1780.003: Act to Prevent and Punish Desertion.

Published: 1780

Full Title: An act the more effectually to prevent and punish desertion.

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Dixon & Nicolson

Description: 1 sheet [2 pg.]; (broadside, printed front and back).


Enacted at the Assembly of May 1780 (May 1 to July 14, 1780); reprinted as Chap. XIII of Acts of May 1780 in Hening's Statutes (X: 263-267). Sheet lacks printer credit; the Virginia government relocated to Richmond from Williamsburg in early 1780. The press of John Dixon and Thomas Nicolson moved there as well; however, that of John Clarkson and Augustine Davis remained in Williamsburg, unable to finance such a move. Thus the firm of Dixon & Hunter became the de facto printer to the Commonwealth, without the formal title, as they were the only printing office in Richmond in 1780.

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