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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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