George Ross asking special permission from Congress, 1776

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George Ross (1730-1779) was a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress. He was initially a strong British supporter, acting as a Crown Prosecutor in Philadelphia until 1768. After which, he began to side with the colonies and eventually became a colonel in the Pennsylvania militia and vice prescient of the state's first constitutional convention. In the Congress, he was a member of the Committee of Safety. He is also the uncle-in-law of American flag creator Betsy Ross.

This letter, written October 26, 1776 from the Committee of Safety in Congress, requests permission from the recipient that a man named Lewis Guyon have the "liberty to go to New York."

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  • Title: George Ross asking special permission from Congress, 1776
  • Creator: George Ross
  • Creation Date: 1776-10-26
  • Subject Date: 1776-10-26
  • Location: New York
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 cm x 20.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 59/17
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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