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The inain question being amended, was agreed to as follows:
The superintendent of finance having reported to Congress, " that the receivers in the several states have long since been instructed to take all notes signed by the superintendent of finance in payment of taxes; and also to take up all such potes whenever tendered, if they have public money in their hands."
Ordered, That the superintendent of finance be directed to publish the above information.
FRIDAY, August 1, 1783. A motion having been made yesterday by Mr. Read, seconded by Mr.
That on the
the president shall'adjourn Congress, to meet at Philadelphia, on
there to continue until the last Monday in October next, at which time the president shall adjourn Congress, to meet at Annapolis on the Friday following, unless Congress shall before that time have determined otherwise.
On motion made by Mr. Bland, seconded by Mr. Howell, the foregoing motion being taken up, and the first blank being filled with the words, "eighth day of August instant,” and the second blank with the words, “ twelfth of August instant." A motion was made by Mr. Bland, seconded by Mr. Howell, to strike out the words, “ there to continue until the last Monday in October next, at which time the president shall adjourn Congress, to meet at Annapolis on the Friday following, unless Congress shall before that time have determined otherwise.”
And on the question, shall those words stand? the yeas and nays being re-
div. Maryland, Mr. M'Henry, Rhode Island, Mr. Ellery,
Virginia, Mr. Bland,
no 3 div. Howell,
nosak. So the words were struck out. On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Mr. Holten,
Ordered, That Wednesday next be assigned for the farther consideration of the motion.
On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Duane,' Mr. A. Lee and Mr. Higginson, to whom was referred a letter of 24th July, from sir Guy Carleton, with sundry communications accompanying the same,
Resolved, That the president inform sir Guy Carleton, commander in chief of the British forces at New-York, that the United States in Congress assembled, have considered the communications which he has been pleased to make in his letter of the 24th July last, relative to certain persons suspected of forging and passing the notes issued from the office of finance of the United States:
That they presume his excellency will give orders that such of the persons, subjects of any of these United States, as are or may be in custody, on a charge of having made or passed within any of the United States, counterfeits either of the notes or paper bills of the United States or any of them, shall be delivered up, together with the proofs which shall be collected against them, to be tried under the jurisdiction to whom the cognizance of their crimes belongs: that a guard shall attend at the time and place to be appointed by him, for the purpose of receiving and securing such of the criminals as fall under the above description: and that with regard to further inquiries, and to criminals wuo are
not amenable to any of these United States, Congress have entire confidence that justice will be done, and such atrocious offenders brought to condign punishment. Adjourned to ten o'clock on Monday.
: MONDAY, August 4, 1783. Five states only attended, namely, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New-Jersey, North-Carolina and South-Carolina ; and from the state of New Hampshire Mr. Foster, from Massachusetts Mr. Holten; from Maryland Mr. Mr’Henry, and from the state of Virginia Mr. Mercer.
· TUESDAY, August 5, 1783. The agent of marine, to whom was referred a resolution of the house of delegates of the state of Virginia of 26th of June, 1783, reported,
That although it is an object highly desirable, to establish a respectable marine, yet the situation of the public treasury renders it not advisable to purchase ships, for the present, nor until the several states shall grant such funds for the construction of ships, docks and naval arsenals, and for the support of the naval service, as shall enable the United States to establish their marine upon a permanent and respectable footing. Resolved, That Congress agree to the report.
. WEDNESDAY, August 6, 1783. On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Peters, Mr. Clark and Mr. Duane, to whom was referred a memorial of Kelelamund, alias John Killbuck, an Indian chief:
Resolved, That the memorial of Kelelamund, alias John Killbuck, be referered to the superintendent of finance and secretary at war, who are hereby directed to take order for supplying this faithful Indian and his family, and other friendly Indians at Fort-Pitt, with clothing and necessaries; and whensoever it shall be agreeable to Kelelamund and his family to remove into the Indian country, the secretary at war, is hereby directed to order provisions, and other necessary supplies for their journey, and a guard for their protection, if the same shall be necessary.
