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Some Transcriptions from the Genius of Liberty

Published in Leesburg, Virginia

Contributed for use in USGenweb Archives by person(s) indicated below.

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The following transcriptions from the Genius of Liberty were transcribed and submitted by Bronwen and John Souders. The transcriptions were formatted for this web page by Connie Lovitt Bates. Many thanks to Bronwen, John & Connie for making this resource available through the Loudoun Co. VAGenWeb page.

Bronwen's notes: "The Genius of Liberty was published in Leesburg, Loudoun County, VA, first by S.B.T. Caldwell from 1817 to about 1821 at which time he apparently sold it, but the newspaper continued for 20 or 30 more years. Thomas Balch Library has the first 4 years or so on microfilm, though they do have a list of marriages and deaths that were transcribed from the whole set. Few full sets exist -- none, apparently, in Richmond. There does exist one set locally, in private hands, and it is these, which have been bound as volumes, that John and I are copying by hand. The owner has given us permission to share but we wish to respect his privacy. The paper is 4 sheets, published weekly; dimensions of the issues vary but, from memory, I would say they are about 16" x 22."... If I have paraphrased or shortened a piece, I will say [ad for] or [notice]; otherwise, spelling, punctuation and grammar are as in the original (but feel free to call me on typos!). Pages one and two generally cover ads and international news; page three, as you will notice, generally has the most goodies; page four is various observations, poems, legal notices, etc. I do not plan to put in Fairfax names at this point unless there is a link with Loudoun. I will try to cover named properties, businesses, especially mills, and items that I think will either benefit a particular family researcher or will enhance general knowledge of the period."

Due to the volume of information, the newspaper transcriptions have been divided into separate pages by year.