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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Robinson, John -1625 (search)
Robinson, John -1625 Clergyman; born presumably in Lincolnshire, England, in 1575; educated at Cambridge, and in 1602 became pastor of a Dissenting congregation at Norwich. The church was persecuted, and in 1607 the members attempted to leave England and seek an asylum in Holland; but were prevented by officers of the law, who kept the whole company under arrest for some time. In 1608 most of them made their escape in small parties and joined each other at Amsterdam. The next year they or favored emigration to America. Agents went to England and made arrangements for such emigration, and late in 1620 a portion of the Leyden congregation, under the spiritual leadership of Elder William Brewster, reached the New England coast. Robinson intended to follow with the remainder of the congregation, but he died in Leyden, in March, 1625, before the consent of the English merchants who controlled the enterprise could be obtained. Not long afterwards the remainder of his congregation
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
s to form the Ohio Company, consisting of himself and twelve others, among them Lawrence and Augustine Washington......1748 They obtain a grant of 600,000 acres west of the mountains and south of the Ohio River between the Monongahela and the Kanawha......March, 1749 William Gooch, governor of Virginia for twenty-two years, retires to England......August, 1749 Christopher Gist is sent to explore the Ohio country as far as the falls of the Ohio by the Ohio Company......1750-51 John Robinson, president of the council, acting governor, dying, is succeeded first by Thomas Lee, then by Lewis Burwell......1750-51 Robert Dinwiddie appointed lieutenantgovernor, and arrives in Virginia early in......1752 By treaty the western Indians at Logstown, a trading-post about 17 miles northwest from Pittsburg, agree not to molest any settlement on the south side of the Ohio......June 13, 1752 Governor Dinwiddie sends Washington (then twenty-one years old) as a commissioner to in