Petition of James Batty, 1692 June.
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To the Rt. Honorable Francis Nicholson Esq: their Maties Lt. Governour of Virginia. James Batty of Charles City County. in most humble manner sheweth That on the sixth day of this Genll Courte, yor. Honors petnr. did humbly acknowledge his late-comitted crime in burning one Anthony Parre of the said county, for which fact, that Honorable Board (out of their great Clemency & goodnesse) were pleased to lay noo larger fine on yor Honors petnr. than five hundred pounds of tobo: & Casq: (for which lenity & mildnesse, this petnr. in perticular, accounts himselfe infinitely beholding to yor Honors gracious & mercifull inclinations towards him.) But may it please yor Honors the petnr having already payd above foure thousand pounds of tobo: by reason of yt unfortunate action; & having a great Charge of Children to maintayne, & diverse orphans estates to pay, & being heartily & sincerely sorry for his offence, most humbly intreats yor. Honors to take off ye sd ffine; & yor Honors petnr in his future life & behaviour, will manifest a sufficient amendemt. of himselfe, & live as an example of yor Honors great Charity & Compassion. and yor Honors petnr. as duty bound shall ever prayer &c.