1818.131: Petition seeking Canal between Staunton and Appomattox Rivers.

Published: 1818

Full Title: To the General Assembly of Virginia: the petition of the undersigned citizens of the counties on the river Appomattox and its waters, respectfully sheweth …

Author: Sundry Citizens of Counties on River Appomattox and Its Waters.

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 32 cm. x 22 cm. (broadside), with a second leaf of manuscript signatures..


One of two petition efforts presented to the Assembly to help redirect trade on the Roanoke River away from the problematic ports of Albemarle Sound in North Carolina to Petersburg; this was received by the House on December 17, 1818; the other a day earlier (1818.130). This petition asked that the public engineer be directed to survey a proposed route "to connect the waters of the Staunton and Appomattox rivers, by means of a Canal from the Little Roanoke, a branch of the former, to Buffalo, which empties into the latter river." The Assembly agreed to this request with a law enacted February 5, 1819 (Chap. XLII of the Acts of the December 1818 Assembly). Sheet lacks colophon; given the petitioners' focus on Petersburg as an entrepôt, this title undoubtedly issued there; but the multiplicity of presses there makes assigning this to any one of them speculative, so the indeterminacy reported here.

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