George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Peyton Randolph, 3 May 1756

From Peyton Randolph

May. 3. 1756.

Dear Colo.

Some public spirited Gentlemen have done me the honor to fix upon me as their leader, till we can come to the place where you command;1 when we shall be very glad to follow such orders, as you shall think most conducive to the public good. Our number, I guess, will be about thrree hundred, & we hope to have the pleasure of seeing you before the last of this Month. I am Dear Colo. yours to command

Peyton Randolph

ALS, MH: Jared Sparks Collection.

Peyton Randolph (c.1721–1775) was attorney general in Virginia from 1748 until 1766 when he became speaker of the House of Burgesses, a position he held until his death.

1For references to Randolph’s planned association of “public spirited Gentlemen,” see Dinwiddie to GW, 3 May 1756, especially note 6.

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