The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: November 1

WILLIAMSBURG, November 1, 1776.
Deaths: In this city, Col. Richard Bland, of Prince George, who lived universally beloved, and died universally lamented. He was more than thirty years a representative in General Assembly for that county, and filled the trust with so many shining abilities, so much unremitted attention, that he gained the esteem and confidence of his constituents. When his country called him forth to the arduous and important task of a Delegate for this State in Continental Congress, he approved himself an able and zealous friend and advocate for the rights and liberties of his injured country. In a private sphere of life he supported the character of a humane and benevolent man, an affectionate, kind, indulgent husband and parent, and amongst his acquaintances that of a warm and steady friend. In short, he possessed all the inestimable qualifications that could render him dear to society, all that could form the virtuous, upright man.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) November 1, 1776

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In addition to being a statesman, Richard was a scholar. His library included many valuable original documents that he had assembled for a history of Virginia. He never wrote that book, but Thomas Jefferson acquired many of his Virginia documents. On October 26, 1776, as America began to enforce by arms the political principles Bland did so much to promote, he collapsed on the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg. He died later that day in the sixty-sixth year of his life at the home of John Tazewell, the speaker of the House of Delegates. He was buried at his family home, Jordan’s Point, in Prince George County. Read more about Richard Bland in the Colonial Williamsburg Journal,

Sources: DVB, v2, p 10-12; Gill, Model

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