March 12, 1773

Virginia House of Burgesses Create Intercolonial Committee of Correspondence

Concerned that the individual colonies do not possess an effective source of accurate information about events in other colonies, such as the powers of the commission established to investigate the Gaspée Affair, which would help them cooperate in defense of their rights, the House of Burgesses — led by Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and several others — creates the first intercolonial committee of correspondence.

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