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Lee, Francis Lightfoot (1734-1797) to John Page

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04806 Author/Creator: Lee, Francis Lightfoot (1734-1797) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter Date: 30 January 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Lee, a Virginia delegate to the first Continental Congress, reports on the reception and failure of the Olive Branch Petition (an attempt to broker peace with England after the outbreak of the American Revolution but prior to the Declaration of Independence). Also discusses raising an army, sending newspapers, and a potential military appointment. Page was a Virginia politician and military officer.

People: Lee, Francis Lightfoot, 1734-1797.
Page, John, 1744-1808.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Diplomacy, Petition, Politics, Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Peace, Continental Congress, Congress, Continental Army, Recruitment

Sub Era: The War for Independence