1794.009: Subscriber Solicitation for the New Virginia Justice.
Full Title: Charlottesville, May 1st, 1794 Sir, having ... prepared for the press a new treatise, on the office and authority of a justice of the peace in the commonwealth of Virginia, I cannot devise a better mode of giving it an extensive circulation, than by requesting your friendly aid in the procurement of subscriptions ... [signed] Wm. W. Hening.
Author: Hening, William Waller (1768-1828).
Place Issued: Richmond
Issuing Press: Uncertain
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 21 cm. x 17 cm. (broadside).
Here Hening solicits subscribers for the first edition of his New Virginia Justice (1795.016) in a letter he circulated among Virginia's leading legal figures at Jefferson's recommendation. The only known copy is held in the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Sheet lacks printer credit. Most often attributed to the Richmond press of Thomas Nicolson as Hening published the finished work through Nicolson; however, Hening did not engage Nicolson as his printer until nearly a year later, after a deal for the manual's publication could not be secured with Mathew Carey of Philadelphia (his preferred publisher) in the winter of 1794-95. Size and format of this broadside suggests the press of Augustine Davis, who Hening worked with during publication of the 1792 Revisal of the Laws (1794.036). But absent definitive evidence for either printer, credit cannot be assigned.