George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 17 August 1783

Newburgh 17th Augt 1783

If the Superintendent of Finance will transmit to Governor Clinton (or furnish the Quarter Master General) with his notes payable on sight; for a sum not exceeding £3,000 Currency The Governor will borrow to the ammount for the Purpose of defraying the Contingent Expences of Garrissioning the Western Posts—The Money will be advanced in this Case immediately so as to prevent any Delay that might take Place for want of and the Notes will be paid into the State Treasury and by the Treasurer to the Collector of the Continental Tax so as to prevent the Necessity of redeeming them by an Advance of Cash from the Continental Treasury—This is the only justifiable Method the Governor can devise for assisting the Public on the present Occasion & he conceives it to be [unexceptionable] As he does not apprehend that this will diminish the Ammount of the Tax which would otherwise be received from the State. For if the Governor should borrow that Sum & pay it into the Treasury in Specie it would most probably in that Case be applied to the Payment of the Contingencies of the State there being many very pressing Demands made payable out of any unappropriated Monies which may come into the Treasury.


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