The Resource Letter of Dorsey Pentecost, 1776 June 4
- Letter of Dorsey Pentecost, 1776 June 4
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- 1776 June 4
- Westmoreland County (Pa.) -- History -- 18th century
- Pennsylvania -- Boundaries -- Virginia
- Virginia -- Boundaries -- Pennsylvania
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Virginia -- Politics and government -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Scott, Thomas,
- State government records -- Virginia
- West Augusta District (Va.) -- History
- Letters (correspondence)
- Pennsylvania -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Contains a letter from Dorsey Pentecost, Hannahs Town Gaol [Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania], to [Edmund Pendleton], President of the Committee of Safety, regarding his imprisonment by the sheriff of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, for his actions against Thomas Scott, a justice of the peace for Westmoreland County, Pennyslvania
- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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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