George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John D. Mercier, 22 July 1789

From John D. Mercier

New York July 22d 1789

The Representation & Petition of John D. Mercier humbly sheweth

That at the Commencement of the late war he was an Inhabitant of Quebec, that in consequence of an intercepted Letter from B. Arnold, & his attachment to the American cause, he was put on board a Prison Ship, & banished, whereby he has lost a large part of his property & the remainder is still detained from him by the British Government.

That in 1779, he was appointed a Commissioner of Claims, in the Treasury department & afterwards an Auditor of accounts, that in these Offices he served the Public, to the utmost of his ability untill the derangement thereof.

That he wishes, & would be made hapy in serving The United States in a similar employment, in the Treasury department, or in any other to which he may be thought competent.

He begs leave to refer for his Character to John Laurence, & Egbert Benson, Esquires, Delegates from The State of New York.

John D. Mercier


John Dyer Mercier was a merchant who held several local offices in Quebec before 1775. For his arrest because of his pro-American activities, see Smith, Our Struggle for the Fourteenth Colony, description begins Justin H. Smith. Our Struggle for the Fourteenth Colony: Canada and the American Revolution. 2 vols. New York, 1907. description ends 1:551, 588–89, 2:9. After his release he came to the United States and in May 1779 was appointed a commissioner of accounts and in July was made a commissioner of claims. In 1782 he became auditor for the treasury, a post he held until the office was abolished in 1787 (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 14:631, 896, 22:60, 33:510). He was not reemployed by the treasury under the new government.

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