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Instructions to Virginia Delegates in re Financial Quota, 28 December 1782

Instructions to Virginia Delegates
in re Financial Quota

RC (NA: PCC, No. 75, fols. 380–81). This manuscript is twice docketed on folio 381. One docket, probably written in Virginia, reads, “Resolution of assy of Virginia relating to payment of the requisitions of Congress to be laid before Congress.” The other docket, probably written by one of Charles Thomson’s clerks, is as follows: “Resolutions of Legislature of Virginia 28 Decr. 1782 for paying 50000 dollars in part of their quota of the 8 mill required for the year 1782 & a promise to pay 174,000 more & 290000 dollars for the current support of the war.”

In the House of Delegates

Saturday the 28th December 17821

Resolved that fifty thousand pounds Currency of this State be paid by the Treasurer2 into the Hands of the Continental Receiver of this States [p. 458] Quota3 And that the Delegates representing this Commonwealth in Congress be instructed to inform Congress that the weight of the Southern War generally, but more particularly the Oppression arising to the Commonwealth from the extensive Contributions of its Citizens to the Common Cause in the Campaign of one thousand seven hundred and eighty one4 incapacitates the State from a further Compliance at present with the Requisitions of Congress for this States Quota of Money necessary for the Service of the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty two. But that the General Assembly will appropriate out of the first and best Revenues of the State a Sum equal to one hundred and seventy four thousand Dollars at the Disposition of Congress for the former purpose and two hundred and ninety thousand Dollars for the current Support of the War5

1782 December 28th. Teste J Beckley CHD6
Agreed to by the Senate
Will Drew CS7
A Copy Teste
John Beckley CHD 

1The author of this resolution was probably Richard Henry Lee, who was directed to bear it to the Senate “and desire their concurrence” (Journal of the House of Delegates description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond. In the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1786 are brought together in two volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in 1827 or 1828, and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , October 1782, pp. 86, 90).

2Jacquelin Ambler.

3George Webb. For the financial quota of Virginia for 1782, see 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, 104, n. 1.

4Ibid., IV, 72, n. 3.

5See Randolph to JM, 27 December, n. 3; Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 28 December 1782. Although the sums mentioned in this sentence were not appropriated at the next session of the Virginia General Assembly, it enacted on 28 June 1783 a statute providing that portions of the expected revenue from the tax on land and tax on slaves should “be applied toward making good to congress any deficiency which may arise in this state’s quota of interest due on the debts of the United States, so as to make good to congress the annual sum of four hundred thousand dollars” (Journal of the House of Delegates description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond. In the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1786 are brought together in two volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in 1827 or 1828, and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , May 1783, p. 99; Hening, Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619 (13 vols.; Richmond and Philadelphia, 1819–23). description ends , XI, 247–49).

6For John Beckley, clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates, see 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 , I, 318, n. 2.

7For William Drew, clerk of the Senate, see ibid. This resolution was laid before Congress on 27 January 1783 by the Virginia delegates (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXV, 868).

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