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Collection Reference Number GLC04377.03
From Archive Folder Correspondence between Cyrus Griffin and Burgess Ball 
Title Burgess Ball to Cyrus Griffin regarding the sale of estates in England and other financial transactions
Date 7 May 1775
Author Ball, Burgess (1749-1800)  
Recipient Griffin, Cyrus  
Document Type Correspondence; Land transaction document
Content Description Marked as a copy (refer to GLC04377.02). Discusses previous correspondence from Griffin, who was managing Ball's business affairs in England. Discusses the sale of estates in England, paying off Campbell & Blackburn, and other financial transactions. Comments on events related to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Refers to Lord Dunmore's (John Murray, Governor of Virginia) recent seizure of gunpowder and the tumult it caused. Encloses a recent proclamation issued by Dunmore. Declares "I hope to hear that the Perpetrators of such times will soon meet with their deserts- Altho everything has such a dismal aspect, I yet hope the Omnipotent will prevent their going any farther, and will cause peace & Harmony to be restored everywhere- But sh.d we be obliged to decide matters by Blood, may the [justice?] of our Cause merit his Divine assistance." Mentions a shipment to Dunlap & Wilson. Continues writing on 28 May. States that he has not been able to send the previous letter until 28 May, and discusses other financial/business matters.
Subjects Business and Finance  Finance  Land Transaction  Revolutionary War  Military History  Battle  Lexington and Concord  Peace  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Government and Civics  Ammunition  
People Griffin, Cyrus (1748-1810)  Ball, Burgess (1749-1800)  Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of (1732-1809)  North, Frederick, Lord (1732-1792)  
Place written Virginia
Theme Banking & Economics; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Ball was the husband of George Washington's niece. In the American Revolution, Ball served as a volunteer aide to Washington, Captain of the 5th Virginia Regiment of Foot, and as a colonel. Griffin, educated in Britain as a lawyer, served as a member of the Virginia State house of delegates in 1777, 1778, 1786, and 1787. He was a Continental Congressman 1778-1780 and 1787-1788, serving as Congressional President in 1788.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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