WILLIAMSBURG, May 7, 1777.
Whereas the Tanyard near this City, the Property of the late Mr. William Pearson deceased, is now occupied by the Subscriber and Company, and they intending to carry on that Business to the greatest Extent they possibly can, will give ready Money, and the highest Price, for Hides and Skins; and, as an Inducement to those that have either to dispose of, and should want Leather, they may depend on being first supplied with what they have Occasion for, as good, and on as reasonable Terms, as by any other Person in this State. And as this Business carried on here may be of great Service to this Neighbourhood, they hope to have the Preference of all Skins and Hides sold near this City. They flatter themselves they will be able to give general Satisfaction, the Subscriber being well acquainted with the Business, and particularly the Currying Part, which is so very necessary. WILLIAM PLUME, & Co.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) May 9, 1777
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William Plume remained in business throughout the Revolution, but in June 1781, the Queen's Rangers came through town and took harnesses, bridles, skins and leathers.
Sources: VA Gaz Index, Coldham, p 588.