1775.007: Address of the Council to the People of Virginia.

Published: 1775

Full Title: To all the good people of Virginia. We His Majesty's faithful subjects, the Council of the colony, deeply impressed with the most sincere regard for the prosperity of our country, and the welfare of all its inhabitants, and being desirous, by our example, and by every means in our power, to preserve the peace and good order of the country, can no longer forbear to express our abhorrence and detestation of that licentious and ungovernable spirit that has gone forth, and misleads the once happy people of this country. ... Signed by order of the members of the Council, John Blair, C.C."

Author: Virginia. Council.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Dixon & Hunter

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 27 cm. x 17 cm. (broadside).


A broadside plea from the colony's Council for all sides in the ongoing political disputes to find common ground during the Assembly called by Governor Dunmore for June 1, 1775. Bristol credits this imprint to Dixon & Hunter, who printed several items for Dunmore in early 1775; he then deemed the presses of Alexander Purdie and John Pinkney to be in the control of the dissident colonists then challenging crown and parliamentary authority in Virginia; the Council did not break with Dunmore until after he fled the capital on June 8, 1775.

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