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Resolution by the New Jersey Legislature concerning the location of the United State Congress
New Jersey. Legislature
June 18, 1783
Volume 16, Pages 842-843

New Jersey, House of Assembly, June 18th, 1783.

Mr. Henderson from the Committee appointed to join a Committee of the Council brought in the following Report:

A Report of the Committee of the Council and the House of Assembly containing offers to invite Congress to make choice of the State of New Jersey for the place of their permanent residence.

Resolved, That if the Honourable Congress should think proper to make choice of any part of the State of New Jersey for the place of their permanent residence, the Legislature of this State will invest them with such Jurisdiction, authority and power, over a district of twenty square miles as may be required by Congress as necessary for the honor, dignity, convenience and safety of that August Body.

Resolved, That the Legislature of this State will give and grant to the United States in Congress Assembled, the Sum of thirty thousand pounds in Specie for the purpose of procuring Land and erecting buildings thereon for the suitable accommodations of Congress to held by them and their successors forever.

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Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions together with the proceedings of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of any of the Western part of the Township of Nottingham in the County of Burlington be transmitted to the Honourable the Congress.

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Inhabitants of any of the other parts of the State who may be desirous of inviting the residence of Congress amongst them to signify the same, and transmit their proposals to the Delegates representing this State in Congress previous to the first Monday in October next, that day being assigned by Congress to take such offers as may be made by the Several States into Consideration.


Which said report was read and agreed to by the House Unanimously concurred with in by Council, June 19th, 1783.

Extract from the Minutes.