James Madison Papers

Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 4 May 1782

Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates

FC (Virginia State Library). In the hand of Charles Hay. Addressed to “The Virginia Delegates in Congress.”

In Council May 4th. 1782.


I am much obliged to you for your favor by the last post;1 the intelligence is agreable tho’ there is no immediate prospect of arriving at the wished for period; yet it will come in time. Who is fully informed of their being in an error, will open their eyes.

We wish not to have the Military Stores in Boston sold, unless they will bring something near value;2 we shall want them hereafter and they may then be got at less expence from where they now are than they can be [by] land carriage from any of the Iron works in this country. I am extreemly sorry I had not the pleasure of seeing the Chevalier whilst in Virginia. I was so extreemly lame that I could not wait on him, as I most certainly should have done if I had been well, and I had such repeated information of his coming up, that I did not write to him, expecting to see him every hour for ten days.3

Will one of you Gentlemen please to make an apology to him for me and assure him that I am extreemly mortified at not seeing him here. I am with great respect &c.

1See Virginia Delegates to Harrison, 23 April 1782. The remainder of Harrison’s sentence is obviously a veiled reference to the encoded part of that letter.

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