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    [George Washington]. Manuscript Document Ordering Guns and Powder to Salute the Opening of Congress; Together with a Printed Congressional Broadside Establishing the Fixed Dates for Congressional Sessions.

    Congressional Broadside Issued at the Third Session and Signed in Type by George Washington. One page, 8" x 13"; Philadelphia; March 2, 1791. The Act reads, "Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That after The third day of March next, the first annual meeting of Congress Shall be on the fourth Monday of October next." As this Act was established during the third session of the first U.S. Congress, it fixes for the first time under that body's authority the opening of a new Congress. Enacted on the beginning day of that particular session, after the two earlier meetings were held in New York, it also marks one of Congress's first acts of legislation in the temporary capitol at Philadelphia. Signed in type by Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg as "Speaker of the House of Representatives," John Adams as "Vice-President of the United States, and President of the Senate," and approved by George Washington, as "President of the United States."

    Request on Behalf of the Secretary of War. One page, 8" x 12.75; War Department; October 24, 1791. A letter to William Knox ordering guns and powder: "The Secretary of War requests that you will furnish Captain Jeremiah Fisher of the city artillery, in order to fire a salute on tomorrow, at the opening of Congress: One hundred and eighty pounds of Cannon powder - One hundred Tubes - Forty six Flannel Cartridges for 12 pounders - Eight Portfires," and it is signed, "Jno: Stagg Jun:" Major Stagg and Captain Fisher were both veterans of the Revolution, the latter having served with Col. Thomas Proctor's celebrated 1st Pennsylvania artillery regiment.

    Both documents are gently toned, with tiny chips at margins, well away from any text.

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