Petition

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Saturday, June 8, 1776.

The President laid before the Convention a Letter from the Delegates appointed to represent this Colony in the General Congress, and also a Letter from Major-General Lee; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants of the County of Loudoun was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that there is a great number of tenants in their County

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on cash rents, many of whose contracts are of a late date, and upon high rents, particularly those who have a number of slaves with their lands; that when these contracts were made they had a very flourishing growing trade for grain and flour at Alexandria and other ports, which have been chiefly relied on, both by the landlords and tenants, to discharge their rents; that those articles are now useless on their hands, in consequence of which they labour under great difficulties; that in most of the late contracts the landlords have bound the tenants to pay all land taxes that might accrue, as these unhappy times were then unforeseen; and praying that the Convention may take their case into consideration, and grant them such relief as shall be judged proper.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances; that they inquire into the allegations thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

A Petition of the Inspectors of Warrasqueake Bay Warehouses was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that on the night of the 19th of March, 1775, the said warehouses were broken open, and two hogsheads of tobacco stolen therefrom, weighing two thousand one hundred and fifty-seven pounds, which they supposed was done by some people belonging to a brig then lying off the said warehouses; that on the 13th of July following two other hogsheads of tobacco were stolen from thence in like manner, weighing one thousand six hundred and fifty-two pounds: that they lost no time in pursuit of the persons they supposed had taken the same, but were not able to recover it; and praying the Convention will take their case into consideration,

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and grant them such relief as shall be thought just and reasonable.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Publick Claims; that they inquire into the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.