George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Meredith, 3 January 1790

From Samuel Meredith

Treasury of the United States

Sir[New York] January 3d 1790

My Accots having lain a considerable time in the Offices for settlement, & being now passed, permit me to lay a Copy of them before you.1 I have the honor to be with the most perfect respect sir Your most humble Servt

Saml Meredith
Treasr of the U. States

LB, DLC:GW.

It is possible that Tobias Lear misdated this letter in making the letter-book copy. Documents were copied into some of GW’s letter books as much as several years after they were written. An identical letter, dated 3 Jan. 1791, was sent by Meredith to Frederick Augustus Muhlenburg, Speaker of the House of Representatives, enclosing Meredith’s accounts for 1 July to 30 Sept. 1790 (DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 3:791).

1Copies of Meredith’s accounts are not now among the Washington Papers. If the letter is properly dated 1790, the enclosure was undoubtedly the same statement of accounts “of the receipts and expenditures of the public money, from the time of his [Meredith’s] appointment, until the thirty-first of December last” that was submitted to the House of Representatives and the Senate on 29 Jan. 1790 (DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 1:231, 3:279). A copy of the account is in DNA: RG 233, Accounts of the Treasurer of the United States, vol. 1, and is printed in DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 3:599–613. Meredith’s 1791 acounts are printed in ibid., 791–811.

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