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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Hancock to state legislatures
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
February 20, 1777
Volume 11, Page 394

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Baltimore, Feby 20th 1777.


In consequence of the proceedings of the several Committees from the states of Massachusetts Bay, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island—being laid before Congress, they have come to the enclosed Resolves, which I am commanded to transmit to you—together with those parts of the minutes that relate to the price of Labor & other articles—Altho' Congress approve the measures adopted by the Body to prevent the depreciation of their Currency (except striking bills to bear interest) yet they have referred to the consideration of the other states, the propriety of regulating the prices of Goods and at the same time recommend to them, to devise such expedients as they may think will be most likely to remedy the evils occasioned by the exorbitant prices of Manufactures—and all other articles of Trade. I am therefore to request you will appoint Commissioners to meet at Charlestown in South Carolina, on the first Monday in May next—then and there to confer with other Commissioners, from the States of South Carolina and Georgia, on the subject of adopting such a system of Regulation as may be most suitable to these states. I beg leave to request your attention to the whole of the enclosed Resolves and have the honor to be Gentlemen

your mo. ob. & very humbl. Serv't
Hon: Convention of the State North Carolina.