The Resource Letter of Charles Lee, Tarborough, to Edmund Pendleton

Letter of Charles Lee, Tarborough, to Edmund Pendleton

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Letter of Charles Lee, Tarborough, to Edmund Pendleton, 1776 May 25 (laid before the Convention on 3 June 1776)
Title
Letter of Charles Lee, Tarborough, to Edmund Pendleton
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1776 May 25 (laid before the Convention on 3 June 1776)
Title variation
Revolutionary Convention Papers
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eng
Summary
  • Contains a letter from Charles Lee, Tarborough, [North Carolina], to Edmund Pendleton, President of the Convention, enclosing copies of letters he received from J[ohn] Rutledge & J[ames] Moore. Lee indicates that the enemy's first object is South Carolina. He advises Pendleton to raise batteries on the Shoals and the banks of the rivers which form their respective channels. He also urges the raising of a body of horse and discusses the raising of recruits in Virginia to fight in South Carolina. Lastly, Lee suggests recruiting Irish soldiers since the ordinances of South Carolina are stricter than the Continental ordinances
  • Includes a copy of a letter, dated 19 May 1776, from Brigadier General James Moore, Wilmington, North Carolina, to Major General Charles Lee regarding the arrival of seven regiments from Cork and two companies of light infantry with Gen. [Henry] Clinton & Lord Cornwallis at Gen. [Robert] Howe's plantation. According to Moore, the enemy marched to Brunswick and traveled on board their flat bottomed boat to Fort [Johnston near the mouth of the Cape Fear River]. Moore also notes that two men were killed, an officer wounded, and a sergeant of the 33rd Regiment taken prisoner. In addition, he indicated that several women in General [Robert] Howe's house were treated in a very barbarous manner
  • Lastly, there is a copy of a letter, dated 14 May 1776, from John Rutledge, Charleston, South Carolina, to Major General Charles Lee, regarding Lee's appointment by Congress to the command of the Southern Department and requesting him to help with the defense of Charleston. Rutledge recommends fortifying their posts in preparation for an attack within a few weeks. Rutledge also requests a reinforcement of two thousand men from North Carolina. Lastly, he warns Lee of the danger from their Back Country inhabitants. Rutledge includes a brief extract from the minutes of the Executive Council that he write to General Lee requesting assistance of troops and his own presence
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Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Convention of 1776. (Search Virginia Convention as author).
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Microfilm available on Misc. Reel 618.
Biographical or historical data
The five revolutionary conventions that provided Virginians with an alternative government between August 1, 1774, and July 5, 1776, grew out of an extralegal meeting of twenty-five members of the House of Burgesses at the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg on May 30, 1774. The burgesses considered methods of protesting the closing of the port of Boston by British authorities as a punishment for the Tea Party held there in 1773. A boycott of British goods was agreed upon, and a call was issued for the full House to convene at Williamsburg on August 1, 1774, in open defiance of Lord Dunmore, the royal governor, who had prorogued the assembly. The dates of the conventions were: first, August 1-6, 1774; second, March 20-27, 1775; third, July 17-August 26, 1775; fourth, December 1, 1775-January 20, 1776; fifth, May 6-July 5, 1776. This fifth convention adjourned and was replaced the next day by the new state government organized under the Virginia Constitution of 1776.
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VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Location of other archival material
Printed texts appear in Revolutionary Virginia: the Road to Independence; a Documentary Record (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1973-1983), 7 vols.
Label
Letter of Charles Lee, Tarborough, to Edmund Pendleton
Note
These records are part of the Convention of 1776 record group (RG# 89)
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11
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There are no restrictions
Organization method
  • Organized into the following series: Series I: Virginia Convention (1776 : May 6-July 5).
  • Arranged chronologically.
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001662522
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