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Letter from William Winder to Samuel Johnston
Winder, William
February 11, 1788
Volume 21, Pages 445-446

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Halifax, February 11th, 1788.


On the 31st of December past, not knowing who filled the Office, I wrote a Letter from Richmond and addressed it to the Governor of North Carolina, mentioning that I had been appointed pursuant to an Ordinance of Congress of the 7th of May, 1787, to adjust the accounts of Virginia and North Carolina against the United States, and requesting to be informed where it would be most convenient to exhibit the accounts of this State for that purpose.

To this Letter I never received an answer; but some time after I wrote it, a Gentlemen from this State informed me that you were Elected Governor to commence in March next, that Mr. Caswell continued in Office until that time, and that the public accounts were kept at Kinston where he Resided. In consequence of this information, I was proceeding on to Kinston; but on my arrival at this place, Col. Davie was pleased to inform me of your Excellency’s being in Office & that the Assembly at their late Session Ordered the Comptroller to remove the public Accounts to Hillsborough, which order he supposed was not yet executed.

It had always been my intention until I received this information

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to wait on the Supreme Executive officer of this State, but the delay that would be occasioned by a Journey from this place to Edenton from Edenton to Kinston, & from Kinston to Hillsborough, induces me to relinquish this part of my design and to proceed on to the Comptroller at Kinston.

Permit me therefore to embrace this mode of notifying your Excellency pursuant to the Ordinance of Congress before mentioned, that I shall be at Kinston on the 15th instant ready to proceed on the business to which I am appointed.

By having recourse to the aforesaid Ordinance you will perceive, Sir, that this notice commences a Term of Six months to which this State is limited for the exhibition of its accounts against the United States.

I have the Honor to be
Your Excellency’s
Most Obedt. & Humble Servant,