Motion on Appointment of Committee to Consider Allowances of Land for the Army1
[Philadelphia] May 30, 1783
That a Committee be appointed to consider of the best manner of carrying into execution the engagements of the United States for certain allowances of land to the army at the conclusion of the war.2
AD, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. In September, 1776, Congress, to encourage enlistments in the Continental Army, had offered bounties of land to all officers and soldiers who agreed to serve for the duration of the war.
2. The motion is endorsed: “grand comee., Mr [Samuel] Holten, Mr. [Jonathan] Arnold, Mr. [Oliver] Ellsworth, Mr. [Alexander] Hamilton, Mr. [Abraham] Clarke, Mr. [James] Wilson, Mr. [Gunning] Bedford [Jr.], Mr. [John Francis] Mercer, Mr. [Benjamin] Hawkins, Mr. [John] Rutledge to meet tomorrow morning at 9 oClock in the Comee. chamber.” The committee reported on June 4.