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The Daily Dispatch: January 22, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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sembly of Virginia passed an act directing the purchase of fifty acres of land for the town of Norfolk. Extraordinary inducements were offered to lawyers, bricklayers, artizans, and mechanics, to take up their residence within the fifty acres; and they were exempted from arrest, and their property was not liable to seizure for debt. Owing to the healthfulness of the location, the fine harbor, its facilities for trade, the place increased gradually towards the dimensions of a town. September 15th, 1736, by a royal charter from George II, (about whom Mr. Thackeray tells so many pleasant stories,) it was formed into a borough; and that is how the city of Norfolk came about. From 1736, the date of its chapter, to 1770, the town of Norfolk grew rapidly. Its fine location and its excellent harbor gave an importance few other towns possessed.--Trade from all parts of the State flowed into its streets, and avenues were opened to commerce with the world. At one time there was but a si