1811.109: Annual Message of the Governor to the Assembly (December 1811).

Published: 1811

Full Title: [Letter from the lieutenant-governor, George William Smith].

Author: Smith, George William (1762-1811), acting governor.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: Unrecorded


Smith was the incumbent lieutenant-governor, serving as acting governor as a result of the resignation of Governor James Monroe on March 3, 1811, to become the Secretary of State in the Madison administration; his conduct in office from March through December led to his election as governor in his own right on December 6, 1811, four days after he submitted this letter to the Assembly; his governorship was brief, however, as Smith tragically became the most prominent Virginian to die in the Richmond Theater Fire on December 26th. No copy known extant; Pleasants was ordered on December 4, 1811, to print 250 copies of Smith's letter for the use of the Assembly in its deliberations; Swem erroneously recorded the quantity ordered printed as 500, not the 250 actually reported in the House journal.

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