George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 22 June 1770]

22. Dined at the Club and went to the Play after meeting the Associates at the Capitol.

On this day a new nonimportation agreement was signed by 164 persons, including GW, and a copy was sent to Governor Botetourt. The new association, GW wrote to George W. Fairfax on 27 June, “is form’d, much upon the old plan, but more relax’d” (IaDmSR). Previously prohibited items now to be allowed included barley, pork, sugar, pewter, trinkets and jewelry, plate and gold, bridles, and cheap hats, shoes, boots, and saddles. Price limitations on several types of cheap cloth were eased somewhat, but horses were added to the list of prohibited imports. To enforce the agreement, the associators in each county were to elect a committee of five men, who would inspect invoices and other papers relating to imports and publish the names of signers who violated the terms (a printed copy of the agreement is in DLC:GW). GW, like many Virginians, was not entirely pleased with this compromise plan, but he was satisfied that “it was the best that the friends to the cause coud obtain . . . and tho too much relaxd from the Spirit, with which a measure of this sort ought to be conducted, yet, will be attended with better effects (I expect) than the last; inasmuch as it will become general, & adopted by the Trade” (GW to Jonathan Boucher, 30 July 1770, IEN).

Joseph Valentine today paid GW £52 10s. in cash (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 318).

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