Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE Cambridge, January 31, 1776.

    Sir: Mr. Glover called upon the General this day informing him, that the Legislative Power of this Province, were about making some Alterations or Amendment in the Act relative to Captures made by Armed Vessels, fitted out of this Colony, so as to make that Act conformable to the resolutions of Congress. He also mentioned that some difficulties may arrise after Condemnation, respecting the Sale of Prizes made by the Continental Vessels, as it seems the deputy Sherrif is ordered to


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take charge of, and Sell the Prizes made by Vessels, fitted out by individuals, or otherwise. That will certainly militate with the agreement entered into by his Excellency with the Agents appointed by him, who are to have a Certain Commission and no more, for transacting that business. Now Sir, I am ordered by the General to lay the Matter before you, requesting that no future impediments may arise, after Condemnation of these Vessels, to interrupt the Sale of them and Cargoes. A clause in this particular, enacting that all Vessels taken by the Cruizers fitted out at the Continental expence, shall be given up to the Agents appointed for negotiating that business, immediately after Condemnation, will answer every purpose of this application to you.

    I have the Honor to inclose you a Resolve of Congress, empowering the paymaster General of this Army to draw Bills on the President, with an extract, from his Letter to his Excellency on the same subject. I am Sir, etc. 67

[Note:This letter in the "Letter Book," Washington Papers, is in the writing of George Lewis, but the Varick Transcripts give the signature as Washington's. Lacking the letter sent, it is difficult to determine who signed it. The resolve of Congress referred to is that of January 16. ]