From James Taylor and Abishai Thomas1
[Philadelphia, June 27, 1791]
As there are sundry Credits to the State of N. Carolina existing on the books of the Treasury of the U.S. The vouchers of which the undersigned Agents of said State are not in possession of whereon to Support the claims of said State for such credits, We take the liberty to solicit that you will be so good as to direct the proper Officer to furnish us on or before the 30th instant with an authenticated Account of all such credits. We are
With great respect, Sir Yr. Most Obt Servts.
The honle A Hamilton
Sec of the Treasury
Df, in the writing of Abishai Thomas, North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; copy, North Carolina Department of Archives and History.
1. In the recess of the North Carolina legislature Taylor had been appointed by Governor Alexander Martin as a second state agent to superintend the settlement of the accounts of North Carolina with the United States. Taylor replaced Hugh Williamson, who was prohibited from serving both as agent and as member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. Taylor served until January 19, 1792.
For a discussion of the general problem of adjusting the accounts between the states and the United States in which Taylor and Thomas were involved as agents of North Carolina, see Ferguson, Power of the Purse description begins E. James Ferguson, The Power of the Purse (Chapel Hill, 1961). description ends , 203–19.