George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 27 May 1774]

27. Dined at the Treasurers and went to the Ball given by the House of Burgesses to Lady Dunmore.

For this date the Virginia Gazette had some political news: “This Day, at ten o’Clock, the Honourable Members of the late House of Burgesses met, by Agreement, at the long Room in the Raleigh Tavern, in this City, called the Apollo,” where an “Agreement was unanimously entered into by that patriotick Assembly, in Support of the constitutional Liberties of America, against the late oppressive Act of the British Parliament respecting the Town of Boston, which, in the End, must affect all the other Colonies” (Va. Gaz., P&D, 26 May 1774).

The meeting agreed to boycott tea and other goods of the East India Company. They then directed their committee of correspondence to write to other colonies “on the expediency of appointing deputies from the several colonies of British America, to meet in general congress” (JHB description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 1773–76, xiv). GW joined the other burgesses and a number of local leaders in signing the statement.

The “Ball and Entertainment at the Capitol” was given “to welcome Lady Dunmore and the rest of our Governour’s Family to Virginia” (Va. Gaz., P&D, 26 May 1774).

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