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From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 16 April 1792

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States [Philadelphia] April 16th 1792.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives,

I lay before you a copy of a letter from the Judges of the Circuit Court of the United States held for the New York District; and of their opinion and agreement respecting the “Act to provide for the settlement of the claims of Widows and Orphans barred by the limitations heretofore established, and to regulate the claims to Invalid Pensions.”1

D[S], DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; copy, DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals; LB, DLC:GW.

For the background to this document, see Caleb Brewster to GW, 15 Mar. 1792, n.4, and the U.S. Circuit Court Judges for New York to GW, 10 April.

1The enclosures were the letter to GW of 10 April from the U.S. circuit court judges for New York and their opinion on the unconstitutionality of the Invalid Pensions Act. The House of Representatives received GW’s message this day (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 1st sess., 557).

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