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“…an Object of the greatest probable Utility to this Colony” March 11, 1773


Within three weeks of the appearance of Colonel Robert Bolling, Jr’s article “Essay on the Utility of Vine Planting” the Virginia Gazette noted that he would receive 50 Pound Sterling per anum to pursue his experiment in the cultivation of foreign vines.  Throughout the year Andrew Estave and Colonel Robert Bolling, Jr. carried out a dialogue that appeared in the Virginia Gazette.

Virginia Gazette, Purdie and Dixon, March 11, 1773, Page 2

The Honourable the House of Burgesses, upon the Memorial of Robert Bolling, Esquire, of Buckingham, have directed the Treasurer to pay to that Gentleman fifty Pounds Sterling yearly, for the Term of five Years, in Order to enable him to prosecute his Scheme of cultivating Grapes, for the making of Wine; which he is convinced, from Experiments, may be propagated in the upper Parts of the Country, with singular Advantage to those possessed of such mountainous Lands as are scarcely fit for any other Purpose.  He has engaged a Foreigner, thoroughly acquainted with the Business, in all its Branches, to instruct him therein; which we heartily with Success to, as it appear to be an Object of the greatest probable Utility to this Colony.

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