[3 January 1777]
The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider a Letter from General Washington to the President of the Council dated Decr: 18th:2
beg leave to report that we think it expedient that the honorable John Adams, and Robt. Treat Paine Esqrs: two of the Delegates to the Continental Congress now in this State be desired to attend this Court, that from them we may learn the general State of Continental Affairs, and that some Person be dispatched immediately to desire Mr. Paine to attend this Court for the purpose abovemention'd as soon as may be.
[salute] The said Committee beg leave to sit again
[signed] John Winthrop per order
[dateline] In Council Jany 2d: 1777.
Read, and Accepted.
Sent down for Concurrence
[signed] John Avery Dpy. Secy.
[dateline] In the House of Representatives Jany 2d: 1777.
Read, and Concurred
[signed] J Warren Speaker
[signed] Attest Jno: Avery Dpy. Secy.