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1776 - Albemarle & Amherst Co - Religious Petition
Posted by: gracie Date: February 27, 2002 at 11:53:58
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1776 Nov 01 - Albemarle & Amherst Co VA - Religious Petition

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Early Virginia Religious Petitions

A Collaborative Project
The Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov
and
The Library of Virginia http://www.lva.lib.va.us/
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November 1, 1776.
Albemarle, Amherst, Dissenters, for disestablishment and religious equality.
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[TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: The major part of this document seems to be in one person's handwriting, including most of the names listed. Also, the researcher should check the images for questions about spelling, as this was sometimes difficult to determine.]
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Dissenters Petn. 1776 Refd to Com: of Religion
Other Cos. Amherst [? - very faint]

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To the Honourable, the Delegates & Senators, Representatives of the Common Wealth of Virginia, assembled at the City of Williamsburg,

The Memorial & Petition of the Descenters from the Church of England, & others, in the Counties of Abemarle and Amherst, humbly sheweth,

That your Memorialists have never been on an equal footing with the other good People of this Colony, in respect of religious Priviledge, having been obliged, by Law to contribute to the support of the established Church, while at the same Time they were moved from a Principle of Conscience to support that Church of which they called themselves Members: Yet, in as much as this was the Mode of Goverment, established, either when they came into the Colony, or, being Natives, when they became Descenters from the Church of England, for the sake of good Order they have patiently submitted to their Grievances, continuing to be peacable & Loyal Subjects, always ready & willing to stand up with the fore most, in the support of Goverment & in the Defence of the just Rights & Property of the Subject,

That, when it became necessary, that the Form of Govermt. should be new moddeled, in consequence of our having thrown off our Dependance, on the Crown & Parliament of great Britan, Your Memorialists flattered themselves, that, that Form of Goverment, that would secure just & equal Right to the Subject, would be the Choice of every Individual, both from the Consideration of the Justice, & good Policy, that would be contained in it, and also from the Consideration, that, by the Join'd, and strenous Eendeavours of every one our Liberty, our, all, must be defended against the unjust violators, thereof & that therefore all should enjoy equal Priviledge.

That your Memorialists cannot disguise their real Concern to observe, that, instead hereof, there are many who are still violent for a reestablishment of the Episcopal Church, and to have been informed, that to this End, there are sundry Petitions, about to be prefered to the House, sign'd by the Bulk of the People, Nor can they forbear signifying to this Honourable House, their Since of the great Iniquity, contained in the establishing of
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of any one religious Denomination of People worshiping the same God, and all strugling in the same common Cause, in preference to all others, and that all and every other religeous Sectary, should be obliged to contribute to the support of that Church, thus established, when it is with the greatest Difficulty that they can support publick Worship on that Way and manner that they rather choose. Your Memorialists judge however, that they may rest quite easy, on refering it to the known Wisdom, Candour & Integrity of this Honourable House, how far such Petitions should be heard & granted, & also how far such a Mode of Goverment should be established.

Your Memorialists conceive, that to put every religious Denomination on an equal footing, to be supported by themselves independent one of another, would not only be a reasonable & just Mode of Goverment, but, would certainly have an happy Influence, on the greater Purity of the several Churches; on their more free and friendly Intercourse with each other, on supp_ssing any thing like Feuds, & Animosities amongst the People, and on attaching all, of every Denomination to Govermt.

Such a Form of Goverment is all that your Memorialists Desire, and what they Pray this Honourable House for, nor nor can they doubt of obtaining this, or any other reasonable Request from a Body so respectable, whom we trust have the equal Happiness of this Constituents in particular, and of the Common Wealth in general, as their highest Motive.

That all propitious Heaven may inspire this Hon: House with Wisdom equal to the Importance of the Business devolved upon them & that this Common Wealth may become the Invy of the Nations & the Glory of the World, shall ever be the ardent Wish of your Memorialists and humble Petitioners.

