Thomas Jefferson Papers

Report of Committee on Letter of John Allen, [26 January 1784]

Report of Committee on Letter of John Allen

[26 Jan. 1784]

The Committee to whom were referred the letter of John Allen of Dec. 25. 1783 to his Excellency the President of Congress and the papers therein inclosed have agreed to the following resolution.

Resolved that a copy of the said letter be sent to the Governor of Massachusets with a recommendation that he cause enquiry to be made whether the encroachments therein suggested have been actually made on the territories of the state of Massachusets by the subjects of his Britannic majesty from the government of Nova Scotia, and if he shall find any such to have been made, that he send a representation thereof to the British Governor of Nova Scotia with a copy of the Proclamation of the United states of the 14th. inst. (which should be inclosed to the Governor of Massachusets for that purpose) requesting him in a friendly manner and as a proof of that disposition for peace and harmony which should subsist between neighboring states to recall from off the said territory the said subjects of his Britannic majesty so found to have incroached thereon: and that the Governor of Massachusets be requested to inform Congress of his proceedings herein and the result thereof.

MS (DLC: PCC, No. 19, i); entirely in TJ’s hand, with minor deletions and corrections which have not been noted here; endorsed by Charles Thomson: “Report of Mr Jefferson Mr Osgood Mr Williamson On letter 25 Decr. John Allen Delivered 26 Jany Entd. Read Passed 29 Jany 1784.”

On 21 Jan. 1784 a letter from John Allan, Boston, 25 Dec. 1783 (in DLC: PCC, No. 58), was read in Congress and referred to TJ, Osgood, and Williamson. According to the above endorsement and Committee Book (DLC: PCC, No. 186), the committee reported on 26 Jan., although there is no mention of the report in JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends under that date. The report was approved by Congress on 29 Jan. (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 , xxvi, 41, note, 52; Allan’s letter is in PCC, No. 58, f. 63).

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