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Richard Bland

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

November 1. –Died at Williamsburg, in Virginia, Colonel Richard Bland, of Prince George, who lived universally beloved, and died universally lamented. He was more than thirty years a representative in General Assembly for that county, and filled the trust with so many shining abilities, so much unremitted attention, that he gained the esteem and confidence of his constituents. When his country called him forth to the arduous and important task of a delegate in the Continental Congress, he approved himself an able and zealous friend and advocate for the rights and liberties of his injured country. In a private sphere of life he supported the character of a humane and benevolent man, an affectionate, kind, indulgent husband and parent, and, amongst his acquaintances, that of a warm and steady friend. In short, he possessed all the inestimable qualifications that could render him dear to society, –all that could form the virtuous, upright man. 1


1 Pennsylvania Journal, November 13.

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