To James Mercer
[Before 23 October 1779]
In the act establishing the board of Auditors the words are that they are authorised and required ‘to give warrants on the Treasurer for the payment or advance of wages to our delegates in Congress, debiting each delegate’ &c. The Auditors then and not the Governour are to give the warrant, as they will see on turning to the act.
RC (Vi); without salutation or date. Addressed: “Mr. Mercer.” Written below the letter from James Mercer to TJ, preceding.
The act establishing the board of auditors was passed in the Oct. 1776 session and is in Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends ix, 245–7.