The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 5

WILLIAMSBURG, July 5, 1776.
Deserted last night from the College camp, James Vaughan, about 23 years of age, about 6 feet 2 inches high, well made, long black hair, of a dark complexion, and long visage; had on, and carried with him a new suit of gray broadcloth, an old hunting shirt trimmed with red, old leather breeches, and a green broadcloth coat trimmed with silver lace, which he purchased at Dunmore's sale. Also Josiah Cheathum, about 22 years of age, 6 feet 6 inches high, well made, of a very dark complexion, has short black hair, and a dejected look; had on, and carried with him, a pair of good leather breeches, a hunting shirt trimmed with red, and a jacket and pair of breeches of light coloured sagathy, almost new. They were enlisted in Amherst, where I supose they will endeavor to get. Whoever delivers them to the 6th Virginia regiment shall have 40s. reward for each, and be allowed all reasonable expenses. SAMUEL CABELL, captain

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) July 12, 1776

About this entry:

A sale of Lord Dunmore's Virginia property was held June 26, 1776. Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, later stated that he lost furnishings for 25 rooms, valuable pictures, china, books, musical instruments, weapons, and "the greatest and most valuable part of His Lordship's Cloaths, Linnen, and Servants Cloathing" Samuel Cabell of Amherst headed a company of the 6th Battalion.

Language notes:

Sagathy is a kind of cloth like serge.

Sources: Noel Hume, 1775, p258; Virginia Calendar

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