[VIRGINIA LAWS]: [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]
At a General Assembly Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg, on Monday, the Fourth day of May, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight
Williamsburg: Alexander Purdie, . 15pp.
Bound to style in antique three quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt,leather label. Moderate foxing and toning, contemporary notation on verso of last leaf
Revolutionary Laws of Virginia
An important and very rare revolutionary-era publication of Virginia session laws, with much content regarding the American revolutionary army. The first act seeks to raise troops for the "Grand Army" of Virginia, beginning: "Whereas it is of the greatest importance to the interest and freedom of America that a speedy reinforcement should be sent out of this commonwealth to his Excellency General Washington, to render the operations of the present campaign more decisive and honourable to the American arms." Other acts call for raising a cavalry regiment, an infantry battalion, and an important act "for recruiting the Continental Army." "The raising of a sufficient number of troops to serve in the war never ceased to be a serious problem for the Commonwealth. At this session the General Assembly passed an act to raise an additional two thousand men, inducing them to volunteer with offers of money and a complete uniform" - Berg. Very rare, with ESTC reporting only three copies: at the University of Virginia, the Library of Virginia, and Oxford University. The press would soon end in Williamsburg, as the government fled west to escape the British in 1779.
Berg 264; ESTC W479278. Evans 16153; Swem 7094.