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Letter from Alexander Martin to Robert Morris
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
June 04, 1784
Volume 17, Page 75

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Hillsborough, June 4th, 1784.


Enclosed you have a Resolution of the Legislature respecting a Continental Comptroller of accounts for this State which if it meets your approbation, you will please to appoint a Gentleman as is therein mentioned of whom should our Delegates approve, the appointment will be sufficiently confirmed, and the Gentleman may proceed forward to the State as soon as convenient. You will please to instruct him to repair to Kingston where General Caswell resides, and at present is preparing the accounts for his inspection; every thing in my power shall be contributed to facilitate the business he will be employed in.

Several Recommendations of Congress respecting Finance have been complied with by the Legislature, whose acts on this as well as other important Subjects I have transmitted to our Delegates to be presented to Congress. As soon as it is signified all the States have granted to Congress the impost on Merchandize, the Act for this purpose will take place. In the mean while a duty of 2½ p. Centum is to be collected for State purposes until the sense of the Union is obtained from Congress.

I beg leave to mention to you the Gentlemen appointed for the collection of the State duty, who are also to collect the Continental tax as soon as it is authorized as above, and becomes due. Thomas Benbury, Esquire for Port Roanoke, Captain John Daves for Port Beaufort, Captain James Read for Port Brunswick, Capt. Nathan Keais for Port Bath and Mr. Samuel Ferebee for Port Currituck. As soon as the Laws are printed I shall enclose you a Copy of the same, which will give you further information on this subject.

I have the honor to be, &c.,