George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 30 March 1789

From Henry Knox

New York 30th March 1789

My dear Sir

The chagrin of the members who first arrived still exists, one senator and two representatives being yet wanted1—The latter will arrive certainly in a day or two from Jersey and Pennsylvania, but unless Mr Reed from Delaware shall come on, the senate may be deficient during the whole of the present week.

The tardiness of the members is more unfortunate at this season than at any other—The spring impost amounting by computation to 300 000 Dollars will be lost to the General Government by its not meeting at the time appointed. I am with perfect attachment your

H. Knox


1For the difficulty the First Congress had in achieving a quorum, see Knox to GW, 5 Mar. 1789, n.1.

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