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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Correspondence between Cyrus Griffin and Burgess Ball
|Burgess Ball to Cyrus Griffin regarding the sale of estates in England
|7 May 1775
|Ball, Burgess (1749-1800)
|Correspondence; Land transaction document
|Location inferred from content and previous correspondence between Ball and Griffin. 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. States "The times seem daily to be growing more alarming ... It is beyond all doubt that the Regulars and Bostonians have had a Battle, occasioned (as we have it here) by the former firing upon the latter who were exercising, and killing some of them ... the regulars ... were obliged to retreat to Boston." Reports that the Governor of Virginia, John Murray (Earl of Dunmore) took gun powder from a Virginia storage magazine "and refused an application to return it unless an Insurrection (which we have been somewhat afraid of) shd. require, and which indeed it is said he has threatened to occasion and support- and it is observable that our Powder was taken and the New England People were fired upon the very same day- how will differences be settled now?" Expresses his opinion Britain and her subjects are on the right side of the conflict. States that the inhabitants of Belle Isle, Virginia, are doing well. In a post script, mentions Lord Frederick North, Prime Minister of Great Britain, and discusses colonial discontent.
|Business and Finance Finance Land Transaction Military History Propaganda Battle Revolutionary War Lexington and Concord Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs Rebellion Mobs and Riots Politics Ammunition
|Griffin, Cyrus (1748-1810) Ball, Burgess (1749-1800) Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of (1732-1809) North, Frederick, Lord (1732-1792)
|Banking & Economics; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859