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From George Washington to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 29 January 1796

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States January 29th 1796.

Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives

I send herewith, for the information of Congress,

1st. An act of the legislature of the State of Rhode Island, ratifying an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to prevent suits in certain Cases against a state.1

2. An act of the State of North Carolina making the like ratification.2

3. An act of the State of North Carolina assenting to the purchase, by the United States, of a sufficient quantity of land on Shell-Castle Island for the purpose of erecting a Beacon thereon; and ceding the jurisdiction thereof to the United States.3

4. A Copy from the Journal of proceedings of the Governor, in his Executive Department, of the Territory of the United States northwest of the River Ohio from July 1st to December 31st 1794.

5. A copy from the records of the Executive proceedings of the same Governor from January 1st to June 30th 17954—And

6 & 7 A copy of the Journal of the proceedings of the Governor in his Executive Department, of the Territory of the United States south of the River Ohio, from September 1st 1794 to September 1st 1795.5

8. The acts of the 1st & 2d Sessions of the General Assembly of the same Territory.6

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LS, DNA: RG 46, entry 47; copy, DNA: RG 233, entry 28, Journals; copy, DLC:GW; Df, DNA: RG 59, Reports of the Secretary of State to the President and Congress.

1A copy, certified by State Department chief clerk George Taylor, Jr., of the Rhode Island act dated “March Session A.D. 1794” is filed with this letter in DNA: RG 46.

2A copy of the North Carolina act of 7 Feb. 1795, certified by Taylor, is filed with this letter in DNA: RG 46.

3A copy of this North Carolina act of 7 Feb. 1795, certified by Taylor, is in DNA: RG 46, entry 47.

4For the journal of executive proceedings for the Northwest Territory from 1 July 1794 to 1 Sept. 1795, see Carter, Territorial Papers, description begins Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. Washington, D.C., 1934–69. description ends 3:417–39.

5For the journal of executive proceedings for the Southwest Territory from 1 Sept. 1794 to 1 Sept. 1795, see Carter, Territorial Papers, description begins Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. Washington, D.C., 1934–69. description ends 4:462–69.

6For the acts, see Acts Passed at the First Session of the General Assembly of the Territory of the United States of America, South of the River Ohio, Began and Held at Knoxville, on Monday the Twenty Fifth Day of August, M,DCC,XCIV (Knoxville, 1794) and Acts Passed at the Second Session of the First General Assembly of the Territory of the United States of America, South of the River Ohio. Began and Held at Knoxville, on Monday the Twenty Ninth Day of June, 1795 (Knoxville, 1795).

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