The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 28

WILLIAMSBURG, July 28, 1775.
FRIDAY The Convention, according to the order of the day, went into an examination of the reports said to have been propagated to the prejudice of Richard Bland, Esq; a member of this Convention, and one of the deputies appointed to represent this colony in General Congress; and, after the examination of the Rev. Samuel Sheild, and the Rev. John Hunt and many other witnesses, and a full inquiry into the same, do find the said reports to be utterly false and groundless, and tending not only to injure the said Richard Bland in his public character, but to prejudice the glorious cause in which America is now embarked. Resolved, unanimously, that this Convention do consider it as their duty to bear to the world their testimony that the said Richard Bland hath manifested himself the friend of his country, and uniformly stood forth an able assertor of her rights and liberties. PEYTON RANDOLPH, President. (A copy) JOHN TAZWELL Clk. Convention. WILLIAMSBURG, July 28, 1775

Virginia Gazette, (Dixon & Hunter) August 5, 1775

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Richard Bland (1710-1776) served in the Virginia legislature for 34 years without a break. In September 1774 he was a delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, where he told John Adams that the meeting was so important to the defense of colonial rights that despite his age he would have gone all the way to Jericho if necessary. He was publicly accused of disloyalty to the colonial cause in 1775. He was cleared and demanded a public endorsement of his patriotism from the Virginia Convention, here printed.

Sources: DVB, v2, p10-12

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