Resolution on the Conduct of Officers of the Army
[Philadelphia, April 1, 1783]1
The Committee to whom were referred the letters from The Commander in Chief submit the following resolut⟨ions⟩:2
Resolved That Congress consider the conduct of the Commander in Chief on the occasion of some late attempts to create disturbances in the army as a new proof of his prudence and zealous attachment to the welfare of the community.
That he be informed, Congress also entertain a high sense of the patriotic sentiments expressed by the officers in their proceedings of the 3 which evince their unshaken perseverance in those principles, that have distinguished them in every period of the war, and have so justly intitled the troops of the United States to the esteem and gratitude of their country and to the character of a patriot army.
The Committee ask leave to report further.
AD, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. The report is undated. According to the Committee Book of Congress (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIV, 305–06, note 1), the committee reported on April 1, but the Journals contain no reference to its delivery on that date. It is printed there under date of April 29 (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIV, 306).
2. A letter from George Washington, dated March 18, on the subject of the demands of the Army, and an earlier letter on the same subject were referred to a committee consisting of Samuel Osgood, Theodorick Bland, H, Oliver Wolcott, Sr., and Richard Peters. See the second of two letters H wrote to Washington, March 25, 1783, note 2.
3. Space left blank in MS. H is referring to the proceedings of a grand convention of officers called by Washington on March 15. The officers had expressed their confidence in the willingness of Congress to provide funds for payment of the Army.