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Thursday, July 10, 2014

2014 Preservation Partner

The American Revolution Round Table of Richmond's Preservation Partner for 2014 is the Library of Virginia; more specifically, their History Program document conservation program.

The membership overwhelmingly voted to conserve one of the Library's documents. Additionally, a number of members stepped forward and volunteered the funds to conserve yet a second document.

The Library staff is very appreciative and offers their thanks. They will also be arranging for us to visit the library and view the letters at some point in the process, allowing us to see the tangible results of our preservation efforts. Below are the descriptions of the two documents--eleven pages in total.

This decision speaks highly of ARRT-Richmond and all of its members. Thank you!  

Thomas Ludwell Lee letter, 18 May 1776.  Lee, representing Stafford County, Virginia, in the Fifth Virginia Convention, writes to his brother Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, concerning the passage of resolves by Virginia calling for independence. Thomas Lee informs his brother on the scene at the capitol during the vote. He also comments on the potential form of government for the new nation. A copy of the resolves (not found) had been included with the letter.  (Accession 22868)

John Cropper, Jr., rank roll of officers of the Virginia Line.  Rank roll, 1776-1778, of officers of the Virginia Line written by Lieutenant Colonel John Cropper, Jr., (1755-1821) consisting of rank rolls of captains and field officers in the Virginia line 1776-1778 during the American Revolution. The ranking was based on length of service, and the date of appointment/promotion is included, and also includes regiment.  (Accession 29202) 

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