The Resource Court summons of William Berkeley, 1672
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- Court summons issued by Governor William Berkeley, 1672, to the sheriff of Henrico County, Virginia, to gather a jury together for the murder trial of a slave named Mary Blades who was accused of the murder of another slave named Philip Lettice
- These colonial papers are a collection of loose papers more closely connected by age than by any other single factor that consist largely of records kept by the clerk of the colonial council, House of Burgesses, the governor and other officials, relating to county as well as colony-wide government. The records of the colonial government have, for the most part, been destroyed by wars, fires, and early neglect. This collection of loose colonial papers is arranged in chronological order, in fifty-three folders. The collection consists of petitions to the governor or House of Burgesses, court records, orders, summonses, patents, accounts, proceedings, returns, grants, proclamations, addresses, certificates and correspondence
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- Sir William Berkeley (1608-1677) was governor of Virginia from 1642-1652 and 1660-1677.
- The history of Virginia's colonial government is divided into two significant phases by the date of May 24, 1624, when the charter of the Virginia Company of London was revoked by the crown. Prior to that date the colony had been run as a private corporation with final authority resting in the hands of the stockholders; afterwards, it was a royal colony with all the trappings and institutions of government that such a status required. The Grand Assembly, begun in 1619, evolved into the House of Burgesses by 1642, governors and lieutenant governors were sent to the colony as the king's viceroys, regular courts were established, and a complex system of government was developed to lead and protect the growing colony.
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