George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hopkins, 14 May 1788

From John Hopkins

Richmond May 14 1788


I was favor’d with your Letter of the 27th Ulto by Mr Charles Lee, covering sundry Warrants for articles furnished the Army during the late War, to the Amount of £107.12.2 & 305 Dollars 53ths in Indents of Interest1—And Mr Lee has placed in my hands the sum of £69 in Warrants for Interest on Loan Office Certificates of this State, to be applied to the payment of your Taxes;2 but you will be pleased to observe, by the Statement of these Taxes, which I have the honor of transmitting for your information, that I am obliged to make a different arrangment, of them, than what you have supposed. Indents are not admissable in discharge of the Certificate Tax, nor are Certificates or Warrants for Articles furnished the Army received in payment of the revenue, or Specie Taxes, as you will observe by the Statement above mentioned. So many therefore of the Warrants as are necessary to pay the Certificate Tax, as well as the proper proportion of Indents, admissable in discharge of the Specie Tax, I have taken from the sums sent me, and the balance, I return by Mr Lee.3

The Sherif of Green Briar will be down during the Sitting of the Genl Court in June next, when I will make the enquiry respecting your Lands and inform you.4

I beg leave to assure you Sir, that I will with very great pleasure execute this Commission, and on all occasions shall be happy in the opportunity of shewing you with how much respect and Esteem, I have the honor to be Sir Your Mo. obt hble servant

Jno. Hopkins


3Hopkins enclosed this statement of the action he had taken:

Genl Washingtons Taxes may be paid in the followg form. Viz.
Half Tax for the Year 1785—⅔ds in Indents £23.18.2
⅓d in Specie, or Warrants on Certain funds 11.19.1
Tax for the Year 1786. ⅓d in Indents 23.18.2
⅔ds Specie, or warrants as above, or Tobo 47.16.4
Tax for the Year 1787—no part payable in Indents but in Warrants of the foregoing description, or Tobo £71.14.6
Certificate Tax’s for 1785, and 1786, payable in any Auditors Certificates or Warrants £91.12.8

Below this are Hopkins’s notes giving the information about the taxes owed in Greenbrier County which GW sent him on April 27 (see note 1 of GW’s letter) and Hopkin’s copy of two receipts. The first reads: “Received June 16. 1788 of John Hopkins the above sum of One hundred and Seventy nine pounds 6/3, for the above Taxes, on account of Genl Washington. Robert Rennik Do.” This is followed by a copy of Rennick’s receipt of the same date of £95.12.8 for “Certificate Taxes.”

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