||13,855:||16:||0|
|For Twenty Months service at 11,428 Liv. per Month||19,046:||0:||0|
There are two errors in this summary. First, the correct difference between money received and the total paid is 14,499. 7. 3, which would leave the proper balance owing to JA (before postage expense) of 4,546.12. 9 (which JA gives correctly in the full account on the inside page; see text above). Second, the salary figure allotted was per year, not per month. Filmed under Aug. 1779 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 350), this is presumably a copy of Account D, enclosed with JA to the Board of Treasury, 19 Sept. (above).
1. This figure agrees with the total of the amounts recorded in JA’s Diary as received, less an amount of 4,294 livres for Deane’s furniture. See JA to the Board of Treasury, 19 Sept., note 7 (above).