READ, George. Autograph letter signed ("Geo: Reade," with flourish), to Samuel Wharton Esq., New Castle [Delaware], 14 July 1786. 7 pp., 4to, closely written. Recipient's docket. Fine condition.
STATE DEBTS FOR DRUMS AND FLAGS, UNPAID SINCE 1776. The lengthiest Read letter we have encountered. Read, attorney for his friend Wharton, sends a statement of "our President's draught...in your favor for £310 the sum allowed to you as Delegate from this State to Congress...." The payment, though, has been long delayed, Read notes, because "there was no Publick monies" in the hands of the Treasurer. He has "complained...of this neglect and breach of engagement, but recd. little satisfaction...." Now, "in the course of the Session, the annual Tax Act was passed and therein a new Treasurer is appointed," so remittances should be made soon." Read has also filed claim for the executors of John Evans "for monies loaned to the state in 1776," for "drums, colors," and other military necessities. After considerable additional news and comments on state affairs, he comments on his advancing age, and jokes that "I have too much exercise for the Mind and too little for the Body...Thus we are going down the Hill of Life...." The remainder of the letter concerns a conveyance on behalf of Wharton's brother of land near Wilmington.