That the secretary at war be, and he is hereby directed to enquire into the numbers and wants of the friendly Indians of the Oneida, Tuscarora and other northern nations, and in conjunction with the superintendent, to afford them such supplies of clothing out of the stock of that article now on hand, as in the opinion of the superintendent of finance and secretary at war, shall be deemned sufficient for their necessities during the approaching winter. And the secretary at war is hereby further directed, to cause such articles in the quarter-master general's department, as shall be useful to the said Indians, to be delivered to them, and also a sufficient number and quantity of arms, powder and lead, to enable them to procure their usual subsistence by hunting.
Ordered, That the secretary at war convey to Kelelamund, and the chiefs of the Oneida's, Tuscarora's, and other northern nations, the just estimation in which Congress continue to hold their fidelity and attachment to the United States, through all the vicissitudes of the late war.
THURSDAY, August 7, 1783. Mr. Carroll, a delegate for Maryland, and Mr. L'Hommedieu, a delegate for New York, attended, and took their seats in Congress.
A motion was made by Mr. Clark, seconded by Mr. Read, in the words following:
The commander in chief having been requested to attend Congress as soon as he shall return from the northward, by a resolution of the 26th July,
R-solved, That a committee be appointed to confer with him on the peace arrangement; and that they be instructed to report the proper manner of receiving him.
A motion was made by Mr. Howell, seconded by Mr. Ellery, to postpone the consideration of the motion, in order to take up the following, viz. That a cotn mittee be appointed to consider and report what measures are proper to be adopted by Congress with respect to the reception of the commander in chief, on his arrival at Congress.
And on the question to agree to postpone for the above purpose, the yeas
ay) Rhode-kland, Mr. Ellery. ay ay | Maryland, Mr. Carroll, no2 Howell,
Virginia, Mr. Bland,
S.-Carolina, Mr. Izard,
Beresford, So the question was lost.
A division of the main question being called for, and on the question to agree to the first part, as far as the words 6 peace arrangement," inclusive, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Ellery, N-Hompalare, Ms. Fåter,
>* |Pennsylvania, Mr. Fitzsimmons, Massachusetts, Mr. Holten,
Virginia, Mr. Bland,
Beresford, ay So it was resolved in the affirmative. The latter part of the motion being agreed to, it was resolved as follows:
The commander in chief having been requested to attend Congress as soon as he shall return from the northward, by a resolution of 26th July,
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to confer with him on the peace arrangement; and that they be instructed to report the proper manner of receiving him.
Ordered, That the committee consist of five members.
Resolred (unanimously, ten states being present) That an equestrian statue of general Washington, be erected at the place where the residence of Congress shall be established.
On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. A. Lee, Mr. Ellsworth and Mr. Mifflin, appointed to prepare a plan of an equestrian statue of the commander in chief,
Resolved, that the statue be of bronze: The general to be represented in a Roman dress, holding a truncheon in his right hand, and his head encircled with a laurel wreath. The statue to be supported by a marble pedestal, on which are to represented, in basso relievo, the following principal events of the war, in which general Washington commanded in person; viz. The evacuation of
Boston--the capture of the Hessians at Trenton--the battle of Princetonthe action of Monmouth, and the surrender of York. On the upper part of the front of the pedestal, to be engraved as follows: The United States in Congress assembled, ordered this statue to be erected in the year of our Lord 1783, in honor of George Washington, the illustrious commander in chief of the armies of the United States of America, during the war wbich vindicated and secured their liberty, sovereignty and independence.
Resolved, That a statue conformable to the above plan, be executed by the best artist in Europe, under the superintendence of the minister of the United States at the court of Versailles ; and that money to defray the expense of the same, be furnished from the treasury of the United States.
Resolved, That the secretary of Congress transmit to the minister of the United States at the court of Versailles, the best resemblance of general Washington that can be procured, for the purpose of having the above statue erected ; together with the fittest description of the events, which are to be the subject of the basso relievo.
FRIDAY, August 8, 1783. · Ordered, That colonel G. Morgan be, and he is hereby authorized, to engage a house for the accommodation of the commander in chief, during his attendance on Congress.
SATURDAY, August 9, 1783. On motion of Mr. Williamson, seconded by Mr. Lee,
Resolved, That the secretary at war be directed to grant furloughs to the troops in Maryland and Virginia.
