Virginia Delegates to the Virginia Convention, 18 May 1776

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Incorrectly dated draft of a letter from the delegates from Virginia in Congress to the Virginia Convention, in George Wythe's] hand. Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers. With Thomas Jefferson's notes on coin production.

On May 18, 1776, George Wythe wrote a letter from the delegates of Virginia at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, to the members of the fifth Virginia Convention in Williamsburg (presided by Edmund Pendleton). Enclosed were resolutions reached after a report by a committee made up by Benjamin Harrison, Edward Rutledge, Robert Goldsborough, Robert Treat Paine, and Caesar Rodney regarding two letters from General Lee of April 19 and May 7, 1776.

"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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Philadelphia, 18 April [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,

Your most obedient servants.


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External links

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition.