1811.104: Petition seeking a Chartered Bank in Richmond.

Published: 1811

Full Title: To the honorable the legislature of Virginia, the petition of sundry inhabitants of the city of Richmond, town of Manchester and their vicinities sheweth …

Author: Inhabitants of Richmond and Manchester.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 32 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).


Petitioners ask that the Assembly enact legislation to incorporate a bank at Richmond; this request came at a time when other Virginia market-towns were asking for similar charters, all emphasizing the need to facilitate agricultural commerce; these efforts were partially successful, as the Assembly passed "An act "Incorporating the 'Farmers' Bank of Virginia'," (Chap. VII of Acts of December 1811 Assembly) on February 13, 1813; this new bank was organized in the same manner as the antecedent Bank of Virginia (1805), with a centralized board of directors meeting at Richmond, and subsidiary managing committees attached to the various branch locations situated across the state, here Norfolk, Lynchburg, Winchester, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Staunton; however, this new bank fell foar short of what the petitioners here had sought originally. Sheet lacks colophon; while clearly a Richmond imprint, given its overtly local focus, title could have issued from any of the presses then operating there, so the indeterminacy here.

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