This is a collection of letters and other documents received in the Governor’s Office from 1776 to 1784. The 5,465 records provide a detailed picture of Virginia government during and immediately after the Revolutionary War. There are reports of military actions, Native American affairs, and economic conditions. Many of the records involve the struggle to raise and provision the army and state militia. The collection contains some correspondence sent to other Virginia government departments, such as the Treasurer and the War Office. Some letters have a draft reply.
The records cover the administrations of:
Note: The Jefferson and Henry letters have been redigitized as part of the Jefferson Executive Papers Digital Collection and Henry Executive Papers Digital Collection.
Governors' Letters Received are part of the Records of the Revolutionary Government (Record Group 2); and the Records of the Office of the Governor (Record Group 3). The online collection also includes documents received by the governor and forwarded to the General Assembly that are part of the records of the Legislative Branch and General Assembly (Record Group 78).
Revised February 2021