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The Blount family of Beaufort County is one of the country's oldest, most numerous, and most influential families. John Gray Blount built the sixth house at the Forks of the Tar in 1778, and it became the meeting place of eastern North Carolina's great men--statesmen, leaders of church, state, business, and agriculture.
This is a reprint of letters from businessman and Blount family agent Major James Cole Mountflorence to William, John Gray, and Thomas Blount. The letters, written in the era of the French Revolution, provide information on the commercial enterprises and political and social affairs of the Blounts, one of North Carolina's most influential families during this period. The introduction provides a biography of the Blounts and their relationship with Mountflorence.
Poised to be removed for a more modern structure, an old home on the corner of Main and Market Streets in Washington, North Carolina was built in 1778 for John Gray Blount. Blount, born in 1752, was a Revolutionary War patriot and served in special missions on behalf of the Revolutionary Government. With a successful import and export trade, Blount became an early commissioner of the town of Washington and was instrumental in getting the county seat transferred there from Bath.