MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City
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We have been acquainted with Christopher MacPherson free man of Colour for a long time past he having resided many years in the City of Richmond of which we are Inhabitants and having been generally employed during that Time as a Clerk in different public and private Offices & counting Houses in the said City and have ever considered him as a person of Integrity Industry and general good conduct. His skill in accounts and general knowledge of Business in addition to his other qualifications have occasioned his being much employed in the line of his Business in matters of difficulty that required skill care and attention, and we have every reason to believe that he has given great satisfaction to his Employers. Richmond 11th Novem'r 10 Wm W. Hening Peyton [illegible] A. [Blyroue?] - has not had occasion to employ in his service the above - named C. McPherson, but has known him for several years, and believed him to deserve the reputation and character herein stated. Wm Dabney Samuel Greenhogge James Drew [McCarr? McCaw?] Robert Pollard Geo Pickett Sen. Edm: Randolph Geo: Fisher H Dance John D. Blair, as to his good behaviour. The rest he believes from reports. Jno Wickham Tho Marshall Benj Parks Wm Wirt John Warden Wm. Forrester J. B. Dandridge * Wm Roberton W. Dandridge Wm Vekervis Thomas Newell Miles Selden has been acquainted with Christopher McPherson for twenty years and consider in opinion with the above Subscribers[.] Creed Taylor A B Venable
- JBD can confidently testify as to the extraordinary industry & fidelity of C.M.P. having known him first in the employment of the late, most worthy, clerk of the Chancery C[our]t and there been an eye witness of his labors day & night; & last, in the late office of this Supervisor for Virg'a where he received the enormous wages of from 23/ to [four?] dollars [per diem?] in which was thought to be judiciously paid by the best of officers. C.M.P. at one time accomplished in about three days a piece of work assigned by the Clk of the CC for two weeks labor; This that officer often told with astonishment. J.M.D.