1811.033: Circular Letter concerning Authority of Lt. Gov. George Wm. Smith.

Published: 1811

Full Title: Council chamber, April 23d, 1811. The following advice was adopted by the Council of State for the commonwealth of Virginia, on Tuesday the 23d April. ... that, until the appointment of a governor by the legislature, all such bonds and recognizances shall be given, "to George William Smith, lieutenant governor ... now exercising the functions of governor and to his successors in the office of governor" ...

Author: Virginia. Council of State.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 26 cm. x 21 cm. (broadside).


Smith was then acting as governor after the resignation on March 3, 1811, of James Monroe to become Secretary of State in the Madison administration; Monroe succeeded John Tyler Sr. in January 1811 after he had resigned to accept a federal judgeship; Smith's subsequent conduct in office led to his election as governor in his own right on December 6, 1811, at the next session of the Assembly; his governorship was brief, however, as tragically he became the most prominent Virginian to die in the Richmond Theater Fire just 20 days later. Sheet lacks colophon; printing such items was the responsibility of the public printer, then Samuel Pleasants, so the attribution here. Surviving copies are also signed in manuscript by the assistant clerk of the council, John Woodson Pleasants, first cousin to the public printer.

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