The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: January 16

WILLIAMSBURG, January 16, 1772.
AT a Court of Common Hall yesterday, to take under Consideration the Expediency of opening a Communication between James and York Rivers, by a Canal to be dug from Archer's Hope Creek, which runs into James River, to Queen's Creek, running into York River, it was the unanimous Opinion that such a Measure would be attended, with very great benefit to the Trade of the said Rivers, as well as to the Inhabitants of this City; upon which a Subscription was immediately set on Foot for carrying this desirable Scheme into Execution, which already amounts to upwards of two Thousand Pounds, his Excellency the Governor giving five Hundred Pounds, the Honourable Peyton Randolph, Esquire, two Hundred Pounds, and a Number of other Gentlemen a Hundred Pounds each. And there will be another Hall next Saturday, at which all Inhabitants are desired to attend, when it is not doubted the Subscription will be considerably increased, every One being fully satisfied of the Usefulness and Practicability of the Work. It is thought the Whole may be completed for six or seven Thousand Pounds.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) January 16, 1772
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The ground for the prospective canal was surveyed in December 1771 under the direction of the new governor, Lord Dunmore. Almost 5000 pounds were collected by the middle of February. However, the canal was never built.

Sources: RQ, VaGaz

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