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Turpin, Philip: Petition, Richmond City

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To the Honble Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates The petition of Philip Turpin humbly sheweth that when your petitioner was of a tender age and previous to the present revolution he was sent by his father to Great Britain to finish his education and qualify himself for the exercise of the medical profession in his native country that before he had completed his course of studies hostilities commenced between the two nations that having visited and attended the medical institution at Paris he returned to London in order to procure a passage to Virginia which he was unable to effect as all remittances had in the mean time been cut off and he was obliged to retire into the country and there subsisted on the charity of his acquaintances for a considerable time in [?ily] hopes of receiving some supply which might enable him to pay debts unavoidably contracted and to return to his own country, that his applications to his friends in this state were frequent and [inspiring?] at the same time very expressive of his attach