The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 12

WILLIAMSBURG, May 12, 1775.
By his Excellency the Right Hon. 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 P R O C L A M A T I O N Virginia, to wit, Whereas the General Assembly stands prorogued to the first Thursday in September next, but it is judged expedient and necessary that they should be sooner convened: I have therefore thought proper, by this Proclamation, in his Majesty's Name, to appoint the first Thursday in the next Month for that Purpose; at which Time their Attendance is accordingly required at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg, for the despatch of public Business. Given under my Hand, and the Seal of the Colony, at Williamsburg aforesaid, this 12th Day of May, in the 15th Year of his Majesty's Reign. DUNMORE. GOD SAVE THE KING.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) May 20, 1775

About this entry:

This June meeting of the House of Burgesses was to be the last time this body conducted business. The Governor would have left Williamsburg and the Palace, before the June meeting was over.

Language notes:

Prorogued means to defer or postpone.

Sources: Noel Hume, 1775; JHB, 1773-1776

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