Delegate to the Continental Congress
[Poughkeepsie, New York, February 2, 1788]
State of New York
The people of the State of New york by
the Grace of God free and Independent
To all to whom these presents shall come send
Whereas our Senate and Assembly on the Twenty second day of January last nominated and appointed the Honorable Ezra L’Hommedieu, Egbert Benson, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Yates, Junior and Leonard Gansevort Esquires Delegates to represent our said State in the United States in Congress Assembled from the said day of their appointment until the first Monday of November Next,1 and thence forward until Ten days after the first Subsequent meeting of the Legislature. Provided nevertheless that the Delegates so nominated and appointed shall not on any account hold their Seats in Congress longer than one year to be computed from the day of their appointment as aforesaid. Now therefore Know ye that in pursuance of the said Nomination and appointment We have by these presents Commissioned the said Ezra L’Hommedieu Egbert Benson, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Yates, Junior and Leonard Gansevort with full power and authority to them the said Ezra L’Hommedieu, Egbert Benson, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Yates Junior and Leonard Gansevort to represent our said State in the said Congress accordingly: In Testimony whereof we have caused these our Letters to be made patent, and the great Seal of our said State to be hereunto affixed Witness our Trusty and well beloved George Clinton Esquire Governor of our said State General and Commander in Chief of all the Militia and Admiral of the Navy of the same, At Poughkeepsie in our County of Dutchess the Second day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and Eighty Eight and in the Twelfth year of our Independence.2
the 2d February 1788.
Lewis A. Scott, Secretary
D, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. On January 22, 1788, the New York legislature elected delegates to represent the state in 1788 in the Continental Congress. The Assembly nominated H, Abraham Yates, Jr., Egbert Benson, Ezra L’Hommedieu, and Leonard Gansevoort. The Senate also nominated the first four men, but it selected William Floyd instead of Gansevoort. A joint ballot of both Senate and House was taken and the list selected by the Assembly was chosen (New York Senate Journal description begins Journal of the Senate of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1788). description ends , 1788, 11–12).
A copy of a resolution in the Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress, reads:
“State of New York
The Senate January 22d 1788
Resolved that the Hon. Ezra L. Hommedieu, Egbert Benson, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Yates Junior and Leonard Gansevoort Esquires, are duly Nominated and Appointed Delegates, to Represent this State in the Congress of the United States, until the first Monday in November next; and then forward until Ten days after the first Subequent Meeting of the Legislatures. Provided nevertheless that the Delegates so Nominated and Appointed shall not on any account, hold their Seats in Congress longer than one Year, to be Computed from the day of their Appointment.
“Extract from the Journal Abm. B. Bancker Clk.
“Secretarys Office of the State of New York, the 31st Jany. 1788
“I Do hereby Certify the aforegoing to be a true Copy of a Resolution of the Senate, now on file in this Office. Examined and Compared therewith By Me
Lewis A. Scott. Secretary.”
2. H attended the Continental Congress on February 25, 1788. An entry of that date in the Papers of the Continental Congress reads as follows: “Mr. Alexander Hamilton and Mr. Leonard Gansevoort Delegates for New York attended and produced Credentials of their appointment which were read” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXXIV, 56).