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MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City

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he is uncommonly dexterous and accurate, and in his demeanor he conducts himself with sobriety, modesty & diligence. In a philosophie mind the light shades of difference in colour, which from the force of prejudice has drawn a separation between him and the whites, would heighten the obligation to aid him in his laudable pursuits. In recommending him to your attention. I feel a confidence that I am not mistaken when I entertain a hope that you will give him employment in your office if you should need his assistance and if not, that you will aid his own exertions in procuring an establishment in some other office in your city[.] I am [illegible] y[ou]rs. Wm H Hening John Read Junr. Esqr. Philadelphia