Virginia Delegates to the Virginia Convention, 18 May 1776

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Letter from the delegates from Virginia of the Continental Congress, to the Virginia Convention. Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, incorrectly dated (by George Wythe) April 18, 1776.

FC (DLC). In the hand of George Wythe.

"The resolutions enclosed in this letter, dealing with a variety of measures for the defense of Virginia, were adopted on May 18. See JCC, 4:363-65.

2 For the resolve of May 6, see JCC, 4:330.

Letter text, 18 May 1776

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Gentlemen Philadelphia, 18 April, [i.e. May][1] 1776.

The inclosed resolutions were reported by a committee appointed to consider of a letter from general Lee to the president. We have nothing to observe upon them unless it be, that the surgeons whom the director general of the hospital is empowered to appoint, and the regimental surgeons to be nominated by the convention, according to a resolution lately forwarded to you,[2] are different officers. Upon the arrival of two ships of war, two frigates and one tender at Quebeck, the 6th instant, the garrison, consisting, with the forces the vessels brought, of no more than about a thousand men, made a sally upon our army there, and routed it. The resolution of the 15th of May we send a printed copy of, lest the manuscript, which we desired the secretary to furnish us with, should not come time enough to go by this opportunity. We are, Gentlemen, Your most obedient servants.


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