The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: March 30

WILLIAMSBURG, March 30, 1775.
By his Excellency fhe Right Honourable JOHN Earl of DUNMORE, his Majesty's Lieutenant and Governor General of the Colony and dominion of Virginia, and Vice Admiral of the same. A PROCLAMATION. Virginia, to wit. Whereas certain Persons, stiling themselves Delegates of several of his Majesty's Colonies in America, having presumed, without his Majesty's Authority or Consent, to assemble together at Philadelphia in the Months of September and October last, have thought fit, among other unwarrantable Proceedings, to resolve that it will be necessary that another Congress should be held at the same Place on the 10th of May next, unless Redress of certain pretended Grievances be obtained before that time, and to recommend that all the Colonies in North America should chuse Deputies to attend such Congress, I am commanded by the King, and I do accordingly issue by Proclamation, to require all Magistrates and other Officers to use their utmost Endeavors to prevent any such Appointments of Deputies, and to exhort all Persons whatever within this Government to desist from such an unjustifiable Proceeding, so highly displeasing to his Majesty. Given under my Hand, and the Seal of the Colony, this 28th Day of March, in the 15th Year of his Majesty's Reign. DUNMORE. GOD save the KING.

Virginia Gazette (Pinkney) March 30, 1775
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Lord Dunmore issued this proclamation against citizens supporting or participating in Congress. Nonetheless, the 2nd Continental Congress convened on May 10, 1775 in Philadelphia. This Congress established the Continental Army and named George Washington Commander-in-Chief. Virginia delegates to Congress in 1775 included Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Peyton Randolph, George Wythe and George Washington.

Sources: HDAR; GAV 1619-1978

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