Legislative Petition No. 392
Mecklenburg County, Virginia May 14, 1777
To the Honorable the Speaker, and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates of Virginia:
The petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Mecklenburg humbly beseech, That your petitioners highly approve of the several Acts and Resolutions of Conventions, and Assembly, but conceive that some amendment might be made to those, relating to the natives of Great Britain, and to the establishment of the paper currency of this Commonwealth.
We conceive that it would tend to unite more firmly, the natives of this State, were the resolution respecting the Factors of British merchants extended to the married as well as the single natives of Great Britain, who were factors for, or partners with, merchants residing in Great Britain, and have not uniformly manifested a friendly disposition to the american cause; and who notwithstanding their connextions in this County by marriage, declare that the paper currency of this state, now in circulation, is of very little, or no value, and absolutely refuse to receive same in discharges of the debts due to the British merchants with whom they are concerned as factors or partners.
Your petitioners do not mean to be excuplate, many of their own Countrymen who esteem Gold or Silver so much more than paper, as to demand a very considerable advance in exchanging one for the other, notwithstanding the penalty inflicted to prevent the depreciating of the paper currency of these states.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that all the natives of Great Britain, who have not uniformly shown their friendly disposition to the American cause, may be compelled to leave this State, and that some more severe punishment may be inflicted upon those who depreciate the paper currency of the United States, and this Commonwealth, upon the credit of which depends the support of the American War.
And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray
Bennett Goode Isaac Gordin Buckner Rainey
Thos. Mitchell Buckner Whittemore Wm. Taylor
John Farrar William Lucas, Jr. Jordan Bennett
James Bilbo Adam Overbee Benj. Malone
Wm. Lawrence Henry Delony, Jr. Robt. Allen
Frank Lightfoot Richard Hanserd Wm. Epps
Sam'l Holmes Thomas Gregory Isham Nance
Rich'd Crowder Edgcomb Suggitt Jones Taylor
William Cook Jeremiah Crowder Edward McDonald
Anthony Evans Isaac Watson Thomas Crowder
William Ballard Peyton Skipwith James Insco
John Hubbard John Daly William Mason
Thomas Craig James Holmes John Russell
Joshua Gordin Stephen Mabry Charles Pistols
Ephraim Gordin David Taylor Wm. Crutchfield
Benj. Fergeson Joseph Bennett Joel Johnson
James B. Davis Nathaniel Malone David Tucker
John Waller James Standley Leonard Cardin
William More Isham Eppes James Cardin
William Insco James Adams Phil Poindexter, Jr.
John Cardin Peter Ragsdale Will F. Basey
Jeremiah Lucas Newman Bragg John Lipford
Joel Traler John Thompson Abram Forrest
Nath. Burnett Edward Bevill Gideon Freeman
James Johnson William Weatherford Thomas Burton
William Hightower James Westbrooke John Wilson
James Cash Charles Clay Joseph Goode
Zachariah Johnson Richard Epperson Edw. Colley
John Calthorpe Thomas Pettus, jr. Thomas Greenwood
John Mackcasie Charles Royster Joshua Edwards
Rebuben Vaughan Samuel Cox Thomson Fowkes
Richard Edmondson Asa Oliver James Tucker
James Willson Thos. Berry Edw. Goode, Jr.
Samuel Johnson Abram Crowder Cuthbert Russell
David Darden James Wilkins David Smith
Joseph Powers Baxter Davis Thomas Vaughan
Ellis Carroll William Oliver John Hayes, Junr.
John Willis Samuel Marshall Jerry Smith
James Hargrove Wm. Drumwright Edward Walton
James Gordin Wm. Leigh Matthew Tanner, jr.
Wm. Hudson John Bugg Thos. Haile
Robert Hicks Wm. Hunt, Jr. Jno. Avory
Peter Thomas Benjamin Doggett Hugh Lambert
Ephraim Hutson James Hester Cluverius Colemn
John Webb Wingfield Hayes William Mason
Abraham Burton Joseph Royster John Brame
Carles Burton Moses Overton Peter Hutcheson
Edward Tisdale Phil Poindexer, Sr. James Brame
Caleb Johnson Wm. Hunt Elijah Graves
Charles Wells John Bottom Frank Moore Neal
Isaiah Turner Joel Chandler Zachariah Yancey
John Baskervill Leonard Murray Joel Elam
John Evans Thos. Howell John Walden
George Minor Jesse Taylor Alex'r Elam
Thomas Matthews Benj. Burton Harman Thompson
Hudson Tucker Thomas Westbrook David Adams
Edward Roffe John Kitchen Jno. Burton
Peter Burton Feilds Read John Goode
Clem Whittemore Wm. Bottom John Bradley
David Royster William hatsel Robert Brooke
Peter F. Jefferson John Puryear, Jr. Roger Gregory, Junr.
Peter Farrar Edward Pennington Saml. Brame
Mecklenburg Pet'n 1777
May 14, Ref'd to Prop'r Chairman to move that this Comm. be dischared from proceeding on this Petition, &c May 16th
Ref'd to Com of the whole on State of Commonwealth
Note: The original petition bearing the signatures of the foregoing citizens of Mecklenburg County is in the Archives Virginia State Library./
Revolutionary war Records Mecklenburg Cty. Virginia
Compiled by Katherine B. Elliott
South Hill, Virginia
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