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Robert Treat Paine Papers, Volume 3

To Henry Knox
RTP Knox, Henry
Dear Sr., Philada. June 20th. 1776

I received yrs. of June 10th & hoped you would favour me with perticular answer to my Letter to wch. I take the liberty to referr you. You promised me a Communication of Some Experiments. I hope you will not forget it. I want much to hear the State of the Air furnace at N York. Congress have ordered some Iron feild peices to be cast & wish to know if they can be made at that Furnace. Pray be as perticular in your Answer to my first Letter as you can & write me by the Post. I sincerely wish Sr. you may find satisfaction in yr. Office. Honor & Victory if you are attacked. Yr. freind & Sevt.

R. T. Paine

RC (Henry Knox Papers, microfilm copy at MHS).

Extract from the Minutes of the Continental Congress
Continental Congress
Thursday, June 20, 1776

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to draw up rules and regulations for the conduct of Congress1

The members chosen, Mr. Rutledge, Mr. Jefferson, and Mr. Paine.

Printed in Journals of the Continental Congress, 5:468.


The committee report appears below under the date July 10, 1776.

Extract from Minutes of the Continental Congress
Thomson, Charles
In Congress June 20. 1776

Resolved That a committee of five be appointed to consider what provision ought to be made for such as are wounded or disabled in the 232land or sea service and report a plan to Congress.1 The members chosen Mr. Payne Mr. F. Lee, Mr. Hall,2 Mr. Ellery3 and Mr. Lewis.

Extract from the minutes, Chas. Thomson secy.



Congress accepted the committee’s report on Aug. 26. See the Journals of the Continental Congress, 5:702–705.


Lyman Hall (1724–1790), a 1747 graduate of Yale, practiced medicine in Wallingford, Conn., until 1752, and then in Dorchester, S.C. Several years later he moved to Georgia, which he represented in the Continental Congress (1775–1777). He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and in 1783 served as governor of Georgia ( DAB ).


William Ellery (1727–1820), a 1747 graduate of Harvard, practiced law in Newport. He was a delegate from Rhode Island to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. He served in Congress until 1785 and then was collector for the port of Newport from 1790 until his death ( DAB ).