Since my appointment to the Government of this State I am favoured with your Letters of April 5th and of April 30th, covering Resolves of Congress of the 20th and 27th of February, and two small chests with notes, a letter and other papers relative thereto. Those antecedent to those dates my Predecessor, I make no doubt, hath given you an acknowledgement of the reception of, which he laid before the General Assembly at their last Session. And I am sorry to inform you, Sir, from the peculiar circumstances of this State the sense of that Body was not at present to levy a Continental Tax in Specie agreeably to the several Resolutions of Congress and recommendations of yourself on that subject; but as soon as our affairs can be reduced to order, I flatter myself due attention will be made to that important business.
A year had almost elapsed before an Assembly could be convened from the repeated internal commotions in the State, and alarms from the disaffected which had thrown the Government into such confusion, but these have partly subsided and the State begins to wear a new appearance. The subject of compleating our Continental
A large body of Militia, together with the late twelve months’ men, forming a considerable part of General Greene’s Army, together with the residue of that Army, in the Southern Department, have drawn great supplies from this State, both by contribution and purchase, which Debts this State hath assumed to discharge, will also be a small Apology for our not undertaking more at present; sensible at the same time of the great claims, the other States may have for a like indulgence, and the great necessity of supporting the Federal War in the mode prescribed; yet if equal advantages are derived from our inequalities, which, from necessity we were obliged to run into for the present, the great purpose is equally effected.
The Hon. Richard Caswell is appointed a Comptroller for the State to adjust, if possible, our various and perplexed accounts, that they may be reduced to some order before they undergo a Continental Scrutiny. As soon as he will accomplish the Business, the Resolution of Congress, on this Subject, I make no doubt will be acceded to.
Your Notes I shall continue sealed up in the Chests until the next General Assembly, when the subject matter of them I shall lay before the Legislature, and shall, until that time, if I obtain the advice of the Council of State, direct the reception of your Notes already issued to the Quarter Master, in Specie Taxes as by you recommended.