On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Duane, Mr. Izard and Mr. S. Huntington, to whom were referred a petition of captain Clement Goselin, in behalf of the officers, Canadians and other refugees, residing at Fish-kill, in the state of New York, to the number of 80 men and women, besides children ; and the letter from brigadier-general Hazen and others ;
Resolved, That it be, and is hereby recommended to the state of New York, to receive the officers and men under the above description, agreeably to the prayer of their petition, as citizens of the said state.
Resolved, the officers of the regiment lately commanded by brigadier-general Hazen, who at the commencement of the war, were inhabitants of Canada, shall continue to receive their former subsistence, until the further order of Congress : and that each of the men, women and children, referred to in the petition of the said officers, shall respectively receive a ration per day for their subsistence, until such further order.
Resolved, That the commissioner appointed to settle the public accounts for the state of New York, be authorized and directed to settle the claims for advances represented to have been made by the said officers, for the use of the United States, and report the same to Congress.
MONDAY, August 11, 1783. On motion of Mr. Clark, seconded by Mr. Holten, Congress came to the following resolution :
Congress having been informed by the communication of a letter from the pay-master general, that he hath not been able to obtain the accounts of issues necessary for settling the accounts of the army, though he hath repeatedly dequested the same from the head of the issuing department,
Resolved, That Charles Stewart, late commissary-general of issues, be directed immediately to furnish the pay-master general with the accounts of issues to the several officers, in order that their accounts may be speedily settled and adjusted.
On motion of Mr. Howell, seconded by Mr. Lee,
may be, on the letters of the 16th and 18th June last, from the commissioner for settling the accounts between the United States and the state of Pennsylvania. referred to the said superintendent: and that he also report a copy of such instructions, as have heretofore been given from his office, to the commissioners for settling the accounts between the United States and each particular state.
On the report of committee, consisting of Mr. Bland, Mr. Mercer, and Mr. Higginson, to whom was referred a petition of John Irwin, late deputy commissary of issues,
Resolved, That the prayer of the petition from John Irwin, late deputy commissary of issues for the western department, "that certificates may issue for the balance of pay due to himself and his assistants,” cannot be granted until all their accounts with the public shall be finally settled by the proper officers.
TUESDAY, August 12, 1783. · On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Higginson, Mr. Clark and Mr. Read, to whom was referred an address from the inhabitants of New-Bruns. wick and its vicinity:
Resolved, That the president inform the inhabitants of New Brunswick and its vicinity, that Congress with pleasure receive their congratulations on the glorious and happy success of the war, are obliged by the affection and respect. for the federal government, expressed in their address, and highly approve their patriotic disposition to promote order, harmony and peace throughout the United States.
The committee, consisting of Mr. M'Henry, Mr. Williamson and Mr. Clark, to whom was referred a petition of Dr. Dirk Van Ingen, praying that depreciation may be allowed him in the settlement of his account, report,
" That as Dr. Van Ingen, who served for some years as surgeon, in the continental hospital, appears by his petition to have been reduced as a supernumerary before the 10th of April, 1780, and as no depreciation has been allowed to officers who left the service before that period, Dr. Van Ingen's claim cannot be admitted without the infringement of the rule established by Congress.”
Resolved, That Congress agree to the said report.
Resolved, That the consideration of the report of a committee, to whom was referred a letter of the 20th June last, from the superintendent of finance, with the papers enclosed, relative to certain proceedings of the state of Maryland, be postponed, that the delegates from Maryland may have an opportunity to receive information from the legislature, respecting the subject matter thereof.
WEDNESDAY, August 15, 1783.
“ That the resolution passed yesterday, in answer to the address of the inhabitants of New-Brunswick and its vicinity, be re-considered, in order to strike out the word “government” following the word federal, and to insert in its stead, the word "union.” Andron the question for re-considering, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Howell, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Foster, no} * Pennsylvania, Mr. Wilson, no) Massachusetts, Mr. Holten,
aylay Maryland, Mr. Carroli,
• Lee, New-York, Mr. Duane,
1.-Carolina, Mr. Hawkins, L'Hommedieu, nos
Williamson, New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot, no
S.-Carolina, Mr. Izard, ; Clark,
no Sno Condict,. no)
Beresford, So it passed in the negative.
no no no