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United States in Congress Assembled. Thomson, Charles Resolution: instructions to Washington to retaliate for cruelty

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.091 Author/Creator: United States in Congress Assembled. Thomson, Charles Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 8 November 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 34 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Docketed on p.2

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Full Transcript: By the United States in Congress Assembled
Novr. 8th 1782.

On motion,
Resolved: That the Commander in Chief be instructed to call in the most pointed Terms on the British Commander ...at New York to fulfill his Engagement contain'd in his Letter of the 13th day of August last to make further Inquisition into the Murder of Captain Huddy and to pursue it with all the Effect which a due Regard to justice will admitt [sic] -
To prevent any misconstruction which may arise from the Resolution: directing Capt. Asgill to be sett [sic] at liberty -
Be it declared and is hereby declared that the Commander in Chief or the Commander of a Separate Army is in virtue of the powers invested in them respectedly [sic] fully authorized and impowered whenever the Enemy shall Committ [sic] any act of Cruelty or Violence contrary to the Laws or Usages of War to demand adequate Satisfaction for the same, and in Case such satisfaction shall not be given in a Reasonable or limited time or shall be referred or Evaded under any pretense whatever to cause Suitable Retaliation to be forthwith made, and the United States in Congress assembled will support them in such measures -

Cha Thomson Secy

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryAtrocityPresidentCongressGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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