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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Samuel Huntington

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05231 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Letter signed Date: 28 September 1789 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 31.8 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Washington transmits several Acts and duplicates (not included) to Huntington, Governor of Connecticut. Includes Acts for allowing for compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, for the establishment of the Post Office, for compensation to Supreme Court Judges, the Attorney General, the United States President and Vice President, for establishing salaries for the Executive Officers of Government, and for the safekeeping of the Acts, records, and Seal of the United States. Contains Resolutions requiring the Secretary of State to procure statutes from individual States, and for provision of the safekeeping of prisoners. Also includes partial suspension of an Act regulating the collection of duties imposed on the tonnage of ships and vessels and on imported goods. Docketed by Samuel Huntington.

Background Information: Samuel Huntington (1732-1796) was an attorney and statesman from Connecticut and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He served as President of the Continental Congress (1779-1781), first President of ...the United States in Congress Assembled, and Governor of Connecticut (1786-1796).

Washington was a signer of the U.S. Constitution.
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Full Transcript: United States September 28th.. 1789
Sir,
I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency - An Act for allowing Compensation to the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives ...of the United States, and to the Officers of both Houses. -
An Act for the temporary establishment of the Post Office. -
An Act for allowing certain compensation to the Judges of the supreme and other Courts, and to the Attorney General of the United States. -
An Act for allowing a compensation to the President and Vice-President of the United States. -
A Resolution, making it the duty of the Secretary of State to procure from time to time such of the statues of the several States as may not be in his office. -
A Resolution to provide for the safekeeping of such prisoners as may be committed, under the authority of the United States, to the Goals of the several States. -
And likewise the duplicate of the following Acts-Viz-An Act for establishing the Salaries of the Executives Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks. -
[2] An Act to provide for the safe-keeping of the Acts, Records and Seal of the United States and for other purposes. -
And An Act to suspend part of an Act entitled "An Act to regulate the collection of the Duties imposed by Law on the Tonnage of Ships and Vessels, and on Goods, Wares, and Merchandizes imported into the United States" and for other purposes. -
I have the honor to be,
With due consideration
Your Excellency's
Most Obt.. Servt
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His Excellency
Samuel Huntington

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People: Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Government and CivicsPresidentCongressFinancePost OfficeSupreme CourtVice PresidentAmerican Symbols and SealsLibraryPrisonerMerchants and TradeCommerceTaxes or Taxation

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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