The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 15

WILLIAMSBURG, July 15, 1775.
His Majesty's ship Mercury, Capt. McCartney, anchored off York town last Tuesday. This vessel left New York the 1st instant, and is come to relieve the Fowey, which sailed yesterday morning, in company with the Otter. The latter, we are told, is gone on a cruise, and is expected to return; but the Fowey, after landing the Right Hon. the Earl of Dunmore at Portsmouth (at which place it is supposed his Excellency will reside), proceeds to Boston with Captain Edward Foy on board, of his Majesty's train of artillery.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 15, 1775
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Capt. Foy had not been popular in Williamsburg, where he was considered arrogant and condescending. He travelled to New York with his New York-born wife, and then back to England. Dunmore stayed in Hampton Roads rallying the loyalists and planning his strategy to conquer Virginia.

Sources: Selby, p46-7, Wrike, p7-8

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