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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Benjamin Hawkins to Abner Nash
Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816
March 11, 1783
Volume 16, Pages 942-943


Philadelphia, March 11th, 1783.

Dear Sir:

I informed you in my last that Morde Lewis and Compy. had discharged the bill drawn by Mr. Gough and that I had taken up

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your draught with Haym Solomons. I have got only promises from Mr. Pollock.

Congress have not come to any conclusion on the establishment of permanent funds. I have some reason for believing they will this week: and that the duty of 5 Prcent for twenty five years will be recommended to the States: the collectors to be appointed by the States amenable to and removable by Congress.

General McDougal is still here waiting for a determination on the memorial of the army which considering the dispositions of some of the States seemed not to be favourable, tho’ at present it is highly it will be as Maryland and Delaware are represented. On the question yesterday to agree to the report there were 8 States for, 3 against and 1 divided.

It is five months the 14th instant since we have received any dispatches from Europe, and all private accounts from any quarter are vague and not much depended on. They are by the paper of 5th. as much in uncertainty and suspence in N. York as we are here.

Give my respectful compliments to Mrs. Nash and believe me ever with the greatest respect and truth, Dear Sir,

Your most obedient and most humble Servant,

Mr. Jefferson is with us almost as anxious to have something from Europe as you were to get home from Baltimore.

Abner Nash, Esquire.