1779.006: On Prisoners Taken during Clark's Expedition to the Illinois.
Full Title: In Council, June 16, 1779. The board proceeded to the consideration of the letters of Colonel Clarke, and other papers relating to Henry Hamilton, Esq; who has acted some years past as lieutenant governour of the settlement at and about Detroit, and commandant of the British garrison there, under Sir Guy Carleton as Governour in Chief; Philip Dejean, Justice of the Peace for Detroit, and William Lamothe, Captain of volunteers, prisoners of war, taken in the county of Illinois. ...
Author: Virginia. Council of State.
Place Issued: Williamsburg
Issuing Press: Dixon & Nicolson
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; (broadside.
Deliberations over cruel conduct of Hamilton and his colleagues against American soldiers before their capture; results in an order for their indefinite confinement "in the dungeon of the publick jail, debarred the use of pen, ink, and paper, and excluded all converse except that with their keeper." Alexander Purdie died in early April 1779, leaving much of his work for the public incomplete; this council meeting came during the General Assembly of May 1779 which decided to divide that session's printing between the two Williamsburg printing offices then working: that of Purdie's nephews and successors, John Clarkson and Augustine Davis, and that of John Dixon and Thomas Nicolson; the Council would also begin a search for a replacement for Purdie in Philadelphia who they hoped would start work in Richmond when the government moved there the following spring.
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