Wythe, Archibald Cary & the Virginia General Assembly to John Jay & the Continental Congress, 15 December 1778
In General Assembly, December 15th, 1778
Resoloved, Nemine contradicente, that a Speedy ratification of the Articles of Confederation between the United States of America will confound the devices of their foreign and frustrate
frustrate the Machinations of their domestic enemies, encourage their firm friends, and fix the wavering, contribute much to the Support of their public Credit, and the restoration of the value of their paper Money; produce Unanimity in their Councils at home and add weight to their Negociations abroad; and compleating the Independence of their Country establish the best foundation of its prosperity.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente that the Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union proposed by Congress the 7th day of November last between the States of New Hampshire Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and providence plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and referred for approbation to the confideration of the Several Legislatures of the said States, be approved and ratified on the part of this Commonwealth, and that our Delegates in Congress be accordingly authorised and instructed to ratify the Same, in the name and on the behalf of this Commonwealth, and that they attend for that purpose on or below the Tenth day of March Next.
Archibald Cary, Speaker of the Senate
G. Wythe, Speaker of the House of Delegates