1775.012: Proclamation of May 8, 1775.

Published: 1775

Full Title: By His Excellency the Right Hon. John Earl of Dunmore, His Majesty's lieutenant and governor general of the colony and dominion of Virginia, and vice admiral of the same: a proclamation. : Virginia, to wit, Whereas, upon petitions of sundry persons claiming and settled upon lands in the back parts of this colony, praying that the grants made to the officers and soldiers under His Majesty's proclamation in 1763 might not be located so as to interfere with their claims ... Given under my hand and the seal of the colony, at Williamsburg, this 8th day of May, 1775, and in the 15th year of His Majesty's reign.

Author: Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of (1732-1809), governor.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Dixon & Hunter

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 30 cm. x 18 cm. (broadside).


Dunmore herein voided land-claim surveys made along western frontier inconsistent with his order of December 1773 to record claims with the colony's land office and not county courts. Sheet lacks printer credit; Bristol attributed this title to the Dixon & Hunter press, and the typography herein is consistent with other work then issuing from that press. John Pinkney was still officially the public printer, and had published Dunmore's address to the Council just five days earlier (1775.009), but work here not consistent with that of his press.

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