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Thomson, Charles (1729-1824) [Extracts of resolutions of the Continental Congress]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08921 Author/Creator: Thomson, Charles (1729-1824) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 4 November 1775 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Resolutions of the Continental Congress recommending that the assemblies of the various colonies to have fire locks and saltpetre manufactured, punish people who harbor deserters, and permit the army to impress vessels for transportation. The resolutions dated 4 November 1775 specify the fire lock supply needs, recommends fines, whipping, and oaths for people who harbor deserters, and ask the New England colonies to grant General Washington the power to impress carriages, horses, and other means of transportation at a "reasonable rate." A resolution from 10 November 1775 urges the production of saltpetre by every colony. Charles Thomson was the secretary of the Continental Congress.

People: Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarGovernment and CivicsContinental CongressCongressIndustryMilitary SuppliesDesertionMilitary LawImpressmentTransportationMilitary HistoryOathLawRevolutionary War General

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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