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Resolution by the Continental Congress concerning papers taken by the British Army, including circular letter from Elias Boudinot to the state governors
United States. Continental Congress
August 21, 1783
Volume 16, Pages 880-881

[From Executive Letter Book.]


Princeton, Sept. 3rd, 1783.


I have the honor of enclosing to your Excellency the Copy of an Act of Congress of the 21st. Ultimo in which your State my possibly be interested.

I am with all due respect your Excellency’s
Most Obedt. & Hum. Servant,

By the United States in Congress Assembled,
August 21st, 1783.

Whereas it is stipulated in the 7th article of preliminaries agreed upon the 30th day of November, 1782, between the plenipotentiaries of his Britannic Majesty and the United States, That the King of Great Britain shall order and cause all Archives, records, Deeds, and papers belonging to any of the said States or their Citizens, which in the course of the War may have fallen into the hands of his Officers to be forthwith restored and delivered to the proper States and persons to whom they belong.

Resolved, The Commander in Chief be directed to make application to his Britannic Majesty’s Generals Commanding at New York

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and Quebeck for the immediate delivery to any persons authorised to receive them, of all archives, records, deeds and papers belonging to any of the United States or to any of their Citizens which may have fallen into the hands of any of his Britanic Majesty’s Officers during the course of the War.