The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: December 16

WILLIAMSBURG, December 16, 1779.
The Printers of this paper beg leave to acquaint their customers, that they are in daily expectation of receiving a complete set of new printing types; by means of which they hope to render it more agreeable to the eye than it has lately been; their sources of information also being numerous and regular, they flatter themselves it will always be in their power to give the public the newest and most authentic intelligence and that their care and assiduity to please will entitle them to a continuance of the extensive demand in which this paper now is.

Virginia Gazette (Clarkson & Davis) December 18, 1779

About this entry:

John Clarkson and Augustine Davis took over Alexander Purdie's Virginia Gazette after he died in April 1779. Both men had worked for Purdie and Clarkson was also his nephew. They held the government contract for printing and by ordering new type were demonstrating confidence in their continued prosperity. The government was projected to leave Williamsburg and conduct its business in Richmond in the spring. The newspaper, too, was planning to move. However, in May of the following year, Clarkson and Davis petitioned the General Assembly to give them further time to move to Richmond, for "notwithstanding their utmost endeavors, they have not been able to procure a house in the town of Richmond, proper for the exercise of the public printing business".

Sources: CWRR Tarpley's Store

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