Printing came to Virginia relatively late in its. For more than a century after its founding, the colony’s governors deemed printing a destabilizing influence to the standing order and actively opposed introducing printing into their dominion. Often that resistance came at the order of their superiors in London. Thus when was finally authorized to produce imprints for the government in 1728, his commission was limited. He could produce little more than what the government required. Still, the availability of the few allowed imprints, such as his Virginia Gazette and Virginia Almanack, created a growing market for imprints produced in Williamsburg. That growth wrought a conflict for Virginia’s solitary press between the demands of that new market and the needs of the government. After 1750, Parks’s successors— and Joseph Royle—faced these diverging interests with increasing difficulty. Hunter was able to maintain the governor’s control of the press only by replacing his office staff, while Royle was facing the imminent arrival of a competitor when he died in 1766. Royle’s passing marked the end of the colonial printing monopoly. Multiple press offices would become the norm in Virginia, just as resistance to imperial authority sparked a revolution.