Petition of Philip Lightfoot, 1714 Oct.
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To the Honble Alexander Spotswood His Majestys Lieutent Governor in Council The humble petition of Philip Lightfoot Sheweth That in ye year 1704 he purchased a Certificate of Rights of Mris Jane Park, out of which he sold to Barnaby Macquinney the number of thirty five, after the sd. Rights had been produced and allowed in the Secretary's Office, according to the practice at that time: That upon the sd thirty five Rights sold to Barnaby Macquinney a patent was prepared in his name and examined by Mr Thacker Clerk of the Secretary's Office; But by reason of the prohibition of patenting land in Blackwater the sd Macquinney's patent lay for a considerable time and and still remains unsigned in the Secretary's Office: That some time after the petitioner having occasion to dispose of the remaining part of the sd. Rights took out the Original Certificate, and sold the same to Wm. Smith of Horn harbour in the County of Glocester: That the sd Barnaby Macquinney being now desirous to take out his patent has made application to the Clerk of the Secretary's Office to get the same filled up with the names of the persons mentioned in the aforesd. Certificate: but upon Examination the sd Certificate is not to be found among the Rights that have already been produced & examined in the Secretary's Office, neither can the aforenamed William Smith give any accot how he hath disposed of the Original Certificate; But Your petr having obtained a Copy of the sd Certificate from the Records of York Court, and being ready to make Oath both to the number and the names of the persons transferred by him to the sd. Barnaby Macquinney He therefore humbly prays that Yor Honr will be pleased to allow a patent to pass to the sd Macquinney, upon the petrs making such Oath, and producing the true Copy of the Certificate wherein the names of the persons who ought to the inserted in the sd Patent were contained. And he shall pray &c.