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To the Honourable M. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Burgesses. The Petition of a Number of Pres-byterians, Members of a Presbyterian Church or Congregation in the County of Bedford, known by the Name of the [Peaks?] of Otter, humbly showeth, That you Petitioners have in time past and are still willing to contribute [theis?] Quota in Support of the Church of England as by Law established in this Colony of Virginia; which they do with the more Cheerfulness, as they have [hitherto?] enjoyed their Rights and Privileges and the free Exercise of their Religion as Presbyteri an Dissenters unmolested: nor have they any Fears of Doubts of being disturbed therein by this Honourable House, while your Petiti-oners duly obey the Laws of their Country, continue good Subjects to their most gracious Sovereign, and are useful Members of the Communitiy. And as they look upon Obedience to the Laws and [hole]otection from the Legislature to be reciprocal, they therefore [turay?] the Protection of this Honourable House in Future, in the fr [hole]ereise of their Religion, which they humbly concieve is well calcula ted to make Men wise here [hole] due [hole]nce to their [hole]ful Sovereign, and to live in proper Subjection to the Laws. While they thus implore your Protection and favorable Notice, they beg Leave to inform this Honourable House that they find is very inconvenient to support Clergy of their Denomination by the normal Method of Subscription; therefore a Number of well disposed Persons in said Presbyterian Church or Congregation have made Contributions to purchase therewith Lands and Slaves for the support of a stated [Minisle?] of the said Congregation: but not believing their Elders or Church Session a Body sufficiently corporated by any express Law of this Colony, in which to vest the Freehold of the Land and