Manuscript, George Mercer Warrant for Expenses
Order to pay George Mercer £600 for his expenses "as Distributor of Stamps in Virginia" After Mercer's harrowing experience in Williamsburg in October 1765 in his attempt to implement the Stamp Act, he never returned to his native state. He could never accept independence and remained in England and France for the rest of his life, living primarily off a pension given to him by the British government. He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 1768, but never took up the post. Evidence suggests that during the American Revolution he appears to have acted as a British spy in Paris, making life difficult for the likes of Benjamin Franklin.