On the 18th June Mr. Hawkins & myself left this for Philadelphia, on my arrival I took my seat in Convention and he agreed for his passage to Pertersburg, after having been there a few days, we received a Letter from Charles Thomson informing us that our presence would Compleate Seven States in Congress and that a Congress was absolutely Necessary for the great purpose of the Union. Whereupon we returned here on the 4th Instant and formed a Congress and we Consider ourselves bound to Continue untill Some other State comes up of which we are in hourly Expectation and then I shall proceed to the Convention and he will return home.
I conceived it more for the benefit and honor of the state in which Opinion my Colleagues in the Convention agreed to return with Mr. Hawkins and represent the State in Congress than to Continue in the Convention especially as my Colleagues in that Body were Generally unanimous and Competent to the purposes of their Mission: in this
Instance I hope my Conduct will meet the Aprobation of Your Excellency and my fellow Citizens.
I have the honor to be, Your most Obet. & very Huml. Servant, Wm. Blount.
Tr (Nc-Ar: Governors' Letterbooks).