1818.133: Petition seeking Improved Navigation of James River above Richmond.

Published: 1818

Full Title: To the honourable the Speaker and Members of the General Assembly ... citizens of ... Lynchburg ...

Author: Citizens of Lynchburg.

Place Issued: Lynchburg

Issuing Press: Haas & Dawson

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 35 cm. x 22 cm. (broadside).


One in a continuing series of complaints against the James River Company, which had been formed in 1784 to clear obstructions to navigation of the river above Richmond and build a canal system around the falls at Richmond; petitioners here asked Assembly to add new conditions to company's charter, as well as penalties for tardy performance; these ongoing complaints led to a reorganization of the company by the ensuing Assembly, although this petition was laid aside as discussions over the company's fate continued. Sheet lacks colophon; locus of the petitioners marks this clearly as a Lynchburg imprint; at this time the only press then operating there was that of Jacob Hass & Samuel G. Dawson, so the attribution here.

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