1811.098: Petition seeking Turnpike from Winchester to Harper’s Ferry.

Published: 1811

Full Title: To the honorable the Legislature ... memorial of the undersigned citizens of the counties of Frederick and Jefferson ... sheweth ... the necessity ... of establishing a turnpike road from Winchester to Harper’s Ferry ...

Author: Citizens of Frederick and Jefferson Counties.

Place Issued: Charlestown

Issuing Press: Richard Williams

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 34 cm. x 20 cm. (broadside).


Sheet lacks colophon; only known copy, held in the state archives at the Library of Virginia, is item dated in manuscript "December 4, 1811," which was the day this petition was received by the House of Delegates;. Request was referred to committee along with a second petition seeking improved roads between Charlestown, the Jefferson County seat, and Harper's Ferry, the county's main Potomac River port (1811.099); the two were combined into a bill was enacted as an "Act incorporating a Company to establish a Turnpike from Harper's Ferry to Charlestown" (Chap. XLV of Acts of December 1811 Assembly) on February 5, 1812. The centrality of Charlestown in each of those petitions indicates that both were printed in Charlestown where the only press then was conducted by Richard Williams, hence the attribution here.

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