1781.015: Land Office Treasury Warrant.

Published: 1781

Full Title: Land Office treasury warrant, no. [blank] To the principal surveyor of any county within the commonwealth of Virginia. : This shall be your warrant to survey and lay off in one or more surveys, for [blank] his heirs or assigns, the quantity of [blank] acres of land, due unto the said [blank] In consideration of the sum of [blank] current money, paid into the public treasury, the payment whereof to the treasurer hath been duly certified by the Auditors of Public Accounts and their certificate received into the Land Office. Given under my hand, and the seal of the said office, this [blank] day of [blank] in the year one thousand seven hundred and [blank]

Author: Virginia. Land Office.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Dixon & Nicolson

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


Only known copy at Library Company of Philadelphia was finished in manuscript on April 18, 1782. Such warrants were authorized by Chap. XII of October 1780 Assembly (see Hening's Statutes, X: 354-355), so these forms were likely printed in 1781, not 1782. 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. o the new firm of Thomas Nicolson and William Prentis was engaged to cover their work until late 1781.

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