Petition of Robert Beverley, 1710 Nov. 9.
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[in pencil] J.H.B Nov 9, 1710
To ye Rt Worpl mr Speaker & House of Burgesses
That When Communication was severall times had with him by severall worthy members of this house about his undertaking to officiate as Clk of ye Comittee of propositions & Greivances, and other such like services as the house should require of him, he constantly answered that it would not be worth his while to neglect his other affairs, be at an expensive attendance here, & hazard his losses & [mismanagemts?] at home in case of sickness &c in his family having nobody at home or near thereabouts that understands any thing of that nature, for ye Salary usually given to such Clerk, and that he would not undertake it without an assurance of fifty pounds Ster'g, and so much he should expect if the house thought fit to make use of him.
But so it is may it please your worp's [worships] that last night, he having accidentall comunication with some of your members concerning ye same, was informed that the house did not understand it so, and that the pet'r might also be paid in tobacco as has been done sometimes heretofore
Therefore he now humbly offers this his petition that there may be no further misunderstanding in the case, and that he may either be assured to have the said fifty pounds ster'g, or that you will not take it amiss if he retires to take care of his other affairs, which can't be of less value to him than ye antient salary's, being willing rather to [rest?] by ye losses he has already sustained, & bear ye damage of his expences and time hitherto shipt over than run any further hazard for a smaller reward.
He humbly desires your speedy resolution And shall pray &c.