|Title||John Robinson document set|
|Date||1764 January 17|
|Description||1 Item-two leaf pamphlet with manuscript letter|
Robinson, John, 1727-1802
United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
|Scope & Content||
John Robinson document set. 1 Item-two leaf pamphlet with manuscript letter.
The manuscript letter reads as follows:
"Virginia Janu.ry 17th 1764
The committee of Correspondence have this day read and considered your Letters of April 20th June 28th and October 10th and now return their Thanks for your Care and attention to the Interest of the Colony, particularly in procurring the last parliamentary Grant for the Year 1762, which you advise us of. You will please to use your utmost diligence to get into your hands the Money for both the last Grants, as the Incursions and Ravages committed by the Northern Indians during the last Summer on our Frontiers, have oblig'd the Colony to be at a heavy Charge, in sending out the Militia for the Defence and protection of the Inhabitants in those remote Parts, and we have no other Method of defraying this Expence but by drawing on you, as soon as we are advised that you have actually recieved the Money; and you may depend, no Better shall be drawn on you, till we reieve such Advice from you.
We approve of the Measures you have taken in concert with the Agents of the other Colonies, to obviate any Difficulties that might [illegible] with the Lords of the Treasury, and to obtain the Division of the Grant of 1764. We shall take the necefsary Steps to recieve the proportion agreed to be refunded by the Province of Pensylvania, and we make no Doubt, but you give a prooper attention to any Share this Colony may be entitled to of the Ten Thousand Pounds [illegible] Year on account of a Claim set up by the Masachusetts Bay, if they should fail to make good that claim, and you will, if not already done, recieve the Money agreed to be repaid by the agent for Connecticut.
If the act for regulating the Election of Burgefses should be repeated, we presume and hope the Legislature will have Leave to re-enact such parts of it as not [illegible] of, and which may be judged beneficial to the Colony, of which you will please to give us particular Information.
The Act for Relief of insolvent Debtors being now no more we shall only say that we think that the Readinefs and [illegible] with which it was repeated here, as soon as upon [illegible] Considerations it was found that it might be attended with bad consequences is sufficient to wipe off those injurious and unjust Suspicions of our having any black Designs against the British Merchants or any other Set of Men, and the parliament of Great Britain having, as you say, not many Years since pafsed a Law nearly to the same purpose, without being aware of the ill uses that might be made of it before Experience pointed them out, may furnish a good Excuse for our falling into the same Error; and any Man of Candour will conclude that the Legislature were [illegible] by teh same Montives of public utility, which induced the parliament to pafs it.
With Respect to the [illegible] about buying a Right to fish in our Bay, and to the Southward of the Cape, we shall only observe, that as exclusive Grants of Right & Trade, are always the Subject of great Complaints, and often of real prejudice to the general commerce of a Country, we think you should rather oppose than encourage such a Scheme. Besides, we don't know but private private property may be affected in this Case, as it often happens that Grants of Lands to private persons are bounded by the Bay and Sea Coast.
We are glad to learn that you have got so able an Afsistant as the Agent of South Carolina to join you in [illegible] application for Leave to import Salt from the Continent of Europe.
In full confidence that you will, in every Negotiation we shall recommend to you [illegible] with the same [illegible] and good Sense, which have [illegible] acquired you the entire approbation of your Constituents, We remain Sir
Your most humble
and obedient Servants
John Robinson (1727-1802) was Lt. Col. in Col. William Prescott's regiment of minutemen. He was offered command at the bridge by Concord's Maj. John Buttrick but respectfully declined, citing it would be more appropriate for him to act as his aide since his own men had not yet arrived in significant numbers. Following April 19th, 1775, during the siege of Boston, John Robinson continued as Lt. Col. in Col. Prescott's regiment, then designated the 10th Regiment. As such, Robinson took part in the construction of the defenses at Bunker (Breed's) Hill. He also served with distinction during the Battle.
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