Beautiful certificate from the Virginia International Land Loan and Trust Company
issued in 1871. This historic document has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of men with horses, a steam locomotive, and a steamship. This item has the signatures of the Company's President, James McKaye and Secretary, Christian Von Hesse and is over 137 years old.
The company was incorporated on March 23, 1870.
Whereas, James McKaye, Walter S. Gurnee, Cyrus H. Preamble
McCormick, Horace Greeley, Christian Von Hesse, John P.
Crosby, Thomas S. Flournoy, Robert H. Maury, John D. Imboden, and others, their associates, have associated themselves
as a body corporate in accordance with the laws of the state
of New York, under the name and style of The Virginia International
Land Company, for the purpose of purchasing land
in the state of Virginia, settling the same, and planting thereon
the grape-vine and making wine, and also sowing and cultivating
the beet and manufacturing sugar therefrom, and de- >
iring to enlarge the scope of their operations, and to aid in
the movement of immigration and the introduction of capital
into Virginia, and in the development of its agricultural and
Therefore, be it enacted by the general assembly of Virginia That James McKaye, Walter S. Gurnee, Cyrus H. Preamble
McCormick, Horace Greeley, Christian Von Hesse, John P. company incor-
Crosby, Thomas S. Flournoy, Robert H. Maury, John D. Imboden, William Lamb, and such other persons as they may
associate with them, be and they are hereby declared a body
politic and corporate, by the name and style of The Virginia
International Land, Loan, and Trust Company, and as such corporate pow- *
hall have perpetual succession and a common seal, which it may renew or alter at pleasure, and may sue and be sued, plead
and be impleaded, contract and be contracted with, and make
ordinances, by-laws and regulations not inconsistent with the
provisions of this act or other laws of this state or of the
United States, for the government of its officers and agents
and the proper conduct of its affairs.