If you’re having problems playing the video, please download it, there may be an incompatibility with your browser.
This Day In Founders History – 14 November
On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress was informed of a British fleet sailing “out of the Hook, and steering their course to the southward.” It was “Resolved, That copies of the letter…be sent by express to the General…Resolved, That the Board of War do immediately confer with the council of safety of this state, and co-operate with them in devising ways and means and calling forth the strength of this and the neighbouring states, for the defence of this city, against any attempts which the enemy may make to obtain possession of it…That the Marine Committee also be directed to make such disposition of the naval force, now in the river Delaware, or the neighbourhood thereof, as will best conduce to defeat the designs of the enemy.” It turned out the ship was actually headed back to England.
In 1777 on this day, Continental Congress in session: “Resolved, That General Washington be informed that Congress have long since written to the commissioners in France for cloaths complete for eighty thousand men, and have received for answer that they might be expected here by the setting in of winter…that Congress have also adopted various other means for importing cloathing, which they have reason to expect will be successful; and…ordered a copy of the General’s return of articles wanted for the army to be transmitted to the respective assemblies of the eastern and middle states, with a pressing recommendation to them to use their utmost endeavours to collect the same without delay, and send them to the army.
14 November 1781, Continental Congress in session: “Ordered, That the President write to the executives of the states, requesting the attendance of delegates from such states as are not represented, and urging the necessity of sending forward and keeping up a representation in Congress for conducting the affairs of the United States.