James Madison Papers

Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 4 February 1783

Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison

RC (Virginia State Library). In the hand of Theodorick Bland, except for the signatures of the other three delegates. Cover addressed to “His Excellency The Governor of Virginia” Docketed in an unknown hand, “Lr. from the Delegates in Congress. February 4th. 1783.”

Philadelphia Feby. 4th: 1783


Neither this post nor the preceding one brought us any letter from your Excellency1

The affair with Nathan is now under arbitration. There is a reference in the case sent us of a Certificate from Clarke & Todd that the Bills were negociated at the current depretiation. But we find no such Certificate among the Papers transmitted to us, which is likely to turn the arbitration against the State.2

Congress have under their Consideration the Papers we were directed to lay before them.3

We have not receivd any material Intelligence since our last.

We have the honor to be with the greatest respect Yr. Excellencys most obedt. & most Huml. Servts.

Jos: Jones.

Theok. Bland Jr.

J. Madison Jr.

A. Lee

2Harrison to Delegates, 4 Jan., and n. 8; 11 Jan., and nn. 4, 8; Delegates to Harrison, 21 Jan. 1783. For the “Certificate” from George Rogers Clark and John Todd, see Papers of Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (6 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). description ends , III, 21, n. 1. See also the indexes of ibid., III and V, under Nathan, Simon, for further details about his complicated and long-pressed claim against the state of Virginia. For the dispatch of the certificate, see JCSV description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds., Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 vols. to date; Richmond, 1931——). description ends , III, 219; Harrison to Delegates, 15 Feb. 1783.

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