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Letter to John Laurens, [Philadelphia?]
Wolcott, Oliver, Sr. (Author)
Laurens, John, 1754-1782 (Addressee)

Thomas Addis Emmet collection

The Members of the Continental Congress, 1774-1779

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1780-12-27
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa.
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 927
United States. Continental Congress
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Content: A. L. S. Endorsed. 4 pp. Fo
At the request of Mr. [John] Mathews he gives Col. Laurens information on the three points suggested; with regard to the first (whether the Connecticut line will be complete, in the next campaign) he answers that the State has offered a large bounty for recruits, and that each town is obliged to furnish its quota according to law; he expects therefore that the Connecticut line will be as full as usual; as to second (whether the State will furnish the provisions required) he replies that by law the towns are obliged to furnish provisions for the next campaign; the demand for provisions for the French fleet and army at Newport, and the alluring pay they make, has drawn off much five beef, but the zeal of the State will probably surmount this difficulty; in answer to the third question (whether Connecticut will cede to the United States her claims to unlocated lands) he says the State has ceded all unlocated territory west of the Susquehannah purchase, which if he rightly remembers extends two degrees west of the Delaware; this is done on condition that other states claiming unlocated territory shall cede proportionately; lands still unlocated within the Susquehannah purchase, it is thought reasonable to retain; the State makes this cession, not because its claims cannot be supported, but in order to cement the Union, and to form an estate which might be used for the introduction of millions of industrious foreigners, by whose purchases of land the national debt could be paid; as Colonel Laurens is going to Boston or Newport, he will be able to obtain more particular information from Governor Trumbull.
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868616
MSS Unit ID: 927
Emmet number: EM. 643
Archives EAD ID: 275252
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0e547a40-6a40-0139-efd4-0242ac110002
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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Letter to John Laurens, [Philadelphia?]" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1780.

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Letter to John Laurens, [Philadelphia?]