James Madison Papers

Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates, 6 July 1782

Benjamin Harrison to Virginia Delegates

FC (Virginia State Library). In the hand of Archibald Blair.

Council Chamber July 6th. 1782


Our Assembly has passd a Law for the seisure of Brittish Goods on Land but the Execution of it is suspended untill other States shall do the same1 I beg the favour of You when this happens to give me information that proper steps may be taken to enforce the Law here. your favor by the last post2 came to hand too late for the Assembly3 I have some reason to suppose that the practice of running Goods from New York is takeing place here. a stop shall be put to it if possible.4 I think the Act for raising 3000 Men will produce them it gives a bounty of twelve pounds specie to each recruit and forty Shillings to the recruiting officer every person refuseing or neglecting to pay the tax imposed for this Bounty is to be sent a Soldier for three Years.5 The French Troops are now on their March to the northward. they have with them many Negroes that I have good reason to think belong to North and South Carolina if you give the Gentlemen from those Countries notice of it they may be reclaim’d when the Army gets to Philadelphia6 we have no arrivalls nor nothing new from the South.

I am very respectfully Your most obet. servt.

3The legislature had adjourned on Tuesday, 2 July.

4See Randolph to JM, 5 July 1782, and n. 3.

5See Randolph to JM, 20 June, and n. 48. Harrison’s meaning would be clearer if he had written “as” after “sent.”

6See Randolph to JM, 5 July 1782, and n. 7.

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