The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: September 6

WILLIAMSBURG, September 6, 1770.
Last Sunday arrived at York from Annapolis in Maryland, His Excellency ROBERT EDEN, Esq; Governour of that Province, with his Lady, the Hon. WILLIAM FITZHUGH, Esq; one of the Council there and Miss DARBY. Upon notice of their arrival Lord BOTETOURT sent his coach for them, which brought them to the palace that evening.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) September 6, 1770

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Robert Eden, an ambitious young man, distinguished himself in the British Army before marrying Caroline Calvert, sister of Lord Baltimore. His brother-in-law appointed him governor of Maryland and he arrived in the summer of 1769 to take over his post. He made friends with William Fitzhugh, a Virginian once in the House of Burgesses who moved to Maryland after his marriage several years prior. Lord Botetourt died a few weeks after this visit, on October 15, 1770.

Sources: Burk. Hardy. VA Gaz.

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