Motion that Requisitions on the States Be Revised1
[Philadelphia, December 20, 1782]
That the Committee appointed to consider and report what further or different provision may be made for discharging the interest that is or may be due on loan office certificates & other liquidated debts of the United states be also directed to revise the requisitions for the service of the preceding and present year and to report whether the same ought to be continued or altered.2
AD, Papers of the Continental Congress.
1. This motion is not printed in the Journals of the Congress. A notation on the back of the document reads “February 1783.” It was probably made, however, on December 20, 1782. On that date, James Madison in his “Notes of Debates in the Continental Congress,” recorded that “A motion was made by Mr. Hamilton for revising the requisitions of the preceding and present years, in order to reduce them more within the faculties of the States” (MS, James Madison Papers, Library of Congress). In JCHW description begins John C. Hamilton, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1851). description ends , II, 223, this motion is dated “December, 1782.”
2. The motion, according to Madison, met “with little patronage” and was withdrawn (“Notes of Debates in the Continental Congress,” MS, James Madison Papers, Library of Congress). On February 26, 1783, the “Report on Mr Hamiltons motion for making allowances to states” was “Read & consideration postponed” (Reel 163, Item 149, III, p. 23, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives).