Charles Thomson to the American Commissioners
Philadelphia 13 Aug. 1784
In pursuance of the orders of the Committee of the States I have the honor to transmit to you the copy of a letter signed T. Gilfillan dated London the 19 feby 1784 with the copy of an inspection roll of Negroes taken on board certain vessels at Anchor near Staten Island on the 30 Novr. 1783. to be made use of in any negotiations you may have with the Court of Great Britain agreeably to the Instructions heretofore transmitted to you.
With great Respect I have the honor to be Gentlemen your Most Obedt & mh S.,
FC (PHi); at foot of text: “The honbl. J Adams B Franklin T. Jefferson” Enclosure not found.
The committee of the states on 22 July 1784 resolved that a copy of the letter “signed T. Gilfillan and William Armstrong … be transmitted to the ministers plenipotentiary of the United States, for negotiating treaties with foreign powers, to be made use of in any negotiations they may have with the Court of Great Britain, agreeable to the instructions heretofore transmitted to them” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xxvii, 596).