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To cash paid William Weston, reporter of decisions of Su
preme Court, one fourth of last and three
fourths of this year's salary,
al, one year's salary, .
and one half of the present year's salary, .
of Regiments, expenses of drills,
150 00 250 00
225 00 18,509 78
3,500 50 14,991 26
Other special appropriations by acts of Legisla
2,103 17 400 85 289 00
20 00 1,786 17 2,000 50
957 10 13,279 92 5,926 95
each in favor of Trustees of the Asylum for
the Insane, .. Interest on, ditto, .
6 on loan to A. Willard. .
" on loan, to Bank of Burlington,
87 57 Vergennes,
135 46 St. George,
120 00 184 93
120 00 2,000 00
Surplus money to Bloomfield,
Middlebury, 3,000 00
To cash paid interest on sundry sums of money borrowed,
CR. By balance in the Treasury on the 30th Sept., 1842,
$9,368 50 cash received for taxes, principal, . $90,124 93 interest on arrearages of taxes,
1,009 65— -91,134 58 interest of South Hero on surplus fund, .
599 surplus money of South Hero, .
189 33 of Barnard,
100 00 cash received of D. Pierce for sale of land,
116 85 of United States distribution of public lands, 10,213 61 of States Attorneys,
4,603 31 of Clerks of Courts, .
544 98 on debenture accounts for fees received in civil suits, .
Burlington, 3,000 00
3,000 00 Middlebury, 3,000 00 Brattleboro', 3,000 00
17,000 00 Safety Fund bank taxes,
$2,812 50 Interest on Safety Fund notes,
2,991 48 Collections on Safety Fund notes,
$6,483 72 Interest on same,
8,133 86 Bank taxes on dividend, for School Fund, $3,219 56 Pedler's licenses,
$150,856 00 Which is respectfully submitted,
JOSEPH BERRY, Auditor. September 15th, 1843.
REPORT OF THE AUDITOR UPON THE SCHOOL FUND.
The Auditor in the Treasury, having audited the accounts of the Commissioner of the State School Fund, submits the following, as his annual report thereof and of the fund and all matters relating to it. Said fund now amounts to the suin of .
$200,234 95 and is constituted of the following items, to wit: Amount of School Fund, Sept. 30th, 1842, $184,942 22 Interest thereon the current year, . 10,634 17 Amount received from Bank dividends,
3,219 56 " " Pedlers' Licences,
200,234 95 Of said fund the State is charged with the sum of a
173,154 00 Amount of outstanding loans to inividuals on notes, .
24,983 29 Interest estimated thereon, ..
$200,234 95 Which is respectfully submitted,
JOSEPH BERRY, Auditor. September 15th, 1843.
REPORT OF HENRY STEVENS.
To His Excellency, the Governor of the State of Vermont :
Having been appointed by your predecessor, a commissioner to investigate the facts, and ascertain whether this State has a just claim upon the government of the United States for expenses incurred during the Revolutionary War, I reported to him in part, as by the inclosed. I now desire further to report to your Excellency as to my doings, and conclusions to which I have arrived:
Firstly, I call your Excellency's attention to my report made to your predecessor, as to the deficiency in our first records, both on the part of the Council and House of Representatives. When Mr. Fay, Secretary of State A. D. 1788, recorded from manuscripts our first volume of records now in the State Department, blank pages were left, with his certificate assigning a reason why they were not recorded. This deficiency of records, I have recovered, with few exceptions. The year past I visited Hon. Ira H. Allen, and was presented with all the documents and manuscript papers of a public nature, left by his honored father. Among these papers, I found many of the doings of the Council of Safety, previous to the 15th of August A. D. 1777 (of which we have no record,) and afterwards to February A. D. 1779. I also found the pay rolls and manuscript Journals of the Assembly of March, June and October 1778, as well as several manuscript laws, duly certified, of those three sessions, which were never recorded.
