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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Burwell Bassett re: poor crops, election to House of Burgesses, Stamp Act

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04441 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Mount Vernon Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 August 1765 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes about the dry weather's effects on crops, his loss of wheat to rust, etc. Washington also notes receipt of the Governor's proclamation proroguing the assembly

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President, Extreme Weather, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Mount Vernon, Election, Government and Civics, Stamp Act, Taxes or Taxation, Finance, Rebellion

Sub Era: Road to Revolution