James Madison Papers

Session of Virginia Council of State, 30 April 1778

Session of Virginia Council of State

MS (Virginia State Library).

Thursday April 30th 1778.

His Excellency the Governor;
John Page David Jameson &
Dudley Digges James Madison jr

The Business hitherto done without a regular Board was this day laid before them and was approved of.1

Adjourned till Tomorrow 10 oClock

Signed  John Page
Dudley Digges
David Jameson
James Madison

1This action demonstrates the council’s method of procedure relating to earlier business done by too few members of that body to constitute a quorum. Thus, at seven meetings between 16 and 29 April, JM and two or three other councilors had reached numerous decisions “subject to the future Controul of the Board” (Journals of the Council of State, II, 121–25).

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