|Title||Meriwether Smith document set|
|Date||1779 November 25 [letter]|
|Description||1 item - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter.|
Smith, Meriwether, 1730-1790
Harrison, Benjamin, 1726-1791
Declaration of Independence Signers
|Scope & Content||
Meriwether Smith document set. 1 item - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter.
The letter is a request to the Speaker of the House of Delegates (Benjamin Harrison) for an audience, so that he (Smith) may bring up some matters which he feels are of importance.
No engraving in this document set.
Meriwether Smith (1730-1790): Born 1730 near Dunnsville, Essex County, Virginia; died 25 January 1790 near Ozeana, Essex County, Virgina; interment at a private or family graveyard in Essex County, Virginia. Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1774-75; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1776-78, 1781; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1778-79, 1781.
Benjamin Harrison was a delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774; speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates 1778-1781.
|Admin/Biographical History||John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.|