MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City
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Merchants & others in examining & settling accounts and other business of that nature, which requires fidelity industry and a knowledge of accounts. That your Petitioner is now employed in this business by means whereof, he is enabled to earn a decent support for his family. Your Petitioner trusts he may say, without fear of contradiction, that he has given general satisfaction to his Employers and that he has uniformly sustained and deserved the character of an honest and industrious man. That your Petitioner and his wife being both advanced in life and occasionally subject to disease - it has happened and may again happen, that the occasional use of a carriage when they are unable to walk, may be necessary not only for their comfort but their health and for the carrying on of the business of your petitioner, which lays in various parts of the said City. Your petitioner submits without a murmur, to those Laws of the Commonwealth, which impose disabilities on that class of people to which he belongs and he is not disposed to deny, that there may be persons with respect to whom, the ordinance aforesaid might properly apply, but he humbly conceives that the said ordinance is unjust as it respects himself and family and that it deprives him of rights to which he is entitled under the laws and Constitution of this Commonwealth. Your petitioner humbly begs leave to state, that he has represented his case to a number of the members of the corporation of Richmond by letter, requesting that his case might be laid before the Common Hall and that he might be excepted from the provisions of the said Ordinance but hath not been able to obtain a decision therein Your Petitioner is and always has been disposed, to conform
[conform] to all such laws and rules as the publick good might be thought to require by those placed in authority, nor would he now complain, did he not sustain real inconvenience from the said ordinance and were he not apprehensive, that as he and his wife grow older and more infirm, this inconvenience will be greatly heightened. Wherefore your petitioner humbly prays, that your Honorable Body will be pleased to take his case into consideration and that he may be protected in the enjoyment of such rights as are given him by the General Laws of this Commonwealth and that your Honorable Body will be pleased to enact such regulations as will prevent those rights from being infringed. And your petitioner, as in duty bound will ever pray &c.