George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Pierce, 5 March 1783

Newburgh Mar. 5th 1783.


I am about revising my Accts with the public from the beginning, in order to make a thorough digest of them for Settlement.

In going over them, I find I have given credit for some advances with which I am not charged in the Acct you sent me last; particularly 1000 Dollars paid to Colo. Tilghman Decr 10th 1781—and the like sum to Lt Colfax the 7th of Feby following. On the other hand, it is not impossible but that I may have omitted credits which ought to have been given—I beg therefore you will let me know with precision the whole amount from all the Offices, of Monies charged to me—or others for my use—that I may be able to comprehend & draw the whole into one point of view.

I wish to know also, whether Genl McDougall stands charged with a Sum in Specie in your Books—the Treasury Books—or Registers Office, with a Sum in Specie for Secret Services between the first of Jany & Middle of March 1779—and if such charges should appear, to what amount, & to whom paid for his use. This information is necessary in the liquidation of my Accts.

On the 27th Ulto I requested to know whether I stood charged with any sum in your Books between Feby & May 1777—to whom it was paid—for what sum—and the precise date. I pray you to give me answers to these points by the first Post after this letter reaches you. I am Sir Yr Most Obt Sert

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