Rachel & Rachel, Jr.: Petition, Northumberland County
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That at the time of the Death of the said John Barr, and for a considerable time before, Earl Dunmore instead of exorcising any legal act of Government in this Country, was in open arms against the same, and inapproachable but by a superior force; so that it was impossible for the said John Barr, to solicit, or obtain a License for setting your Petitioner free, according to the direction of the Act of General Assembly in that case made and provided.
Your Petitioners humbly conceive, that as it was impossible from the aforesaid circumstances for the said John Barr to promise such license, that they ought not to be injured thereby; especially as it appears from the will of the said John Barr, that he had it not in his power to make an adequate compensation to your Petitioners, otherwise than by setting them free.
May it therefore please your Excellency and Honours, to make such order in the premisses for the relief, quiet and freedom of your Petitioners, as in your great wisdom shall soon meet.
And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &c
Rachell Rachell Jun'r