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Continental Congress Draft of a Proclamation by President of Congress, [24 June 1783]

Continental Congress
Draft of a Proclamation by President of Congress1

[Philadelphia, June 24, 1783]

Whereas a body of armed soldiers in the service of the United States quartered in the barracks of this city having mutinously renounced their obedience to their officers did on Saturday the twenty first instant proceed under the command of their sergeants in a hostile and threatening manner to the place in which Congress were assembled and did surround the same with guards, and Whereas Congress in consequence thereof did immediately resolve

insert the resolution2

and whereas Congress did at the same time appoint a Committee to confer with the said Supreme Executive council on the practicability of carrying the said resolution into due effect,

And Whereas the said Committee have reported to me that they have not received satisfactory assurance of prompt & vigorous exertions for the purposes above-mentioned—3

ADf, Elias Boudinot Papers, Library of Congress.

1Elias Boudinot, a resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was President of the Continental Congress from November 4, 1782, to November 3, 1783.

For background to this document, see “Continental Congress. Report on Conference with the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania on the Mutiny,” June 20, 1783 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , III, 399–401); “Continental Congress. Resolutions on Measures to be Taken in Consequence of the Pennsylvania Mutiny,” June 21, 1783 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , III, 401–02); “Continental Congress. Report of a Committee Appointed to Confer with the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania on the Mutiny,” June 24, 1783 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , III, 403–07).

2For the text of the resolution, see the first resolution in “Continental Congress. Resolutions on Measures to be Taken in Consequence of the Pennsylvania Mutiny,” June 21, 1783 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , III, 401–02).

3H’s draft stops at this point. The remainder of the final version of the proclamation reads: “And also whereas the said Committee have reported to me, that they have not received satisfactory Assurances for expecting adequate and prompt exertions of this State for supporting the Dignity of the fœderal Government: And also whereas the said Soldiers still continue in a state of open Mutiny and Revolt, so that the Dignity and Authority of the United States would be constantly exposed to a repetition of Insult, while Congress shall continue to sit in this City. I do therefore, by and with the Advice of the said Committee, and according to the Powers and Authorities in me vested for this Purpose, hereby summon the honourable the Delegates composing the Congress of the United States, and every of them, to meet in Congress on Thursday the Twenty Sixth Day of June instant, at Princeton, in the state of New-Jersey, in order that further and more effectual Measures may be taken for suppressing the present Revolt, and maintaining the Dignity and Authority of the United States, of which all Officers of the United States, civil and military, and all others whom it may concern, are desired to take Notice and govern themselves accordingly” (By His Excellency Elias Boudinot, Esquire, President of the United States in Congress Assembled. A Proclamation. Whereas a Body of Armed Soldiers … [Philadelphia: Printed by David C. Claypoole, 1783]).

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