George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 5 August 1774]

5. Dined at Mrs. Dawson’s & Spent the Evening at my own Lodgings.

The Virginia Gazette reported: “Friday, August 5. This Day the Commissioners on Behalf of this Colony, to attend the General Congress at Philadelphia the 5th of next Month, were appointed by Ballot, and are as follows, viz. The Honourable Peyton Randolph, Esq; Moderator of the present Meeting, Richard Henry Lee, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Richard Bland, Benjamin Harrison, and Edmund Pendleton, Esquires; and a Sum of Money, amounting nearly to [£]1000 (Va. Gaz., P&D, 4 Aug. 1774). The convention voted to ask for a contribution of £15 from each of the 61 counties (MAYS description begins David John Mays. Edmund Pendleton, 1721–1803: A Biography. 2 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1952. description ends , 1:277). GW’s “proportion of the Sum voted” was £90 13s. 9d., which he received on the day he entered Philadelphia (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 30).

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