James Madison Papers

Edmund Randolph to Virginia Delegates, 11 August 1788

Edmund Randolph to Virginia Delegates

Richmond Aug. 11. 1788


It has been the practice of the executive to grant pensions, to take effect only from Jany 1786. From the resolution of Congress of July1 11. 1788, we are induced to think, that arrearages of pensions, as far back as Jany. 1782 at least, and perhaps earlier, may now be granted. This seems to be very just; but we do not choose to go immediately into the allowance of those arrearages, until we can be informed by you, whether we rightly understand the sense of congress.2 I have the honor gentlemen to be with great esteem & respect Yr. mo. ob. serv

Edm: Randolph.

RC (PCC); FC (Executive Letter Book description begins Executive Letter Book, 1786–1788, manuscript in Virginia State Library. description ends ). RC addressed by a clerk and franked; docketed by a clerk of Congress. FC in a clerk’s hand.

1FC corrected to read “June.”

2See JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXXIV, 210, 501.

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