Williamsburg: 1760. Broadside, 11.75 x 11.75 inches. Silked on verso. Minor wear and soiling, some offsetting from ink. About very good. Item #1687
Broadside form signed by Francis Fauquier, lieutenant governor of the colony of Virginia, appointing eleven men as justices of oyer and terminer in the trial of a slave. The printed document has been completed in manuscript, and appoints John Hutchinson, Josiah Smith, Charles Sweny, William Ivey, Wilson Newton, Joshua Corprew, James Webb, Robert Tucker, Jr., William Aitckison, Matthew Godfrey, and John Tatem as justices "for the trial of Mingo a Negro Man Slaves belonging to Thomas Veal of the County of Norfolk aforesaid gentleman for Felony." Several of the men have already taken the necessary oaths of allegiance to serve in this position, and they are granted the ability to administer the oaths to those who have not. It is signed at Williamsburg, September 5, 1760.
Fauquier came to Virginia from England to serve as acting governor from 1758 until his death ten years later. He was a good friend of Thomas Jefferson, and was well-liked by sympathized with the colonists. He was, however, firm with opposition to the government and abolished the House of Burgesses in 1765 when they passed a resolution against the Stamp Act.