Benjamin Franklin Papers

Joseph Hawley to the Committee of Conference of Congress, 23 October 1775

Joseph Hawley7 to the Committee of Conference of Congress

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Cambridge Octr. 23d. 1775.


To give you full Satisfaction that what was granted and paid in the last War to the Non commission officers and private Soldiers by this colony was in the whole much more than the whole which has been engaged to the Non commissiond officers and privates in the present service by the late Congress of this colony. Col. Warren and the Subscriber have bro’t for your inspection the Journals of the house for 1758 and 1759. and beg you to inspect the establishment for each of those years. The one is in page 350. of 1758. The other is Page 335. of Journal for 1759.8 As We are so unhappy as not to find your Honours at Head Quarters, Mr. Randolph1 will do us the favour to present the said Journals to you for inspection. We are with great respect Your Servants Joseph Hawley for himself and Mr. Warren

P:S: from the perticular Circumstances of this Colony we are unable to avail ourselves of the Journals containing [illegible]ishments

To The Honble the Comtee of the General Congress of the American United Colonies

Addressed: To / The Committe of / The Continental Congres / att / Head Quarters

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7A member of the Mass. House for almost a decade: above, XX, 481 n. His letter is the only one we have found to the committee.

8Congress had instructed the committee to determine the pay of officers and men (JCC, III, 271), and the matter had been discussed in the conference on Oct. 21; see the minutes above, under Oct. 18. The committee must have requested information about the comparative rates as established in Mass. by the provincial (“the late”) congress and in the French and Indian War. Hawley and James Warren (1726–1808), the speaker of the new House of Representatives and paymaster general of the army, produced the information in the Mass. House Jour.

1The name seems to be misspelled, and only “dolph” is legible. For Edmund Randolph, Washington’s aide-de-camp, see the DAB.

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