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Resolution by the Continental Congress concerning the British Army removing slaves, including cover letter from George Washington to Guy Carleton
United States. Continental Congress
May 26, 1783
Volume 16, Pages 874-875

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Head Quarters, 2nd June, 1783.

I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency, the Copy of a resolution of Congress which has lately been transmitted to me from that honourable body: Your Excellency will be pleased to notice the purport of this Act, and I am persuaded you will consider it with that attention which you shall judge the nature of its object requires.

I have the honor to be, Sir, &c.,

[From Executive Letter Book.]

By the United States in Congress Assembled,
May 26th, 1783.

Whereas by the articles agreed upon the 30th November last, by & between the Commissioners of the United of America for making peace and the Commissioners on the part of his Britannic Majesty, it is stipulated that his Britannic Majesty, shall with all convenient speed, and without causing any destructions or carrying away any negroes or other property of the American Inhabitants, withdraw all his armies, Garrisons & Fleets from the said United States and from every post, place and harbour within the same. And whereas a considerable of negroes belonging to the Citizens of these States have been carried off therefrom, contrary to the true intent and meaning of the said Article.

Resolved, That Copies of the Letters between the Commander in Chief & Sir Guy Carlton, and other papers on this subject be transmitted to the Ministers Plenipotentiary of these States for

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negotiating peace in Europe, and that they be directed to remonstrate thereon to the Court of Great Britain, and take proper measures for obtaining such reparation as the nature of the case will admit.

Ordered that a Copy of the foregoing Resolve be transmitted to the Commander in Chief, and that he be directed to continue his remonstrances, respecting the permitting negroes belonging to the Citizens of these States to leave New York and to insist on the discontinuance of that measure.