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To the Honble: the speaker wand burgesses of Virginia James Keeling Humbly sheweth That being a soldier in the Virginia regiment and employed in [ruting?] a fortress he received a hurt which broke his arm and dislocated his shoulder has ever since been exceeding troublesome to him and a great obstruction in geting a subsistance, and now involved in the calamitys of old age and indigence. Most humbly implores the interposition of the worthy members of this [illegible- paper missing] agreeably with their wanted [illegible- paper missing] and generous conduct on similar occasions; and he as in duty bound shall ever pray- James Keeling May 1774