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Pounds six Shillings and four Pence which sum is the full of his Wages & Rations up to the first day of this instant June & forty eight shillings to Defray the said Junipers Board and that he be Discharged from any farther service at the expence of this State Sent up for concurrence
Tristram Dalton Spk"
S Adams Presid
Tristram Dalton Spk"
Warrant drawn 7th June 1783
Resolve on Foregoing.
· Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the House of Representatives June 4th 1783 On the Petition of Juniper Barthiaume Recollect Instructor to the Penobscot Tribe of Indians
Resolved that there be allowed and paid out of the public Treasury of this Commonwealth to Juniper Barthiaume Recollect Instructor to the Penobscot Tribe of Indians seventy four pounds six shillings & four pence which Sum shall be in full for his wages and Rations to the first day of this instant June — also the Sum of Forty eight shillings to defrey the said Juniper's Board, the said Sums to be charged to the United States; and that he be discharged from any further service.
Petition John Bane.
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court
Assembled : Humbly Shews John Bane of a place called No. 2 in the County of Lincoln yeoman, that in the months of October, November and December in the year 1780 he was acting Commissary for the Continental and State Troops Stationed at a place called, Frenchmans Bay, in the eastern parts of this Commonwealth — that in Compliance with the orders of Col. Alexander Campbell and other Officers commanding the same Troops he procured and delivered out to them, the Provisions mentioned in the Schedule annexed, and hath received pay only for 1600 weight of Beef and 83 bushels of Corn and that in the beginning of the year 1781 the Dwelling House of your Petitioner was consumed by fire, whereby he lost all the orders and directions of the same officers for the delivery of the articles aforesaid, and is now unable to settle his accompts in the manner prescribed by the Laws of this Commonwealth — Wherefore he prays your Honors to take his Case into your wise consideration, and pass such a Resolve, as may enable your Petitioner to receive out of the Treasury of this Commonwealth, what is justly due to him for the provisions afore said — And as in duty bound will ever pray.
John Bane June 10th 1783
Address of General Washington.
Head Quarters Newburgh June 11th 1783
The great object for which I had the honor to hold an appointment in the Service of my Country being accomplished,
I am now preparing to resign it into the hands of Congress, and to return to that domestic retirement, which, it is well known, I left with the greatest reluctance; A Retirement for which I have never ceased to sigh through a long and painful absence, and in which (remote from the noise and trouble of the world) I meditate to pass the remainder of life in a state of undisturbed repose.— But before I carry this resolution into effect, I think it a duty encumbent on me to make this my last official communication; to congratulate you on the glorious events which Heaven has been pleased to produce in our favor, to offer my sentiments respecting some important subjects which appear to me to be intimately connected with the tranquility of the United States, to take my leave of your Excellency as a public Character, and to give my final blessing to that Country in whose service I have spent the prime of my life, for whose sake I have consumed so many anxious days and watchful nights, and whose happiness being extremely dear to me, will always constitute no inconsiderable part of my own.
Impressed with the liveliest sensibility on this pleasing occasion, I will claim the indulgence of dilating the more copiously on the subject of our mutual felicitation.— When we consider the magnitude of the prize we contended for, the doubtfull nature of the contest, and the favorable manner in which it has terminated, we shall find the greatest possible reason for gratitude and rejoicing ;- this is a theme that will afford infinite delight to every benevolent and liberal mind, whether the event in contemplation be considered as the source of present enjoyment, or the parent of future happiness ;and we shall have equal reason to felicitate ourselves on the lot which Providence has assigned us, whether we view it in a Natural, a political, or a moral point of light.
The Citizens of America, placed in the most enviable condition, as the sole Lords and Proprietors of a vast tract of
Continent, comprehending all the various soils and climate of the world, and abounding with all the necessaries and conveniences of life, are now, by the late satisfactory pacification, acknowledged to be possessed of absolute Freedom and Inde. pendency ;— They are from this period to be considered as the Actors on a most conspicuous Theatre, which seems to be peculiarly designated by Providence, for the display of human greatness and felicity,— Here they are not only surrounded with every thing which can contribute to the completion of private and domestic enjoyment, but Heaven has crowned all its other blessings, by giving a fairer oppertunity for political happiness than any other Nation has ever been favored with.— Nothing can illustrate these observations more forcibly, than a recollection of the happy conjuncture of times and circumstances under which our Republic assumed its rank among the Nations. The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of Mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, — the researches of the human mind after social happiness have been carried to a great extent,— the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages, and Legislators, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our Forms of Government, the free cultivation of Letters,—the unbounded extension of Commerce,—the progressive refinement of Manners, the growing liberality of sentiment, and above all the pure and benign light of Revelation, have had a meliorating influence on Mankind and increased the blessings of Society; - At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be compleatly Free and Happy; the fault will be entirely their own.
Such is our situation, and such are our prospects ;- but notwithstanding the Cup of blessing is thus reached out to us,—notwithstanding happiness is ours, if we have a disposition to seize the occasion and make it our own; yet it appears to me, there is an option still left to the United States of America, — that it is in their choice, and depends upon their conduct, whether they will be respectable and prosperous or contemptable and miserable as a Nation;— This is the time of their political probation,- this is the moment when the eyes of the whole World are turned upon them, - this is the moment to establish or ruin their National Character forever, — this is the favorable moment to give such a tone to our Federal Government as will enable it to answer the ends of its institution, or this may be the ill-fated moment for relaxing the powers of the Union, annihilating the cement of the Confederation, and exposing us to become the sport of European politicks, which may play one State against another to prevent their growing importance, and to serve their own interested purposes ;— For according to the System of Policy the States shall adopt at this moment, they will stand or fall, and by their confirmation or lapse, it is yet to be decided, whether the Revolution must ultimately be considered as a blessing or a Curse — a blessing or a Curse, not to the present age alone, for with our fate will the destiny of unborn millions be involved.
With this conviction of the importance of the present Crisis, silence in me would be a crime,— I will therefore speak to your Excellency the language of freedom and of sincerity without disguise ;— I am aware however, that those who differ from me in political sentiment may perhaps remark, I am stepping out of the proper line of my duty, and they may possibly ascribe to arrogance or ostentation, what I know is alone the result of the purest intention — but the rectitude of my own heart, which disdains such unworthy motives, the part