The letter book of James Abercromby, colonial agent, 1751-1773 /
edited by John C. Van Horne and George Reese.
Richmond : Virginia State Library and Archives, 1991.
lvi, 471 p. ; 27 cm.
088490170X :
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Richmond : Virginia State Library and Archives, 1991.
088490170X :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Abercromby was much better known to Colonial officials of the mid-18th century than he is to the average student of US history. He once described himself as "more generally instructed as to the government, trade and strength of the colonies than anyone else either in a public or private character who ever went to that part of the world." Abercromby served as agent for Virginia and North Carolina, in addition to other appointed posts. He corresponded with many of the most important people in the colonies during the period, and the letters themselves offer insights into the activities of still others. The manuscript of this particular letter book rests in the Virginia State Library and Archives, and by all accounts, Abercromby's hand is virtually illegible. In addition to putting this valuable letter book into readable and accessible form, the editors provide an informative introduction surveying Abercromby's life, a clear explanation of the editorial method, thorough annotation immediately following each entry, and an extensive index. A valuable resource for anyone researching political and economic topics in the colonies in the years before the American Revolution.-M. J. Puglisi, Emory & Henry College
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