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Turpin, Philip: Petition, Richmond City

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Weir Hall 12th July 1783 Sir I have just recd a letter from Doctr Turpin, who informs that yo are of Opinion he is comprehended within your late Proclamation. He has therefore requestd me to attend the councill on Monday next, in order to inform your Excellency what I know repectg his conduct since the Commencemt of the War; I would certainly have comply'd with his request, was I able to ride or go in a carriage as far as Richmd but I am so afflictd with the rheumatism that I can scarce walk & can not dress myself. As I cannot leave home I will communicate by letter all the information in my power; & will make oath to the truth of it, so that my absence may not injure the Doctor. Since the commencemt of the war Doctr Turpin & myself have kept up a close corrospondance & in all his letters he recommends to the Americans not to give up their Rights & not to have any divisions in their councills for that our enemies would take every advantage; if we would persevere we should certainly gain our independence: this he said was the Opinion of the few friends we had in England I have recd 15 or 20 letters of dift dates all to the