Papers of John Adams, volume 5

Order to Continental Officers

From John Sullivan

From Samuel Freeman, 25 September 1777 Freeman, Samuel JA


From Samuel Freeman, 25 September 1777 Freeman, Samuel Adams, John
From Samuel Freeman
Sir Boston Sept. 25 1777

Knowing how much you have at Heart the Establishing the Currency of this State and the United States—I take this opportunity to inform you that last Week the House, in a Committee of the whole, took under consideration the Report of the Committees lately met at Springfield—and voted to report, that

1. All the Money not on Interest (small Change less than a Dollar excepted) be called in and exchanged for Treasurers Notes on Interest, no note to be less than £10

2. That a Tax of £300,000 be levied on the Inhabitants to be paid by the first of January next

3. That in future Taxes be assess'd quarterly

4. That no more Money be emitted

and yesterday the House (64 out of 108) accepted the first paragraph.1 The other four are to be taken up to day.

We have emitted during the War as follows viz

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Notes—On Interest £636,400.
Bills of and above a Dollar 439,079. 7. 4
Bills less than a Dollar 30,962. 12. 8
In all £1100,442.2

This includes about £15000 that was burnt, being misprinted. I am, with respect Your Honors most obedt. &c very humbl servt

Sam Freeman

P.S. If it is not too much Trouble and theres no impropriety in it shou'd be oblijed to you for the Emissions of Congress.

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To Hon. John Adams Esq Philadelphia Free”; postal marks: “Boston 25 SE”; docketed: “Freeman Sept 25, '77.”


The bill was not passed, however, until 13 Oct., when a tax of £400,000 was also authorized, the first £250,000 due on 31 Jan. 1781 and the remainder on 31 Jan. 1782 (Mass., Province Laws , 5:734–737).


The correct total is £1,106,442.