Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Board of Trade, [4 February 1780]

From the Board of Trade

[4 February 1780]

The exhausted State of the Treasury rendering it impracticable to make the Purchases of Slaves, Tobacco and Land which have from time to time been recommended to this Board, We wish, as the only Means left us to comply with those recommendations, to have a Letter from his Excellency in Council to the Escheators of those Counties where the Purchases can be made, authorizing them to admit of our Assumpsits to the Treasurer for what We shall purchase in behalf of the State.

Thoms. Whiting
J. Ambler
Dun: Rose

Tr in Board of Trade Journal (Vi).

TJ’s reply has not been located, but the following minute appears in the Board’s Journal under 5 Feb.: “The Executive approving of the Escheators admitting of the Assumpsits of this Board to the Treasurer for such Purchases as are of escheated Property on behalf of the State, Ordered that Letters be written to the several Escheators agreeable to the recommendation of the Executive.”

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