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Inhabitants: Petition, Petersburg

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him to purchase a house and lot and enter into contracts and engagements therein, and though those gentlemen were disposed to be indulgent to him, yet believing that the said Uriah Tynes really came under the law they declared that they had no discretionary power to dispense with the law, but that his situation was such as to induce an indulgence towards him of a residence in town until the first of January next, upon giving security to keep the peace and be of good behaviour while he remained there. That as his conduct since the said order for his removal was made, has been peaceable, orderly and correct, as it had always been theretofore, no security whatever has been demanded of him. Your petitioners have no doubt, that the non-execution of this law, of which they cannot but applaud the general policy, has been the result of indulgence, and that those magistrates acted from the best motives, yet they feel a perfect conviction, that the continuance of the said Uriah Tynes in this Commonwealth, during the residue of his days, will not be injurious to the public interests in any respect whatsoever: that his future behaviour will be as correct and exemplary as his former demeanour has been, while on the other hand, his expulsion from the state where he has resided so many years, purchased real property & got a family, will be productive of no public benefit