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Letter from Samuel Osgood and Walter Livingston to Richard Caswell
Osgood, Samuel, 1748-1813; Livingston, Walter, 1740-1797
November 30, 1785
Volume 17, Page 587

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WALTER LIVINGSTON AND SAMUEL OSGOOD TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Board of Treasury, Nov. 30th, 1785.

Sir:

We do ourselves the Honor of transmitting to your Excellency for the information of the Legislature of the State in which you preside a statement of the accounts of the several States so far as they relate to the several requisitions for Money and Specific supplies.

It will, we doubt not, give your Excellency pain to observe the Amount of arrears of the State of North Carolina, and induce you to use your influence with the Government of the State, to adopt some effectual plan for discharging the State's Quota of the several Requisitions.

It is our duty to observe that nothing has in our opinion tended more to defeat the Collection of Taxes in those States which have hitherto Exerted themselves to comply with the General Requisitions than a total stagnation in the Collection of Continental Taxes in some States of the Union.

We venture to express our confidence that the Legislature of the State of North Carolina will take such measures at their present Session as will evince their Zeal for the Union which can only be supported by the honest and vigorous exertions of the States to pay without delay their respective Quotas into the Common Treasury.

We are Sir,
Your Excellency's obedt. humble Servants,
SAMUEL OSGOOD,
WALTER LIVINGSTON.