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Record book, 1775-1821, of Reverend Alexander Balmain (1741-1821) of Frederick County and Winchester, Virginia, containing Balmain's personal records as well as records for Frederick Parish, Frederick County, where he was rector. Personal records include list of birth dates for his slaves; household accounts including furniture expenditures; correspondence with his brother John Balmain of Edinburgh, Scotland; accounts and correspondence regarding land warrants for Revolutionary War service; legal opinion of Charles Lee concerning lots in Winchester and the devisees of Lord Fairfax; diary entries; and forms for powers of attorney. Parish records include list of persons able to contribute to support of clergy, but do not; list of subscribers for Winchester, Trap Hill, and Chapel Green; register of marriages, 1783-1820; register of baptisms and funerals, 1816-1819; list for confirmation; prayers for families to use; and papers concerning the Episcopal Church in Virginia. Other papers in volume consist of transcripts of: correspondence between the Visitors of Kent County, Maryland, and George Washington (1732-1799) concerning efforts to begin a college in Kent County named after Washington; letter from the Count Vergennes to Washington forwarding a letter from Mrs. Asgill, whose son, a British soldier, is a prisoner; proclamation by the Continental Congress concerning the treaty ending the Revolution; speeches, letters and other papers regarding the death of Washington; obituaries from Norfolk, Virginia, papers for John Blair and Otway Byrd; and correspondence between the freeholders of New York City and New York state governor John Jay
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Alexander Balmain was born in Scotland near Edinburgh in 1740 or 1741. He emigrated to Virginia before the American Revolution and was a tutor for the Lee family of Westmoreland County, Virginia. Balmain became an Anglican minister and was made rector of Augusta Parish, Augusta County, Virginia. Balmain served as a chaplain for the American forces during the Revolutionary War. He was the minister of the first Episcopal church in Winchester, Virginia, while serving as Rector of Augusta and Frederick Parishes. Balmain married Lucy Taylor 31 October 1786, and they had no children. Balmain died 10 June 1821, and is buried in Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester.
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Photostats (positive).
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v. (175 leaves).



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