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Letter from Charles Thomson to Richard Caswell
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824
September 06, 1785
Volume 17, Page 520

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Office of Secretary of Congress,
September 6th, 1785.


I have received the letters, you did me the honor to write on the 20th and 23rd July, and on the 4th August. I have now the honor to transmit to your Excellency herewith enclosed two copies of the continuation of the Journals of Congress from the 29th July to August 25th, one for the Legislative and the other for the Executive branch of Government. Although the Journal contains a full account of the representation in Congress yet for the further information of the Legislature, I enclose agreeably to the Act of the 17th of August a list of the States represented, and of those unrepresented, and of the members who have appeared in Congress during the course of last month. Your Excellency will perceive that your State continues to be unrepresented. When I consider of what importance it is to the Union, as well as to each individual State to have a full and complete representation in Congress, I cannot but flatter myself that you will use your best endeavors to press the attendance of the Members from your State; and here I would observe that great inconvenience arises from a bare representation by two members, for in case of the indisposition or casual absence of either of them, the State is unrepresented, and in case of a difference in opinion between them it loses its vote.

With great respect I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency's mo. ob. humbl. Servt.,