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A report from the Board of War was read; Whereupon,
AT A BOARD OF WAR Feb! 23. 1781 Present Mr Peters
Gen. Cornell The Board taking into consideration the reference they have been honored with on the Memorial of Lieutenant Beaulieu beg leave to report, That Lieutenant Beaulieu has no more pay in arrear than
every other Officer that is a prisoner of War on parole but as he is a stranger it is probable he may be more distressed for want of money than Officers who are with their friends. If Congress should be of opinion that the foregoing reason is sufficient to entitle him to receive present pay, it may be proper to resolve,
Ordered, That the Board of War draw a Warrant on the paymaster general in favor of Lieutenant Beaulieu late of Colonel Armand's Corps for three months pay and subsistance on account, equal to one hundred and fifteen dollars in bills of the new emissions.
That part of his Memorial that respects cloathing appears to the Board improper to be complied with at this time--as they have no knowledge of any cloathing being delivered to Officers in the field or elsewhere on public account for the year past.'
AT A BOARD OF WAR Feb! 23rd 1781 Present Mr Peters
Gen! Cornell The Board have considered the memorial of Captain Sigognie and Lieutenant Fontevieux of Col. Armands Legion whose situation is such that it is impossible for them to join their Corps without some money being given them by the public; and as they are foreigners they have not the means of procuring assistance from private persons. The Baron Deutrick also a Captain in the legion is in similar circumstances and no doubt will expect similar treatment with the memorialists. If Congress think their situation so peculiar as to distinguish it from that of the Officers of the Army in general, all of whom are in want, and many have in vain made repeated applications for pay, it will be proper in the opinion of the Board of War, that Congress direct,
1 This report is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 147, VI, folio 209.
That the Board of War draw warrants on the paymaster general, in favour of Captains Segognie and Deutrick and Lieutenant Fontevieux, of the legion commanded by Colonel Armand for three months' pay in bills of the new emissions to enable them to join their corps now in Virginia, the resolution of the 4 January last notwithstanding.
Congress took into consideration the report of the committee on Mr. [Thomas] Bee's motion; after debate:
Ordered, That it be re-committed.
A memorial from the hon ble the Minister of France was read.
Adjourned to 10 o'clock to Morrow.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1781 Mr. [Thomas) Rodney, a delegate for the State of Delaware, attended and took his seat in Congress.
A letter, of 10, from James Craig, chief hospital physician, was read:
Ordered, That it be referred to the Medical Committee.
The Medical Committee laid before Congress an account of Doctor Francis Allison, and vouchers for pay and subsistance amounting to 1141988 dollars, including 167688 dollars charged for expences, with the following report:
That the said account be referred to the Board of Treasury to report a draught for payment of the same, except the 167636 dollars charged for expences, which the committee are not satisfied ought to be paid; and also to report a draught for the amount of cloathing stated in the report to be due to him, at the reduced prices for the years 1779 and 1780.
1 This report is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 147, VI, folio 213. ? This letter is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 78, IV, folio 117.
Resolved, That Congress agree to this report.
A letter, of 22, from C. Griffin, one of the judges of the Court of Appeals, was read;" Whereupon,
Ordered, That to Morrow be assigned for electing a third judge of the Court of Appeals.
The committee, to whom was referred the letter of 30 May, 1780, from Mons. de Sartine, delivered in a report; Whereupon,
Resolved, That Congress entertain a high sense of the distinguished bravery and military conduct of John Paul Jones, esq. captain in the navy of the United States, and particularly in his victory over the British frigate ship of war Serapis, on the coast of England, which was attended with circumstances so brilliant as to inspire excite general applause and admiration:
That the minister plenipotentiary of these United States at the Court of Versailles communicate to his Most Christian Majesty the high satisfaction Congress have received from the information of Mons. de Sartine, that the conduct and gallant behaviour of Captain J. P. Jones have merited the attention and approbation of his Most Christian Majesty; and that every instance of his majesty's favour notineon sistant with those articles by which these States have con federated and which may tend to unite more closely the people of two nations already united by such striet bonds of common interest will be highly acceptable to con gress and partioularly that his Majesty's offer of adorning Captain Jones with the cross of military merit, (is highly acceptable to Congress.)?
