1775.013: Speech of the Governor to the General Assembly (June 1775: A).

Published: 1775

Full Title: Speech of His Excellency the Right Hon. John Earl of Dunmore, His Majesty's lieutenant and governour general of the colony and dominion of Virginia, and vice admiral of the same, to the General Assembly, convened at the capitol, in the city of Williamsburg, on Thursday the 1st of June, 1775.

Author: Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of (1732-1809).

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [2 pgs.]; (fol.).


Address of the resident governor opening the Assembly session, setting out the legislative priorities of the imperial administration, delivered on June 1, 1775. Dunmore had prorogued this Assembly six times after its election the previous summer; in this first session he asked the Assembly to agree to the reconciliation plan offered by Parliament that spring. Two variants of this text – wherein the seventh word of the title is either "Honourable" or "Hon." – were issued. This variant was not found for filming the Early American Imprints Series. Bristol credited this item to the Dixon & Hunter press, but it seems more likely that it issued from the press of John Pinkney. On the date of the speech, Pinkney was the acting public printer, a result of the death of Clementina Rind the preceding September; he was supplanted by Alexander Purdie on June 6th, suggesting that Pinkney completed some work for the Assembly before he was replaced. But lacking access to the imprint itself, identifying the producing press is purely conjectural. Purdie printed the second variant (1775.014).

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