1781.002: Proclamation of January 19, 1781 (1 of 2).

Published: 1781

Full Title: By His Excellency Thomas Jefferson, Esq; governour of the Commonwealth of Virginia: A proclamation. : Whereas during the incursions which have been made into this and others of the United States, by the forces of His Britannic Majesty, a practice hath been introduced by them unauthorised by the law of nations and unattempted in any other age or by any other enemy ... Given under my hand and the seal of the Commonwealth at Richmond, this nineteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty one, and of the Commonwealth the fifth.

Author: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826), governor.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Dixon & Nicolson

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 17 cm. x 21 cm. (broadside).


Signed: Thomas Jefferson. 200 copies ordered printed by the Council of State. Sheet lacks printer credit; after the government of Virginia relocated to Richmond in 1780, it depended on the press of John Dixon and Thomas Nicolson until April 1781. John Dunlap and James Hayes were appointed as Virginia's public printers in November 1780, but several war-time incidents kept them from printing in Richmond until December 1781; Dunlap & Hayes conducted some public business in Charlottesville during the government's western exile in the summer of 1781; the new firm of Thomas Nicolson and William Prentis was engaged to cover their work in Richmond through late 1781.

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