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Letter from Charles Thomson to Richard Caswell
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824
February 24, 1786
Volume 18, Pages 543-544

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Office of Secretary of Congress,
February 24th, 1786.


On the 15th of this month I forwarded to your Excellency an Act of Congress of that date touching the system of general revenue recommended in the Act of the 18th of April, 1783, and a Schedule of the Dutch and French loans shewing the periods of their redemption with the annual Interest payable thereon, copies of which I now enclose.

I am sorry to inform you that your State is still unrepresented. Early in November I intimated to your Excellency that there were sundry matters which might require the attentive consideration of a full Congress. The state of the representation which I have transmitted will shew that since the first Monday in November there have seldom been seven States represented and never above eight, so that it was impossible to take up the great Business of the Confederacy. What the result may be of this inattention of the States to

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the concerns of the Union is uncertain, but I hope your Excellency will use your endeavors to urge the attendance of your Delegates as speedily as possible, that the bad consequences, if any, may not be imputed to your State.

With great respect I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency's most obt. &
Most Humble Servant.,