Petition of Moses Hunter, 1774 May 20.
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[Copied from "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography", v. 18, pp. 274-276.] [Petition in Regard to Tobacco.] To the Hon'ble the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Burgesses. The Petition of Moses Swinney of Amherst County. Humbly sheweth. That your Petitioner had a Hhd of Tob'o lodged, the 22d Day of May 1771, either in Shoccoe's or Byrd's Warehouses by a Person who he had imployed to Waggon it thither, but before your Petitioner could get it inspected it was carried off by the Fresh and he never has received any Satisfaction for the same: he therefore prays the Consideration of this House and such Allowance for the same as they shall think reasonable. And he shall pray &c. [Endorsed:] Swinny, Moses, petition of, to be allowed for a hogsgead of tobacco carried away by the fresh in May 1771. 19 May, 1774 -- referred to the committee of public claims Mr. Cabell to search Com'rs Books for this Tob'o Allowed 9. [Enclosure] Henrico to Wit. John Hodges this day made Oath before me one of his Majesties Justices for the said County that he Waggined a hh'd of Tob'o belonging to Moses Swinny from Westham, to Either Shockoe or Byrd's Warehouse's on the 22d day of May 1771. Given under my hand this 12th day of May 1774. Turner Southall.