The Resource Letter of Charles Lee, 1776 May 4
- Letter of Charles Lee, 1776 May 4
- Inclusive dates
- 1776 May 4
- Sprowle, Andrew
- Hopkins, Joshua
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Neale, Christopher
- American loyalists -- Virginia
- Virginia -- Politics and government -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- State government records -- Virginia
- Shedden, Robert
- Jamieson, Neil
- Letters (correspondence)
- Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809
- Goodrich, John
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Confiscations
- Portsmouth (Va.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Contains a letter of Maj. Gen. Charles Lee, Williamsburg, to Edmund Pendleton, President of the Committee of Safety, regarding his removal of all citizens of Portsmouth without exception since they have universally taken the oaths to Lord Dunmore. In addition, Lee writes that valuable articles including molasses and salt were found in the houses of [Andrew] Sprowle, [John] Goodrich, and [Neil] Jemmison [Jamieson]. Lee also writes that the homes of these traitors, including [Robert] Sheddon, have been destroyed and he recommends the total destruction of the town to keep it from being used as shelter to the enemy. Lastly, Lee mentions the capture of [Joshua] Hopkins, the seizure of his furniture, and the burning of his house in his presence
- Also contains an extract of a letter from Brig. Gen. [Robert] Howe to Maj. Gen. [Chalres] Lee, dated 28 April 1776, regarding the transport of a notorious tory named [John] Goodrich, [Sr.], to his camp by [Christopher] Neale
- Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Committee of Safety. (Search Virginia Committee of Safety as author).
- 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
- 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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