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Letter from Samuel Osgood, Walter Livingston, and Arthur Lee to Samuel Johnston
Osgood, Samuel, 1748-1813; Livingston, Walter, 1740-1797; Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792
July 03, 1789
Volume 21, Page 556

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S. OSGOOD, W. LIVINGSTON AND A. LEE TO GOVERNOR JOHNSTON.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Board of Treasury, July 3rd, 1789.

Sir:

In consequence of your Excellency’s letter of the 20th of May last in which you inform us that the State of North Carolina has on hand near one Thousand Hogsheads of Tobacco of an Excellent Quality for Sale, the proceeds of which when sold, would be immediately paid into the Treasury of the United States; and that you should be happy to treat with any purchaser whom we might recommend for such purpose on our agreeing to accept his Bills;

We beg leave to recommend to you for this purpose Mr. Royal Flint, of this City. Should that Gentleman or his proper Attorney agree with you for the purchase, and accept Bills drawn by yourself or other person duly authorized, and in favour of the State of North Carolina, payable at the Treasury of the United States, for the amount of the Tobacco so purchased, we hereby agree that on such Bills being duly transmitted to this Office, the amount thereof shall be passed to the Credit of the State of North Carolina at the Treasury of the United States. For the greater certainty in the transmitting these Bills, it may be well that they should be drawn in triplicates of same Tenor and date, and that the first and second should be forwarded to this Office, & the third remain in the proper Office in the State.

We shall only add that if the State of North Carolina should at this juncture by the sale of this Tobacco come to the relief of the General Treasury, it will be rendering a service honorable to themselves & highly aceptable to the Union.

We have the honor, &c.,
SAMUEL OSGOOD,
WALTER LIVINGSTON,
ARTHUR LEE.