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The united States of America, To all to whom these Presents shall come send Greeting. Whereas his most Christian Majesty our great and beloved Friend and Ally hath informed us by his Minister Plenipotentiary whom he hath appointed to reside near us, that their Imperial Majesties the Empress of Russia and the Emperor of Germany actuated by Sentiments of Humanity and a desire to put a Stop to...
The United States of America in Congress Assembled. To all to whom these presents shall come send Greeting. Whereas these United States from a sincere desire of putting an end to the hostilities between his most Christian Majesty and these United States on the one part, and his Britannic Majesty on the other, and of terminating the same by a peace founded on such solid and equitable principles...
Instructions to the Honble. John Adams Benjamin Franklin John Jay Henry Laurens and Thomas Jefferson ministers plenipotentiary in behalf of the United States to negotiate a Treaty of Peace Gentlemen You are hereby authorized and instructed to concur in behalf of these United States with his most Christian Majesty in accepting the Mediation proposed by the Empress of Russia and the Emperor of...
You will receive herewith enclosed a Copy of an Act of Congress of the 29th instant with Copys of the letters refferred to in it reccomending to the Executive of Virginia the stationing of and safe keeping of the Convention Troops in case of invasion and to advise the Board of War of their proceedings. I have the honour to be with great respect your Excy’s most obt & hble Servt, FC ( DLC : PCC...
Philadelphia, 3 Oct. 1779 . Enclosing a resolve of Congress of 2 Oct., recommending to the Governor and Council of Maryland “to permit as much bread flour and wheat to be exported for the State of Virginia as the said State may want for its public Supply.” FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 1 p. Enclosure missing; printed in JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and...
Philadelphia, 9 Oct. 1779 . Circular to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of 6 Oct. for promoting loans. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 1 p. The enclosure is actually part of the enclosure in the second circular of this date , which follows.
Philadelphia, 9 Oct. 1779 . Circular to the state executives enclosing resolutions relative to Continental finance (see note below); asks promptness in payment and regrets that the state quotas are so large. RC ( Vi ); 3 p.; signed: “Samll: Huntington President”; endorsed by a clerk. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14). Enclosure: copy of a series of resolves of Congress signed by Charles Thomson ( Vi ):...
In answer to your letter of the 25th. Septr last I have the honour of inclosing you an Act of Congress of this day. The board of War to whom your letter was referr’d apprehend great inconvenience from removing or separating the Convention troops and damage to the public in supplying them with wheat flour in the manner pointed out in your letter. As indian Flour is equally wholesome they must...
Philadelphia, 20 Oct. 1779 . Circular to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of this day recommending that Thursday, 9 Dec., be appointed a day of public thanksgiving. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 1 p. Enclosure not found; printed in JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 , xv , 1191–3. This letter and enclosure were...
You will receive herewith enclosed an act of Congress of this date, earnestly recommending to the State of Virginia to re-consider their late act of Assembly for opening their land office; And to that, and all other States similarly circumstanced, to forbear settling or issuing Warrants for unappropriated lands or granting the same during the continuance of the present war. I am with...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclos’d an act of Congress of the 8th instant together with the Copy of a letter from Colo. Broadhead of the 26th Ultimo. In pursuance of the orders contain’d in the act of Congress enclos’d I am to request your Excellency’s endeavours to prevent a repetition of the trespasses mention’d in the letter from Colo. Broadhead. The evil tendency of such...
Philadelphia, 18 Nov. 1779 . Circular to the state executives enclosing resolves of Congress of 12 and 16 Nov. reorganizing the eleven companies of artificers raised by the quartermaster general, and other resolves of 16 Nov. requesting the state executives to issue writs, when applied for, compelling witnesses to appear and testify in courts-martial. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 2 p. Enclosures:...
