The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 20

WILLIAMSBURG, May 20, 1773.
Lost in the Garden at Mrs. Vobe's, on the 3rd instant, a plain SILVER WATCH with a Steel Chain, the impression out of the Seal, William Glover, Liverpool, No. 126. Whoever brings the said watch to the Bar of the said Mrs. Vobe shall have TWENTY SHILLINGS reward.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) May 20, 1773
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About this entry:

Jane Vobe was a popular tavernkeeper who operated at the location where Christiana Campbell's Coffee House now stands, and she owned the King's Arm Tavern.

Language notes:

"Instant" is a day during the present month, so May 3 is when the watch was lost.

Sources: WAR, OED

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