1781.030: Circular Letter on Militia Delinquents.

Published: 1781

Full Title: In Council, April 12, 1781. Sir, Having received an application from the commanding officer to strengthen our army below, and being very unwilling to harrass the militia more than shall be absolutely unavoidable, we are in hopes an immediate and sufficient accession of force may be obtained by application to the several counties for their delinquents in militia duty whom the law sentences to six months service ...

Author: Virginia. Council of State.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Dixon & Nicolson

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; (broadside).


Asks county lieutenants to impress those then delinquent in militia obligations for six months service to counter British invasion. Sheet lacks printer credit; after the government of Virginia relocated to Richmond in 1780, it depended on the press of John Dixon and Thomas Nicolson until April 1781. John Dunlap and James Hayes were appointed as Virginia's public printers in November 1780, but several war-time incidents kept them from printing in Richmond until December 1781; Dunlap & Hayes conducted some public business in Charlottesville during the government's western exile in the summer of 1781. o the new firm of Thomas Nicolson and William Prentis was engaged to cover their work until late 1781.

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