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Van Cortlandt, Philip (1749-1831) [Report of committee altering petition to Congress]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01731 Author/Creator: Van Cortlandt, Philip (1749-1831) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document signed Date: circa 8 December 1782 Pagination: 2 p. ; 34.2 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Report of committee work to alter a petition being sent to Congress in relation to half-pay pensions for officers. The first committee meeting took place on 5 December 1782 at Horton's Tavern. The committee of 3 was made up of General McDougall and Colonels Ogden and Brooks. They offered 3 changes to the petition. A General Committee meeting was held 7-8 December 1782, also at Horton's Tavern, with Major General Knox presiding as chairman. The final copy was signed then. The document was signed "P. Cortlandt," which seems to the signature of Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt, but it might be signed by his father.

Background Information: During the Revolutionary War, Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt commanded the 2nd New York Regiment in the Continental Army. He served in both houses of the New York State Legislature and ...represented New York in the United States House of Representatives from 1793 until 1809.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Newburgh ConspiracyMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralContinental ArmySoldier's PayPetitionFinancePensionsContinental CongressCongress

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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