You was long since informed of the part I had taken on the question of assuming the State debts. Hitherto we have opposed successfully, but we have been obliged to support our opposition by the necessity of settling accounts first and assuming afterwards, if we should then be so minded. Uniformity requires that we should promote proper measures for the settlement, and the interest of the State certainly requires it. The committee of which I am a member has nearly prepared a bill for making a final settlement
This scheme, you see, if adopted, will oblige us to restate the whole of our accounts. A painful business, but the play will be worth the candle.
I think we must gain a million of dollars by the difference of system. I promised you formerly that while serving in Congress I should not lose sight of the State’s accounts. You see I have not forgot the promise. As soon as the law passes and Congress adjourns, I think it will be necessary for Colonel Thomas or myself to come to the State to expedite the collecting such new vouchers as may then be thought necessary. I have to request that in case we are hampered in point of time, and one or two clerks should be found absolutely necessary, you will be so good as authorize us to employ them until the meeting of the Assembly. This question, in my opinion, claims the attention of the executive. I have the honor to be, with the utmost consideration, dear sir,