Petition of John Allen, 1714.
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To the honble Alexander Spotswood Her Majesty's Lieutenant Governor of Virginia The petition of John Allen Humbly Sheweth That in the year 1683 your petitioners father proved Rights in Surry County Court for the importation of fourty persons, several of whom are still alive and ready to testify their being imported as his Servants; That your petitioner's said Father foreseeing that the Lands on the Southside Blackwater Swamp would probably in his lifetime be allowed to be patented did reserve his said Rights till that time, knowing them to be good and bonâ fide obtained. That accordingly yor petr's sd Father having entered for a tract of Land on the So side of Blackwater, upon the faith of the sd Rights and during all his lifetime did never doubt their being allowed him, although the patent for the sd Tract of Land hath been stopp'd by intervening Instructions from her Majesty Nevertheless your petr finds that after sundry of the sd Rights had been allowed to pass in patents, upon a late examination the remaining part thereof hath been rejected as out of date, Your petr humbly begs leave to represent to Your Honrs, that it appears by the Certificate herewith produced that the same is the true Original Certificate and hath been allowed as such on sundry occasions since the date thereof: that there doth not appear any fraud in obtaining it, and that the only reason why the Rights therein mentioned have