1779.008: Journal of the House of Delegates (May 1779).

Published: 1779

Full Title: Journal of the House of Delegates of Virginia. Anno Domini, 1779.

Author: Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Clarkson & Davis

Description: 78 pgs.; 31 cm. (fol.).


Assembly met from May 3 to June 26, 1779. Alexander Purdie died in early April 1779, leaving much of his work for the public incomplete; the General Assembly of May 1779 decided to divide that session's printing between the two Williamsburg printing offices then in operation: that of Purdie's nephews & successors, John Clarkson and Augustine Davis, and that of John Dixon and Thomas Nicolson; the Council of State would also begin a search for a replacement for Purdie in Philadelphia who they hoped would start work in Richmond when the government moved there the following spring. This is evidently the first imprint issued from the press of Clarkson & Davis.

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