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Turpin, Philip: Petition, Richmond City

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May it please your Excellency Previous to my leaving England in 78 I frequently saw and convers'd with Dr. Turpin on the affairs of America and on his own particular situation in all my conversations with him on those subjects he always expressed himself in the warmest and most Patriotic Terms with respect to America, so that I was fully convinc'd he was a sincere friend and well wisher to the Liberties & Independence of America. I particularly remember on parting he desir'd me to inform his friends and acquaintances that the situation he was in was of all others the most disagreable to him and that he had been under the necessity of acting a surgeon on board a ship for present subsistance, and with a view of acquiring by that means wherewith to support him to America, for which he was determin'd to set out as soon as possible. His situation on board appear'd very distressing as he was consider'd as a Reble and frequently call'd by that epithet. Yr Excellency's Hble Servt Alexr. Trent Junr