The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: November 15

WILLIAMSBURG, November 15, 1776.
On Thursday the 21st instant, will be leased to the highest bidder, for the term of six years, the tenement in this city lately occupied by capt. Edmund Dickinson. BENJAMIN WELDON.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) November 15, 1776

About this entry:

The "tenement" referred to in this ad is the cabinet making shop of Anthony Hay on Nicholson Street. Edmund Dickinson, a cabinetmaker who worked with Anthony Hay, rented his shop following Hay's death in 1771 and carried on the business until he left Williamsburg in August 1776 to join Washington's army in New Jersey. Dickinson had been named captain of recruits for the 10th Company of the First Virginia Regiment in February 1776. He served with distinction under Washington, was promoted to the rank of Major, and was killed at the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778. Anthony Hay's widow obviously wanted to offer the property under a long-term lease.

Sources: CWJ, Spring 2001, WAR

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