1775.014: Speech of the Governor to the General Assembly (June 1775: B).

Published: 1775

Full Title: Speech of His Excellency the Right Honourable John Earl of Dunmore, His Majesty's lieutenant and governour general of the colony and dominion of Virginia, and vice admiral of the same, to the General Assembly, convened at the capitol, in the city of Williamsburg, on Thursday the 1st of June, 1775.

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

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Alexander Purdie

Description: 1 sheet [2 pgs.]; (fol.).


Address of the resident governor opening the Assembly session, setting out the legislative priorities of the imperial administration, delivered on June 1, 1775. Dunmore had prorogued this Assembly six times after its election the previous summer; in this first session he asked the Assembly to agree to the reconciliation plan offered by Parliament that spring. Two variants of this text – wherein the seventh word of the title is either "Honourable" or "Hon." – were issued. This variant was printed by Purdie following his election as public printer on June 6th; the second variant (1775.013) was produced by either John Pinkney, the proprietor of the office of public-printer Clementina Rind following her death the preceding September, or by the Dixon & Hunter press, as credited by Bristol.

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