The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: August 11

WILLIAMSBURG, August 11, 1774.
In Consequence of an Invitation from the Honourable PEYTON RANDOLPH, Esq; our worthy Representative, there was yesterday a very full Meeting of the Inhabitants of this City at the Courthouse, when they generally approved of the Association entered into by the Delegates from the several Counties of this Colony, and subscribed thereto; and, at the same Time, contributed most generously for the Relief of our distressed Fellow Subjects at Boston, both in Cash and Provisions.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) August 11, 1774

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The Virginia Convention of 1774 met August 1-6 formed an Association that made resolutions that they hoped would bend the British government to respecting the liberties of American subjects of the Crown. Among the resolutions made were to refuse to purchase: British goods, slaves imported from Africa or the West Indies, tea of any kind, and they promised not to capitalize on the scarcity of goods by charging high prices. It may have been this newspaper that John Adams wrote about on August 23, "Went to the Coffee House and saw the Virginia Paper. The Spirit of the People is prodigious. Their Resolutions are really grand".

Sources: Van Schreeven, Vol 1, p230-235

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