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Continental Congress Report on Reduction of Expenses in the War Department, 7 April 1783

Continental Congress
Report on Reduction of Expenses in the War Department

[Philadelphia] April 7, 1783

The Committee1 appointed to consider and report such eoconomical measures as may be proper and necessary beg leave to report the following.2 Resolve3

That the Secretary at war in concert with the Commander in Chief be directed to consider and report to Congress as speedily as may be such measures as it will be proper to take in the present juncture for reducing the expences of The United States in the war department.4

AD, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

1The committee consisted of H, Richard Peters, and Nathaniel Gorham.

2The committee had been appointed on April 4, 1783, “to consider the means of reducing expenditures in the military department” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIV, 240, note 1).

3This paragraph is not in the writing of H.

4The report was passed, according to the endorsement, on April 7, 1783.

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