George Wythe letter to John Norton, 1768 June 13


George Wythe letter to John Norton, 1768 June 13



George Wythe writes to John Norton, merchant in London, requesting copies of the Journals of the House of Burgesses to 1752. Wythe explains that after every session of the General Assembly several copies of the Journal were sent to England and it should be possible to procure one of them.


MS 1936.3.88
Folder 8


Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation


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Dear Sir,

The governours of Virginia, by a royal instruction,
have from time to time transmitted to the king, secretary of
state, Lords of trade, &c. two or more duplicates of the journals
of the house of burgesses, after every session of the general
assembly. The reason of ordering several to be sent is supposed
to be for the better assurance of one coming to hand, so that the
other, it is imagined, can be of little or no use. If I could pro-
cure one sett of those duplicates, from the first settlement of this co-
lony til the year 1752, I expect it will be of considerable advan-
tage to me. Your inquiring into this matter, conferring with
Mr. Montagu on the subject, and taking proper and effectual
measures to obtain the papers desired, (or even copies of them
if the other is not practicable,) so as it be not made public,
nor attended with great expense, will be esteemed a very
friendly office. I am,

Dear Sir,
Your most obedient servant
G. Wythe.
June 13th 1768.

Address leaf

Mr John Norton

Virginia 13th June 1768
George Wythe
Rec'd the 25 July
p Mr Stevenson
Goods entd pa:
Ansd ye Augt. 1768
p Woodford

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Wythe, George, 1726-1806, “George Wythe letter to John Norton, 1768 June 13,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed June 27, 2022,