1779.019: Journal of the House of Delegates (October 1779).

Published: 1779

Full Title: Journal of the House of Delegates of Virginia. Anno Domini, 1779.

Author: Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Clarkson & Davis

Description: 134 pgs.; 31 cm. (fol.).


Assembly met from October 4 to December 24, 1779. Alexander Purdie died in early April 1779, leaving much of his work for the public incomplete; the General Assembly of May 1779 decided to divide that session's printing between the two Williamsburg printing offices then in operation: that of Purdie's nephews & successors, John Clarkson and Augustine Davis, and that of John Dixon and Thomas Nicolson; that division of labor continued in the October 1779 session; meanwhile the Council of State began 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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