[Acts Passed at a General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia: Begun and Held at the Public Buildings in the Town of Richmond, on Monday the Fifth Day of November, in the Year of Uur Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-One]
[Richmond: Printed by John Dunlap and James Hayes, 1782]. -32pp.
Lacks the titlepage. Folio. Bound to style in half calf and marbled boards, leather label. Faint dampstain to most leaves, minor scattered contemporary ink marginalia.
Meeting in the wake of Yorktown: the Virginia Legislature in victory.
A rare Revolutionary War imprint, comprising the session laws for the Virginia General Assembly in the fall and early winter of 1781. The assembly had just recently moved back to Richmond after retreating to Charlottesville earlier in the year to avoid the British near the coast, and Cornwallis had surrendered less than a month earlier at Yorktown. The work includes several acts relating to the war, specifically an act to "adjust and regulate the pay and accounts of the Officers and Soldiers of the Virginia line on Continental establishment...," an act for supplying the "Southern Army with Waggons and Horses," an act regulating militia pay, an act "to regulate Impresses" of property, and an act for recruiting "the Virginia Line on the Continental Establishment." Also includes state business regarding tobacco, taxation, an act appointing a deputy in the Kentucky territory, and more. Exceedingly rare, with only two copies in OCLC, at the Jenkins Law Library (mistakenly cataloged as printed in 1781) and the Library of Virginia. One additional copy listed in ESTC at the University of Virginia.
Evans 17781; ESTC W23690; OCLC 41248219, 7083017.