The Resource Resolution of the Comittee of Safety

Resolution of the Comittee of Safety

Label
Resolution of the Comittee of Safety, 1776 May 3
Title
Resolution of the Comittee of Safety
Inclusive dates
1776 May 3
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contains a resolution of the Committee of Safety that William Robinson, Thomas Reynolds Walker, Thomas Olds, John Thorowgood, James Henley, Erasmus Haynes, & William Wishart make strict enquiry into the temper and former conduct of the inhabitants of Princess Anne and certify to Maj. Gen. [Charles] Lee which of them have taken an active part on either side. The resolution also states that those who have remained friendly or neutral may remain in the county, but their livestock must be removed except for what they require for immediate subsistence. Lastly, those citizens who are enemies of America must be compelled to remove their family & effects according to the former resolutions. The same resolution was entered into respecting the county of Norfolk, but naming different commissioners to carry it into execution
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Committee of Safety. (Search Virginia Committee of Safety as author).
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Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Additional physical form
  • Microfilm available on Misc. Reels 619 and 620.
  • Printed text appears in William J. Van Schreeven, Robert L. Scribner, and Brent Tarter, eds., Revolutionary Virginia: The Road to Independence; A Documentary Record (Charlottesville: Published for the Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission by the University Press of Virginia, 1973-1983), 7 vols.
Biographical or historical data
  • On August 1, 1774, with the meeting of Virginia's first revolutionary convention, the advocates of change took the first step toward creating a government in opposition to royal authority in the colony. That new government was firmly established in July 1775 when the Committee of Safety was formed to serve as the executive agency based on an ordinance adopted on August 24, 1775, by the third revolutionary convention. Until Patrick Henry became governor on July 6, 1776, the committee served as the executive authority of the government.
  • The eleven man committee controlled military and civilian matters when the Convention was not in session. The power of the Committee was considerable, since it commanded a permanent army and, to meet the needs of the war, it had the authority to become involved in the economy to an extent unknown before. Besides enforcing the ban on British trade and procuring supplies for the army, the delegates extended the authority to operate cannon works at Fredericksburg and lead mines in Fincastle County, as well as subsidize the production of sulfur and saltpeter for gunpowder.
Cataloging source
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
Label
Resolution of the Comittee of Safety
Note
These records are part of the Revolutionary Government record group (RG# 2)
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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Cumulative index finding aids
Accession analysis with list of content
Extent
2
Governing access note
Restricted access: use microfilm
Organization method
Organized into the following series: General Correspondence of the Committee of Safety, 1775-1776.
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001633093
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
p.

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