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Petition to the Maryland Assembly
Below is a petition transcribed from the Hall of Records, Letter No. 28 by Mike Hitch. It was also presented in the Archives of Maryland - Volume LVIII, Proceedings and Acts of the Assemble 1762-1763 (27), Published by Authority of the State under the Direction of the Maryland Histroical Society, J. Hall Pleasants, Editor; Baltimore, 1941. It concerns the then-new Somerset County town of Salisbury, which today is Wicomico's County Seat. Many thanks to Mike Hitch for providing this transcription!
PETITION FOR AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE TOWN OF SALISBURY, SOMERSET COUNTY, 1763
[THIS PETITION WHICH WAS PRESENTED IN THE LOWER HOUSE OCTOBER 22, 1763, AND THERE REJECTED, PRAYED THAT THE ACT OF ASSEMBLY PASSED IN 1732 FOR ERECTING A TOWN AT THE HEAD OF WICOMICO RIVER, SOMERSET COUNTY, AT HANDY'S OR CARR'S LANDING, ON FIFTEEN ACRES OF LAND LAID OUT IN TWENTY LOTS, CALLED SALISBURY, BE REPEALED AND A NEW ACT PASSED TO BE FRAMED BY THE PETITIONERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF BETTER PROMOTING THE ADVANTAGES OF THE TOWN. THIS MATTER WILL BE FOUND DISCUSSED ON PAGE XXXIV.]
To The Hon.ble Lower House of Assembly
The Humble Petition of many Inhabitants of Somerset County, Sheweth
That on or about the Year 1732 an Act of Assembly of this province passed Entituled An Act for the Erecting a Town at the Head of Wiccomoco River in Somerset for laying into Lots fifteen Acres of Land in the Fork thereof and at the Landing commonly now called Handy's or Carr's Landing by which Twenty Lots were laid out & a Town was erected & called Salisbury. That although the said Town is very comodiously situated for Trade and Navigation very few Lots were taken up under the said Law it being thought insufficient through the Omission of several Clauses which are now deemed essentially necessary for many persons inclinable to purchase Lots in the said Town.
That your Petitioners humbly conceive it would be of great Utility to all the Inhabitants in or near the said Town and to all persons trading to and from thence to have an Act passed by the Legislature to repeal the aforesaid Law and to have Leave given to your Petitioners to frame a new Bill particularly adapted for the Uses and purposes of the encreasing and promoting of the Advantages of the said Town.
Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honours will give Leave to bring in a Bill for the purposes aforesaid
And your Petitioners in Duty bound will pray,
Joseph Hitch Benjamin Hitch David Gray ? Charles Shockby John Richardson Levin Huffington Peter Gordy Wm. Parsons George Collier ? Eze:ll Humphriss Wm. Mills Rogger fillips Smith Hath W. M. Driskell George Wilson William Hath John Perdue Sr John Anderson Henry White Daniel Phillips George Wails John Jinkins Edward Elliss Abraham Taber (?) Joseph Jinkins George Dashiell William Stephens Mathias Christopher Leaven Tayler Arnal elsey Thomas Cox Joseph Elliss Jr. George Stephen Elisha Parker Stephen Elliss Jesse Byard Ezekiel James Joshua Hitch Lawrence Rickcord Isaac Crouch Geor: Green William Taber George Handy Solomon Russall Wm. Adams Isaac Handy John godard _______ Dashiell John Crouch John Martin John Wales Stephen Roach Jonathan Venson Robt Handy Jonathan Dasons Henry Spear W- M.cWilliams Archabald Smith Isaac Handy Joseph Forman James Cathall Levin Callaway James Benson John Christopher William Roach William hath Joshua Nelms Wm. Madux Wm. Venables Joshua Hitch Geo: Dasons Mitchell Realph Richard Mills Geo: Dasons Jun.r Jesse Pasmore Isaac Moor James Hall Robert Dashiell John Hitch Waltar Taylor Zadoch Turner Nathaniel Thrift Nehemiah Morris Joshua Sturgis John Nelms Wm. Twilly Jonathan Beech George Todvine James Houston Charles Vaughan Elijah Hearn Joshua Venables Joseph Leonard Thos. Relph Atextio Russell Tho.s Nobb Thomas Langford Price Russell george smith Tho.s Moor , Nath Collier Dannil Dikes George Vance John Hearn George Short (?) George Low Risdon Dixon George Dish . . . Thos. Fletcher Constant Disharoon Joseph Scrogin Joseph Ellis Isaac Dashiell Matt Piper John Gusston Jonathan P. Shackley' Jacob Giles Wm. Bennett Elijah Shockley Benj.n Venablies Thos Dishroon John talbt (?) Matt George Parker Ebennezer Waller James fookes Dant Dukaney William Waller Thomas Handy John Adams John Shockley John Low Thos. Gilliss David Magee Aff-radazi Johnson Chri. Piper Isaac Tolevine (?) James Collins
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