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Letter to Oliver Ellsworth
Ellsworth, Oliver (Recipient)
Root, Jesse (Creator)

Thomas Addis Emmet collection

Series IV. The Members of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789

Members of the Continental Congress of 1774-1789: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island Connecticut.

Dates / Origin
Place: Philadelphia, Pa.
Date Created: 1781-02-08
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 927
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
A. L. S. Endorsed. 2 pp. Fo
Is glad to hear that the collecting and recruiting is succeeding so well in Connecticut; General Du Portail has arrived from the south; Virginia has ceded to the United States her claims to the territory northwest of the Ohio, with certain provisions; Maryland has agreed to the Confederation; Congress has asked the states for power to levy imposts to the amount of 6% on imported articles; the necessity of a revenue is evident; in Root's opinion duties should be varied, but under the present plan they will be higher on articles of luxury in proportion as they are dearer; Congress has been arranging its executive departments; Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Minister of War, of Finance, and of Marine; General Leslie has arrived to the southward with 2500 troops; the new bills get out but slowly; they labor under the disadvantage of state emissions and have various credits which embarrass business; the legal exchange there is 75, but the real exchange is 110; accordingly everything is raised a corresponding proportion in hard money; he will leave Congress the middle of April, the President [Samuel Huntington] and General Walcott intending to go about the same time; incloses particulars of General Morgan's success, and the King's speech.
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868616
MSS Unit ID: 927
Archives EAD ID: 275240
Calendar number: EM. 623
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a8e56020-c52d-012f-9afc-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1781: Place
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Letter to Oliver Ellsworth