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“An act for keeping holy the 13th of September” (1663)

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Hening's Statutes at Large
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In “An act for keeping holy the 13th of September,” the General Assembly declares an annual holiday after a foiled attempt by servants in Gloucester County to rebel.

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Hening's Statutes at Large

WHEREAS it is evident that certaine mutinous villaines had entered into such a desperate conspiracy as had brought an enevitable ruyne to the country had not God in his infinite mercy prevented it, this grand assembly to testify their thanks to Almighty God for soe miraculous a preservation have enacted that the thirteenth of September, the day this villanous plot should have been putt into execution, be annually kept holy to keep the same in a perpetuall comemoration.

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September 13, 1663
This day is declared an annual holiday by the General Assembly, which describes it as when a "villanous plot" by armed indentured servants in Gloucester County "should have been putt into execution."
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APA Citation:
General Assembly. “An act for keeping holy the 13th of September” (1663). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/an-act-for-keeping-holy-the-13th-of-september-1663.
MLA Citation:
General Assembly. "“An act for keeping holy the 13th of September” (1663)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 01 Aug. 2021
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