GERMAN PETITION OF 1767
The 15th of April 1767 some of the German people
living in Baltimore sent a
petition to the Governor of Maryland complaining that they were being charged high
fees for conducting business with any of the Justices of Baltimore County for no
reason other than a language barrier.
These Justices were: William Aisquith, Nicholas Ruxton Gay, Samuel Owings,
Richard Richards and Benjamin Rogers.
Most of the signers of this petition were probably living in Baltimore as the English signers
of a petition in support of the Germany Citizens were living in Baltimore Town.
John Lewis Wittemberger
May 16, 1767 several citizens of Baltimore Town presented a petition
of the German citizens who had turned in a petition complaining about the
Justices who were unfair to them. The citizens who signed the petiton claimed to have
knowledge of some of these occurrences but that they believed that Justice William Aisquith was innocent of the charges.
James Christie, Jr.
Robert Christie, Jr.
John Merryman, Jr.
William Moore, Jr.
Charles Ridgely, Jr.
William Young, Jr.
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