James Madison Papers

Motion on Settlement of National Accounts, 22 May 1784

Motion on Settlement of National Accounts

[22 May 1784]

Ordered, That a committee of five members be appointed to inquire into the progress made by the commissioners employed in settling the accounts between this State and the United States, and into the difficulties which may impede the same, and make report thereupon to the House.1

Printed text (JHDV 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 either 1827 or 1828 and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , May 1784, p. 16).

1Having long been concerned about this subject JM almost certainly offered this motion, a probability increased by his appointment as chairman of the committee. The other members were James Hubard (1743–ca. 1786), Wilson Cary Nicholas (1761–1820), William Norvell (ca. 1726–1802), and James Wood (1750–1813). JM delivered the report for the committee on 28 May.

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