WILLIAMSBURG, November 2, 1779.
Just imported from Holland and the West Indies and will be sold by the package or piece, a large assortment of Irish linens, sheeting, coarse linen, cambrick, lawn, gauze, chintz, calico, variety of silk and linen handkerchiefs, window glass 8 by 10, knives and forks, penknives, needles, mens shoes and saddles, China tea cups and saucers, ivory and horn combs, 6d nails, buckskin gloves, mens hats, corded dimity, silk stockings, ladies superfine cotton stockings, table cloths, cotton counterpanes, spermaceti candles, brown sugar, and bar iron. SAMUEL BEALL.
Virginia Gazette (Clarkson & Davis) November 2, 1779
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Samuel Beall wisely indicated the source of the fine goods he advertised for sale in his store on Duke of Gloucester Street (the present site of the reconstructed Tarpley's Store). He may have occupied a small storehouse on the property while Alexander Purdie operated his printing business in a larger building on an adjoining lot. Beall purchased the property from Purdie in 1779 and conducted his business on this site until 1786.