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Letter from Charles Thomson to Richard Caswell
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824
July 28, 1785
Volume 17, Pages 495-496

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Office of the Secretary of Congress,
July 28th, 1785.


I have it in charge as your Excellency will see by the enclosed resolve to apply to the Executives of the several states, for thirteen copies of the Legislative Acts thereof since the first of September, 1774, inclusive.

The purposes for which these copies are desired, and the end to be answered, are fully explained in the resolution. The object is not merely to procure information to the Federal Council, but to establish

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a mutual confidence and good understanding among the states, and that each may derive assistance in the great work of Legislation from the joint wisdom of the whole. I rely with confidence that your Excellency will be pleased to order thirteen copies of the Acts of your Legislature from the time above mentioned, to be forwarded as speedily as possible, and make the necessary arrangements, that I may be furnished from time to time, with the Acts which shall hereafter be passed.

I have the honor to be with great respect,
your Excellency's mo. humbl. servt.,