The Resource Letter of Leighton Wood, Jr., 1784 June 23
- Letter of Leighton Wood, Jr., 1784 June 23
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- 1784 June 23
- Revenue -- Virginia -- 18th century
- Buckingham Furnace (Buckingham County, Va.)
- Ballendine, Thomas William
- Paper money -- Virginia
- State government records -- Virginia
- Virginia -- History -- Confederation, 1783-1789
- Letters (correspondence)
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Claims
- Ballendine, John
- Foundries -- Virginia
- Contains a letter of [Leighton Wood, Jr.], Richmond, Solicitor's Office, to [Governor Benjamin Harrison] regarding the accounts of Thomas William Ballendine's father with the state. According to the letter, Ballendine complains of considerable losses that were sustained by his father through the depreciation of paper money
- Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts. (Search Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts as author).
- Biographical or historical data
- The position of solicitor general was created by an act passed by the General Assembly during its session begun in October 1780. The solicitor settled accounts for all debts due the commonwealth, examined the auditor's accounts, and composed lists of taxes raised and the manner of their expenditure. He was authorized to sue for the recovery of delinquent taxes. On 25 November 1791 the General Assembly passed an act terminating the office; the auditor of public accounts assumed its duties on 1 January 1792.
- On May 22, 1776, the fifth revolutionary convention approved a petition that had been submitted by John Ballendine and John Reveley proposing to construct a cannon foundry and a blast furnace for the manufacture of ordnance. A site at Westham, near Richmond, was purchased and construction began immediately. When it was completed, the foundry complex included eight blast furnaces, a boring mill, and the foundry, besides all the buildings necessary to house workers and store supplies. The buildings were burned by Lt. Col. John G. Simcoe and his troops on January 5, 1781, in association with Benedict Arnold's raid on Richmond. The foundry functioned intermittently until the war ended, when operations ceased altogether.
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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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