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Letter from William Richardson Davie to Alexander Martin
Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820
November 01, 1790
Volume 22, Pages 800-801


Halifax, November 1st, 1790.

Dear Sir:—

I have continued to make inquiry of every man I saw, who I thought possessed any information in money matters, respecting

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the funding business. I have met with none on whose knowledge and experience I could rely, but all agree that it should be attempted at least, and that the object is of the first importance.

As to the paper money, you already possess my ideas on this subject, and I believe you thought with me that it was absolutely necessary to call it in, if nothing else was done.

A change, or rather, an improvement in our court system, seems now indispensably necessary; and I hope you will give such a measure all the assistance necessary to insure its success.

The resolution respecting the mail route, and the conclave of the United States, will, I hope, not be forgotten, and carefully published and forwarded.

I hope the business of arranging the districts for the election of representatives will be early brought on, some interested and visionary politicians pretend to say that the time of our members does not expire on the 4th of March next, but I think Congress has settled it on the proper principle, and as we should be entitled to an additional member on this side the mountains, and neglecting an election would certainly run the risk of being without anyrepresentation, it would be extreme madness not to elect as the other States are doing.

You will, I am certain, give the University every assistance in your power, as a man who knows the importance of education in a country just forming its manners and government.

I will thank you to inform me of the fate of the principal objects of the Legislature, and believe me, with great respect,

Your most obedient,