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Letter to General Schuyler

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Sundry large Accounts of Captain John Grenell and Captain John Hulbert, who served in the last Northern campaign, were produced to the Committee, and payment thereof solicited.

The Committee took the said Accounts into examination and consideration, and after some time spent therein, are of opinion, that as to sundry disbursements charged therein, the Committee have not sufficient information to determine thereon. That of other parts of those Accounts they are not proper judges. That Major-General Schuyler only is competent, and this Committee incompetent for the settlement thereof.

That it is the business and duty of a Paymaster to pay those Accounts, and the payment of Military Accounts necessarily renders the accounts of the Congress of this Colony more complex and intricate, and may in the end be attended with loss to the Colony.

Thereupon, a draft of a Letter to Major-General Schuyler, was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

SIR: We are sorry to be obliged to point out to you a defect in the conduct of the Paymaster under your department, which has in your multiplicity of business doubtless escaped your attention; and proves a subject of great inconvenience to us, and delay to the publick service. Our situation subjects us necessarily to the transaction of many matters purely of a Continental nature, in the course of which repeated applications to the Continental Congress for money, are unavoidable; to this, however, we cheerfully submit, but think it a great hardship, that while a Continental Paymaster is handsomely appointed, we should be under a necessity of making expenditures properly within the compass of his duty. By this means our accounts are rendered unnecessarily complex and intricate, which may in the end be attended with loss to this Colony. The disagreeable task of applying for money may be more frequent than we could wish, and the publick service properly within our department is too often delayed by the expenditure of large sums to uses not regularly under our direction. We, therefore, earnestly request you to direct, that the Paymaster do, for the future, attend at this important post, either in person, or by deputy, to the end that we may be rid of a very disagreeable service, which in no wise belongs to us, and by that means be enabled to forward, with more expedition, those matters which properly fall under our directions.

We beg leave, also, to inform you that no resolutions of Congress for filling up and clothing the troops in your department have hitherto reached us, and to request of you to furnish us with such lights on this head, as may enable us most effectually to advance the publick service.

We have the honour to be, with the highest respect and esteem, sir, your most obedient, humble servants.

By order of the Committee of Safety.

"To Major-General Schuyler, Albany."

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Ordered, That a copy thereof be engrossed, and signed by the Chairman, and transmitted.

Adjourned.

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