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Virginia Gazette 1 (1730–1780)

Virginia Gazette 2 (1766–1776)

Virginia Gazette 3 (1775–1780)

Publishing History of the Virginia Gazettes

Version 1

The earliest Virginia Gazette was printed successively by William Parks, William Hunter, Joseph Royle, Alexander Purdie, Purdie & John Dixon, Dixon & Hunter, and Dixon & Thomas Nicolson, from August 6 (?), 1736, through April 8, 1780, when the paper was moved to Richmond.

Printer(s) Dates of Publication No. of Issues
William Parks 1736–1750 217
William Hunter 1751–1761 139
Joseph Royle 1761–1765 3
Alexander Purdie,
followed by Purdie and John Dixon
1766–1775 457
John Dixon and William Hunter 1775–1778 173
John Dixon and Thomas Nicolson 1779–1780 62

Version 2

On May 16, 1766, William Rind established a competing paper under the same title which was printed successively by Rind, Clementina Rind (his widow), and John Pinkney, until February 3, 1778.

Printer(s) Dates of Publication No. of Issues
William Rind 1766–1773 235
Clementina Rind 1773–1774 57
John Pinkney 1774–1776 81

Version 3

A third Virginia Gazette was inaugurated by Alexander Purdie on February 3, 1775. After Purdie's death, the paper was printed by John Clarkson & Augustine Davis until December 9, 1780, the last issue located.

Printer(s) Dates of Publication No. of Issues
Alexander Purdie 1775–1779 263
John Clarkson and Augustine Davis 1779–1780 18