The Resource Letter of James Tait
Letter of James Tait
- Letter of James Tait, 1776 May 6 (laid before the Convention on 9 May 1776)
- Letter of James Tait
- Inclusive dates
- 1776 May 6 (laid before the Convention on 9 May 1776)
- Title variation
- Revolutionary Convention Papers
- Contains a letter of James Tait, Northampton, to the [President of the Convention], regarding his production of salt
- Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Convention of 1776. (Search Virginia Convention as author).
- Additional physical form
- 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.
- Cataloging source
- Citation source
- Stanard, William G., ed. THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, vol. xv, no. 4, p. 414-415. Richmond: Virginia Historical Society, April 1908
- 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.
- Letter of James Tait
- These records are part of the Convention of 1776 record group (RG# 89)
- The Library of Virginia
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- Organization method
- Organized into the following series: Series I: Virginia Convention (1776 : May 6-July 5).
- Arranged chronologically.
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- There are no use restrictions.
- Type of unit
- Constitutional conventions -- Virginia
- Letters (correspondence)
- Salt industry and trade -- Virginia -- 18th century
- State government records
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Virginia -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783
- Virginia, (1776 : May 6-July 5)
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