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MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City

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Byrd Wednesday 8th May 1799 Dear Christopher I Notice by your Card of today that you wish a Certificate from me of your Character. I think it needless for me to do anything of the kind, and besides it would have greater Weight to come from M. Ross, who no doubt would on application grant you a handsome one, and such, as your uniform, and unparralled Merit deserves, thou', from me, who is only the manager of his Estate in this part of the Country. I feel with deep regret the event of your leaving us: but the best of friends, it seems must part. You will I hope, excuse my not giving you the Certificate you want. I should only have to mention that from early in life, I had known you high in Mr. Ross's confidence and esteem, Principal Store keeper for him in his Store at Petersburg for a length of time, and afterwards, Principal Clerk to