Pregnant with Ruin

VIRGINIANS FIRST DEFIED ENGLAND.  AN INTERESTING HISTORIC DOCUMENT SHOWS THAT NORFOLK (VA.) CITIZENS WERE AHEAD OF PHILADELPHIANS. The coming Jamestown Exposition brings to light many historic facts long since forgotten. While loath to leave the British Empire, the patriots of Norfolk, Va., were the first to resent the aggression of the British Stamp Act, which led to the American Revolution. Under the name of “The Sons of Liberty” they assembled in Norfolk on March 13, and in bold and determined phrases announced their intention of resisting any […]

Such an Inveteracy As Justifies My Suspicion

Saturday, the 10th of June, 15 Geo. III. 1775. A Meſſage from the Council by Mr Blair: Mr Speaker,     His Excellency, the Governor, hath deſired the Preſident to communicate to this Houſe his anſwer to the joint Addreſs of the Council and the Houſe of Burgeſſes, preſented Yeſterday to his Excellency; and he preſented […]

This Most Disagreeable Step

By His Excellency the Right Honorable JOHN Earl of DUNMORE, His MAJESTY’S Lieutenant and Governor General of the Colony and Dominion of VIRGINIA, and Vice Admiral of the same. A PROCLAMATION. As I have ever entertained Hopes that an Accommodation might have taken Place between GREAT-BRITAIN and this colony, without being compelled by my Duty […]

You Are Dissolved Accordingly

Et appropinquans ait: Numquid perdes justum cum impio? Et dixit: Non delebo propter decem. Genesis xviii. 23, 32. TUESDAY, THE 24TH OF MAY, 14 GEO. III. 1774. THIS House being deeply impressed with Apprehension of the great Dangers to be derived to British America, from the hostile Invasion of the City of Boston, in our Sister Colony of […]

John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore

Nephew of the second Earl of Dunmore, at fifteen years he was appointed page to Charles Edward Stuart (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”) and, with his father William Murray, was a participant in the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, after which the Murrays were placed under house arrest.  After his father’s conditional pardon in 1750, he joined the […]