Philadelphia, 22 Nov. 1779 . Circular to the state executives enclosing resolves of Congress of 19 Nov. recommending the enacting of laws for “a general limitation of prices …, to commence in their operation from the first day of february next.” FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 1 p. Enclosure: Resolves of Congress of 19 Nov. recommending limitation of prices and wages; copy ( Vi ), signed by Charles...
By the act of Congress of this day herewith enclosed your Excellency will be inform’d, That Congress approve of the Measures taken by the Executive of the State of Virginia in providing Guards to the Convention Troops at Charlotte Ville, that those Guards all be considered in Continental Service and receive Continental pay and rations while doing duty at the Convention Barracks. That the party...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclos’d two acts of Congress of the 11th instant and one other of this Day by which you will be inform’d that Congress have determin’d to call upon the several States to furnish their quotas of such Supplies as may from time to time be wanted for carrying on the war taking due care to suit the conveniencies of the several States, and the articles by them...
Philadelphia, 15 Dec. 1779 . Circular letter to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of this date recommending an embargo on exports. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 2 p. Enclosure missing; printed in JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 , xv , 1383. TJ had anticipated the recommendation of Congress in his Proclamation...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclos’d the copy of a letter from Thomas Scott to the President of Pennsylvania of the 29th of Novemr. last with a copy of the proceedings of the President and Council of Pennsylvania of the 15th of Decemr., as also an act of Congress of the 27th Instant consequent thereon recommending to the contending Parties not to grant any part of the disputed lands...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclos’d two Acts of Congress of the 13. and 14. Instant. The former containing the regulations adopted relating to prisoners of War whether taken by Continental Troops or captured by the arms of any particular State either by sea or Land. Many difficulties have frequently occurred for want of such a general regulation too numerous to be recited. It is...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed an Act of Congress of the 9th. Instant ascertaining the number of men exclusive of Commissioned Officers for the Continental Army the next Campaign to be 35. 211. which Congress deem necessary for the service of the present Year the Quota of each State being specified in the Act. You will observe that all the Men belonging to each State...
Philadelphia, 26 Feb. 1780 . Circular letter to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of 25 Feb. “by which the several States are called upon to procure their respective Quotas of Supplies for the ensuing Campaign in the Articles and Quantities specified.” The states’ undertaking to furnish and deposit the supplies called for “will supersede the Necessity of purchasing...
Philadelphia, 6 Mch. 1780 . Encloses a resolve of Congress of this day requesting the governors of Virginia and North and South Carolina “to use their utmost Exertions in filling up their Continental Battallions, and in the mean Time to raise a Body of Militia to supply the Places of the Battalions.” Reinforcements for the southern army are urgently needed. TJ’s dispatches of 9 Feb. have been...
Philadelphia, 14 Mch. 1780 . Circular letter to the state executives enclosing resolve of Congress recommending that Wednesday, 26 Apr., be set apart as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 1 p. Enclosure (missing): Resolve of Congress, 11 Mch., printed JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 , xvi ,...
Philadelphia, 20 Mch. 1780 . Circular letter to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of 18 Mch. “calling upon the several States to bring in the Continental Currency by monthly taxes, or otherwise as shall best suit their respective Circumstances, … and making provision for other Bills to be issued in Lieu thereof.” Requests that there be no delay in submitting this resolve to...
Philadelphia, 4 Apr. 1780 . Encloses a resolve of Congress of 27 Mch., “by which you will be informed that the Recommendation of Congress of the 17th of August 1779 in their Opinion makes Provision for the Case of the Widow and Children of the late Lieut. Colo. John Sayer [Sayres, Seayer, Seayres].” Also a resolve of 30 Mch. requesting the State of Virginia to supply provisions for the...
Philadelphia, 20 Apr. 1780 . Circular letter to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of 15 Apr. allowing the states credit with the United States “for such Clothing as they may furnish to the Officers of the Hospital, and medical Staff.” FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14); 1 p. Enclosure missing; printed in JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others,...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed an Act of Congress of the 18th Instant with Copies of sundry Papers therein referred to No. 1. and No. 2. by which you will be informed that a Suit at Law is said to be instituted in Yoghogania County against Colo. Broadhead Commanding Officer at Fort Pitt, in Consequence of Orders given by him to some of the Troops under his Command to take...
