The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: November 26

WILLIAMSBURG, November 26, 1772.
George the Third, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the faith, etc. To James Edmondson, administrator, etc. of William Ramsay, deceased, and the heir at law of the said William, greeting: We command you and firmly injoin that, all other matters and excuses whatsoever set aside, in your proper persons, you be and appear before our Justices of our General Court, in chancery, at the Capitol in Williamsburg, on the first day of the next court, to answer a bill in chancery, exhibited against you by James Ritchie, and company. And this you shall in no wise omit, under the penalty of each of you 100 pounds. Witness John Earl of Dunmore, our Lieutenant and Governor General, at Williamsburg, the 5th day of November, in the 13th year of our reign BEN: WALLER

Virginia Gazette (Rind) November 26, 1772

About this entry:

Benjamin Waller, as King's Attorney and Clerk of the General Court, was responsible for submitting notices to the VIRGINIA GAZETTE concerning cases coming before the court. Waller was a highly respected lawyer and public servant whose reputation was not damaged but his ambivalence concerning the revolution. He was offended by Patrick Henry's inflamatory speeches and the treatment of George Mercer in the Stamp Act crisis, but he felt he could not oppose the revolutionary measures proposed by his fellow Virginians. Concerned that British troops would bring smallpox with them if they occupied Williamsburg, he sat out the revolution at his home in Brunswick County. The new Commonwealth of Virginia appointed him Chief Judge of the Court of Admiralty, a post he held until his death in 1786. His Williamsburg home at the corner of Waller and Francis Street is an original house.

Sources: WAR, CWI Wi95 13-19

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