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ninety days sight, on the minister plenipotentiary of the United States at the court of France, for any sum not exceeding fifteen thousand Louis d'ors, to be negotiated in the purchase of military stores, in case the measures taken by Mr. Gerard to obtain them from | Martinique should not succeed; but not otherwise.
On the question to agree to this, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Smith
New Hampshire, Mr. Whipple, Ay. >Av.
Mr. Holten, Ay.)
Mr. Huntington, Ay. Lar.
Mr. Spencer, Ay. J AY.
Mr. Dickinson, Ay. >Av. Maryland,
Mr. Smith, No.)
Mr. Fleming, Ay.)
· Mr. Burke, Ay. Ar.
So it was resolved in the affirmative.
On the motion of Mr. Searle, seconded by Mr. Armstrong
Resolved, That the order passed yesterday, directing and empowering the committee of commerce to draw bills on the minister plenipotentiary of the United States at the court of Versailles, be reconsidered.
A motion was then made by Mr. Searle, seconded by Mr. Armstrong
That the board of treasury prepare drafts on the minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America at the court of Versailles, in favour of the committee of commerce, for the sum of three hundred and sixty thousand livres tournois, for the purpose of importing military stores. .
On the question to agree to this, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Smith .. New Hampshire, Mr. Whipple, Ay. >Ay.
Massachusetts Bay, Mr. S. Adams, Ay.
Mr. Holten, - Ay.)
Mr. Huntington, Ay, Ay.
Mr. Spencer, - Ay.) New Jersey, Mr. Scudder,
Mr. Fell, Ay.
So it was resolved in the affirmative.'
JUNE 10, 1779.
The committee on the treasury, to whom it was referred to prepare drafts on the minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America at the court of Versailles, in favour of the committee of commerce, report
That according to order, they have prepared four sets of bills of exchange; one set for one hundred and fifty thousand, one set for one hundred thousand, one set for seventy thousand, and one set for forty thousand livres tournois, and have prepared letters of advice of the said drafts : Whereupon,
Resolved, That the said drafts be signed by the President of Congress, and entered at the auditor's office, and then delivered to the committee of commerce, to be negotiated in the manner mentioned in the resolution of the 8th instant.
Resolved, That the faith of the United States be pledged to make good any contract or engagement which shall be entered into by their minister plenipotentiary at the court of France, for procuring money, or credit, to enable him to honour the said bills, and provide for the punctual discharge thereof.
JUNE 16, 1779.
A letter of 11th, from general Washington, was read: Whereupon,
Resolved, That the board of treasury be empowered to borrow the sum of five hundred guineas, assuring the lenders the payment of principal and interest in hard money, as soon as the treasury shall be supplied with a sufficient sum.
JUNE 21, 1779.
The committee, to whom was referred a letter from William Killen, esquire, with sundry depositions enclosed, having considered the evidence contained in those papers, and in several others, which they have collected, report
That a certain Henry O'Hara, who has acted as a deputy quartermaster general in the Delaware state, appears to have been guilty of great frauds in the execution of that office: Whereupon,
Resolved, That all the papers beforementioned be transmitted to the president of the state of Delaware, and that he be requested to order a prosecution immediately to be commenced and carried on against the said Henry O'Hara, at the expense of the United States.
JUNE 22, 1779.
Ordered, That a warrant issue on the treasurer, in favour of major des Epiniers, for five hundred guineas, or a like sum in other specie, advanced on the application of general Washington for publick service, he to be accountable ; and that major des Epiniers' receipt of the 19ch instant for that sum being annexed to this