CHARLES LEWIS
CHARLES LEWIS Junr
GEO. GILMOR
JNO. CALE [or COLE]
JOHN MARKS
BENNET HENDERSON
CHARLES L. LEWIS
PHIL: MARREI
JAMES KERR
DAVID ALLEN
WM. IRVIN
ANDREW WALLACE
WM. SHELTON
JAMES NORRIS
BARTLET DAVIES
MASIAS JONES
JOHN WOODS
WM. McCORD
JAMES READ
DAVID EPERSON
ROBT. McCOLLOCK
JAMES BLACK
JOHN MORRIS
WM. WALLACE
JOHN McCOLLOCK
JOHN ALLERANDER [?]
JOHN WALLACE
JAMES WOODS
DAVID McWILLIAMS
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JOHN READ
NATHAN WOODS
DAVID WOODS
HENRY KERR
SAML. KARR
JOSIAH WALLACE
RICHD. PILSON
WM. PILSON
THOMAS WHIRRY
JOHN JAMESON
SAML. JAMESON
THOMAS CRAIG
JOHN CRAIG
THOS. JAMESON
MICAIJAH VIA
JOHN McCORD
SAML. McCORD
WILLIAM WOODS
WM. TAMERLINSON
JOHN BLACK
JOHN BLACK
WM. RAMSEY
JAMES KETON
WILLIAM NORRIS
THOS. WHITLOCK
WM. FRETWELL
CHARLES MILLS
JOHN WHIRRY
WM. NORRIS Senr.
GILBERT KARR
JOHN HAGGORD
JOHN BAILEY
DAVID HENDERSON
THOS. ANDERSON
JAMES WOODSON
THOS. JERMAN
DANIEL MAUPIN
SAML. BOCOCK
ALEXR. McKINZIE
BANA [?] BURNET
ZAC: COLLEY
WM. BANNIL
JOHN ROGERS
JNO. WILLIAMS
JNO. DAVIES
SAML. STOCKDON
DAVID GRAVES
JOHN STOCKDON
ALEXR. RAMSEY
JOHN DOLLENS
JOHN BRANHIM
BEN: DAVIE
BARNET BRANHIM
JOSEPH ANDERSON
THOS. EVANS
EDWARD NASH [?]
PRESLEY DOLLENS
WM. ________
WM. PILSON
EDWD. JOHNSON
HUGH ALEXR.
JAS: BRIGET
ISAAC HARDEN
ALEXR. McWILLIAMS
ALEXR. JAMESON
WM. CLEVELAND
NEAL McGLEESTER
HENRY WOOD
WILLIAM EADS
JOHN GARLAND
JAMES BURTON
ARCHLER [?] FORBIS
WM. FORBIS
THOS. EADS
THOS. NORRAL
WM. NIBBITS
WILLIAM NEBETS Junr.
THOMAS NIBBITS
ANDREW NIBBETS
CHAS TEAT
WILLIAM TEAT
JAMES WRIGHT
JAMES RIGHT Junr.
JACOB WRIGHT
WM. SHILTON
SAML. DONNEY
JOHN DENNEY
JASON DENNEY
THOS. FORLON [?]
ZACK: FORLON
JOHN FORLON
WILLIAM BAYENS
JOHN BAYENS
ROBT. BAYENS
JOHN BIRD Sinr.
ABNER BIRD
BARTLET BIRD
JESSEY SHELTON
VALENTINE SHELTON
GEO: SHELTON
ROBERT SHELTON
WILL: MORE
JAS. MT:GOMERY
DAVID MT:GOMERY
WM. WRIGHT
JOSIAH WOOD
JOHN WOOD
RICHD. WOOD
JOHN WOOD [or WOODS]
JAMES WOOD
PETER MARTAIN
GEO: MARTAIN
CHAS. MARTAIN
HENRY WOODY
MARTAIN WOODY
JOHN WOODY
DAVID WOODY
JOHN TOMSON
JAS. TOMSON
WM. TOMSON
JAMES ALEXR.
JOHN ALEXR.
ANDREW WRIGHT
BARTLET EADS
WM. FITZ PATRICK
ROBT. WRIGHT
SAML. SEAT [or TEAT]
GEO: BLAIN
WILLI LOVEING
WM. WALTON
JNO JOHNSTON
____ LEAK
JOHN WHARTON [or WHARSON]
BEZA: MAXWELL
THOS. MAXWELL
ALEXR. BLAIN
GEO: BLAIN
THOS. APPLIN
JAS. LYON
JOHN DAUSON
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