Resolution of the Virginia Assembly
[Richmond] The 1st of January 1785
Resolved that Thomas Massey Esqr.,1 or in case of his death or failing to act through other cause, such other person as shall be appointed by the Executive in his stead, be authorized in conjunction with the person appointed or to be appointed on the part of Maryland, to open and keep in repair a convenient Road from such part of the Waters of the Potowmack, to such part of the River Cheat or of the River Monongalia, as on examination they shall Judge most eligible; and that the sum of three thousand three hundred thirty three and one third Dollars, arising from the Taxes of the year 1784, out of the Money subject to the votes of the General Assembly, be paid by the Treasurer, on the joint Order of the Persons to be appointed as aforesaid, to be by them applied together with a like sum voted by the State of Maryland to the purpose aforesaid.
Resolved that the Governor be desired to write to the State of Pensylvania, requesting permission to lay out and improve a Road through such part of the said States, as may be necessary in the best and most proper direction from Fort Cumberland to the navigable part of the River Yohogania.2
D, MnHi; printed, House of Delegates Journal, 1781–1785 description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond, In the County of Henrico, on Monday, the Seventh Day of May, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-One. Richmond, 1828. description ends . See the source line in Enclosure I, above. William Drew, clerk of the senate, attests that this resolution was agreed to by the Virginia senate on 5 January. Madison was the author of the resolution.
1. Thomas Massie (Massey; 1747–1834) was aide-de-camp to Thomas Nelson during the Revolution.
2. See the resolution of the Maryland legislature to the same effect, Enclosure III in George Washington and Horatio Gates to the Virginia Legislature, 28 Dec. 1784. See also Madison’s comments in his letter of 1 Jan. and the source note and note 4 of that document.