The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 5

WILLIAMSBURG, May 5, 1776.
I do hereby certify, that mr. Hamilton Usher St. George, on the 23rd of April last, at his trial for holding correspondence with lord Dunmore, and supplying him with provisions, acquitted himself with honour, to the satisfaction of all present, and made his innocence appear in as clear a light as it was possible for any man. This certificate is granted by direction of the court, in order to do mr. St. George justice, whom they wish to be restored to the good opinion of all friends to America. WILSON R. W. CURLE.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) May 24, 1776

About this entry:

Hamilton Usher St. George was, in fact, a loyalist. From his plantation on Hog Island he supplied British troops with provisions and corresponded with Lord Dunmore. Because of these actions, his house was burned down and family suffered illness. However, at the end of the war he supplied provisions to Lord Cornwallis. After the British surrender, his family took refuge in New York. His wife, a native of Virginia, later returned to her family in Virginia, while St. George went to England to present his claim for reimbursement. Wilson R.W. Curle was a delegate to the General Assembly from Norfolk in 1777.

Sources: Coldham, p 594.

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