The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: February 15

CHARLES CITY, February 15, 1776.
The subscriber having removed to Lester's ferry, in this county (Charles City County), begs leave to assure the publick that the strictest attention will be paid to the speedy passage of travellers, who may always be accommodated at his house, should they incline, with every requisite for themselves and horses. FREDERICK BRYAN.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) February 16, 1776

About this entry:

Frederick Bryan was paid for ferrying "militia and diets" at Lester's Ferry during the revolution. Ferry keepers were exempt from military and public service because their services needed to be available at all times.

Sources: Virginia Statutes, Calendar

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