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Resolution by the Continental Congress concerning a court of appeals, including circular letter from Charles Thomson to the state governors
United States. Continental Congress
June 27, 1786
Volume 18, Pages 665-666

RESOLUTIONS OF CONGRESS.
[From Executive Letter Book.]


By the United States in Congress, Assembled,
June 27, 1786.

Resolved, That the Judges of the Court of Appeals be, and hereby are Authorized and directed in every cause which has been or may be brought before them to sustain appeals and grant rehearings or new trials of the same, wherever Justice and right may in their opinion require it, provided that an Order for a rehearing or new trial shall in no Instance suspend the execution of the first sentence. If the party in whose favor it may have been, shall give satisfactory Security for the payment of such costs and damages as the court on rehearing the cause and reversing the decree may think proper to award and that the said Judges be entitled each to ten dollars per day during the time they shall attend the sitting of the said Courts, and including the time they shall be Necessarily employed in travelling to and from the same.

Resolved, That the Court assemble at the City of New York, on the first Monday of November next, for the dispatch of such business as may then and there be before them.

CHAS. THOMSON, Sect'y.

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CHAS. THOMSON, ESQ., TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Office of Secretary of Congress,
June 28th, 1786.

(Circular)

Sir:

In consequence of Sundry Memorials and Petitions from persons claiming Vessels in the Courts of Admiralty in some of the States, praying for hearings and rehearings before the Court of Admiralty, the United States in Congress Assembled have been pleased to authorize and direct the Judges of the Court of Appeals, to sustain appeals and grant rehearings or new trials whenever Justice and right may in their opinion require it, and have directed the Court to assemble at the City of New York, on the first Monday in November next for the dispatch of such Business as may then and there be before them.

I have the honor of transmitting to your Excellency, herewith enclosed, a Copy of the Resolutions, and have to request the favor of your Excellency to cause them to be published for the Information of the Citizens of your State, who may be concerned.

With the greatest respect,
I have the Honor to be,
Your Excellency's Most obedient
And most humble servant,
CHAS THOMSON.