Negative photostats of items from the correspondence of the Rev. William Dawson and the Rev. Thomas Dawson, both of whom were commissaries of the Church of England in Virginia and presidents of the College of William and Mary. Prominent correspondents include Patrick Henry, Samuel Davies, John Blair and Robert Dinwiddie.
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William Dawson was a member of the Virginia Council, minister of Bruton Parish, commissary for the Bishop of London, and second president of the College of William and Mary (1743-1752).