The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: January 12

WILLIAMSBURG, January 12, 1776.
NOTWITHSTANDING lord Dunmore's late proclamation for emancipating such slaves as should repair to his standard, we are informed, by a correspondent, that two of his own negroes, with an overseer, passed through Fredericksburg, one day last week, on their way to his Berkeley plantation; so that it should seem his lordship has not been so very generous to his own bondmen as he wished to be to those who were the property of others, but whom neither he, nor even his august master, have the smallest right to intermeddle with.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) January 12, 1776

About this entry:

Dunmore's Proclamation was published in the Virginia Gazette on November 24, 1775 where he declared that all slaves (belonging to rebels) who will bear arms for the King will be freed. The writer of this article points out Dunmore's double standard. Since Dunmore's slaves did not belong to a "rebel", he was not obligated to free them.

Sources: VA Gaz

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