Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Wythe, 11 November 1776

From George Wythe

11 Nov. 1776

GW to T.J.

The resolutions describing treasons are inclosed. The report for ascertaining the value of coins, &c. remains in the same state of repose as you left it in, among several others that are, as the president says, not acted upon. I gave Col. Harrison an extract of that part of your letter which related to him, and asked him what answer I should make? He told me he would do what you desired so soon as he could. The enemy’s army we are credibly informed have left their camp at Whiteplains and retreated towards Newyork. I just now hear that Carleton, on the 28th of last month evacuated Crown point, and is retiring to Quebec. Tell the speaker I will endeavour soon to discharge my arrears to him. Adieu.

RC (DLC). Enclosure missing.

Resolutions describing treasons: Presumably the resolutions adopted by Congress on 24 June 1776, one of which recommended that the several colonial legislatures pass laws for punishing treasons (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, D.C., 1904–37, 34 vols. description ends , v, 475). TJ had on 28 Oct. been appointed to a committee of the House of Delegates to prepare a bill declaring what shall be treason (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. 1776, 1828 edn., p. 30). TJ’s Report on value of coins is printed above under 2 Sep. 1776. The letter in which TJ mentions Col. Harrison is missing. The speaker: Edmund Pendleton, elected without opposition, 7 Oct. (same, p. 3).

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