From the Virginia Delegates
Philadelphia, 26 July 1775
“We recommend our Countryman Mr Edmund Randolph to your patronage and favor. . . . You will readily discern Sir, how important a consideration it is, that our Country should be furnished with the security and strength derived from our young Gentry being possessed of military knowledge, so necessary in these times of turbulence and danger.”
LS, in Richard Henry Lee’s writing, DLC:GW. The letter is signed by Lee, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson. Another Virginia delegate, Benjamin Harrison, recommended Edmund Randolph in his letter to GW of 21–24 July 1775. See note 14 to that document.