George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Harrison, Peyton Randolph, and Richard Bland, 24 October 1774

From Benjamin Harrison, Peyton Randolph, and Richard Bland

Philadelphia Octr 24th 1774

We Depute Colo. George Washington to sign our Names to any of the Proceedings of this Congress.

Benj. Harrison

Peyton Randolph

Richard Bland

LS, in the hand of Benjamin Harrison, DLC:GW.

In PHi: Dreer Collection, there is a document in GW’s hand listing the Virginia delegates to the First Continental Congress with the number of votes each received in the August convention: “Peyton Randolph Esqr. 104[,] Richd Henry Lee 100[,] Geo. Washington 98[,] Pat. Henry 89[,] Richd Bland [79], Ben: Harrison 66[,] Edmd Pendleton 62.” All of the Virginia delegates except Randolph signed the Article of Association adopted on 20 Oct. and the Petition to the King, dated 26 October. GW made a copy of the Petition to the King. His copy is in DLC:GW and has been transcribed for CD-ROM:GW.

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