The Resource Note that the original communication was not found, so a photocopy was made for this file from the Journal of the Senate

Note that the original communication was not found, so a photocopy was made for this file from the Journal of the Senate

Label
1812 November 30
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1812 November 30
Title variation
Executive Communications
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Contains a photocopy of a letter from Governor James Barbour, Council Chamber, to [Andrew Stevenson], Speaker of the House of Delegates, regarding such topics as foreign relations with France & Great Britain, the arming & equipping of Virginia's militia, the defense of the eastern frontier of Virginia from invasion, Great Britain's declaration of war against the United States, correspondence from the Secretary of War, and general orders to the militia. In addition, the Governor discusses such domestic issues as the discipline of the militia, a change in the Adjutant General's Department, improvements in internal navigation including the upper navigation of the James River and the Roanoke River, the Literary Fund, the Penitentiary, criminal jurisprudence, a vacancy in the office of clerk of the Superior Court of Law & Chancery in James City County, a vacancy in the office of brigadier general occasioned by the death of Thomas Mathews, a vacancy in the office of judge for the Superior Court of Chancery for the district of Williamsburg occasioned by the death of Robert Nelson, the presentation of a sword to General George Rogers Clarke, and the printing of the Revised Code
  • The Governor transmits two packets of materials labeled "A" & "B". Packet "A" includes enclosures labeled 1 through 10. Enclosure #1 contains a printed circular from Governor Barbour, dated 31 March 1812, to the Commandants of the Regiments of Virginia Militia regarding the distribution of arms to the counties most exposed to danger. Enclosure #2 contains a printed letter, dated 15 April 1812, from William Eustis, War Department, to Governor Barbour calling upon him to organize, arm, & equip Virginia's respective proportion of one hundred thousand militia according to the act of Congress to authorize a detachment from the Militia of the United States
  • Enclosure #3 contains two copies of printed general orders issued by Governor Barbour on 19 April 1812. The General Orders outline Virginia's quota of twelve thousand for each division, brigade, and regiment. Enclosure #4 contains a copy of a letter from Governor Barbour to the Secretary of War, dated 17 April 1812, regarding necessary measures for the defense of Virginia. Enclosure #5 contains a copy of William Eustis' reply, dated 30 April 1812, regarding the defense of the Norfolk harbor & sea board. Eustis also suggests the forming of two or three companies of artillerists to stand in readiness at Norfolk
  • Enclosure #6 contains a copy of a letter from Governor Barbour, dated 19 May 1812, to the Secretary of War regarding his visit to Norfolk to assess its defensibility. In his letter, Governor Barbour advises that a fort be built on Craney Island, along with other measures. Enclosure #7 contains a printed letter from Governor Barbour, dated 25 June 1812, to the Commandants of the Regiments enclosing the printed proclamation by President James Madison declaring war on Great Britain
  • Enclosure #8 contains a copy of Governor Barbour's general orders, dated 22 July 1812, calling for 500 militia into service for the defense of the eastern frontier. Also included is a copy of William Eustis' letter to Governor Barbour, dated 18 July 1812, requesting two companies of artillery and as many companies of infantry to be called into service as will make a force of 500 militia for the defense of Norfolk. Enclosure #9 contains a copy of a letter from William Eustis to Governor Barbour, dated 1 September 1812, requesting 1500 infantry to be called out as soon as possible to march with the North Western Army to the western frontier of Ohio. Enclosure #10 contains the general orders of James Barbour, dated 3 September 1812, calling out 1500 militia to rendezvous at Point Pleasant
  • Packet "B" contains enclosures labeled 1 through 9. Enclosure #1 contains a copy of a letter from William Duane, Philadelphia, dated 19 August 1812, to Governor Barbour forwarding a handbook for the discipline of infantry and a handbook for the discipline of riflemen. Enclosure #2 contains a report of the commissioners appointed by the Legislature to explore the upper navigation of the James River. Enclosures #3 through 5 contain correspondence from James Campbell, President of the Lower Appomattox Company; Richard N. Venable, one of the managers of the Upper Appomattox Company; and William Cammack, President of the Dismal Swamp Canal Company regarding the connection of the waters of the Roanoke River to some of Virginia's navigable rivers
  • Enclosure #6 contains a copy of a letter from the judges of the General Court regarding a defect in the system of criminal jurisprudence which resulted in the release of a prisoner due to a failure of procuring a prosecutor. Enclosure #7 contains a copy of a letter from Judge William Nelson, regarding a vacancy in the office of clerk for the Superior Court of Law for James City County
  • Enclosure #8 contains a copy of a letter from General George Rogers Clark, dated 29 October 1812, regarding a sword to be presented to him and an annual sum of $400 for his service during the Revolutionary War. Lastly, Enclosure #9 contains a letter from Samuel Pleasants, Richmond, regarding the completion of the printing of the 1st & 2nd volumes of the Revised Code
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Also available on microfilm
Cataloging source
Vi
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
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Papers
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Note that the original communication was not found, so a photocopy was made for this file from the Journal of the Senate
Note
Note that the original communication was not found, so a photocopy was made for this file from the Journal of the Senate
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Extent
20
Immediate source of acquisition
House Speaker's Office
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001514943
Type of unit
items.

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