A Guide to the Patrick Henry Letters, 1778-1799 Henry, Patrick, Letters, 1778-1799 22493

A Guide to the Patrick Henry Letters, 1778-1799

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Accession Number 22493


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Accession Number
Patrick Henry Letters, 1778-1799
Physical Description
16 leaves, photostats
Patrick Henry

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation

Patrick Henry Letters, 1778-1799. Accession 22493. Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Lent for copying, 14 January 1946, by R. D. Mead.

Biographical Information

Patrick Henry was born 29 May 1736 in Hanover County, Virginia, to John and Sara Winston Henry. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and Virginia Convention, governor of Virginia 1776-1779, 1784-1786, and delegate to the Virginia Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788. He was married to Sarah Shelton and Dorothea Dandridge. He died 6 June 1799 at his home on Red Hill Plantation, Charlotte County, Virginia.

Scope and Content

Letters, 1778-1799, of Patrick Henry (1736-1799) of Richmond and Charlotte County, Virginia, discussing a claim before the State Council; Jean Antoine Houdon's statue of George Washington; political and economic relations with France; a deduction from Henry's salary as governor; politics; resolutions from Virginia (not included) sent to the New Jersey legislature; support for John Marshall; and legal business.

Contents List

Letter, 21 May 1778, to James Bowdoin, Jr., of Alexandria, Virginia, informing Bowdoin that his claim had been considered by the state council and will be submitted to two impartial gentlemen.
Letter, 10 September 1785, to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) in Paris, France discussing Jean Antoine Houdon's (1741-1828) statue of George Washington (1732-1799), sale of tobacco to France, and the purchase of arms from France.
Letter, 30 January 1786, to William Livingston, Governor of New Jersey, sending Virginia resolutions (not included) to New Jersey.
Letter, 14 June 1786, to Jaquelin Ambler, treasurer of Virginia, asking the treasurer to deduct 85 pounds from his salary and credit it to John Rodes, with Rodes' acknowledgement.
Letter, 29 November 1796, to Wilson Cary Nicholas (1761-1820) of Richmond, Virginia, commenting on relations between the United States and France
Letter, 6 February 1798, to Daniel Caul (Call) (1765-1840) asking Call to defend an appeal of a decree in a case in Campbell County, Virginia.
Letter, 8 January 1799, to Archibald Blair of Richmond commenting on Virginia's political situation, relations with France, and supporting John Marshall (1755-1835).