George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Hill, Jr., 1 October 1786

From Henry Hill, Jr.

Philad[elphi]a 1st Octo. 1786.

Dear Sir

The Bill of exchange omitted in my last is now inclosed with a receipt in full—& your letters were duely forwarded.1

I lately had the pleasure of hearing Mr King’s harangue to our Assembly, on the Subject of the Commission with which he & Mr Monro were charged by Congress. It was truely, to the best of my judgment adapted to insure applause even from an Attic Audience.

Virginia appeared in the most advantageous light—Should her liberal support of the Union be Withdrawn, & Pennsylva. refuse her’s—he represented wth wonderful effect what would become of our State regulations—of the renown of our heroes & patriots—they wou’d all be swept away—and utterly lost!

The impression made on the House in favor of the point “supplicated” was remarkably tho’ tacitly confess’d and had the Members individually been question’d on the Spot whether the impost should be granted without reserves no one doubts it would have succeeded—They chose however on cool Deliberation to refer the important business to the next Assembly—Whether or not such a measure is practicable appears very doubtful.2 I am with our best Compliments to Mrs Washington Dear Sir Your most obedt hble servt

Henry Hill


2On 14 Aug. Congress appointed Rufus King of Massachusetts and James Monroe to go from New York to the Pennsylvania legislature “to explain to them more fully the embarrassed state of the public finances, and to recommend it to the said state to repeal the clause in her act granting the impost, which suspends its operation until all the states shall have granted the supplementary funds” (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 31:512–13, 515). King and Monroe attended the Pennsylvania legislature on 13 Sept. and were back in New York on 25 Sept., having succeeded in their mission (see Monroe to James Madison, 12 Sept., 29 Sept., in Rutland and Rachal, Madison Papers, description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds. The Papers of James Madison, Congressional Series. 17 vols. Chicago and Charlottesville, Va., 1962–91. description ends 9:122–24, 134–35). Hill at this time was a member of the supreme executive council of Pennsylvania.

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