IN CONGRESS. THE DELEGATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, RHODE-ISLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW-YORK, NEW-JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, NORTH-CAROLINA, SOUTH-CAROLINA AND GEORGIA, TO [BLANK.] WE, REPOSING ESPECIAL TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN YOUR PATRIOTISM, VALOUR, CONDUCT AND FIDELITY, DO, BY THESE PRESENTS, CONSTITUTE AND APPOINT YOU TO BE [BLANK] IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES, RAISED FOR THE DEFENCE OF AMERICAN LIBERTY, AND FOR REPELLING EVERY HOSTILE INVASION THEREOF... THIS COMMISSION TO CONTINUE IN FORCE UNTIL REVOKED BY THIS OR A FUTURE CONGRESS. DATED AT [BLANK] BY ORDER OF THE CONGRESS. American Revolution, Henry Laurens.

IN CONGRESS. THE DELEGATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, RHODE-ISLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW-YORK, NEW-JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, NORTH-CAROLINA, SOUTH-CAROLINA AND GEORGIA, TO [BLANK.] WE, REPOSING ESPECIAL TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN YOUR PATRIOTISM, VALOUR, CONDUCT AND FIDELITY, DO, BY THESE PRESENTS, CONSTITUTE AND APPOINT YOU TO BE [BLANK] IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES, RAISED FOR THE DEFENCE OF AMERICAN LIBERTY, AND FOR REPELLING EVERY HOSTILE INVASION THEREOF... THIS COMMISSION TO CONTINUE IN FORCE UNTIL REVOKED BY THIS OR A FUTURE CONGRESS. DATED AT [BLANK] BY ORDER OF THE CONGRESS.

[Philadelphia: John Dunlap? 1777 or 1778]. Oblong broadside, 13-1/2" x 8." Blank printed form for officers commissioned in the Continental Army, signed clearly and boldly in ink by Henry Laurens as President of the Continental Congress; and Charles Thomson as Secretary. Near Fine.

Laurens of South Carolina was President of the Continental Congress from November 1, 1777 to December 9, 1778. Thomson was appointed Secretary of the First Continental Congress in September 1774 and remained in that post under every Congress up to 1789. On October 29, 1777, he assumed the duties of President after the departure of Hancock, until Laurens was elected on November 1.
The document is quite scarce. ESTC locates copies at the Library of Congress and AAS.
ESTC W36678. Evans 15681. Item #36807

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