1806.066: Petition seeking Ferry across the Elizabeth River.

Published: 1806

Full Title: To the Speaker and Members of the House of Delegates ... inhabitants of the borough of Norfolk ...

Author: Sundry Inhabitants of Norfolk.

Place Issued: Norfolk

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 35 cm. x 24 cm. (broadside).


Only surviving copy, held in the state archives at the Library of Virginia, has a manuscript date of December 15, 1806, reflecting the date it was submitted to the Assembly. This session enacted significant changes to the way that ferries were authorized in Virginia, delegating the task to the state's County Courts and City Councils (Chap. XXV of the Acts of the December 1806 Assembly); this petition was the second asking that the court in Norfolk be allowed to establish a particular ferry across the Elizabeth River (see 1805.066); the law allowed all such local administrative bodies to do so at their own discretion. Sheet lacks colophon; while evidently a Norfolk imprint, item does not indicate the particular press issuing this sheet, so the indeterminacy here.

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