A Guide to the Edmund Pendleton Letters, 1773-1800 Pendleton, Edmund, Letters, 1773-1800 22086

A Guide to the Edmund Pendleton Letters, 1773-1800

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Accession Number 22086


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Accession Number
Edmund Pendleton Letters, 1773-1800
Physical Description
11 leaves, positive photostats.
Edmund Pendleton

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Edmund Pendleton Letters, 1773-1800. Accession 22086. Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David J. Mays, Richmond, Virginia, in 1943.

Alternative Form Available

Letters are also available in The Letters and Papers of Edmund Pendleton, 2 volumes, edited by David J. Mays.

Biographical Information

Edmund Pendleton was born 9 September 1721 in Caroline County, Virginia, to Henry Pendleton (1683-1721) and Mary Taylor Pendleton (1688-1770). He married first Elizabeth Roy 21 January 1741/2 and she died in childbirth 17 November 1742. Pendleton then married Sarah Pollard (1725-1815) in June 1743. Pendleton was licensed to practice law in front of the general court in 1745, and was appointed a justice for Caroline County in 1751. He was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1752. Pendleton was a member of all five Virginia Conventions in 1775-1776, and was a member of the 1788 convention and supported ratifying the federal Constitution. Pendleton died in Richmond, Virginia, 26 October 1803.

Scope and Content

Letters, 1773-1800, of Edmund Pendleton (1721-1803) of Caroline County, Virginia, consisting of letters, 1773-1797, to George Washington (1732-1799) concerning Washington's purchase of some property; the Continental Army and the American Revolution; John Taylor's (1753-1824) disappointment over not being promoted, the latest British peace proposal, a draft, and prices of goods; disapproval in 1793 over Alexander Hamilton's (1757-1804) financial program; approval in 1794 over Washington's handling of the Whiskey Rebellion and General Anthony Wayne's (1745-1796) victory over the Indians in Ohio; and congratulations on Washington's retirement. Also includes a letter, 17 June 1800, to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) answering questions from Jefferson and commenting on American difficulties with France.

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Location of Originals

Originals are located at the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Contents List

Letter, 4 December 1773, from Pendleton to George Washington (1732-1799), discussing Washington's purchase of property.
Letter, 27 April 1778, from Pendleton to Washington wishing the latter well during the struggles of the Revolution and regretting that Americans are slow to support the Continental army.
Letter, 22 December 1778, from Pendleton to Washington discussing Pendleton's nephew John Taylor's (1753-1824) disappointment about the lack of promotion, the latest British Commission's proposal of peace, a draft, and the high prices of goods.
Letter, 11 September 1793, from Pendleton to Washington disapproving of the financial program of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804).
Letter, 30 December 1794, from Pendleton to Washington approving of Washington's handling of the Whiskey Rebellion and of General Anthony Wayne's (1745-1796) victory over the Indians at the battle of Fallen Timbers, Ohio.
Letter, 18 March 1797, from Pendleton to Washington congratulating the latter on his retirement from the presidency.
Letter, 17 June 1800, from Pendleton to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) enclosing the answers to queries Jefferson sent him (which are not included, but can be found in the The Letters and Papers of Edmund Pendleton, vol. 2, pp. 677-686) and hoping that difficulties with France have subsided.