The Resource 1779-1788
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- Chiefly correspondence in the form of letters, dispatches, and petitions received by Benjamin Harrison during his service as speaker of the House of Delegates and Governor of Virginia. Included are letters of acceptance and resignation from Virginia members of the Continental Congress and correspondence related to taxation, raising of troops, procurement for the army, restitutions, bailing of prisoners, and other aspects of Revolutionary war in Virginia. Also contains letters concerning the sale of slaves including a letter from John Mathews of South Carolina relating to the state's plan to sell slaves to settle state budget shortfalls. There are also appeals for cases of theft, treason, and Toryism, and a letter from John Fitch relating to his steamboat. The last will and testament of Benjamin Harrison, which includes an estate inventory, is also contained in these papers. The estate inventory includes a list of slaves. Principal correspondents in the collection include Gabriel Jones, William Fitzhugh, Joseph Jones, Meriwether Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Edward Carrington, Rochambeau, and Patrick Henry
- Biographical or historical data
- Benjamin Harrison was born 5 April 1726 at "Berkeley" in Charles City County, Virginia. Harrison attended the College of William and Mary, but did not earn a degree. He entered the House of Burgesses in 1748 and served until 1775. He served as delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1778, and signed the Declaration of Independence. Harrison also was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1776 and served until he was elected governor in 1781. Governor from 1781 to 1784, Harrison returned to the House of Delegates after his term ended. He was a member of the House of Delegates until his death 24 April 1791. Harrison married Elizabeth Bassett and had 7 children, including William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) who was the ninth president of the United States.
- Cataloging source
- Citation source
- Guide to American historical manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, California: H. E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1979)
- Form designation
- Funding information
- Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
- Location of originals duplicates
- The Huntington Library;
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