George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Committee of Congress, 17 April 1789

From the Committee of Congress

New York April 17th 1789

The Committee appointed in consequence of the Resolutions of both Houses of Congress, and which accompany this Note most respectfully communicate their appointment1 to the President of the United States, with a request that he will please to have it signified to them when they shall attend, with a Barge which has been prepared for that purpose, to receive him at Elizabeth Town or at such other place as he shall chose to embark from New-Jersey for this City.2

John Langdon

Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Wm Samuel Johnson

Elias Boudinot

Theodorick Bland

Thos Tudr Tucker

Egbt Benson

John Lawrance


1In the MS this word reads “appointed.”

2On 9 April the Senate chose Langdon, Johnson, and William Few as a committee to plan the reception of the president on his arrival in New York, and on 15 April the Senate resolved that “a Committee of three members from the Senate, and five members from the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the two Houses respectively, attend to receive the President, at such place as he shall embark from New-Jersey for this city, and conduct him without form, to the House lately occupied by the President of Congress; and that at such time thereafter the President shall signify, it will be most convenient for him, he be formally received by both Houses.” The next day the House appointed Boudinot, Bland, Tucker, Benson, and Laurance as the committee (De Pauw, Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 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 1:12, 17, 3:24).

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