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Collection Reference Number GLC04377.02
From Archive Folder Correspondence between Cyrus Griffin and Burgess Ball 
Title Burgess Ball to Cyrus Griffin regarding the sale of estates in England
Date 7 May 1775
Author Ball, Burgess (1749-1800)  
Recipient Griffin, Cyrus  
Document Type Correspondence; Land transaction document
Content Description 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.
Subjects 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  
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
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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