The Resource Proceedings of the Northampton Committee, 1776 May 20
- Proceedings of the Northampton Committee, 1776 May 20
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- 1776 May 20
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Finance, commerce, confiscations, etc
- Accomack County (Va.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Virginia -- Politics and government -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- State government records -- Virginia
- Upshur, Arthur
- Northampton County (Va.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Contains proceedings of the Northampton Committee for 13 March 1776, 14 May 1776, and 20 May 1776. The proceeding from 13 March 1776 relate to permission of inhabitants of Northampton County to purchase salt from Arthur Upshur of Accomack County. The proceedings of 14 May 1776 relate to a resolution that no permit be granted to any inhabitant of Accomack, or any other county, to carry grain, or any other commodity, without obtaining a certificate from the Committee of such county. Lastly, the proceedings of 10 May 1776 relate to the order that the clerk grant a permit to Arthur Upshur for his Sloop Little Lady to proceed to the West Indies under the order of Congress. Extracted from the minutes of the Committee of Northampton by Drury Stith, C[lerk of the] N[orthampton] Com[mittee]
- 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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