The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: June 30

Williamsburg, June 30, 1775.
Last Friday there was a very full meeting of the inhabitants of this city at the courthouse, convened there by desire of our representative, the Hon. Peyton Randolph, Esq; to consider of the expedience of stationing a number of men here for the public safety, as well as to assist the citizens in their nightly watches, to guard against any surprise from our enemies; when it was unanimously agreed … to invite down, from a number of counties, to the amount of 250 men, who are expected in a very few days…. Early yesterday morning sailed from York town his Majesty's ship Fowey, and the Magdalen schooner; which last, we are informed proceeds to England immediately, with Lady Dunmore, and the rest of the Governour's family, attended by his Lordship's chaplain, the Reverend Mr. Gwatkin. The Fowey, we hear, carries Lord Dunmore, and Capt. Edward Foy, to Boston . . .

Virginia Gazette (Purdy) June 30, 1775

About this entry:

Arranging for the safety of the town after the June 8 departure of Lord Dunmore, the colonial governor, was of prime importance to the many people who attended this meeting. The safety of the capital of Virginia was important to all Virginians, so it was right that men from other parts of Virginia should guard the seat of government.

Sources: Rankin, War, p1

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