1809.015: Constituent Letter of Achilles Moorman and Edward Watts.

Published: 1809

Full Title: ... We consider it one of the duties of a representative of the people, to render to his constituents an account of his conduct ... Achilles Moorman. Edward Watts. Richmond, February, 1809.

Author: Moorman, Achilles {1773-1815) and Edward Watts (1779-1859).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 32 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).


Archetypal letter from members of House of Delegates to their constituents at the close of an Assembly; usually lacking colophon, as here, so not linking the Richmond press employed with the political views being expressed in the text, so the indeterminacy here. Report covers the General Assembly session that met from December 5, 1808 to February 18, 1809. Achilles Moorman and Edward Watts were the representatives from Campbell County in this Assembly; it was Moorman's final elective office, having served in the House of Delegates almost continuously from 1797, and Watts's initial one; he was elected to the Virginia Senate for the ensuing Assembly and remained there until 1821, ultimately serving as Speaker of the Senate from 1816 to 1821, before retiring to a successful legal practice in Roanoke.

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