The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: April 28

WILLIAMSBURG, April 28, 1775.
Our paper was entirely prepared for the press; but just as we were going to publish it we were informed of that arrival, in York river, of the snow Martin, captain Wood, in six weeks from Liverpool, by whom we received papers as late as the 11th of March, from which we have only time to select the following intelligence. LONDON, March 11 House of Commons, March 9. This day the expectation of all men, both within doors and without, were wound up to the highest pitch, it being whispered for some days past, by those who pretend to be in the secret, that the minister intended to propose a bill that would at once charm his friends, confound his enemies, and please the people on both sides of Atlantic. After the benches had been all crouded, a silence of some minutes ensued, and up rose the minister, not to open his grand conciliating plan, but to extend the powers of his New England restraining bill to the other principal provinces on the American continent. He said, that as the colonies were come to an agreement to carry on no trade whatever with Great Britain, Ireland,or the West Indies, he was clearly of opinion that it became indespensably necessary to refrain commerce, and prevent them from trading with any other country. He therefore made the following motion, "that the chairman be directed to move the house that leave be given to bring in a bill to restrain the trade and commerce of the colonies of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina to Great Britain, Ireland, and the British islands in the West Indies, under certain conditions and limitations." After a short debate, a bill was ordered in. Fourteen sail of the line, with ten thousand troops,we are credibly informed, were to embark for America about the first of this instant, April. It appears that the province of New York, whose assembly both resolved not to abide by the resolutions of the congress, is not included in this refraining bill.

Virginia Gazette (Pinkney) April 28, 1775

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News from London foreshadows the impending conflict with Great Britain.

Language notes:

A snow is a small sailing-vessel resembling a brig, carrying a main and fore mast and a supplementary trysail mast close behind the mainmast; formerly employed as a warship.

Sources: OED

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