1820.043: Hening's Statutes at Large, Volume 7.

Published: 1819

Full Title: The statutes at large; being a collection of all the laws of Virginia, from the first session of the legislature, in the year 1619. Published pursuant to an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, passed on the fifth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and eight. Volume VII. By William Waller Hening.

Author: Hening, William Waller (1768-1828), comp.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: William W. Gray

Description: 604 pgs.; 22cm. (8vo).


In February 1808, the Assembly authorized publication of the colonial-era laws of Virginia in a series of volumes edited by William Waller Hening; the project ran to 13 volumes, covering the statutes enacted from 1619 to 1792; as a result of financial issues, unexpected changes in printers, and lost certification documents, it took fifteen years for him to complete the work: volume I issued in January 1810 (1809.034), volume II in January 1811 (1810.092), volume III in February 1813 (1812.108), volume IV in 1816 (1814.105), volumes V & VI in 1819 (1819.041 & this item), volume VII in 1820 (this item), volumes VIII & IX in 1821; volume X in 1821, and volumes XI, XII & XIII in 1823. This one covers the years 1756 to-1763. This volume issued in the second year of a new plan for the project following a suspension occasioned by the death of Hening's printer, Samuel Pleasants, in October 1814; the suspension depleted his funding, impelling Hening to petition the Assembly in late 1817 to increase its subscription to the work from 200 to 800 copies; once they had agreed to that change, Hening engaged nephew William Waller Gray as his new printer; Gray issued both volume V and VI in 1819 and volume 7 in 1820. He also had additional copies (600 each) of the first four volumes reprinted to fill out the 200 copy/sets previously provided to the state to finally complete the project. This volume bears only the imprint of the Franklin Press, as it was printed during the change from Gray to Nathan Pollard as proprietor of that office. The Early American Imprints Series filmed the first six volumes under the entry number used by Shaw & Shoemaker for volume I (19121); all thirteen volumes are available in digital form at several online repositories, such as Google Books, Internet Archive, and HathiTrust.

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