All of you will probably be interested in an article in the May/June, 2010, issue of "American Sprit" the D.A.R. magazine:
"William Grayson and the Constitution, 1788 by Lucy Baker - A new book about a Patriot and Founding Father knwn as 'The Greatest Debator of his Era.'Willliam Grayson was born in Woodbridge, Virginia in 1736.By 1774 he was a captain in the militia.Brilliantly educated in England with a Law Degree from Oxford, William was a scholar in Latin, Greek and English History."
"Personal friend and neighbor of his mentor George Washington, William served as Washington's secretary in the Continental Army and as aide-de-camp.Given the rank of Colonel, Grayson fought in six battles over the course of 6 1/2 years and distinguished himself at the battle of Monmouth Courthouse.He then presided over the Court Marshall og General Charles Lee.Thereafter, Washington appointed him head of the Board of War where he worked with British General Howe in te exchange of prisoners captured at the battle of Valley Forge."
"William served the House of Burgess, the House of Delegates and the Continental Congress.Elected to the Virginia Convention to ratify the Constitution in 1788, William led the debates along with his closest friends.Patrick Henry and his cousin James Monroe, along with George Mason and other Anti-Federalists who wanted amendments to the Constitution.Of 179 members of the Anti-Federalist's lost by ten votes but gained a Bill of Rights."
"William was elected senator to the first Federal Congress along with Richard Henry Lee in 1788.He died before he could serve a second term.James Monroe took his cousin and mentor's seat in Congress.
The book sells for $24.95 but is available to D.A.R. members at a reduced price.
"Lucy Baker was born in Berkeley, California.She has been an artist all her life and has 14 books to her credit, many of which she has illustrated.She wrote 'The Life of William Grayson' a documentary screenplay and is now finishing 'Speeches and Letters of William Grayson." website: lucybakersbooks.com
I have no interesed in selling these books, just thought descendants might be interested.