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Letter from Richard Dobbs Spaight and John Sitgreaves to Richard Caswell
Spaight, Richard Dobbs, 1758-1802; Sitgreaves, John, 1757-1802
March 18, 1785
Volume 17, Page 433

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HON. RICHARD DOBBS SPAIGHT TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Gov. Caswell's Letter Book.]

New York,
18th March, 1785.

Sir:

Since our last to your Excellency of the 1st Inst. Congress have passed resolutions for holding Treaty of peace with the Indians in the Southern Department. Three Commissioners are to be appointed for this purpose and monies voted for paying the incidental expences. Each of the Executives of the Southern States are to be officially informed on this subject, and may if they think proper, send an Agent to be present at the Treaty.

We enclose your Excellency a Resolve of Congress, limiting the time in which unliquidated accounts against the United States are to be given in to the Commissioners appointed to adjust and settle the accounts of Individuals against the United States, and precluding those who fail to comply with that resolution from any future settlement. We thought it our duty to oppose it as we conceive the time allowed is too short for the Citizens of North Carolina living in the Western parts of the State, who are Creditors of the United States. There being no Commissioners in the State will however extend the time a month or two longer.

Mr. Jefferson is appointed to succeed Doctor Franklin at the Court of Versailles, who has leave to retire agreeable to his repeated request. Mr. John Brown of Providence is elected a Commissioner for carrying into effect the ordinance of the 23rd December last, in the place of Genl. Schuyler who has declined accepting that appointment. Nothing more of consequence has occurred that we are at liberty to communicate.

We have the honor to be your Excellency's
mo. ob. and mo. humb. Servts.,
RICH'D DOBBS SPAIGHT,
JNO. SITGREAVES.