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title:“Resolutions Calling for a Conference to Determine the Pennsylvania-Virginia Bounday Line”
authors:George Mason
date written:1778-12-12

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Mason, George. "Letter to Determine the Pennsylvania-Virginia Bounday Line." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 1. Ed. Bernard Bailyn and James Morton Smith. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 457. Print.

Resolutions Calling for a Conference to Determine the Pennsylvania-Virginia Bounday Line (December 12, 1778)

[12 December 1778]
Resolved, That the southern boundary offered by the Pennsylvania Assembly, is inadmissible; and that no part of the offer heretofore made by the Assembly of this Commonwealth, is, or ought to be, binding upon Virginia, unless the whole had been, or shall be, accepted by the Assembly of Pennsylvania.
Resolved, That it is now too late in the present session, to enter into proper discussion of the observations made by the Assembly of Pennsylvania, or to give a full and determinate answer to their proposals; but as the confusion, from the doubtful jurisdiction in the county adjacent to the disputed territory, may produce the most dangerous consequences to the common cause of America;
Resolved, That the Virginia delegates in Congress, be empowered and instructed to propose to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to appoint commissioners on their part, to meet commissioners to be appointed by the Assembly of this Commonwealth, at such convenient place as may be agreed on by the said commissioners of both States, to confer together and endeavor to fix on the true and proper boundaries between the said States; or, if that cannot be done, to agree upon some temporary boundary, in the mean time, and report their proceedings thereon to their respective Assemblies.

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