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Resolution by the Massachusetts General Court concerning the appointment of commissioners to examine trade
Massachusetts. General Court
March 23, 1786 - March 24, 1786
Volume 18, Pages 584-585

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
In Senate, March 23rd, 1786.

Whereas, information has been received, that the General Assembly of the State of Virginia, have passed a Resolution appointing certain persons therein named, as Commissioners in behalf of the said State, to meet such Commissioners as may be appointed by the other States in the Union, for the purpose of taking into Consideration the Trade of the United States, and to report to the several States, such an Act relative thereto, as will best promote the commercial interest of the United States.

Resolved, That Honbl. Caleb Davis, Benjamin Goodhue, Tristram Dalton, Esquires, and John Coffin Jones, Esqr., together with those persons who are or may be Constituted Agents in behalf of this Commonwealth, to conduct and prosecute our Claims to lands controverted by New York, and lying to the Westward of that State, be, and they are hereby appointed Commissioners on the part of this commonwealth; who, or any three of whom are hereby Authorized and empowered to meet such Commissioners as may be appointed by the other States in the Union, at Annapolis, on the first Monday in September next, for the purpose of Considering the Trade of the United States, to examine the relative situations and trade of the said States, to consider how far an uniform system in their commercial regulations may be necessary to the common Interest, and their permanent harmony; and to report to the United States in Congress Assembled, such an Act relative to this great object as when agreed to by them, and confirmed by the Legislature of every State, will enable the United States in Congress Assembled, effectually to provide for the same.

And it is further Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor, be requested to give notice to the Supreme Executives of the several States in the Union, of the concurrence of this Commonwealth in

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the measure proposed by the State of Virginia, for the purposes aforesaid.

Sent down for Concurrence.


In the House of Representatives March 24th, 1786.

Read and Concurred with.

James Bowdoin.
A True Copy—Attest:
John Avery, Jun., Sect'y.