The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: June 24

WILLIAMSBURG, In CONVENTION, June 24, 1776 The letters of Capt.
Montagu, and of Robert Eden, Esq; of this day, to the Council of Safety, were laid before the Convention, and on consideration thereof, Resolved unanimously, that the said Captain Montagu, by detaining several servants belonging to the inhabitants of this province, and by refusing to deliver up a soldier who deserted from the service of this colony, hath violated the truce and acted in manifest violation of his promise to preserve the same sacred. Ordered, that the commanding officer do not permit any baggage or effects belonging to Robert Eden, Esq; or any other person on board the Fowey, to be carried on board the said ship; and to take care that all communication with the said ship immediately cease. Extract from the minutes. G. DUVALL, Clerk.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 6, 1776

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Sir Robert Eden, the last British Governor of Maryland (1769-1776), was on board the Fowey [one of Lord Dunmore's ships that was raiding the shores of the Chesapeake Bay]. Eden had been a popular leader and instead of arresting him as the Continental Congress ordered the Maryland Council of Safety to do, the Committee requested Eden to leave the province. The Fowey arrived in Annapolis on June 22 to pick up Eden. Montagu, the captain of the Fowey, also allowed some deserters from the Maryland Regiment asylum on the ship. The Maryland Committee of Safety angered by this act, would not allow Eden's property to be loaded on board. The Fowey departed on June 25. Three days later the Maryland convention voted to unite with the other American colonies in independence.

Sources: DAB, vol 6; Burk.

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