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Continental Congress Motion that Major General Howe be Directed to March Troops to Philadelphia, 30 June 1783

Continental Congress
Motion that Major General Howe be Directed to March Troops to Philadelphia1

[Princeton, New Jersey] June 30, 1783

That Major General Howe2 be directed to march such part of the force under his command as he shall judge necessary to the State of Pensylvania; and that the Commanding Officer in the said state be instructed to apprehend and confine all such persons, belonging to the army, as there is reason to believe instigated the late mutiny; to disarm the remainder; to take, in conjunction with the civil authority, the proper measures to discover and secure all such persons as may have been instrumental therein; & in general to make full ⟨examination⟩ into all parts of the transaction & ⟨having⟩ taken the proper steps to report to Congress.3

AD, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

1Congress met on June 30, 1783, in Princeton, in accordance with a proclamation by President of Congress Elias Boudinot, dated June 24, 1783.

2Major General Robert Howe was stationed at West Point. On June 25 Washington had ordered him to take command of the detachment ordered to march to Philadelphia.

3The motion was referred to H, Oliver Ellsworth, and Theodorick Bland.

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