Order of the Procession on the Great Day

The provisional articles of a treaty of peace were signed at Paris, November 30, 1782, and in pursuance of a declaration of the continental congress, April 11, 1783, Governor Benjamin Harrison issued his proclamation for the cessation of hostilities within the State. He communicated his proclamation to the mayor of Williamsburg, and on May 1, […]

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 […]

Restoration Drawings

Williamsburg is an extraordinary, conscientious and expensive exercise in historical playacting in which real and imitation treasures and modern copies are carelessly confused in everyone’s mind. Partly because it is so well done, the end effect has been to devalue authenticity and denigrate the genuine heritage of less picturesque periods to which an era and […]

The Predominant Passion of a Virginian

I observed . . . that the natives of Virginia eat greater quantities of animal food than the Inhabitants of Britain. A short account of their manner of living may afford you some entertainment. Their breakfast, like that of the English consists of tea Coffee and Chocolate; and bread or toast and butter, or small […]

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 […]

Generally Misunderstood and Persistently Misrepresented

Inasmuch as the questions growing out of the institution of negro servitude, or connected with it, will occupy a conspicuous place in what is to follow, it is important that the reader should have, at the very outset, a right understanding of the true nature and character of those questions. No subject has been more […]

Crown and Commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth, Philip Welcomed in Virginia Gun Salute, 10–Hour Tour Greet British Royal Couple By John Kinnier Times–Dispatch News Bureau WILLIAMSBURG, Oct. 16—Virginians welcomed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Wednesday with a booming 21–gun salute and a crowded 10–hour schedule of history, hospitality and occasionally clamorous acclamation. The royal visit to Jamestown and Williamsburg, […]

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 […]