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Before this comes to Hand your Excellency will have received my Letter of the 2d Instant with it’s Enclosures, by which you will be informed that a Negotiation for Peace between the Belligerent Powers may probably take Place through the Mediation of the Empress of Russia and Emperor of Germany. In Consequence of which Congress have thought proper to add four other Plenipotentiaries to the...
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...
Philadelphia, 6 June 1781 . Circular letter to the Governors enclosing a resolution of Congress of 2 June. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 16); 1 p.; at head of text: “Circular.” Summarized in CVSP, ii William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond , Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. , 144, from the recipient’s copy which was addressed to TJ.
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Letter of the 28th Ulto., previous to which Congress had adopted the Measures contained in their Act of the 31st Ulto., Copy of which is enclosed, for sending Assistance to repel the Enemy in Virginia. No Means in the Power of Congress will be left unessayed to give you all necessary Aid. I am informed some Arms are now on the Way for Virginia, and...
My Letter of yesterday addressed to your Excellency and which accompanies this, contains such important Intelligence, that Congress have thought it indispensible to communicate the same to the Legislatures of the several States through their respective Supreme Magistrates as soon as possible; at the same Time the Intelligence is of a Nature that ought to be kept secret as may be at present. I...
I am directed to inform you that Congress have received undoubted intelligence both from their Minister at the Court of Versailles, and the Minister of France in America by order of his Court, that the Courts of Vienna and Petersburgh have offered their mediation to the belligerent powers for the re-establishment of Peace; That these overtures had been eagerly embraced on the part of Great...
Philadelphia, 24 May 1781 . Encloses the following resolves of Congress of 22 May, and expects “the Necessity as well as the Importance of those Measures will have a suitable Impression upon the States universally, and excite them to a vigorous and punctual Compliance”: (1) “That the whole Debts already due by the united States be liquidated as soon as may be to their Specie Value, and funded,...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, the Copy of a Resolve of the 17th Instant, recommending to the several Legislatures to enact Laws making further Provision (as specified in the Resolve) to guard against the Abuses and deceitful Practices of the British, by making Use of Papers and Clearances they may take in American Vessels. The Measures recommended in this and the former Resolve of the...
Philadelphia, 29 Apr. 1781 . Encloses a 20 Apr. 1781 resolution of Congress recommending that certain states make good the depreciation of monthly pay to the officers and soldiers belonging to the regiment of Colonel Moses Hazen who are considered part of their quotas in the same manner as they have done for the officers and soldiers in their respective state lines. FC ( Lb in DNA : RG 360,...
I do myself the Honor of transmitting to your Excellency the enclosed Copy of a Letter from Ebenezer Hazard. You will observe by the Journals of Congress under the 20th of July 1778, Encouragement given to this Gentleman to collect Materials for a History, and a Recommendation to the several States to aid and assist him in such Collection. If any of the Manuscripts &c. to which his Letter...
The United States in Congress assembled, deeming it proper and necessary to communicate to their Constituents in the several States, as fully as can be done, a proper Representation of their national Affairs, the Amount of the public Debts due from the United States, together with the Estimates for the current Year; having examined and agreed to the Report of their Committee on that Subject of...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed, an Ordinance for establishing Courts for the Trial of Piracies and Felonies committed upon the high Seas, passed in Conformity to the Articles of Confederation. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient humble Servant, An Ordinance for establishing Courts for the trial of Piracies and felonies committed on...
Philadelphia, 18 Apr. 1781 . Encloses a resolution of Congress stating that Col. [William] Davies cannot “exercise a civil Appointment while he retains his Rank in the Army.” Postscript: “I have been honoured with your several Despatches of the 26, 28, and 31. of March and 7th. Instant.” RC ( CtY ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington. Address leaf of RC is in Vi , franked by Huntington...
Philadelphia, 15 Apr. 1781 . Encloses a resolve of Congress of 13 Apr. “directing the Commander in Chief to transmit to the Executives of the several States, Lists of the Names of all the new Levies belonging to each State respectively … and recommending it to the said States to cause Payment to be made to the said new Levies agreeable to such Lists, on Account of the United States.” FC ( DLC...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed an act of Congress of the 8th. Instant recommending to the Executives of the States of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia respectively to take immediate measures for the removal of all public stores, and also all provisions and forage public and private which will not be necessary for the consumption of the Inhabitants on the Peninsula between the Chesapeak...
