The Resource Receipt book of Commissary General John Pierce

Receipt book of Commissary General John Pierce

Label
Receipt book of Commissary General John Pierce, 1781-1782
Title
Receipt book of Commissary General John Pierce
Inclusive dates
1781-1782
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contains a receipt book of John Pierce who served as U.S. Commissary General and later Paymaster General & Commissioner of Army Accounts of the Continental Army. The receipts document the payment of supplies and money received by Pierce for defraying the expenses of the various county commissioners for the use of the Continental Army
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts. (Search Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts as author).
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  • Described
Biographical or historical data
Congress passed a law on 30 November 1780 for a commissary-general of purchases, whose duty shall be to purchase provisions under the direction of Congress, the commander-in-chief, or board of war; to call upon the principal State agents or commissioners for such supplies as their respective legislatures shall make provision for, keep up a regular correspondence with them, to the end that their prospects of furnishing such supplies may be fully known; of which correspondence he shall keep a fair and correct register, as well as every other official transaction; to direct the quantities and species of provisions to be stored in the magazines of the several States, under the orders of the commander-in-chief, and cause the same to be furnished to the army, as occasion may require; for which purpose he is empowered to call on the quartermaster-general and the deputy quartermasters for the means of transportation; to make monthly returns to the commander-in-chief and the board of war of all persons employed by him, specifying for what time and on what terms; and of all provisions received in each month, from whom, from what State, and the quantities delivered to the issuing commissaries, their names, and at what posts; also of all provisions remaining on hand, at what magazines, and in whose care; the returns to be made up to the last day of each month, and forwarded as soon as may be; to cause all 70 of his accounts with the United States to be closed annually, on the 1st of January, and laid before the board of treasury for settlement by the 1st day of March ensuing.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Receipt book of Commissary General John Pierce
Note
These records are part of the Auditor of Public Accounts record group (RG# 48)
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Receipt book of Commissary General John Pierce, 1781-1782.
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001672114
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
v. (37 p.)

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