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The departure of Rep. Thomas Hartley of Pennsylvania for Congress
Description of the departure of Rep.Thomas Hartley of Pennsylvania to serve in the First Federal Congress
(New York Daily Gazette, March 10, 1789
 Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Transcription of Rep. Hartley's Description

As members of the First Federal Congress left their homes and families and set out for New York City, the local citizens often gave them a spirited send off. This article conveys some of the hopes that the people of York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, had for the future of the national government and describes a typical ceremony to mark the departure of a representative to serve in the Congress

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