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Pittsylvania County (Virginia) Committee



The Freeholders of the County of Pittsylvania, being duly summoned, convened at the Court House of the said County, on Thursday, the 26th of January, 1775, and then proceeded to make choice of a Committee, agreeable to the direction of the General Congress, for enforcing and putting into execution the Association, when the following gentlemen were chosen members for the same, viz: Abraham Shelton, Robert Williams, Thomas Dilliard, William Todd, Abraham Penn, Peter Perkins, Benjamin Lankford, Thomas Terry, Arthur Hopkins, Hugh Challus, Charles L˙ Adams, James Walker, William Peters Martin, Daniel Shelton, William Ward, Edmund Taylor, Isaac Clements, Gabriel Shelton, Peter Wilson, William


Short, Henry Conway, John Payne, Sen˙, Joseph Roberts, William Witcher, Henry Williams, John Salmon, Reverend Lewis Gwillam, Richard Walden, Peter Saunders, John Wilson, and Crispen Shelton.

The Committee then proceeded to make choice of Robert Williams for their Chairman, and William Peters Martin their Clerk.

During the time of choosing the said Committee, the utmost good order and harmony was observed, and all the inhabitants of the County, then present (which was very numerous) seemed determined and resolute in defending their liberties and properties at the risk of their lives, and if required, to die by their fellow-sufferers (the Bostonians) whose cause they consider as their own; and it being mentioned in Committee, that their County had never contributed their proportionable part towards defraying the expenses of the Delegates, who attended on our behalf at the General Congress, that sum was immediately and cheerfully raised, and deposited in the hands of Peter Perkins and Benjamin Lankford, Esquires, the Representatives for the said County, to be transmitted by them, to whom it ought to have been paid; after which the Committee rose, and several loyal and patriotick toasts were drank, and the Company dispersed, well pleased with the behaviour of those people they had put their confidence in.

Ordered, That a copy of the above Proceedings be inserted in the Virginia Newspapers.