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Fisher, John: Petition, Halifax County

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To The Hon.ble Speaker and House of Delegates, The petition of John Fisher late of the County of Halifax, Humbly Sheweth That your petitioner has been for more than twenty years an inhabitant of this state , and in the course of an extensive business and acquaintance, he flatters himself he had acquired the friendship of many, and the good opinion of all with whom he was connected, or to whom he was known. That from his first residence in this State, he had framed to himself the pleasing prospect of spending his days therein, and has in every instance of his conduct acted as a good and obedient Citizen ought to do, has been conformable to every regulation made by the Convention or General Congress, and would have saith the same assurance of his fidelity to the State, with the other inhabitants thereof, had he been permitted so to do. But your petitioner humbly begs leave to shew that in conformity to a resolution of General Assembly for reviving the Statute Staple of Edward the first, and enforcing a part of the same within this Commonwealth he was cited before the Court of Halifax County, and tho he was then disengaged from from any connection as a factor, with, or for any subject of Great Britain, ^Pray had been to war since the year 1775,^ yet he conceived himself bound in honor to disclose, that he was concerned in Interest with some subjects of that State, in some dates contracted so long since as the year 1765 Upon which the court (considering him as within the Letter of the resolution aforesaid, declared him a prisoner of war; which sentence the Governor & Council were pleased to mitigate by allowing him a district of five miles, round the then place of his abode where your petitioner remained in hopes that he might at some future day, be admitted a citizen of this Commonwealth, in which he had passed the prime of his life, without