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 noticed or selected by the indexers. Annual lists of world events put local listings in context. Please review primary source material before citing.

Friday, June 11, 2010

January 11, 1740 - Dickenson, Spofferth, Cox, Seawell, Nelson, Wormley

York, Dec. 25. This Day arrived in York River, the Sloop Tryal, Joseph Dickenson Master, from Bermuda, who brought the following Account: That Capt. Samuel Spofferth, of Bermuda, in a Sloop of about 100 Tons and 20 Men, took a Spanish Schooner off Curacoa, laden with a great Quantity of dry Goods. The Schooner he sold in Curracoa, and her Cargo in Bermuda, which amounted to at least 50 l. per Man, besides above 1000 l. to the Captain

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Enter’d in York River.
Dec. 24. Sloop Dove, of Bermuda, William Cox, Master, from Bermuda, with 110 lb. of Foreign Indigo, imported into Bermuda as wreck Goods, 2 Barrels of Train Oyl, 20 lb. of Braziletta Wood, and 80 l. Virginia currency.
Dec. 26. Sloop Tryal, of Bermuda, Joseph Dickinson Master, from Bermuda, and Turks Islands, with 4 Casks of Rum, Quantity 393 Gallons, 7 Barrels of Muscovado Sugar, 1600 Bushels of Salt, and 4 l. 10 s. 6 d. Virginia Currency.

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This is to give Notice, That there will be run for, at Mr. Joseph Seawell’s, in Gloucester County, on the First Thursday in April next, a Purse of Thirty Pistoles, by any Horse, Mare, or Gelding; all siz’d Horses to carry 140, and Galloways to be allowed Weight for Inches; to pay One Pistole Entrance if a Subscriber, if not, Two; and the Entrance Money to go to the Second Horse, &c. And on the Day following, on the same Course, there will be a Saddle, Bridle, and Housing, of Five Pounds Value, to be run for, by any Horse, Mare, or Gelding, that never won a Prize of that Value Four Miles before; each Horse, &c. to pay Five Shillings Entrance, and that to go to the Horse that comes in Second. And on the Day Following, there is to be run for, by Horses not exceeding 13 Hands, a Hunting Saddle, Bridle, and Whip; each Horse to pay Two Shillings and Six Pence at Entrance, to be given to the Horse that comes in Second; Happy is he that can get the lightest Rider.

N.B. The Gentlemen that are Subscribers for the Purse, are desir’d to pay their Money to Mr. William Nelson at York, or to Mr. Ralph Wormley, of Middlesex.