I here found many original letters received, and copies sent by the Cabinet of this State, to the President of the Continental Congress, General Washington, Governors of the New England States, and the Governor of New York, as well as the correspondence to and from the British Commanding General in Canada, and his commissioners. Much of this correspondence was of a confidential nature and of the utmost importance, so far as relates to the independence of this State at the time, as well as to the success of the American arms. The Commanding General of the American armies did, upon recommendation of General Benjamin Lincoln, send his Commissioner to consult with the Cabinet of the Green Mountain Boys as to their ability so to manage as to keep the British army (from seven to ten thousand) in Canada and at Ticonderoga and Crown Point. The Commanding General became satisfied of our ability so to do, and was thereby enabled to make such distribution of the continental troops as frustrated the designs of the enemy, and by this negotiation was enabled to draw several regiments from the eastern and northern to the southern department, and was thereby enabled to capture Lord Cornwallis's army A. D. 1781. Strange as it may appear, the Commanding General of the American army, through his Commissioner and General Lincoln, consulted with the Cabinet Council of the Green Mountain Boys at the period alluded to. Yet it is a fact now not to be denied. I am fully
justified when I say this important negotiation, between the Commanding General and the Cabinet Council of this State, was not made known to the Governors or Assemblies of the N. England States or New York, nor the commanding officers of the northern or eastern departments, or to Congress.
This negotiation was pending when the Commanding General was officially informed by distinguished public officers in the eastern department that Concord and Charlestown, New Hampshire, must, under certain contingencies, be made the northern line of defence; and officially informed by commanding officers in the northern department that they must be reinforced, otherwise Albany and Schenectady must be made the northern line of defence. At the same time the Cabinet of this state, on the floor of the Continental Congress, were denounced as rebellious insurgents, as pirates upon the rights of community, and traitors to the American cause.
After arranging the papers discovered, I visited the State department at Concord, New Hampshire, Boston, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, and the State Department, Washington. At these several departments the manuscript papers are bound in volumes, each volume with an index. I selected documents at each department, such as in my opinion had a bearing for or against the claim which we then had against the Colonies, and now have against the General Government; also such documents and correspondence as went directly to show the part the New Hampshire Grants took in the Revolutionary War; also such documents as went to show that the New Hampshire Grants were not subject to the jurisdiction of New York, New Hampshire or Massachusetts; and such documents as go conclusively to show that this Commonwealth was never fairly granted by his Majesty and Council That we received our Charter fiom HEATEn, and not from man or the will of man."
Í have forwarded all documents put forth on the part of this State, from time to time, approved of by the Governor and Council, and ordered to be published to the world, as to the right of jurisdiction and independence of this State. Also all such documents put forth on the part of New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts as to jurisdiction and claim on the New Hampshire Grants. Also the first printed Journals of the Continental Congress, from Sept. A. D. 1774 to 1778. Also Marshal's life of Washington, Madison's papers, Gov. Morris', John Jay, James Duane, Richard Henry Lee, History of New York, History of Tryon County, Memoirs of General Wm. Heath, Gen. James Wilkinson, Gen, John Starke, Trial of Gen, Philip Schuyler for cvacuating Ticonderoga, General Burgoyne's documents laid before the British Parliament, Reidsel's Letters, Ambury's Travels, (a British officer in America,) Graham's History of Vermont, Gen. Allen's History of Vermont, and a series of pamphlets published by said Gen. Allen at Philadelphia, and journals of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. These interesting documents are all needed in order to sustain certain points connecte] with the part the New Hampshire Grants took in the Revolutionary War, and thereby will better enable us to sustain our claim, in connection with the documents relating to expenditures in our State Department.
These several documents are herewith transmitted to your Excellency for consideration. I have no hesitancy in expressing it as my decided opinion that the documents herewith transmitted exhibit on the part of this State on account of the expenditures during the Revolutionary War, five hundred thousand dollars, exclusive of interest and value of property