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To Thomas Jefferson from Ebenezer Hazard, 30 June 1775

From Ebenezer Hazard

New York June 30th. 1775


Your very obliging Letter of 30th. April did not come to hand before a few Days ago, or it should have been answered sooner.

I am happy that you coincide with me in Sentiment respecting the Utility of my Undertaking, and, judging of the whole from the Materials I am already possessed of, I cannot help thinking the Collection will be vastly more important than I at first imagined.

The polite Manner in which you offer your Assistance lays me under great Obligations, and I beg you will be assured I shall chearfully embrace Opportunities of rendering you any Service in my Power here.

To prevent your having unnecessary Trouble respecting my Collection I take the Liberty of sending you the following List of the Papers I have relating to Virginia; vizt.

  • Queen Elizabeth’s Patent to Sir W. Ralegh for making Discoveries.
  • The Names of the Persons who composed the 1st. and 2d Colonies which settled in Virginia.
  • First, Second, and Third Charters, from Stith’s History.
  • King James’s Commission to Sir Walter Ralegh in 1617.
  • An Ordinance and Constitution of the Treasurer, Council and Company in England for a Council of State and General Assembly. July 24th. 1621. This last is from Stith.
  • A Commission to the Archbishop of Canterbury and eleven others for governing the American Colonies 1634;—and
  • The Commonwealth’s Instructions to Capt. Dennis &c. “appointed Commissioners for the reducing of Virginia, and the Inhabitants thereof to their due Obedience to the Commonwealth of England.”—1651.
  • These are all I have yet been able to procure.

Though I had not the Honor of an Acquaintance with Colo. Bland I took the Liberty of troubling him with a Letter and my Proposals while the former Congress was sitting, but have not been favored with any Thing in Answer. I beg you will be kind enough to remind him of this, and oblige me with his Reply.

I am Sir, Your very humble Servt.,

Eben: Hazard

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