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Ott, George: Petition, Norfolk City

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To the Honorable the Speaker & Members of the House of Assembly at Richmond. The Petition of the subscriber Respectfully Represents -- that in training and Disciplining the Flying Artillery company under his command for the Protection and defence of the State, a Negro Boy belonging to Mr. Cluff was unfortunately Thrown from one of the Horses and killed. --- Your Petitioner does not conceive it necessary to state the Particulars of this unexpected and melencoly [melancholy] Catastrophie [catastrophe] --- his first care was to ascertain the value of the Boy (this was done by reference and estimated at 400 Dollars) for which he gave a note on demand. --- Your Petitioner while he felt himself Personally Responsible to Mr. Cluff for the value of his Boy conceived as the accident happened in consequence of his exertions for the Public Safety he had a well founded Right to expect to be indemnifyed [indemnified] by the Public. Your Petitioner will farther notice that if the loss falls entirely on himself it will be a verry [very] serious one. Some of your Petitioners Friends attempted to raise the money by subscription (which is annexed) but only $146.50/100 being obtained in that way, leaves a Balance of 253.50/100 Dollars which your Petitioner Solicits from your Honourable Body such Relief as you may decree Just and Proper - hoping that you will take the subject into your serious consideration and not permit the expenses which he has already incur[r]ed by his Zeal for the safety and defence of the State to be augmented by the loss of