Diary of John Adams, volume 3

Tuesday May 21. 1776.

Fryday May 24. 1776.

[Thursday May 23 1776.] JA [Thursday May 23 1776.] Adams, John
Thursday May 23 1776.

Thursday May 23 1776. Resolved That a Committee of five be appointed to confer with General Washington, Major General Gates, and Brigadier General Mifflin, upon the most speedy and effectual means of supporting the American Cause in Canada. The Members chosen, Mr. Harrison, Mr. R. H. Lee and Mr. J. Adams, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Rutledge.1


This “committee of conference” brought in a report next day which had been prepared by Benjamin Harrison and which was approved by Congress; at the same time Robert R. Livingston was added to the committee and it was given further duties; on the 25th it brought in a report written by Edward Rutledge ( JCC , 4:387–388, 394–396).