A recent posting on the George Washington’s Mount Vernon site, Committees of Correspondence, got me thinking about how much I’ve depended on the records of such committees for my research. I’ve been working on my second book, Honor and Valor, and have spent much of the past few weeks reading from the records of New Hampshire’s Committee of Safety. The name doesn’t say it all, this committee was responsible for the state’s militia, recruiting for the Continental Army, and worked with the state’s house of representatives to pay for it. Actually, the committee was composed of members from the House of Representatives, and it was apparently a full time job, as evidenced by the volumes of materials in New Hampshire’s State Papers.
I’ve been reading lately:
Bouton, Nathaniel D.D. 1874. “State Papers. Documents and Records Relating to the State of New Hampshire During the Period of the American Revolution, from 1776 to 1783; Including the Constitution of New-Hampshire, 1776; New-Hampshire Declaration for Independence; the “Association Test,” with names of Signers, &c.; Declaration of American Independence, Jul 4, 1776; the Articles of Confederation, 1778.” Published by the Authority of the Legislature of New-Hampshire. Volume VIII. Edward A. Jenks, State Printer, Concord, NH