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VIRGINIA STATE PAPERS

AND

OTHER MANUSCRIPTS

FROM

MAY 16, 1795, TO DECEMBER 31, 1798;

EMBRACING THE

LETTERS AND PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

Deizerise - Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry

OF

VIRGINIA AND THE OTHER COLONIES,

From March 12, 1773, to April 7, 1775:

&!!1d4c -- ALSO THE
Journal of the Committee of Safety of Virginia,

From February 7, 1776, to July 5, 1776,
Preserved in the Capitol, at Richmond.

ARRANGED, EDITED, AND PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY AND DIRECTION

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Entered according to an Act of Congress,

BY THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH,
For the State of Virginia in the office of the Librarian of ('ongress at Washington.

JAMES E. GOODE, PRINTER.

SIMONS BLANK BOOK CO., BINDERS.

PREFACE.

It is necessary to state in explanation of the fact that the subjects embraced in this volume are not in chronological sequence with the preceding volumes, that they were not discovered until the papers of those volumes had been calendared. Their value need not be impaired thereby, as they constitute matters of Colonial history, never, it is confidently believed, hetetofore given to the public.

The letters of the “Committees of Correspondence” indicate the gradual development of the scheme for National Independence, which inspired the minds and hearts of the Fathers of the Republic. In the perusal of these, no Virginian can fail to feel a just pride in the part acted by his own State, and the position accorded to her by the sister Colonies for patriotism, resolution and wisdom.

The records of the Committee of Safety" show that upon it devolved mainly the organization and equipment of the army and navy of Virginia, which constituted so large a portion of the force which wrested our land from the dominion of Great Britain after a seven years' war. In these will be found much that is highly interesting to the descendants of those brave ancestors, who contributed to this grand result.

It is proper to state that in the copy made, the language and spelling has been strictly followed.

The preparation of the Calendar in chronological order is resumed at May 16th, 1795, page 240.

Calendar of State Papers.

LETTERS AND PROCEEDINGS

OF TIE

Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry

OF THE

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COLONY OF VIRGINIA,
From March 12th, 1773, to April 7th, 1775.

- ---- - - ---- --BY THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES, FRIDAY, MARCH 12th, 1873. Whereas the minds of his Majesty's faithful subjects in this Colony House of have been much disturbed by various rumors and reports of proceedings M

Burgesses, tending to deprive them of their ancient, legal and constitutional Rights; 1773 and whereas the affairs of this (Colony are frequently connected with those of Great Britian, as well as the neighboring ('olonies which renders a communication of Sentiments necessary: In order, therefore, to remove the uneasiness and to quiet the minds of the people as well as for other good purposes above mentioned

Be it resolved, That a standing committee of correspondence and inquiry be appointed to consist of eleven persons, to-wit: the honorable Peyton Randolph, Esquire, Robert Carter Nicholas, Richard Bland, Richard Henry Lee, Benjamin Harrison, Edmund Pendleton, Patrick Henry, Dudley Digges, Dabney Carr, Archibald ('ary, and Thomas Jefferson, Esquires, any six of whom to be a committee, whose business it shall be to obtain the most early and authentic intelligence of all such Acts and Resolutions of the British Parliament or proceedings of administration as may relate to or affect the British Colonies in America ; and to keep up and maintain a correspondence and communication with our sister ('olonies respecting those important considerations; and the result of such their proceedings from time to time to lay before this House.

Resolved, That it be an instruction to the said committee that they do

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