WILLIAMSBURG, December 22, 1777.
As the Lease formerly made by the Subscribers, of the earl of Dunmore's Lands in York County, will expire at Christmas, they hereby give Notice, that they will again lease the same for a Year, to the highest Bidder, on Wednesday the last of this Month, before the Raleigh Door. EDM. RANDOLPH. JOHN BLAIR.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) December 24, 1777
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Lord Dunmore bought a plantation on Queen's Creek called Porto Bello in 1773. Dunmore fled to the ship, Fowey, in the York River in June 1775 and a year later the Virginia Convention took over the property and rented it to Dr. John Carter for twenty pounds until December 1777.
Sources: VMHB v69, p465-6