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Motion on Instruction to Robert Morris, [20 November] 1782

Motion on Instruction to Robert Morris

MS (NA: PCC, No. 36, I, 441). In JM’s hand. Docketed by him, “Motion passed Novr 1782.” He also wrote “passed.” in the left margin of the motion.

[20 November 1782]

That the Superintendent of Finance report to Congress the Causes that impede the Execution1 of the resolutions of   for settling the publick Accts. and what Progress has been made in the same2

1Interlineated by JM over a deleted “Progress.”

2For the context of this motion, see Notes on Debates, 20 November 1782, and nn. 1 and 12. Before being adopted by Congress, JM’s motion was preceded by “Ordered,” and altered to read: “That the Superintendent of Finance report what progress has been made in the settlement of the public accounts, pursuant to the Resolutions of 20th and 27 of February last, and what causes impede the Execution of the plan” (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXIII, 745). For the “Resolutions” and the “plan,” see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXII, 83–86, 102–4; Papers of Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (5 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). description ends , IV, 67–68; 68, nn. 2, 3; 69, n. 7. Although not noted in the printed journal for 4 December, Morris’ report to Congress in compliance with this instruction was made on that day (NA: PCC, No. 186, fol. 68).

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