To John Adams
January 24. 1793
An order of yesterday from the House of Representatives1 renders it necessary that I should have recourse to the Treasury Bank Books and the Accounts of the several Offices of Discount and Deposit which were lately transmitted to the Senate.2
I request that the Senate will be pleased to cause them to be returned. After the purpose has been answered they will be sent again to the Senate for such further examination as they shall deem requisite.3 With perfect respect
I have the honor to be Sir Your obedient & humble servant
The Vice President of The United States
& President of the Senate.
ALS, RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives.
1. The House “Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to lay before this House an account exhibiting, half-monthly, the balances between the United States and the Bank of the United States, including the several Branch Banks, from the commencement of those Institutions, to the end of the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two.
“Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to lay before this House an account of all moneys which may have come into the Sinking Fund, from the commencement of that Institution to the present time; specifying the particular fund from which they have accrued, and exhibiting, half-yearly, the sums uninvested, and where desposited.
“Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to report to this House the balance of all unapplied revenues at the end of the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, specifying whether in money or bonds, and noting where the money is deposited; that he also make report of all unapplied moneys which may have been obtained by the several loans authorized by law, and where such moneys are now deposited.” (Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 677–78.)
3. This request was received in the Senate on January 24, 1793, and it was “Ordered, That the Secretary of the Senate return the papers … to the Secretary of the Treasury” (Annals of Congress description begins The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature (Washington, 1834–1849). description ends , III, 633).