James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Cooper, [12 May] 1794

From William Cooper

[12 May 1794]


The inclosed Resolutions of this Town, passed at a very large Meeting of the Inhabitants, being conceived of importance to the United States, are dispatch’d by Express.

William Cooper. Town Clerk


At a legal and very numerous Meeting of the Freeholders, & other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston at Faneuil Hall on Monday the 12th day of May 1794

Resolved, As the sense of the Inhabitants of this Town, that the General Embargo, imposed by the Legislature of the United States on the Navigation & Commerce within the same, is a measure, founded in the highest policy & Wisdom—passed by a very great Majority.

Resolved, that the Inhabitants of Boston will cordially acquiesce in the continuance of the Embargo, untill in the opinion of Congress, the objects contemplated by that measure shall be fully accomplished—passed unanimously.

Att. William Cooper Town Clerk

RC and enclosure (DLC). Both in a clerk’s hand, except for Cooper’s signatures. Addressed to JM “or Col Parker, or Mr Giles, Members / of Congress / Philadelphia.” Directed, “To be delivered / Thursday 2 oClock.” Docketed by JM.

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