The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: January 20

WILLIAMSBURG, January 20, 1775.
THE several Counties and Corporations in this Colony are requested to elect Delegates to represent them in Convention, who are desired to meet at the Town of RICHMOND, in the County of HENRICO, on Monday the 20th of March next. PEYTON RANDOLPH, Moderator.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) January 28, 1775

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Peyton Randolph, Speaker of the House of Burgesses, was elected Moderator of the Virginia Association, the group formed at the Raleigh Tavern after Governor Dunmore dissolved the Assembly in response to their protest against closing the port of Boston. Randolph had been elected President of the first Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia in 1774. The Virginia Convention that met in March 1775 organized the defense of the colony and a provisional government.

Sources: Encyc. American Revolutionary War

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