The tenth and final volume of the Colonial Series carries Washington through the critical fifteen months immediately preceding his appointment as commander-in-chief of the American army during the Revolutionary War. He continued to be involved with local and personal matters including the production and sale of his flour, the troublesome concerns of Mrs. Savage, the management of his absent neighbor, George William Fairfax’s estate, the settlement of the Colvill-Mercer estate, and efforts to obtain possession of the vacillating William Black’s land. In addition he was deeply concerned in attempts to seat his Ohio and Pennsylvania lands and to promote navigation of the Potomac River.
The main focus of this period, however, is Washington’s increasing political involvement in events leading up to the Revolution, as a member of both the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress. Also covered in this volume are the bitter Virginia-Pennsylvania boundary dispute and the clashes with the Indians that culminated in Dunmore’s War. At the end of this volume is the cumulative index covering all ten volumes of the Colonial Series.
W.W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig, eds., The Papers of George Washington: Colonial Series volume 10, March 1774 – June 1775. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1995.
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