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Edmund Randolph to Virginia Delegates, 11 April 1787

Edmund Randolph to Virginia Delegates

Richmond April 11. 1787.

Gentlemen

I do myself the honor of acknowledging the receipt of your favor of the 2d. instant, and thank you for its inclosures.

Reductions of salaries are in such high fashion here, that congress have risen in character from the reform.1 But the resurrection of the prophets would not convince british debtors, that those ought to be clothed with an increased authority, who could enforce the british treaty. Such is the lamentable conflict between justice and knavery, that in many instances he is branded with the appellation of toryism, who declares it to be right honestly to pay our debts.

The arms, & other military stores sent from this state to Kentucky left Redstone old Fort on the 18th. of March. Capt. Jouitt who undertook to conduct them to the mouth of Dick’s river writes that they are in bad order, and has retained so many men in this service, that a suspicion is deduced from thence of the danger of an attack.2 The lead, which was to go from the Blockhouse to Kentucky will be escorted by a guard from Washington county. I mention these things as amounting to a decided symptom, that an Indian war will rage in the course of this spring very diffusively.

The publication of the names of persons indebted for duties has increased the money of the treasury very rapidly, and if it should not injure mercantile credit, will at all times quicken payment.

I will talk to the loan officer concerning the indents, but fear that they cannot come early enough for our relief.3

We have heard nothing of Mr. Fox since my letter to you on that Illinois debt.4 I have the honor gentlemen to be with very great respect yr. mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph.

RC (DLC). Addressed by a clerk. Docketed by JM and Carrington.

1See Virginia Delegates to Randolph, 2 Apr. 1787, enclosing an ordinance of Congress reducing the salaries on the civil list.

2See John Jouett to Randolph, 16 Mar. 1787, Cal. of Va. State Papers description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , IV, 255. Randolph had appointed Captain Jouett to oversee the transportation of military stores to Kentucky on 9 Jan. 1787 (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, 14; Executive Letter Book description begins Executive Letter Book, 1786–1788, manuscript in Virginia State Library. description ends ). The trip from “Redstone old Fort” (the present Brownsville, Pennsylvania) was to be by boat down the Monongahela and Ohio rivers and up the Kentucky River to its junction with Dick’s River near Harrodsburg. Having reached Limestone (the present Maysville, Kentucky) on 26 Mar., however, Jouett and his company received orders to deposit their cargo at that place (Jouett to Randolph, 17 May 1787, Cal. of Va. State Papers description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , IV, 286).

4The reference is to Randolph’s missing official letter of 22 Mar., but see Randolph to JM, 22 Mar. 1787 and n. 5.

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