1800.075: Documents concerning the Conduct of John K. Read, magistrate.

Published: 1800

Full Title: Richard E. Lee's letter, the attorney general's opinion, and the affidavits accompanying the governor's communication to the General Assembly, relative to the conduct of Doctor John K. Read, a magistrate of the borough of Norfolk.

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Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Meriwether Jones

Description: Unrecorded


This imprint contained the documentation that Governor Monroe sent with his annual address to the Assembly (1800.073) wherein he reported the investigation into the conduct of Read, an alderman in Norfolk, over reports published in the Epitome of the Times there that Read had surrendered an American citizen to the custody of the British consul, who sent that man to Jamaica for trial and execution as a mutineer in the Royal Navy. These papers were then included in the published report of the investigation (1800.074).The Assembly then decided to impeach Read for having exceeded his authority by depriving the sailor involved of a full legal hearing under the authority of Virginia law. No copy is known extant; Swem reported its existence from an order in the House journal that Jones print 250 copies of these supporting documents for the use of the Assembly in their deliberations over this matter.

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