George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 9 July 1785

From Edmund Randolph

Richmond July 9. 1785.

Dear sir

With this you will receive a copy of the proclamation, authenticated by the register’s seal.1 I was indeed hopeful to add the testimonials of the state: but the lieutenant governor, not being in town nor expected until the departure of the post, I thought it adviseable rather to send the inclosed, than delay you. I believe that this will answer your purpose; but for fear of cavil, I will forward by the next post an act of the Lt Govr, declaring Mr Harvie to be register, & that his official proceedings are intitled to full faith and credit.2 I am Dear sir with the sincerest regard yr affte friend & serv.

Edm: Randolph


1The royal Proclamation of 1763 halting settlement in the transmontane West also provided that the veterans of the French and Indian War would be given the right to claim land in the West. See Thomas Smith to GW, 14 July, and Randolph to GW, 4 June 1785, n.1.

2Beverley Randolph was lieutenant governor of Virginia. Edmund Randolph forwarded the certificate in his letter to GW of 17 July.

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