Marck, Ulric: Petition, Dinwiddie County
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Your memorialist did concieve, that it would be against Justice, if he should be compelled to receive a lesser summ, than the true value of his goods, when purchased for public use; the treasurer, doubting of his Power, to comply with the Requisition of your memorialist, referred him to the Executive, who gave him no farther Relief, than to allow him an interest of six percent on his principal money, upon depositing both Principal & interest in the loan office of the state; this decision afforded only an allowance of 2,500 [units?] of tobacco, to compensate a real loss of 134,500 [units?]; a Hardship; from which he trusts the Liberality & Justice of the House of Delegates will relieve him. Your memorialist begs leave farther to shew, that having a considerable sum of money in Charlestown in safe hands on whose punctuality & exactitude we could depend and informed of the necessity of the Public for money in that place, we offered our Draft, which upon a treaty with the Board of Trade was accepted by them to be replaced in loan office certificates to same amount, when the bills should be pay[e]d, each certificates to bear equal date, with the bills given by us. In consequence of this agreement we delivered Mr. Benj. Day, agent for the Board of Trade & by their Order, a sett of Bills of Exchange dated 18th Feb, 1780 at 14 Days sight & in his favour for £39,720. 3/ on Messrs. Lestargette Carrier & Co. Merchts. in Charlestown & in due course of Post we gave advice of our drafts to said Lestarjette & Co., who acknowledged Receipt thereof &
assured us of Payment when the bills should appear from which time until the surrender of that place we heard nothing farther from our correspondents, and upon application to Mr. Day for Payment, he answered that he had forwarded our bills for Payment, but was ignorant of their Fate, observing at the same time, he was only accountable when the bills should be payd [paid], which corresponded with the reply of the Board of Trade upon an application of same Nature, and we have since been informed, that altho the bills were forwarded & came to the hands of Mr. Simmons corresponding agent in [illegible] for the State in Charles town yet he did not receive the amount not having at that time occasion for Money; a change in Circumstances which your memorialist humbly conceived aught not to prejudice him, his Partners or his Employers, who were not answerable either for Want of Diligence in the Servants of the State or any alteration in the Order of the public funds, their Guarantee extending no farther, than a punctual Payment of the bills when presented, which has never been refused, and untill that happened your memorialist conceives himself justly entituled [entitled] to receive Loan office certificates according to his original stipulation with the Board of Trade for the amounts of these Bills. All the facts laid down in this and the preceding case will be established by unquestionable testimony, whenever the House of Delegates will permit him the Honour to make such Proofs. Your memorialist feels himself distressed at being