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Ezekiel Williams to Oliver Wolcott, 1785

New York 1st June 1785


              I arrived here last Wednesday Evening, bro’t
my Accts in order for a Settlement, while I was D:C. of Prisr.
for the United States which Commenced Nov.r 1777, got them
lodged in Mr. Millegans Office on Friday, Saturday he
informed me that he had sett his Clerks to work upon them
but never was admitted to see them ’till this day, when I was
immediately informed, That before any Report could be made
upon them, I must procure a Certificate from a proper
Office in the State, That I had recd. no monies from the
State by them Charged to the United States except the £200 –
which I have Credited the States in my Acct. now under
there Inspection, for which I recd. your order on the [treasurer]
on Mr. Skinners Application to our Gen.l Assembly in Jany: 1782.
              My State Msy Acct. is charged the State of Connecticut
& must be Settled at your office & will over ballance all the
orders that I have rec’d. ~ All the orders for Continental Money
that I had, is Charged to me on your Books, & I am Accountable
to the State only, and they to Charge over what is proper to
the United States …..
              On Informing Mr. Millegan
the Nature & Business of your Office, he told me yours
was undoubtedly the proper Office for me to Apply ^to for such
Certificate, I therefore make this Application to you; and
altho’ I am Sensible this Letter will not reach you in
your Office hours, you will not fail of sending me
the Official Certificate by the return of this Post ~.
              Out of my Business, from my Family, and & on Ex
pence here, doing nothing, & without a prospect, (if
a Settlement should be Compleated), of obtaining Money
enou’ to bear my Expence home, for all my wages and
all the Monies I have advanced since I was first made D.C:
of Prisoners
D: Commisary of Prisoners, is cruel beyond Expression, and you
may think, (not being altogether unacquainted with my dispos -
ition) that every week seems a year in this Situation, —That
I rest assured (altho’, it, for a very little time, puts you out of
Course, and & gives you some trouble, you will not fail of
answering my request
                                                        and Oblige your most Obeden
                                          & Humle Servt: Ez: Williams

P.S. I am in search for the Vouchers to the Comtlr of
Prisoners Acc.ts but have not yet come at them, but
have no Idea of giving over untill I have- & hope
now, have got into a proper Channel [to] find them

                                                        Y H ul Servt. E.W:

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