Friday, July 3, 2009

In Honor of the Fourth

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Research Division has a digital library that includes copies of the Virginia Gazette, a newspaper published between 1736 and 1780. The online library includes a great index that led me to this wonderful tidbit about how Richmonders reacted to the public reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776:


In case you were hoping to send up your own volleys of small arms after having too many patriotic toasts, please remember that the police department frowns upon such activities.

- Catherine Easterling

2 comments:

Ray Bonis
said...

That's really neat, thanks for posting!

- Ray

HEK said...

You just gotta love the "large concourse of respectable freeholders." People gathered in "concourses" in those days, all the way into the early 20th century, in print, anyway.