Letter from Joseph Pennell to Robert Morris
Volume 17, Pages 69-70
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM JOSEPH PENNELL, ESQUIRE, COMMISSIONER
FOR ACCTS. OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT DATED 25TH MAY, 1784.
[From Executive Letter Book.]
I cannot learn that the States generally have complied with the recommendation of
Congress of the 27th February, 1782, to empower the Commissioners for the
departments to recover “from individuals debts due & effects
belonging to the United States.” It will be answering but part of the
purpose of my appointment to go into those States who have not complied with the
said recommendation because I shall there be called upon by the creditors
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it in my Power to bring the debtors in
this Department to account and I think there is a preference due in the
settlement of accounts to Citizens of those States who have complied with the
recommendation of Congress.