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Greene, William (1731-1809) [Appointment of John Collins as a Rhode Island delegate to the general congress]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00997 Author/Creator: Greene, William (1731-1809) Place Written: Providence, Rhode Island Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 8 May 1779 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 33 x 22 cm.

Signed by Greene as governor of Rhode Island, countersigned by Henry Ward as secretary of state. Commissions Collins to represent Rhode Island in the general congress in Philadelphia until ratification of the Articles of Confederation.

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