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MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City

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I do certify that the late Peter Tinsley Esqr. clerk of the Superior Court of Chancery, appointed by Law to be held at the Capitol in the City of Richmond; has often told me, that an Index to the Docket of the Causes set for hearing in that Court, was first arranged after a new method by Christopher McPherson, the bearer hereof, when one of his assistants, & I have frequently seen the first copy thereof, in the hand writing of the said Christopher, to whom Mr. Tinsley ascribed the whole credit thereof, and added, that it was formed even without his direction, by the ingenusly and [assurdity?] of the said Christopher. I am convinced that the said Index and those since formed on the same Model, have been highly beneficial, and have saved much time in court as causes are often mentioned out of course, on account of motions &c. I consider the time thus saved to have been of great advantage to the public at large; but can hazard no opinion as to the probable amount thereof, tho' I believe it to have been very considerable. 24th Decr. 1810 John Warden