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Turpin, Philip: Petition, Richmond City

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4 valuable & that he had been at much trouble & expence to procure them & should he loose them it would forever be out of his power to replace them. that he should make every possible exertion to save them but rather than not git away himself he must part with them. he wrote by me several letters to to his friends in Virginia in those letters he expresses himself in the highest hopes of being shortly with them. I've no doubt he would have wrote more fully but I observed to him that he must be cautious what he wrote that those letters would be examined by every British post on my way & that he must leave them open for that purpose for 5 for which hint he seamd very thankfull & said he would conduct himself accordingly. then I took leave of him. Circumstances having forbid my attending your excellency in person to give you this information respecting the Doctr I therefore thought it my duty to my country as well as to an individual to give your excellency the substance of our conversation on the Doctrs first arival in America & long before the siege of York was thought of which I have don in the most carefull manner possible & most sincearly hope it may prove usefull