James Madison Papers

To James Madison from the Governor of Virginia, 14 March 1789

From the Governor of Virginia

Richmond March 14th. 1789


Some difficulties having occurred in the settlement of the Accounts of this state with the United States between the agents of the two parties; the Executive have thought it proper to send forward Colonel Davies immediately to the seat of the fœderal government there to represent the particular situation of this business. He is instructed in all cases of difficulty to confer with you. Permit me therefore to recommend him to your assistance and attention in all things belonging to the object of his journey.1

In pursuance of the directions of the general assembly, I do myself the honour to forward to you a resolution of that honourable body of the 13th. of December last together with the Account and Vouchers of the expenditures of this state in the defence of her frontier inhabitants since the cession of Western territory.2 I have the honour &c.

B. R.3

FC (Executive Letter Book description begins Executive Letter Book, manuscript in Virginia State Library. description ends ). Addressed to the Virginia representatives and senators in Congress. In a clerk’s hand. Enclosures not found.

1Col. William Davies had accepted an appointment as counsel to settle the Virginia account with the U.S. in September 1788 (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11—, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , III, 32 n. 1; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , IV, 490–91; JCSV description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds., Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 vols. to date; Richmond, 1931—). description ends , IV, 287). For his role in this complicated business, which soon became intertwined with the controversy over the assumption of state debts, see Ferguson, Power of the Purse, pp. 215–18, 314–24.

2On 13 Dec. 1788 the General Assembly adopted a resolution requiring the Virginia delegates to Congress “to obtain a credit for this State with the United States” for money spent in protecting its citizens from Indian attacks in the Northwest Territory (JHDV description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond, in the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1790 are brought together in three volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in either 1827 or 1828, and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , Oct. 1788, p. 97).

3Beverley Randolph.

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