• The Lees of Virginia
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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



We the Subscribers hereby certify that the bearer

Samuel H. Davidson

is an inhabitant of Westmoreland County in the State Virginia. That he is a man of good character, and is engaged by his industrious neighbours to collect and tally Cotton cards.

                And it is requested that he be allowed to pursue his Calling without let or hindrance, fear or molestation, in the markets of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

                Given under our hand this Tenth Day of May, One Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Seven, at the City of Baltimore in Maryland.


                                Richard Henry Lee

                                Saml Adams

By Edward Cotesworth


May 10, 1777.

Countersign       Samuel H. Davidson

                                                Stratford, Virginia


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.062, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 27

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