George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Commissioners for Settling Accounts Between the United States and the Individual States, 21 June 1793

From the Commissioners for Settling
Accounts Between the United States
and the Individual States

Office of Accounts June 21st 1793


There are some points relative to the finishing of our business which we suppose will occasion you less trouble in giving us directions about in conversation than by letters the principal are respecting the person to whom you think it will be most proper to make our report and into whose custody we shall deliver the Books & papers belonging to the office1—if agreeable we shall be glad to know when it will be most convenient for us to wait upon you relative to this matter2—With profound respect We are Sir Your Obt Huml. Servts

Wm Irvine

John Kean

Wry Langdon

LS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1On this commission, see Robert Barnwell to GW, 27 April 1789, and note 1. The upcoming expiration on 1 July 1793 of the commissions of William Irvine, John Kean, and Woodbury Langdon prompted this letter (Commissioners for Settling Accounts to GW, 21 June 1793 [second letter], and note 1).

2GW replied later this date: “Before I can fix upon a time for conferring with you respecting certain points relative to the finishing of your business, I have to request that you will state particularly what those points are, that I may have some little time to consider them. as soon as may be after which, I will inform you when it will be convenient for me to see you, & to give any necessary directions concerning them.” He added a postscript that reads: “I hope the Communication requested will be made, at farthest, by nine oClock tomorrow morning, as I am under the necessity of leaving this City tomorrow evening or early the next morning” (L, in Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.’s writing, DNA: RG 59 Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC: GW). For the response from the commissioners, see their second letter to GW of this date. GW departed Philadelphia for Mount Vernon on Monday, 24 June (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 189).

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