1811.089: Address of Thomas R. Joynes to People of Accomack County.

Published: 1811

Full Title: To the people of the county of Accomack. Induced by the solicitations of a number of my respectable fellow-citizens, I have ventured to offer myself as a candidate for your suffrages at the ensuing election for delegates from the county of Accomack to the General Assembly of Virginia ... Thomas R. Joynes, Onancock, March 20, 1811

Author: Joynes, Thomas Robinson (1789-1858).

Place Issued: Norfolk

Issuing Press: James O'Connor

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 35 cm. x 20 cm. (broadside).


Only known copy is part of the Joynes Family Papers at Virginia Historical Society; undated colophon identifies O'Connor as printer; date supplied from the immediacy of the election. Joynes was then a young lawyer from Accomack, having just been admitted to the county bar six months before; this circular laid out his concerns about the undemocratic practices of the county courts. a hold-over from colonial times, especially their power to appoint sheriffs who he though should be elected by the people; he was elected to the House of Delegates at this poll, and served two terms; thereafter, Joynes became a major figure in judicial circles on the Eastern Shore, serving as Commonwealth Attorney for the Superior Court (1814-28) and then as clerk of both the Accomack County Court (1828-45) and the Superior Court (1828-48), as well as being elected as a delegate to the Virginia Convention of 1829-30.

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