Turpin, Philip: Petition, Richmond City
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Attachment to the American cause. But all his solicitations and endeavours being ineffectual he was at length constrained to adopt other measures and to have recourse to his profession and your petitioner accordingly entered himself on board a ship bound for New York on condition of serving to that post as surgeon but the ship deviating from her course went to Charles Town where he endeavoured to procure a substitute to perform his engagement, but not being able to procure one he was obliged to attend the ship to New York and took the first opportunity that occurred of coming to this state, and that immediately upon his arrival he solicited by himself and his finances leave of Lord Cornwallis to pass his lines (he being then with this army in this state) which was refused and your petitioner compelled to served in the hospital department in which situation he was when the British Army surrendered and that he immediately reposted his case to Governour Nelson who did not consider your petitioner as a subject of exchange but gave him a passport to return to his parents and friends where he remained in quiet until it was suggested to him (to his very great astonishment) that he came within the description of the Governour's proclamation. As your petitioner is able by a variety of uncontrovertable evidence to prove his steady attachment to the liberty and independence of his native country he humbly hopes that your honourable House will admit him to the full enjoyment of citizenship and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray