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title:“Hugh Williamson to John Gray Blount”
authors:Hugh Williamson
date written:1787-7-19

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Williamson, Hugh. "Letter to John Gray Blount." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 174-75. Print.
Autograph Letter Signed, North Carolina Division of Archives and History

Hugh Williamson to John Gray Blount (July 19, 1787)

Philadelphia t9th July 1787 Dear Sir The several members of Convention from our State, some Weeks ago wrote to the Governor that their Continuance here would certainly be longer than had at first been expected. For this reason they submitted to his Excellencies Consideration the granting them a farther allowance of 2 Months in Draughts on the Treasury. By a separate Letter to the Governor, I requested him, if he should issue a Certificate in my favour, to forward it to your care. If you have received any such Draught I wish you to try to get mony on the same & to vest it in some thing for my Account. Though I wish that some thing may be bought I do not at this Instant know any thing that can be purchased at a moderate loss. I know that Tobacco is not to be had nor are Corn or Pork. Naval Stores are too subject to waste, else Tar might do some thing. The Value of Pitch and Tar must ever go Hand in Hand; If Pitch is to be had I think it would be preferable to any other Article of Produce. It is now worth—in this Place. You doubtless know the Inclination of some People to make Mony by selling soft or tarey Pitch or by scooping up a good deal of Sand or Clay along with the Pitch, but if Pitch is to be had from People of reputation for a moderate Share of Honesty I would greatly prefer it to any other Article that is like to be had. If the Governor has not sent you the Certificates I wish you would be so good as to write him a Line. If the Mony is not to be had at Washington or Tarborough perhaps it may be had at Edenton. Col. Davie alledges that it will be necessary for him to return Home on or about the Beginning of next Month—He must attend the Circuits of the Superiour Courts. Col. Martin proposes returning with him, for he says that he will be out of Cash. Perhaps you may wonder at my saying that I would rather lose the assistance of the last than the first of those Gentlemen, but things of this sort will often happen. When your brother came here some Time ago from N. York he suspected that where there were 4 there might be a 5th Person required to prevent a divided Vote but was soon convinced that he might return to N. York & serve the State there, whose Service had been deserted by all its Delegates in Congress except Hawkins. There has not in a single important Question been a Division in our Representation nor so much as one dissenting Voice. I am Your obedt. Servt. Hugh Williamson

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