1775.025: Militia Commission.

Published: 1775

Full Title: The Committee of Safety for the Colony of Virginia to [blank] ...We...appoint you to be Lieutenant and Commander in Chief of the militia of the County of [blank] ...

Author: Virginia. Committee of Safety.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Alexander Purdie

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 28 cm. x 44 cm. (broadside).


Printed commission form with blank fields; sole extant copy (Draper Collection at Historical Society of Wisconsin) is completed in the name of Col. William Preston of Fincastle County, then a key militia leader on the colony's western frontier; that form is dated "Williamsburg, October 7, 1775" and signed by the members of the Committee of Safety. Form lacks printer credit; Alexander Purdie was printer to the convention that established the Committee of Safety the preceding July, so also the most likely producer of this form.

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