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Letters, 1768-1771
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Transcripts of letters, 1768-1771, of George Mercer (1733-1784) of London England, consisting of: a) a letter, 16 August 1768, to his brother James Mercer (1736-1793) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, concerning Lord Hillsborough (1718-1793) and his attitude towards Virginia; and Lord Botetourt's (1717-1770) appointment as governor of Virginia, including his qualifications and his needs upon arrival in Virginia. George Mercer states he may be appointed a lieutenant governor, but it may be suspended. He states that accounts past due from the Braddock campaign will be paid by the crown to Virginia. George Mercer states that resolutions passed by the Virginia House of Burgesses and Council will probably draw adverse reactio in England. Comments on James Mercer's election to the House of Burgesses from Hampshire County (West) Virginia, and his own refusal to run for a seat in Frederick County, Virginia. George Mercer writes of personal matters, including poor health, shipment of goods and supplies to James Mercer, a shipment of Madeira wine, and concern over tobacco prices and his crops; b) letter, 27 March 1771, to James Mercer sending a variety of birds and enclosing details on their care, feeding, and housing. George Mercer states that he has other livestock to ship as well, including horses. He states he is not sure about marriage, and also states he has not received payment from Mr. Hamilton of Fredericksburg for a shipment of goods. George Mercer also sends other personal news; and c) Letter, 8 August 1771, to George Mason (1725-1792), treasurer of the Ohio Land Company, complaining that as agent of the company in London, he has received neither instructions nor pay since 3 July 1763
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George Mercer was born 23 June 1733 in Stafford County, Virginia, to John Mercer (1706-1768) and Catherine Mason Mercer (d. 1750). First educated by tutors, Mercer attended the College of William and Mary. After college, he surveyed parts of Virginia's western lands. Mercer served in the French and Indian War under George Washington. He represented Frederick County in the House of Burgesses, 1761-65, but was present only for the 1761-63 sessions. Mercer's later absense was because he went to England as the agent of the Ohio Company during the remainder of his term. After a brief return to America as distributor of stamps under the Stamp Act of 1765, Mercer returned to England. He married twice, marrying Mary Neville 18 August 1767 at Scarborough, England, and they had a child. His second wife's name was Mary also. Lord Hillsborough appointed him Lieutenant-Governor of North Carolina, but he never served. Mercer died in London in April 1784.
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Accession 20454 is filed with Accession 20453
  • The Library of Virginia
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Garnett, James Mercer
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