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Letter from the Accountant of the War Department

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Letterbook, War Dept Accountant, RG217 view image
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Date November 30, 1799
Author Name William Simmons (primary)
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Simmons asks the Secretary at War to provide notification of any deeds of conveyance received by Tobias Lear. Lear is the agent for the purchase of lands on the Potomac.
Document Format Letterbook
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; William Simmons; Tobias Lear; Treasury; agent; George Washington; ;
Related Places Potomac River; lands; accountant's office; ;
Keywords treasury books; debit; books; advances; deeds of conveyance; expenditures; ;
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Caleb Swan Esqr P:M:G:

Accountant's Office

November 30th 1799


To lessen the advances standing to the debit of persons receiving public monies, as early as possible & to insure a due application of them, has been & will continue to be a subject of communication from me to you, as I conceive it a most interesting one to The United States, and in consequence cannot be too much dwelt upon. I therefore again request your particular attention thereto in calling Officers & others to account who have received monies through your hands. it will be highly proper particularly to call on such Officers who visit the Seat of Government, or its vicinity for their accounts & cause a settlement of them; among those now here I have particularly to mention Captn Charles Hyde late Pay master to the 1st U .S. Regt this officer appears to have received very large sums of Public monies from you & agents of the Department, which continue to remain unaccounted for and as it is proper that his accounts should be in the first instance be rendered to you for examination, it will be proper that he should be called upon for them, agreeably to your Instructions.

I am &c W. S.