Inclosed your Excellency will receive an Act of Congress of the 9th Instant with a Letter from P. Legras and other Papers therein referred to which I am directed to lay before the Executive of the State of Virginia as proper for the Consideration of the Assembly of that State. I have the honour to be &c. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 14). Enclosures missing; the resolve of Congress of 9 May is printed...
Congress have received authentick Information that his most Christian Majesty is preparing to send a powerful Naval and land Force to some Part of the Continent of North America. This Force generously calculated, either to produce a Diversion in our Favour, or to forward the Operation of our Arms by being directed to the same Object, may either by our Exertions be made the happy Means of...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed two Acts of Congress of the 26th and 27th Instant. The former recommending to those of the States where Debts are due to their Inhabitants from the Quarter Masters and Commissary’s Department by Notes or Certificates given as mentioned in the Act; to make Provision for discounting and discharging such Debts by empowering the Collectors to receive...
Philadelphia, 3 June 1780. Circular letter to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of 1 June respecting supplies to be furnished over and above quotas fixed by Congress’ resolve of 25 Feb. 1780. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15); 1 p. Enclosure missing; printed in JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 , xvii , 480.
Philadelphia, 5 June 1780. Encloses a resolve of Congress and asks that orders for executing it be carried out. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15); 1 p. Caption reads “To Governor Lee,” but at foot of text is the notation “The like verbatim to Gov Jefferson.” Enclosure ( Vi ); see below. The resolve enclosed was one adopted by Congress on the day this letter was written (see JCC Journals of the...
By the Act of Congress of this Day herewith enclosed your Excellency will be informed that Major General Gates is ordered to take the Command in the southern Department. This Order is in Consequence of Intelligence received that seems to place it beyond a Doubt, the Enemy are in Possession of Charles town and the Garrison there made Prisoners, although the Intelligence received is not...
Philadelphia, 16 June 1780 . Acknowledges TJ’s “Despatches” of 9 June. They have been referred to Board of War and Committee on the Post Office. Encloses resolutions of Congress of 14 June authorizing Gen. Gates to call on Virginia and other southern states for militia and supplies and recommending those states to give every assistance in their power to carry into execution “such Measures as...
I have the honour to transmit your Excellency the enclosed Acts of Congress of the 17th and 19th Instant pointing out the Measures they deem necessary to be taken, for the Support of the southern Army. I make no Doubt the State of Virginia will avail itself of its numerous and spirited Militia, as well as great resources, at this important Crisis, when her own immediate Interest is so...
Congress have at different Periods recommended Measures which they deemed essentially necessary for the public Good. They now request of those States which have not made returns of their Transactions in that respect, the most expeditious Information of the Measures they have taken in Consequence of the several resolutions, a list of which is annexed to the enclosed Act of Congress of the 17th...
By the Act of Congress of the 29th. Instant herewith enclosed your Excellency will be informed they have approved of the Line of Communication which you have been forming by Expresses Southward and Northward and resolved that the same be continued until the further Order of Congress. I have the honour to be with the highest respect your Excys most obedt servant, RC ( Vi ); in a clerk’s hand,...
Philadelphia, 28 July 1780 . Circular letter to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of 25 July authorizing the states furnishing wagons for Continental service to make adequate allowances for wagon hire until deputy quartermasters are appointed for the states. RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; endorsed. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15). Enclosure ( Vi ): copy of Congress’ resolution of 25 July 1780,...
By return of the Express who has just handed me your Despatches of the 27. Ulto I have the Honor to inform your Excellency that the several States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland have adopted the Act of Congress of the 18. of March and transmitted their Laws on that Subject to Congress some time since. These are all absolute except...
