The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: September 17

WILLIAMSBURG, In Council, September 17, 1779.
All British subjects now in this state, who come within the meaning and description of the act of Assembly, intitled "An act concerning escheats and forfeitures from British subjects" and who have not already adopted some mode of leaving it, are required to attend at the city of Williamsburg, on the 11th day of next month, without fail, in readiness to take their departure. A vessel will be prepared to convey them to New York. By order of the Lieutenant Governour in Council. ARCHIBALD BLAIR, C.C.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) September 18, 1779

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Jefferson's bill for confiscation of loyalists' estates had been passed during the May session of the General Assembly. Loyalists were allowed to remain during the growing and harvesting seasons, but by December 6th the property would revert to the government.

Sources: Selby, p234; Virginia Acts, May 3 1779

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