May it please your Excellency and Honors:
An Order of Council bearing date at Kingston, July the 4th, 1786, I have received, and must beg leave to offer to your Consideration my reasons for Neglecting to comply with the Resolution of the last Assembly, respecting the final Settlement Certificates in my possession.
The resolution of the Assembly being publicly known previous to an Application for surrender of them by Mr. Hunt, I had received from Several Officers a request to detain their Certificates in my possession (should I think of Complying with the Resolution in Making the delivery), and also, the Claims of Sundry Soldiers, the right to which they Stated to be in their possession—the reasons assigned by them for making the request was, that the Specie still due on the final Settlement, not yet being put into my Hands, they were desirous of leaving with me their Certificates until they could entirely Complete their Settlement. Added to this, every Officer with whom I had an opportunity of Conversing, was of Opinion that the Assembly must have proceeded on misinformation; and Mr. Jackson, Assistant Commissioner, with whom I transacted the Business, informed me, that it was never the Intention of Congress that the State should meddle with the appropriation of the Certificates until it was supposed that all would be claimed were issued on these principles. I thought myself perfectly Justifiable in Neglecting to make a partial delivery of Certificates to Mr. Hunt, which could only tend to derange the Business and leave a much greater opening for speculation and fraud than could possibly take place while the Certificates remained with me.
To endeavor to Convince your Excellency and Honor of the propriety, and indeed almost Absolute necessity of leaving the Certificates some time longer in my possession, I must beg permission to acquaint you that I have just received from the Treasury Board of
Mr. Pierce's sentiments, I can inform you, perfectly coincide with Mr. Jackson's, respecting the interference of the State, & I think 'tis extremely evident that Congress could have no other Meaning, as it can not be supposed they would intentionally create obstacles that must tend to evade a Conclusion of the Business, or at least Clog it in such a manner as to prevent dispatch and Accuracy.
Taking all these circumstances into consideration I trust your Excellency and Honors will deem it expedient to rescend your resolution of July the fourth, and suffer me to proceed in the business with regularity. At the next General Assembly I shall attend prepared in all events to comply with their determination respecting the balance of final settlements then in my Hands.
I must confess I cannot avoid feeling greatly surprised at the apparent anxiety of the Legislature to take the Certificates out of my hands. In justice to my own character I will be free to say that no