George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 3 April 1790]

Saturday 3d. Exercised in the Coach with Mrs. Washington and the Children.

Gave notice to the Senate House of Congress that I had given my assent to the Act accepting the Cession of No. Carolina & to the other House that I had passed the Bill to prevent the exportation of Goods not duly inspected according to the Laws of the several States—these being the Houses in wch. they respectively originated.

Received from the Governor of the State of New York, three Acts of its Legislature—One adopting the Amendments (except the 2d.) proposed by Congress—another Ceding the Light House at the Hook to the United States and the third authorising & commanding the Goalers throughout the State to receive & safe keep Prisoners committed under the Authority of the United States.

GW’s message assenting to “An Act to accept a cession of the claims of the State of North-Carolina to a certain district of Western territory” was read in the Senate on 3 April 1790 (DE PAUW description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 1:274–75; see also entry for 29 Jan. and 1 April 1790). GW’s message assenting to “An act to prevent the exportation of goods not duly inspected according to the laws of the several States” was read in the House on 3 April (DE PAUW description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 3:355).

Gov. George Clinton’s letter to GW, 2 April 1790, is in DNA: RG 46, Entry 5, President’s Messages. It enclosed “An act declaring it to be the duty of the sheriffs of the several counties within this State to receive, and safe keep such prisoners as shall be committed under the authority of the United States,” passed 20 Mar. 1790; “An act for vesting in the United States of America, the light-house, and lands thereunto belonging, at Sandy Hook,” passed 26 Mar. 1790; and “An act ratifying certain articles in addition to, and amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress,” passed 27 Mar. 1790. The letters and enclosures were read in the House of Representatives 5 April 1790 (DE PAUW description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 3:346–47).

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