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To the Honable the Speaker of the House of Burgesses in [General?] [illegible] not together, This [petition?] of Sundry persons residing on or near to the Fluvanna & Rivanna rivers humbly [illegible], That from the confluences of the said rivers to the nearest Ferry on the Fluvanna River, upwards, is about twenty three miles; that from the [id?] Confluences to the nearest Ferry on the Rivanna river, upwards is about thirty miles, & from the [illegible] Confluences to the nearest Ferry on the main River, downwards, is about eight miles, that your petitioners residing on & near to the [illegible] rivers & having occasion to go to Manchester or Warwick their principal Mart on the South side the main river, on to Richmond their principal Mart on the north side the main river, in order to cross either of [these?] rivers Rivanna or Fluvanna at a Ferry are obliged to go directly up the same the distances beforementioned; that your petitioners residing on the North or South Sides of both the said rivers, or of the main River & having occasion to go [all?] of the [illegible]; are obliged to go to one of the Ferries, beforementioned, which are thirty or forty miles; apart; That a very great number of poor people frequently passing with their families from the Nothern to the Southern Colonies, falling into the road leading down the Country & known by the name of the three notched road, are at present obliged to turn down the same road fourteen miles, to a place known by George [Taynor?] Ordinary; From [illegible] are obliged to go across the country fifteen miles a very bad difficult way before they come to the nearest ferry & after crossing at the [illegible] ferry are obliged