The Secretary of Virginia Reports of Self-Regulation Without Benefit of Legislation, 8 May 1682

The Secretary of Virginia Reports of Self-Regulation Without Benefit of Legislation, 8 May 1682

  • Bad news, everyone, what’s been going on down in Gloucester County is putting everyone in harm’s way.
    • They pretty much have decided that they won’t be planting any tobacco this year.
    • The “lawmen” have been going around from plantation to plantation cutting up the plants & if the farmers don’t like it, too bad.
    • This had been going on for 3 days until the Lieutenant Governor was made aware. The courts sent Colonel Kemp there to put it to an end.
      • He & his men caught up with a group of 22 of these men & brought them in for destroying the plants.
      • 2 of the men have been charged & the other men were released on the promise that they’d behave from then on.
      • I hope that this has solved the problem & no further crop destruction occurs.
    • Unfortunately, unless we get some reassurance that this sort of thing won’t happen anymore, the planters won’t bother replanting or continuing farming in general.

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