Petition of Waller Lewis, 1774 May 17.
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To the Honourable the Speaker and the House of Burgesses. The petition of Waller Lewis of the County of Spotsylvania. Humbly sheweth, that your petitioner having made a Crop of Tobo in the year 1770 consistiing of five Hogsheads in the County of Albemarle and finding from the great Distance it lay from a Warehouse that if it would be very inconvenient to him to convey it thither, applyed to Mr. Richard Harvie of the Town of Charlottesvile mercht, who kept a waggon and team for such purpose, engaged him to carry down a part of the said Tob. to the Warehouses at Richmond, - That your petitioner having dealings with the said Mr. Harvie, gave him a general order to receive and make use of all the said Tob. - That your petitioner living at a great Distance from the sd Town of Charlottesvile, and for a long time being in too low a State of health to ride so far, was not inform'd what was become of his Tob. afores'd till many months after the Commissioners for that purpose had received the claims of those who had lost Tob by the great Fresh in the Month of May 1771 - That the first information your petitioner received was, that the last of the sd Tobacco was carried by the sd. Mr. Harvie's Waggon to Richmond and left at the Warehouse there, uninspected, but a few days before the said Fresh; but the same cannot since be found, so that it must have been carried off by the sd Fresh. Your petitioner therefore prays that this house will consider the premisses, and give him such Relief, as to them shall appear right and just. and your petitioner as in Duty bound will ever ever pray &c Waller Lewis