The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: September 29

WILLIAMSBURG, September 29, 1774.
On Sunday last died, Mrs. CLEMENTINA RIND. It ill beseems the printer, he apprehends, as being a relation, to pretend to characterize her. The public who must in general have been acquainted with her, knew her qualifications. It shall, however, be his most ardent study to protect her children, for which purpose, he hopes those who have hitherto favoured this office, will not now discontinue their kindness. The public will, ere long, be made acquainted with the manner in which this paper will be conducted, and likewise with the plan which the printer intends to pursue should he meet with sufficient encouragement. It was his original intention to address the public at large in this week's paper; but for want of time, and many difficulties intervening, he found it extremely arduous, and therefore declined it till next week, or to some other future period.

Virginia Gazette (Pinkney) September 29, 1774

About this entry:

Clementina Rind died of tuberculosis about a year after her husband died. He left many debts. She published the Virginia Gazette with the help of her relative, John Pinckney, but was unable to bring prosperity to her family. She died at thirty-four years of age and left four children under the age of eight. The Williamsburg masons paid for two years of education for the two oldest boys, William and John. The oldest son, William was apprenticed to Dixon and Nicholson, printers. James became an attorney. Maria was bound out to a family as a servant and had such a difficult time that Mrs. John Hatley Norton became concerned and found her a new home with the St. George Tucker family, where she lived until she married.

Sources: WAR files, Rind family members

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