Compiled by Sara E. Lewis
From an index to the Virginia Gazette, produced in 1950 by Lester J. Cappon and Stella F. Duff of the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Omohundro Institute) with additional Gloucester (including Kingston Parish) material not captured by the indexers. Annual lists of world events put local listings in context. Please review primary source material before citing.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 19, 1738 - Tillidge, Rumney, Lewis,

Clear’d out of York River, since our last,
The Brig. John and Mary, Capt. Tillidge, for Bristol.
The Ship Hanover, Capt. Rumney, for Bristol.
The Ship Virginian, Capt. Richard Lewis, for Bristol.
All loaden with Tobacco.



I Doubt not but you have heard of the severe Plague of Canker-worms, that are at this Time devouring the Wheat all over the Country. A compleat Remedy for so great an Evil, is hardly to be hop’d for: But I have try’d one Thing, upon the Experience of a Gentleman of Glocester County, with good Success. I have order’d a small Trench, a Spit deep, and a Foot wide, to be dug all round the Field, very near the Edge of the Wheat. The Sides of the Trench are so perpendicular, that when these Worms are in, they can’t get out again. It is amazing how many of them fall into this Trench, some marching towards the Wheat, and some out of it. I sent a good Number of Turkies to devour them in the Trench, but tho’they fill’d their Bellies, yet they left Millions.

It may perhaps be of Service to the Country, to insert this into your Gazette: I shou’d have communicated it sooner, but that I have lately convinc’d my self of its Success. You will, I hope, make Amends, by dispersing this Gazette with the utmost Expedition all over the Country. I am, Your humble Servant, PHILO-PATRIS.