1814.107: Annual Message of the Governor to the Assembly (October 1814).
Full Title: [Governor’s letter].
Author: Barbour, James (1775-1842), governor.
Place Issued: Richmond
Issuing Press: Deborah W. L. Pleasants
Barbour called the Assembly into session nearly two months earlier that was the convention then to address war-related issues, which are the focus of this, his last annual report to the Assembly; having completed his allotted three consecutive terms, he left the governorship in favor of the former U.S. Senator Wilson Cary Nicholas on December 11th. No copy known extant; the House ordered 250 copies of Barbour's letter with the supporting documents he submitted printed on October 10th. Long-time public printer, Samuel Pleasants, died just six days before this session opened; the Assembly chose to continue employing his press for most of this session, granting his widow, Deborah W. L. Pleasants, her husband's formal title until January 1, 1815; thereafter, Thomas Ritchie, the printer to the Senate, assumed that larger role, with his protégé, Thomas Burling, taking on his old assignment; this division of labor meant that most of the session's printing was completed at the Argus Office, with Ritchie picking up the load with the start of the new year, just three weeks work; still, the daily House journal was issued from the Argus Office for the duration of the Assembly. This work distribution informs the attribution made here.
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