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Collection Reference Number GLC00854
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1781 
Title Benjamin Harrison to a Virginia state assemblyman with instructions and mentioning Cape Lands
Date 6 December 1781
Author Harrison, Benjamin (1726-1791)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Mentions a set of instructions for the assembly addressed to Thomas Roane and Thomas Coleman which are to be handed out in the county by John Warden. Also mentions a letter from Colonel Thomas Newton concerning the possession of the Cape Lands, ". . . which it seems some designing persons are determined to possess, which will be the case if the assembly does not act." Dated in council. Docketed, "Governor's Letter, inclosing Newtons/Decr:6th:1781. /to lie on table."
Subjects Boundary or Property Dispute  Revolutionary War  Government and Civics  
People Harrison, Benjamin (1726-1791)  Harrison, Benjamin (1726-1791)  Newton, Thomas (fl. 1781)  Roane, Thomas (fl. 1781)  Coleman, Thomas (fl. 1781)  Warden, John (fl. 1781)  
Place written Virginia
Theme Government & Politics; The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Harrison was elected to the Continental Congress from Virginia in 1774 and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He became the Speaker of the House of Burgess in Virginia in 1778, and was elected Governor of Virginia in 1782.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859