James Madison Papers

Edmund Randolph to Virginia Delegates, 4 April 1787

Edmund Randolph to Virginia Delegates

Richmond April 4. 1787.

Delegates in congress.

I do myself the honor of transmitting a list of the Virginia pensioners, chargeable to the united states. The instances, in which the kind and degree of disability has not been ascertained, have proceeded from a personal examination of them, and the want of an accurate entry in our books. In future a stricter attention will be paid to the subject.1

FC (Executive Letter Book description begins Executive Letter Book, 1786–1788, manuscript in Virginia State Library. description ends ). Unsigned. Enclosure not found.

1By an ordinance of Congress of 7 June 1785 each state was to prepare a list of soldiers and seamen who had served under the U.S. (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXVIII, 435–37). See also Hening, Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619 (13 vols.; Richmond and Philadelphia, 1819–23). description ends , XII, 102–6. A report of 16 July 1788 by the secretary at war mentioned Randolph’s list, dated 3 Apr. 1787 (PCC), but the list has not been located.

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