Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

U.S. Continental Congress. Thomson, Charles Extract from minutes of Congress: concord with Russia on neutral shipping

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01781 Author/Creator: U.S. Continental Congress. Thomson, Charles Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1780/10/05 Pagination: 1.5 p. 33 x 24 cm

Summary of Content: Resolutions towards a commercial and diplomatic accord between the two nations.

Background Information:

Full Transcript: In Congress Octor. 5th. 1780

Congress took into consideration the report of the Com[mitt]ee on the motion relating to the propositions of the Empress of Russia and there upon ...came to the following resolutions,
Her imperial majesty of all the Russias attentive to the freedom of commerce and the rights of nations in her declaration to the belligerent of neutral powers having proposed regulation founded upon principles of justice, equity and moderation, of which their most Christian and Catholic majesties and most of the neutral maritime powers of Europe have declared their approbation,
Congress willing to testify their regard to the rights of commerce, and their respect for the sovereign who hath proposed of the powers that have approved the said regulations resolve,
That the board of Admiralty prepare and report instruction for the commanders of armed vessels commissioned by the United States conformable to the principles contained in the declaration of the Empress of all the Russians on the rights of neutral vessels -
That the ministers plenipotentiary from the United States, if invited thereto, be and hereby are respectively empowe[re]d to accede to such regulations [2] conformable to the spirit of the said declaration, as may be agreed upon by the Congress expected to assemble in pursuance of the invitation of her imperial majesty.
Extract from the minutes
Cha Thomson Secy.
See More

People:

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: MaritimeCommerceMerchants and TradeDiplomacyTreatyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyRevolutionary WarNeutrality

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources