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To the right honble the governr and counsell of Virginia Richard Whitehead Most humbly showeth That yor petr is a faithfull [leige?] subject of sd sovereign lord the king and hath during the tyme of his aboade here in this collony lived and continued of good name and respect and behavior as well towards his neighbours as wth other good faithfull and honoble persons of this collony and by all the said tyme hath beene esteemed and respected free and cleare from any kind of falsehood fraud [illegible] fforgery or any other hurtful crime or from the [proturimge?] of any such like crimes in any manner whatsoever by reason whereof he hath not only diservedly had and obtayned the love favour and good will of all his neighboures but also by the approbation or worthy and honoble persons of this collony hath beene employed invested into and put into plases and offises of greate [truth?] to his espetyall advantage and livelihood notwthstandinge James Fururo of the county of New Kent not beinge thereof ignorant but [illegible] the happy estate of yor petitionr and wickedly and malitiously intendinge not only to take away sound and destroy yor petrs good name and respecte as aforesaid, but likewise to beinge and indure yor petitionr into the danger of the paynes and penaltyes by the lawes and statutes of his majestyes kingdome of England against forgery did on or about the six and twentyeth day of December [sett?] patt publish pronounce and wth an audible voice declare [wise?] false and scandalous words to and of yor petr in the [prsence?] and hearinge of divers good and faithfull subjects to wit that thou [illegible] yor petr art a forged fellon for thou forged a bill withe name of Samuell [Suend?] and set his mark to it [and?] will prove it by reason of the speaking of wth false and scandalous words yor petr good name is much wounded and hee thereby much [prjudised?] He’s therefore humbly prays that yor honor would take such course for the clearinge of yor petrs reputation agst the said Fururo as in yor grave and wise judgment shall be agreeable to justice. And he shall pray etc