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Morrison, Anthony: Petition, Lancaster County

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To the honorable the Speakers & members of the Legislature of Virginia in General assembly convened. Your petitioner Anthony Morrison, sheweth, that when he was about forty years of age he enlisted in the service of Virginia as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, under Capt [Captain] Thomas Pollard of the County of Lancaster & State of Virginia; that your petitioner was marched with many others, by the said Capt [Captain] T. Pollard to the City of Williamsburg, where your petitioner by his own consent was placed on board an armed vessel then in the state service commanded by Capt. [Captain] Taylor, that he served his Country faithfully for more than three years, when he was honourably discharged from the said service. Your petitioner is a man of colour, and one who has conducted himself with that propriety that ought always to characterize a good Citizen, labouring honestly to support himself, with out resorting to those pernicious & disgraceful practices to which too many persons of his his description are in the habit of doing; always beleiving that should the time ever arrive when he could not work for his support, that the Gratitude of the Enlightened Representatives of that State for whose liberty & independence he fought, & wasted as regards himself a part of the prime of his life would afford to him an humble pittance for his support. Your petitioner has now arrived to the age of eighty six years, his shattered & trembling limbs are now tottering over the grave, & must soon expect to bid a final farewell to those sublinary blessings he bore in humble part in attaining for himself & Country at large [page] 74