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Board of War to Virginia Delegates in Congress and Motion of Delegates, [22 December] 1780

Board of War to Virginia Delegates in
Congress and Motion of Delegates

Printed text (Journals of the Continental Congress, XVIII, 1181–82). The letter of 21 December from the Board of War has not been found, but it is summarized in the Journals, preceding the motion made the next day. For the possible context of this item, see Matthias Halsted to Virginia Delegates, 17 December 1780, and n. 2.

[22 December 1780]

The delegates for Virginia laid before Congress a letter, of 21, from the Board of War, stating that there are three gentlemen citizens of Virginia who were taken in arms as voluntier militia men and carried to New York, that the enemy have admitted them to their paroles, that they are now here and want money to carry them home; that there is no provision made by Congress for persons in their circumstances; Whereupon,

On motion of the delegates of Virginia,

Ordered, that the Board of War1 advance to those three gentlemen so much money as may be absolutely necessary to enable them to proceed to Virginia, and charge the same to the said State.

1The motion at first specified the Board of Treasury, but this is crossed out.

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