Philadelphia, 7 Apr. 1781 . Encloses copies of two important letters received this morning from Governor Livingston and General Forman. FC ( Lb in DNA : RG 360, PCC ); 1 p.; at head of text: “To His Excelly. General Washington”; at foot of text: “N.B. The like to the Presidents of Pennsylvania & Delaware & the Governors of Maryland & Virginia.” Enclosures: (1) David Forman to Huntington,...
Philadelphia, 30 Mch. 1781 . Encloses ordinance of Congress “relative to the Capture and Condemnation of Prizes, and repealing all former Acts and resolutions” contrary thereto. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15); 1 p.; at head of text: “Circular.” Enclosure (missing): Ordinance of Congress of 27 Mch. 1781, printed in JCC Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 , ed. W. C. Ford and others,...
Philadelphia, 26 Mch. 1781 . Enclosing resolve of Congress of 24 Mch. and acknowledging TJ’s letters of 8 , 19 , and 21 Mch. , with “the Papers to which they refer.” RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; endorsed. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15). Enclosure ( Vi ): Resolve of Congress of 24 Mch. 1781 authorizing and requesting the executive of Virginia “to appoint suitable persons to settle the accounts of Colo. Wood...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed, two Acts of Congress of the 16th and 23d Instant, directing that all Debts liquidated in or contracted for specie Value shall be paid in Specie or other Money equivalent according to the current Exchange compared with Specie. Also recommending to the several States to amend their Laws making the Bills of Credit emitted under the Authority of...
Philadelphia, 21 Mch. 1781 . Encloses proclamation of 20 Mch. recommending that Thursday, 3 May 1781, be observed as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15); at head of text: “Circular.” The enclosed proclamation, attested by Charles Thomson, was printed in Va. Gaz. Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, 1751–1780, and Richmond, 1780–1781). Abbreviations for publishers of...
I have been honored with your several Favors of the 8th, 17th, and 26th. Ulto., And have it now in my Power to inform you, that Monsr. Tilly with the small Squadron under his Command has left the Bay and arrived at New-Port the 24. Ulto, on his Passage having captured the Romulus, a 44 Gun Ship but pierced for 50, and carried her into Newport. And you may daily expect a Reinforcement in the...
Your Excellency will be informed by the enclosed Act of the third Instant of the Measures Congress have adopted for the removal of the Convention Troops into the State of Pennsylvania. The like Information is transmitted to Governor Lee, and the President of Pennsylvania. I have also informed Governor Lee, that should your Excellency find it necessary to order the Prisoners taken at Cowpens to...
By the Act of Congress herewith enclosed your Excellency will be informed, that the Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union between the thirteen United States are formally and finally ratified by all the States. We are happy to congratulate our Constituents on this important Event, desired by our Friends but dreaded by our Enemies. I have the Honor to be with every Sentiment of Esteem &...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Despatches of the 8th and 17th Instant. The Success of the Militia against the Cherokees it is to be hoped may be attended with happy Consequences. Your Letter of the 17. which was received last evening shall be laid before Congress at their next Meeting. Their Determination respecting Colonel Campbell’s Proposition to build a Fort shall be forwarded...
Philadelphia, 20 Feb. 1781 . Encloses a resolve of Congress of this day “relative to compleating the quota of troops for the southern army and furnishing them with the necessary supplies.” TJ’s letters of 8 and 12 Feb. have been received. RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington; addressed and endorsed. Enclosure ( Vi ): Two resolutions of Congress, 20 Feb. 1781, attested by...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, two important Acts of Congress of the 3d and 7th Instant, Recommending to the several States as indispensably necessary, that they vest a Power in Congress to levy for the Use of the United States, a Duty of five per cent, ad Valorem at the Time and Place of Importation, upon all Goods, Wares and Merchandize of foreign Growth and Manufacture which may be...
A circular Letter addressed to the respective States of the 9th Day of November last communicated a requisition of Congress for Service of the current Year. This Act, and the System of the 18th of March respecting our Finnances included the principal Means which their present Powers have enabled Congress to adopt for prosecuting the War. Measures so deeply interesting not only demand the...
Philadelphia, 13 Jan. 1781. Encloses copy of resolution of Congress regulating the additional pay of various officers of the army, part to be paid in specie and part in “Bills of the New Emissions.” RC ( Vi ); 2 p.; in clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington; endorsed. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 15); at head of text: “Circular.” Enclosure ( Vi ): Resolution of Congress of 12 Jan. 1781; printed in JCC...