Journals of the Continental Congress

Second Continental Congress: July 3, 1775

July 3, 1775

A Report from the Committee of the Whole is postponed at the request of South Carolina. John Langdon is concerned about being the sole delegate from New Hampshire and Silas Deane invites his wife to come to Philadelphia.

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Journals of the Continental Congress [Edited]

A letter from the Convention of New York, letters from General Schuyler and a a letter from General Gage to Governor Martin, were laid before the Congress, and read.

Congress resolved itself into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration the president resumed the chair, Samuel Ward reported that the Committee had come to a Resolution which they ordered him to report, but not having finished they moved “for leave to sit again.”

The report from the Committee being read, the final determination of it was, at the request of South Carolina, deferred until Tuesday.

Resolved, that the Congress will tomorrow again resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into consideration the state of America.

Adjourned till to Morrow at 9 o’Clock.

John Langdon to Matthew Thornton

I am very sorry to be alone, in so great and important a business as that of representing a whole Colony, which no man is equal to, but how to avoid it, I know not; whether it will be thought worthwhile (at this uncertainty) to send me assistance, our honorable Convention will be Judges.

[Editor’s Note. Delegate John Sullivan was appointed Brigadier General by Congress on June 22 and left Congress on June 27] 

Silas Deane to Elizabeth Deane

What think You of coming to Philadelphia, unless We adjourn this Week We shall tarry here Two Mo[nths] longer. If you can get Company to New York, will meet you there, & wait on you to this City. The Weather is not more severe, for heat than with you, and you may have the Satisfaction of seeing this part of the Continent. You will perhaps think Me wild, but think how severe it is to be detained here for Th[ree or] Four Months together absent from family & from You….

Edited with commentary by Gordon Lloyd.