THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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September 10, 1782
James Madison Wrote to Edmund Pendleton
James Madison (1751–1836), while in Philadelphia for the Continental Congress, wrote to Edmund Pendleton (1721–1803) in September 1782. Madison discussed a fugitive slave belonging to Pendleton's nephew, George Washington's movement of troops, the arrival in New York of British troops under Rear Admiral Samuel Hood (1724–1816), as well as the state of British affairs. In 1782 peace negotiations had begun between America and Great Britain. The British earl of Shelburne (1737–1805), who had opposed the war, assisted in negotiations that led to the Treaty of Paris, which recognized the thirteen colonies as free and sovereign states.