Alexander Hamilton Papers

Continental Congress Report on the Deputation to Rhode Island, [17 December 1782]

Continental Congress
Report on the Deputation to Rhode Island

[Philadelphia, December 17, 1782]

That the deputation appointed to go to the state of Rhode Island to Urge the Necessity of a Compliance with the recommendation of Congress for laying an impost of 5 ⅌ Ct. delay their journey till the further order of Congress1

The Committee to whom was referred the foregoing motion beg leave to report it as their opinion that the deputation ought to proceed as soon as possible.2

D, in the writings of H and Abraham Clark, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

1This paragraph is in the writing of Abraham Clark of New Jersey.

2H’s motion of December 6 that a deputation be sent to Rhode Island was passed by the Congress on the same day. When the letter to accompany the deputation was reported to the Congress on December 11 (see the letter to William Greene, December 11, 1782), David Howell, delegate from Rhode Island, made a motion that the resolution authorizing the deputation be repealed. On the day following, December 12, a substitute motion, delaying the departure of the deputation, was passed. The latter motion was referred to H, James Madison, and Thomas FitzSimons (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIII, 788–90).

Congress agreed to the committee’s report (ibid.).

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