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Title Robert Eden Document Set
Date 1773 October 15
Description 1 item-two leaf pamphlet with manuscript
People Eden, Robert, 1741-1784
Search Terms United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Scope & Content Robert Eden document set. 1 item-two leaf pamphlet with letter

The letter is difficult to read. It is addressed to the "Gentlemen of the Council" and is prefaced with an explanation of a letter rather than personal appearance to discuss matters at hand. Reference is made to the building of a church as well as other political matters.

Sir Robert Eden, governor of Maryland, born in Durham, England; died in Annapolis, Maryland, 2 September 1784. He was the second son of Sir Robert Eden, Bart., and succeeded Horatio Sharpe as royal governor of Maryland in 1768. He was more disposed to moderation than any of the other British officers, advised the repeal of the tax on tea, and, when the colonels of militia demanded the arms and ammunition of the province, readily gave them up. His course had much to do with the attitude of the Maryland patriots, who hoped and labored for conciliation long after the other colonies had given up all idea of it. Eden was allowed to remain undisturbed in Maryland after his authority had ceased, till in April 1776, dispatches were intercepted addressed to him by Lord George Germain, which implicated him in transactions hostile to the liberty of the country. General Charles Lee sent these to congress, and he also ordered the Baltimore committee of safety to arrest Eden, which order was presently confirmed by congress.

No engraving has been included with this manuscript.