1766, March 1: In the daybook kept by Robert Wormley Carter, grandson of Robert “King” Carter. Carter kept a daybook in the same fashion as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – written in the interspersed blank pages of the Virginia Almanack, published every year in Williamsburg. According to this account in the Virginia Historical Society’s Journal, “When in 1766 the Almanack was not published as a protest against the Stamp Act, Carter complained bitterly [in a notation at the front of the book] that he was ‘obliged to make this Book to sypplye the place of an Allmanack.’ ”
1st – Just returned from Hobbshole [Tappahannock] where I met a large Compa of Gentlemen who assembled to compell Mr Archd Ritchie to sign a Paper wherein he confessed his remorse at his declaration of his Intention to clear out on Stampd Paper; & solemnly swore never in any manner whatever to ue Stampd Paper; this he did in the most impudent way I ever saw anything done; altho’ surrounded by about 300 men who were justly incensed at his Behavior & who were all most all well armed.
From “The Daybook of Robert Wormeley Carter of Sabine Hall, 1766,” reprinted in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Jul., 1960), pp. 301-316. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4246673.