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The expenses of hiring transports, maintaining prisoners, &c. will more than consume that balance.
A saotion was made by Mr. Bland, seconded by Mr. Telfair,
That a committee be appointed, to whom shall be referred the letter of the superintendent of finance, the 'letter of Dr. Franklin to the said superintendent, and the accounts this day laid before Congress by the superintendent of finance ; which committee are directed to make inquiry into the loans and subsidies from France, Holland, &c. and the authority under which the appropriation of the said loans and subsidies has been made ; and report thereon to Congress.
A motion was made by Mr. Lowell, seconded by Mr. Ellery, to amend the motion by striking out the words " which committee," &c. to the end, and in lieu thereof inserting, " And that the said committee be in" structed to inquire concerning the appropriation and " application of the moneys procured in Europe on loan " or otherwise ; and that they confer with the superin" tendent of finance on the subject, and report thereon."
On the question to agree to this amendment, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Bland—
So it was lost.
A motion was then made by Mr. Cornell, seconded hy Mr. Atlee, to amend the motion by striking out the words " And the authority under which the appro" priation of the said loans and subsidies has been " made;" And on the question, Shall those words stand, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Bland
Georgia, ' . Mr. Telfair,
So the question was lost.
A motion was then made by Mr. Rutledge, seconded by Mr. Madison—
That the superintendent of finance lay before Congress an account of all money borrowed or granted in Europe, by or to the United States, antecedent to the 4th day of March last; and also a general state of the purposes to which the same has been applied.
On the question to agree to this, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Telfair—
A motion was made by Mr. Cornell, seconded by Mr. Ellery,
That the entry of yesterday be transferred to the secret journal.
A motion mas made by Mr. Bland, seconded by Mr. Telfair, to strike out the words " transferred to the " secret journal;" and in lieu thereof insert " not " printed until the further order of Congress."
A motion was then made by Mr. Ellery, seconded by Mr. Lowell, to amend the amendment by adding " nor copies delivered out."
On the question to agree to this amendment to the amendment, the yeas and nays being required by Mr.