Notes on Debates
MS (LC: Madison Papers). For a description of the manuscript of Notes on Debates, see Papers of Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (7 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). description ends , V, 231–34.
Spent in debating the Report recommending provision for Tories according to the Provisional Artics. of peace.1
1. The session of 19 May is not noted in the journal (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXIV, 347, n. 1). On 20 March Congress referred an instruction from the Virginia General Assembly regarding the confiscated property of British subjects, and resolutions of the Executive Council of Pennsylvania regarding private debts owed to Loyalists or other British subjects, to a committee composed of Samuel Osgood, chairman, John Francis Mercer, and Thomas FitzSimons (Papers of Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (7 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). description ends , VI, 370; 371, n. 3). The committee’s report, submitted on 1 April, apparently was not debated until 19 May. By then Osgood had left Congress. For the report and the reconstituted committee, see Instructions to Peace Commissioners, 20 May, and nn. 1, 3; JM Notes, 14 May, n. 1; 20 May, and n. 5; 26 May 1783, and n. 1.