James Madison Papers

Motion on Colonel Edward Carrington, [26 April] 1782

Motion on Colonel Edward Carrington

MS (NA: PCC, No. 19, I, 541½). In JM’s hand.

[26 April 1782]

Resold1 That Lt Colo. Carrington be informd that the 7th. Art: of the Confederation having reserved to the States the right of appointing all officers of & under the rank of Colonels for the forces respectively raised by them & of filling up all vacancies of such officers, Congress cannot appoint him to the vacancy in the Command of the 4th. Regt. of Artillery raisd by the State of Pesa.

Agreed to April 26. 1782

1See Report of Delegates of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia on Carrington’s Memorial, 20 April 1782, and editorial note and n. 1. The Montgomery committee, having ascertained that the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania was determined not to grant Lieutenant Colonel Carrington the commission which he sought, recommended the following resolution to Congress on 26 April 1782: “Resolved That Col Carrington cannot, at present be appointed to the Command of the 4th. Regt. of Artillery” (NA: PCC, No. 19, I, 541). Before adopting this resolution on the same day, Congress apparently consented to temper its brusqueness by agreeing also to JM’s proposal (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXII, 215). See also JM to Randolph, 29 May 1782.

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