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    Congressional resolutions of July 1776 reported to General Artemas Ward by General Washington's secretary

    Robert Hanson Harrison Autograph Manuscript Signed "Rob H Harrison" twice, 1.25 pages, 7.75" x 12.25", front and verso. On November 6, 1775, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hanson Harrison became General George Washington's secretary. One of his responsibilities was to keep the military informed of events in Philadelphia, especially if it related directly to the army. General Artemas Ward was second in command to General Washington. The document was folded in four with "Resolves of Congress/for/Genl Ward" penned by Harrison on verso. On the front, Harrison wrote excerpts from the proceedings of the Second Continental Congress. Headed: "In Congress July 4th 1776," other dates not noted. In full, "Resolved, That copies of the Declaration be sent to the several Assemblies, Conventions & Councils of Safety and to the Several Commanding Officers of the Continental Troops, That It be proclaimed in each of the United States, and at the head of the army." From the July 5th proceedings: "That General Washington be empowered, If he shall Judge It advisable, to order three of the fullest Regiments stationed in Massachusetts Bay to be immediately marched to Ticonderoga, and that an equal number of the Militia of that state be taken into pay & embodied for Its defence, If the Government of Massachusetts bay Judge It necessary. That a chaplain be appointed to each Regiment in the Continental Army & their allowance be increased to Thirty three and one third Dollars pr month." From the July 6th proceedings: "That an order issue to the Agents in the Massachusetts bay & Rhode Island to send the arms taken out of the Scotch Transports to Genl Washington, at New York." On verso, Harrison has penned and signed the following, headed "In Congress June 5. 1776." In full "That the pay of the Regimental Surgeons be augmented to thirty three dollars & one third of a Dollar a month." Light discoloration on verso, with faint show-through, from mounting remnants. Partial separation of the folds at edges. Overall, in fine condition.

    In 1789, Robert Hanson Harrison was one of President Washington's original six appointments to the Supreme Court. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, but was forced to decline because of ill health. He continued as Chief Justice of the General Court of Maryland until his death less than seven months later.

    The document is handsomely displayed in a 8.5" x 13.25" presentation folder with inside flaps, titled in gilt lettering on a red leatherette portion of the cover "Resolution of/the Continental Congress/ordering the/Declaration of Independence/proclaimed/throughout the United States/and at/the Head of the Army/July 4, 1776."



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