1805.055: Petition seeking Bank of Virginia branch near Alexandria (2).

Published: 1805

Full Title: To the General Assembly of Virginia, the petition of the citizens of the county of [blank] Respectfully shews that your petitioners are desirous of recalling the attention of the legislature to the subject of sundry memorials and petitions, presented to the last session ... that it should participate in the advantages resulting from the establishment of the Bank of Virginia ... Your petitioners humbly pray that an act may be passed for establishing an Office of the Bank of Virginia, for the purposes of Discount & Deposit in that part of the county of Fairfax adjacent to the town of Alexandria …

Author: Sundry inhabitants of Northern Virginia.

Place Issued: Virginia

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 33 cm. x 20 cm. (broadside).


The December 1805 Assembly was inundated with petitions related to the Bank of Virginia that it had chartered during its preceding session; this petition sought the siting of a branch adjacent to Alexandria, which had been excluded from the January 1805 enabling act as the port was now part of the District of Columbia; on December 6th, the Assembly received and sent to a committee copies of this petition from signers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Hampshire, Jefferson, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Westmoreland Counties; the committee thought the requests reasonable, but the whole House of Delegates rejected the petition, as well as others concerning the Bank, while it conducted a thorough examination of the practices of several local boards appointed under the earlier act of incorporation. Item lacks colophon; Hummel reported two distinct printings of this petition, each without colophon; Shaw & Shoemaker saw the other one and assigned it to an unnamed Alexandria press; however the many locations returning the petitions means that one or both of these sheets could have issued in Winchester or Fredericksburg, so the indeterminacy here.

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