New York Assembly. Motion for Leave to
Bring in a Bill on the Independence of Vermont
[New York, March 14, 1787]
Mr. Hamilton moved for leave to bring in a bill, to authorise the delegates of this State in Congress, to accede to, ratify and confirm, the independence and Sovereignty of the people inhabiting the district of country, commonly called Vermont.1
Ordered, That leave be given accordingly.
Mr. Hamilton according to leave, brought in the said bill entitled, An act to authorise the Delegates of [t]his State, in the United States of America, in Congress assembled, to accede to, ratify and confirm, the Independence and Sovereignty of the People inhabiting the District of Territory commonly called Vermont; which was read the first time, and ordered a second reading.2
New York Assembly Journal description begins Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1788). description ends , 1787, 97.
1. For the early attempts of Vermont to secure recognition of independence, see “Continental Congress. Motion on Vermont,” December 5, 1782, and H to George Clinton, July 27, 1783.
After the Revolution, opposition in New York to the independence of Vermont gradually diminished, but until the introduction of H’s bill on this date no formal step was taken to acknowledge it.
2. For H’s “Draft of an Act Acknowledging the Independence of Vermont,” see the following document.