A report from the Board of Treasury was read; Whereupon,
1 This letter is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 78, X, folio 293.
? This report, in the writing of William Sharpe, except the part in parenthesis which is in Samuel Huntington's band, is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 19, III, folio 297.
Ordered, That on the application of Mr. [William] Few, a delegate for the State of Georgia, a warrant issue in his favour on Thomas Smith, commissioner of the continental loan office for the State of Pensylvania, for fifteen thousand dollars old emissions, for which the said State of Georgia is to be accountable;'
That a warrant issue on Thomas Smith, commissioner aforesaid, in favour of John Pierce, paymaster general, for one thousand and eighty-six dollars and 48 of a dollar in the bills of credit emitted pursuant to the act of the 18 of March last, to enable him to discharge the balance of the account of the Baron d’Arendt for his pay and subsistance as colonel of the late German battalion in the service of the United States from the 19 of September, 1778, to the 19 September, 1779, commencing from his last payment and departure from America to the expiration of his furlough, and for which sum of 1086% 8 dollars aforesaid the said John Pierce, paymaster general, is to be accountable;
TREASURY OFFICE, February 20th, 1781. In Execution of the order of Congress of the 14th instant upon Mr. Ross's Memorial “to devise ways and means for payment of his account” the Board beg leave to report,
That they have carefully looked into the State of the public Funds with a view to point out a mode for paying Mr. Ross's account, the most convenient to the Publick and acceptable to him whom they have consulted; but they have not been able to devise any that is unattended with Embarrassment.
Considering the great number of bills of Exchange which have been drawn on the Minister of the United States in France, it was thought most eligible to propose payment in the public Tobacco in Virginia and Maryland, but Mr. Ross declined it alledging that it was totally inconvenient.
The Board would have offered payment in the Bills of the New Emission had they not been advised that Congress intended the first Proceeds of that Fund for the use of the army. No other mode of
1 This report is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 136, V, folio 137.
Payment therefore can be devised by the Board but drawing Bills of Exchange upon and Mr. Ross having informed the Board that his Necessities require that he should have Bills at Short Sight for one half his Demand and is willing to take Bills at a longer Sight for the Remainder.
The Board are therefore of Opinion,
That Bills of Exchange be drawn on for the sum of sterling-half thereof at Days Sight and the Residue at Months Sight in full discharge of his Account for Supplies furnished the United States from France and the Interest thereon arising (including two Months allowed for Presentation for Acceptance.)
The Board of Treasury on considering the Letter from the Board of War of the 15 instant to Congress and referred to this Board with Directions to "devise Ways and Means for furnishing the Money mentioned in the Estimate and report” beg leave to propose it (as their Opinion) in the present exhausted State of the Treasury,
That the Commercial Committee be directed to make Sale of as much of the Public Tobacco collected by the States of Virginia and Maryland as will be sufficient to raise the Sum of 116,010 dollars of the New Emissions, to be paid into the Hands of the Quarter Master General and Commissary General of Military Stores for the Purpose of purchasing the Articles mentioned in the said Estimate.
At the same Time the Board inform Congress that by Returns from John Hopkins, Commissioner of the Continental Loan Office in Virginia, dated the 31st of December last, it appears that the sum of 423,412 dollars and 47 of a dollar of the Bills of the old Emission and 5400 dollars of the New were in his Office.
And by Returns from Nicholas Gilman, Commissioner of the Loan Office for the State of New Hampshire, dated the 2d day of December last, it appears the Sum of 50,907 dollars and 48 of a dollar of the old Emissions were in his Office.
The Board having considered the Letter from the Board of War of the 19 instant inclosing an Estimate of the Sum Necessary for the Repair of the Arms and Cartouch Boxes of the Pennsylvania Line beg leave to report
That a warrant issue on Thomas Smith, commissioner aforesaid, in favour of Colonel Benjamin Flower, commissary general of military stores, for two thousand two hundred and