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Report on the Petition of William McGilton, [21 November 1792]

Report on the Petition of William McGilton

[Philadelphia, November 21, 1792
Communicated on November 22, 1792]1

[To the Speaker of the House of Representatives]

The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred by the House of Representatives, the petition of William M’Gilton,2 respectfully makes the following Report thereupon.

The petitioner, by his said petition, claims compensation for his services, as a Clerk to John Reynolds, an Assistant Commissary of Issues, from the 14th of October 1780, to the 18th of January 1781.

It appears, that the accounts of the said John Reynolds have never been rendered at any of the proper public Offices; so that it cannot appear with official certainty, that the petitioner was his Clerk, neither can it be ascertained, whether he received compensation or not.

Under these circumstances, the Secretary is of opinion, that it is not advisable to remove the bar, to which his claim is liable, for want of having been presented in time, according to the Acts of limitation.3

Which is humbly submitted,

Alexander Hamilton,
Secry. of the Treasry.

Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives.

1Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 625–26. The communicating letter, dated November 21, 1792, may be found in RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives.

2On February 10, 1792, “A petition of William M’Gilton was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for his services as Assistant Commissary of Issues, during the late war.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.” (Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I. description ends , 505.)

3JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIX, 866; XXXIII, 392. See also “Report on Sundry Petitions,” April 16, 1792.

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