774. General Court Adopts Measures to Pay Members of the
State Convention and Others, 3–28 March 1788

774-A. House Proceedings, Monday, 3 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… Ordered that Dr. Taylor, Mr Bush & Mr. Carnes be a Committee to devise & report means for paying the members of the General Court, and of the late Convention, for their services. …

774-B. Alexander Hodgdon to Samuel Adams
Boston, 7 March 1788 (excerpts)1

In Conformity to an order of the Honorable Senate The Treasurer asks leave to lay on the Table a general state of the Treasury up to the first of the present Month.—

[Enclosure]

State of the Treasury Brought forwards

… Due on honble. Convention Roll, after having paid nearly one third of warrant  3,004 [pounds] 4 [shillings] …

774-C. House Proceedings, Monday, 10 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… The Committee on the Tax Bill requested the sense of the House whether the Representatives pay should be added to the £65,000 voted to be raised. And the question being taken, was determined in the affirmative …

774-D. House Proceedings, Tuesday, 14 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… A motion was made and seconded that the vote of the 10th. instant directing the Representatives pay to be added to the £65,000 to be raised by the Tax Act, be reconsidered, and the question of reconsideration being put, passed in the negative. …

774-E. Committee Report, 14 March 17881

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the House of Representatives March 14th 1788.

The Committee appointed to devise and report, means for paying the members of the General Court and of the late Convention, ask leave to report, as their opinion, that in case the Representatives pay is added to the £65,000 voted to be raised by the next Tax Act, it will afford a sufficient fund for paying the said Members out of the tax proposed to be laid the present Session; and that they may have the benefit of the first monies that may arise out of the same. Otherwise, they are of opinion, that the said tax will be inadequate to these purposes.

774-F. House Proceedings, Friday, 21 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… A Resolve empowering the Treasurer to borrow monies upon the credit of the tax to be granted the present Session, to pay the Governour the members of the late Council, General Court &c. Read and passed

sent up for concurrence. …

774-G. Senate Proceedings, Tuesday, 25 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… /Rd/Resolve directing the Treasurer to borrow Money, & making several Appropriations—Read & concurred with amendments

sent down for concurrence

came up concurred. …

774-H. House Proceedings, Tuesday, 25 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… Amendments of the Hon Senate in the Resolve of the House of the 21 inst. enabling the Treasurer to borrow monies to pay the Governour’s salary &c. Read and concurred …

774-I. Resolve for Borrowing Money to Pay Various Salaries, 25 March 1788 (excerpts)1

Resolve for borrowing money to pay the Governour, Council, Senate, House of Representatives, &c. and directing the Treasurer in this case. March 25, 1788.

Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Commonwealth be, and he hereby is empowered and directed to borrow on the credit of the first monies which shall be received into the Treasury upon the tax this session voted to be laid, assessed and collected, the sum of thirteen thousand five hundred and sixty-seven pounds sixteen shillings and four pence, to be appropriated in the following manner, viz. To his Excellency the Governour, three hundred and ten pounds; to the members of the Hon. Council, four hundred and ninety-three pounds seven shillings and eleven pence; to the members of the Hon. Senate, seven hundred and seventy-seven pounds and three pence; to the members of the Hon. House of Representatives, four thousand six hundred and fifty-three pounds seventeen shillings and ten pence; to the members of the State Convention, three thousand and four pounds four shillings; to the members of the Federal Convention, five hundred pounds. …

And whereas the Treasurer has borrowed upon the credit of the balance due on the specie part of tax, No. 5, a considerable sum for the use of this Commonwealth: And whereas there is but little prospect of re-funding the same, out of the monies arising from the said tax, it being nearly anticipated by orders.

And whereas the creditors of the Commonwealth, for the said sum, have agreed to wave their security on the specie part of the said tax, upon other funds being appropriated for payment thereof:

Resolved, That the monies borrowed upon the credit of the specie part of the said tax; and also the debt due Mons. Penet de Costa, and Company, Merchants in France, amounting to sixteen thousand, two hundred and eighty-four pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence, shall be repaid and refunded out of the first monies arising from the tax, voted to be laid this session, after paying and re-imbursing the several sums, which shall be borrowed in pursuance of the above resolution.

And be it further Resolved, That after paying off, and refunding the monies which shall be borrowed upon the credit of the aforesaid first mentioned tax, and also the monies which have been borrowed upon the credit of the specie part of the said No 5 tax, that then the next monies arising from the said first mentioned tax, shall be appropriated, as the General Court shall hereafter order; and the Treasurer is directed to govern himself accordingly.

774-J. House Proceedings, Friday, 28 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… A Resolve directing the Treasurer to draw orders on the specie part of the Tax granted AD 1786, for the arrears due to the members for the last May Session, and others Read & accepted

Sent up for concurrence …

774-K. Senate Proceedings, Friday, 28 March 1788 (excerpt)1

… /Rd/ Resolve directing the Treasurer to draw Orders on the Specie part of Tax No. 5—Read & Concurred. …

774-L. Resolve Paying Members of the Massachusetts Convention, 28 March 1788 (excerpt)1

Resolve directing the Treasurer, to draw orders in favour of the members and others. March 28, 1788.

Whereas it appears, that many members of this Court, did not receive orders on Collectors for their pay, agreeably to a Resolve of July 6, 1787.

Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Commonwealth, be, and is hereby directed to pay in orders, on the specie part of the tax, granted in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, such members of this General Court, as may chuse to receive the same, for their travel and attendance the last May session, any law or resolve to the contrary notwithstanding.

And be it further Resolved, That if any member of this Court, shall chuse to receive orders as aforesaid, for his pay and travel, the last and present session, the Treasurer be, and he is hereby directed to draw them accordingly.

And whereas by a resolve, of this present session, the Treasurer is directed to borrow thirteen thousand five hundred and sixty-seven pounds sixteen shillings and four pence, for the paying off arrearages to the present General Court, and other purposes:

Resolved, That this Court’s proportion of any monies, which may be so borrowed, be equally apportioned to the payment of the members of the Court, for their travel and attendance, the last and present session.

And it is further Resolved, That if any member of the late Convention of this Commonwealth, shall chuse to receive orders as aforesaid, the Treasurer be, and is hereby authorized and directed to draw them accordingly. …