The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: November 4

WILLIAMSBURG, November 4, 1775.
Saturday, Nov. 4. By letters received last night from Philadelphia, we have the melancholy intelligence of the death of our beloved Speaker, the Hon. Peyton Randolph, Esq; on the 23d of October, of an apoplexy. His remains were interred in the family burying-place of mr. Francis, of that city.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) November 3, 1775

About this entry:

An example of a publisher printing important news received after the masthead and main news pages were printed. Rather than wait a week for the next issue to appear, Purdie used the dateline November 4, 1775 to include the news of the death of Peyton Randolph in the November 3, 1775 issue. Thick black lines bordered this brief notice, so no one could miss it.

Language notes:

Apoplexy is a malady, very sudden in its attack, which arrests more or less completely the powers of sense and motion; it is usually caused by an effusion of blood or serum in the brain.

Sources: OED

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