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MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City

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Richmond May 20, 1799 Christopher Macpherson It is with pain that I take up my pen to do that Justice to you that you deserve, because I cannot divest myself of the apprehensions of the Consequences which will necessarily flow from a Seperation between you, who I know love, & revere him, and your old Master, who I also know, always entertained the highest Opinion of your Talents and Integrity and your sincere attachment to him and his Interest. I know nothing personally of the Causes of the present Irritation which hath occasioned Mr. Ross to discharge you from his Business, but from Information, I fear they are such as flow from a Quarter, from whence a real Statement of Circumstances cannot be expected, & therefore Mr Ross, influenced by paternal. Feelings and affection for his Family, is the more liable to do an Act which his own Judgment, unbiassed [unbiased] by prejudice, would condemn. I have long known your usefulness to Mr Ross and the Confidence he reposed in you, I was privy to the first Dawnings of your knowledge, & never on any Occasion that came under my Notice, have I been Witness to either Neglect of his Interests or Disrespect to his Person or Family; on the other Hand on several Occasions in the Course of the two or three last years, I have had Reason to believe that no Man had Mr. Ross's Interest and Happiness more at Heart, no Man possessed more ardent Gratitude for Benefits received, and that no Man was so ready and willing as You were then, & I believe now are, to be reconciled & to continue 'till Death his faithfule Friend, provided you were placed in a Situation to be independent, not of him as your Patron, but to be above want and free from Insult. I hope Mr. Ross's Regard for you and his Remembrance of your former faithful Services will induce him to put you in that Situation which you deserve, & when you are independent of him, I expect it of you, and from the Opinion I entertain of you, I flatter myself that