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Virginia,

South Carolina, Mr. Jones,

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Mr. Mathews,
Madison,
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Bee, ,

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Bland,

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Georgia,
M. Smith, ay

Mr. Walton,

ay North Carolina,

Few,

ay ay Mr. Burke,

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Howly,

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Sharpe,

ay ay Johnston,

ау So the question was lost.

A motion was then made by Mr. (James] Duane, seconded by Mr. (John) Mathews, as follows:

The following paragraph from the letter from Mr. R. Morris, lately elected superintendant of finance, was considered, viz.

“I am to inform Congress that the preparatory steps I had taken towards procuring myself relaxation from business, with least injury to the interests of my family, were by engaging in certain commercial establishments with persons in whom I had perfect confidence, as to their integrity, honor and abilities. These establishments I am bound in honor and by contracts to support, to the extent agreed on: if therefore it be in the idea of Congress, that the office of superintendent of finance is incompatible with commercial concerns and connections, the point is settled; for I cannot, on any consideration, consent to violate engagements or depart from those principles of honor which it is my pride to be governed by. If, on the contrary, Congress have elected me to this office, under the expectation that my mercantile connections and engagements were to continue, an express declaration of their sentiments should appear on the minutes, that no doubt may arise or reflections be cast on this score hereafter."

Resolved, That the United States in Congress assembled do not require Mr. Morris to dissolve the commercial connections referred to in the said paragraph.

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On the question to agree to this, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. [Samuel] Adams, New Hampshire,

Virginia,
Mr. Sullivan,

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Mr. Jones,

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Madison,

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ay Mr. Adams,

Bland,
Lovell,

M. Smith, ay
Ward,

North Carolina,
Connecticut,

Mr. Burke,

ay Mr. Huntington,

Sharpe,

ay ay Root,

Johnston,

ay Wolcott,

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South Carolina, New York,

Mr. Mathews, ay Mr. Duane,

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Bee,
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Floyd,

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Georgia, Pennsylvania,

Mr. Walton,

ay Mr. Montgomery, ay

Few,

ay | ay Clymer, ay ay Howly,

ay T. Smith,

ay Maryland, Mr. Hanson,

ay Carroll,

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ay So it was resolved in the affirmative. Adjourned to 10 o'Clock to Morrow.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1781
Mr. [William Churchill] Houston, a delegate for New Jersey,
and Mr. [Nicholas] Van Dyke, a delegate for the State of
Delaware, attended and took their seats.

A letter, of 18 February, from William Malcolm, was read:1
Ordered, That it be referred to the Board of War.
A letter, of this day, from Colonel J. Wood; and

A letter, of 20, from Lieutenant Colonel Du Buysson, were read:

1 This letter is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 78, XVI, folio 135.

2 Wood's letter is in the Washington Papers, Letters to Washington, No. 96, folio 135; Dubuysson's is on folio 133.

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Ordered, That they be referred to the Commander in Chief.

A letter, of this day, from J. Wilkinson, was read, with an account of the officers in the Cloathier's department; and

A letter, of 21, from the Board of War: 1

Ordered, That the same, together with the report of the Board of Treasury, of the 15 day of February last, be referred to the committee on the arrangement of the cloathier's department.

A representation of Henry Bedkin was read:
Ordered, That it be referred to the Board of War.

The consideration of the letter of 13, from Mr. R. Morris, being resumed, a motion was made by Mr. (John) Mathews, seconded by Mr. [Thomas] Burke,

That the superintendant of finance be, and he is hereby empowered to appoint and remove at his pleasure, his assistants in his peculiar office or chamber of business in immediate connexion with him; it being first determined by the United States in Congress assembled, that such assistants so to be appointed, are necessary, and what the salary of each shall be.

On the question to agree to this, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. [Samuel] Adams, New Hampshire,

New York, Mr. Sullivan,

Mr. Duane,

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ay Massachusetts,

Floyd,

ay Mr. Adams,

New Jersey,
Ward,

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Mr. Clark, Connecticut,

Houston,

ay Mr. Huntington, ay

Pennsylvania,
Root,

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Mr. Montgomery,

ay] ay Wolcott,

Clymer,

ay · Wilkinson's letter is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 78, XXIV, folio 245; the Board of War's letter, dated February 21, 1781, is on folio 253.

2 This representation, dated March 20, 1781, is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 43, folio 19.

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It was resolved in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the remainder of Mr. Morris's letter be referred to a committee of three:

The members, Mr. [William Churchill] Houston, Mr. [Thomas] Burke, Mr. [Oliver] Wolcott. A report from the Board of Treasury was read; Whereupon,

TREASURY OFFICE March 20th 1781 The Board of Treasury beg leave to report.

Ordered, That a warrant issue on Thomas Smith, commissioner of the continental loan office for the State of Pennsylvania, in favor of David C. Claypoole, printer to the United States in Congress assembled, for nine hundred and seventyfour dollars of the new emissions in full of his account settled by the commissioners, the 17th instant, for printing the Journals of Congress, &c.

And sundry copies of the inspectors, Medical, and Army arrangements from the 9 of Sept. 1780 to the 8 inst: and for the Penn Packet supplied Congress and the several boards under them from the 2nd of Sept. last to the 18t instance.? Adjourned to 10 o'Clock to Morrow.

This paragraph was entered by George Bond. 2 This report is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 136, V, folio 183.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1781

A letter, of this day, from G. Measam, was read.'

A letter, of January 14, from Major General Greene, was read, with sundry papers enclosed:

Ordered, That it be referred to the Medical Committee.

The report of the Medical Committee, delivered the 15, was taken into consideration, and it was thereupon resolved as follows:

Whereas the late regulations for conducting the medical department and military hospitals passed the 30th day of September last, and amended by several subsequent acts of Congress, extends no farther southward than to include the State of Virginia; and whereas the present operations of the war to the southward, make it necessary that the hospital department, in that district, be rendered as uniform to that in the northern army as circumstances will permit, that no inconveniencies may arise to the army in general from different and opposite systems, as its operations may eventually be interchangeable from one district to another in a short space of time; therefore,

Resolved, That there be one deputy director of the military hospitals, in the Southem distriet subjeet to the generał control of the direetor who shall, in the absence of the director, have the general control and management of all the military hospitals that are or may be established to the Southward of Virginia under the orders of the commander of the southern army for the time being.

When the foregoing resolution was under debate, a motion was made by Mr. (John) Mathews, seconded by Mr. [Thomas] Bee, after the words “the director,” to insert "for the southern army;" and on the question, shall those words be in

* This letter is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 78, XVI, folio 139.

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