1812.051: Circular of Society for Promoting Success of the War with Great Britain.

Published: 1812

Full Title: Sir, The Central Standing Committee invites you attention to the inclosed report of the proceedings of the society, from which you will perceive, it has derived it's powers and received it's instructions. You, Sir, are an American―you are a Virginian―it is enough. You shall be insulted by no effort to rouse your patriotism. Feeling, as we are sure you do, what is due from you to the land of your fathers―to the place of you nativity―the most glowing words would barely give utterance of what is in your heart. ..

Author: Society for Promoting the Success of the War with Great Britain.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [2 pgs.]; (broadside, printed recto & verso).


A circular letter dated September 19, 1812, soliciting help of the addressee in raising funds and supplies for use of families of Virginia militia men called to service in the War of 1812; text concludes with an account of the proceedings of a public meeting held on September 10th that formed the society and appointed the central standing committee mentioned in the letter; that meeting was chaired by the incumbent governor, James Barbour (1775-1842), while the committee was chaired by former governor James Wood (1741-1813). Sheet lacks colophon; supporters of this society employed both the Richmond Enquirer of Thomas Ritchie and the Virginia Argus of Samuel Pleasants to promote the meeting and to spread news of the society's activities; so it is likely that one of those presses printed this item, but the internal evidence does not allow for identifying a specific printer-publisher. Digitized image of this circular is available at the online American Memory site of the Library of Congress as part of their Printed Ephemera Collection.

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