Philadelphia, 5 Aug. 1780 . The enclosed resolve of Congress of this date will inform TJ “that the recruits now raising in Virginia for filling their quota of Continental Troops are ordered to join the Southern Army as soon as possible.” RC ( Vi ); 2 p. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15). Enclosure ( Vi ): copy attested by Charles Thomson, endorsed: “resol. of Congress for sendg forces to the...
Philadelphia, 9 Aug. 1780 . Encloses a resolve of Congress of 7 Aug. “giving certain Encouragements to Officers and Privates that shall incline to serve as Volunteer Horsemen in the Southern Department, in the Army under General Gates.” RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15); at foot of text: “N.B. The like verbatim to N. Carolina, S. Carolina &...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed an Act of Congress of the 26. Ulto., earnestly recommending to the several States to take the most speedy and effectual Means in their Power for drawing in their respective Quotas of the Continental Bills of Credit to be destroyed either by Tax or by exchanging for them new Bills emitted pursuant to the resolution of the 18. of March last at a...
Philadelphia, 3 Sep. 1780 . Circular letter to state executives enclosing resolve of Congress of 25 Aug. establishing as a general rule a policy theretofore employed in particular cases concerning “the rank of the Governors or Presidents of the several States whenever they shall act in the Field together, or in Conjunction with the Continental Army.” RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed an Act of Congress of the 6. Instant, adopting the report of a Committee, together with Copies of the several Papers referred to in the report. I am directed to transmit Copies of this report and the several Papers therein mentioned to the Legislatures of the several States, that they all may be informed of the Desires and Endeavours of Congress...
Philadelphia, 12 Sep. 1780 . Enclosing resolves of Congress of 8 and 11 Sep. P.S., 14 Sep.: acknowledges receipt of TJ’s letters of 6 and 8 Sep. Latter was today laid before Congress; proceedings thereon will be forwarded as soon as completed. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15). Enclosures ( Vi ): printed in JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington,...
Philadelphia, 20 Sep. 1780 . Encloses copy of a letter just received from Gen. Greene containing intelligence “something similar to what you have lately received from Genl. Gates.” FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15); 1 p. Enclosure (missing; original in PCC , No. 155, i ): Nathanael Greene to Congress, 18 Sep. 1780 (see JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others,...
By the Act of Congress of this Day herewith enclosed your Excellency will be informed of the Measures they have adopted upon an Invasion of the State of Virginia, in Case the Conjuncture of Affairs should render the Measure necessary for removal of the Convention Troops to Fort Frederick in Maryland, and also to provide Magazines to supply them in Case of removal, although at the same Time it...
Philadelphia, 3 Oct. 1780. Circular letter to the state executives enclosing a resolve of Congress of 29 Sep. requesting the states “to supply their Delegates with Money for their Support by other Means than drawing on the Treasury of the United States.” RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15). Enclosure ( Vi ): copy signed by Charles Thomson of...
By the enclosed Copy of an Act of Congress of the 2. Instant your Excellency will be informed, that they approve of the Measures you have taken for remounting the Cavalry with the southern Army and request a Continuance of your Exertions for that Purpose on the same Principles as formerly. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Regard your Excellency’s most obedient Servant, P.S. Your Letter...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed an Act of Congress of the 21. Ulto . containing a new Arrangement of the Army . Special Reasons have delayed the sending of it until this Time. By this Arrangement the Number of Battallions is greatly reduced, and of Consequence many of the Officers now retained in the Service must retire for the present; but after just and equitable Compensation...
Philadelphia, 10 Oct. 1780. Enclosing a resolve of Congress of 7 Oct. “appointing Commissioners to endorse the new Bills of Credit to be issued by Virginia, and Letters to the Gentlemen informing them of their Appointment.” A postscript acknowledges TJ’s letters of 27 Sep. and 3 Oct. RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington; endorsed. Enclosures: 2 copies ( Vi ) attested by...