Benjamin Harrison requesting an audience of the House, Williamsburg, 1776

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Benjamin Harrison (1726-1791), often referred to as Benjamin Harrison V, was a delegate from Virginia to the Continental Congress and one in a long line of family politicians. Harrison was an early supporter of boycotting British goods. He signed an agreement in 1770 calling for the repeal on import taxes and four years later was a signer of a condemnation letter of the British following the infamous Boston Tea Party. He was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and later the governor of the state. He is the father of ninth U.S. President William Henry Harrison and the great-grandfather of the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison.

This letter, dated June 12, 1776 from Williamsburg (likely Williamsburg, Virginia) is rather secretive. Harrison and a man named Rob Smith write that they "have a Piece of Business to execute for the Service of the United Colonies that requires immediate dispatch." They do not say what the business requires, except for that there is a difficulty that needs to be addressed and that they would like to be given "an Audience of the House."

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  • Title: Benjamin Harrison requesting an audience of the House, Williamsburg, 1776
  • Creator: Harrison, Benjamin
  • Creation Date: 1776-06-12
  • Subject Date: 1776-06-12
  • Town: Williamsburg
  • State: VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 19.6 cm x 16.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 59/16
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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