James Madison Papers

Motion of Virginia Delegates in Congress, 7 October 1780

Motion of Virginia Delegates in Congress

MS (NA: PCC, No. 78, IX, 503). In Charles Thomson’s hand.

In Congress Octr. 7th 1780

Resolved,1 That Charles Fleming and Forster Webb2 Esquires be and hereby are appointed Commissioners on the part of the United States either of them to indorse the bills that shall be emitted by the State of Virginia pursuant to the resolution of Congress of the 18th March last3

1Preceding this word in the printed journal is the phrase, “On motion of the delegates of Virginia” (Journals of the Continental Congress, XVIII, 910–11). “Extract from the minutes—Chas Thomson Secy” is written at the end of the manuscript.

2Foster Webb. Charles Fleming (ca. 1731–ca. 1793) resigned in December 1778, after serving for nearly three years as captain, major, and lieutenant colonel of the Virginia continental line. At least by January 1781 and thereafter until the surrender of Cornwallis, he was again in the field as a lieutenant colonel of militia. On 3 January 1782 he resigned the office to which he had been appointed by this resolution. In the early years of the Revolution he was a resident of Cumberland County, but he moved to Chesterfield County and lived there until his death. He was a brother of Judge William Fleming of Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals (F. B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, p. 177; Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, XXIII [1915], 242; XXIV [1916], 208–10; Fleming to president of Congress, 3 January 1782, NA: PCC, No. 78, IX, 499; Journals of the Continental Congress, XXII, 76).

3See Jefferson to JM, 26 July 1780, n. 2; below, Motion regarding Virginia Currency, 11 October 1780. President Huntington wrote to Jefferson on 10 October 1780, informing him of the appointment of Webb and Fleming (Calendar of Virginia State Papers, I, 378).

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