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Pendleton, Edmund (1721-1803) to James Madison re: the powers of Congress to tax directly

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00099.070 Author/Creator: Pendleton, Edmund (1721-1803) Place Written: Edmundsbury Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 May 1781 Pagination: 2 p. 22 x 17 cm

Discussion of the powers of the Continental Congress to make a direct tax on citizens, news of military operations in North Carolina. Hamilton. Also mentions: Congress-Revenue, Taxes, Sir Henry Clinton, Death of General Philips, Benedict Arnold, Marquis de Lafayette, Lord Cornwallis, Military rumors.

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