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Petition from merchants trading with Virginia concerning an act of the Virginia General Assembly concerning debtors
Bell, Humphrey; Perry, Michaiah, ca. 1641-1753; Byrd, William, 1674-1744; Et Al.
April 17, 1717
Volume 02, Pages 279-280

[B. P. R. O. Virginia. B. T. Vol. xv. P. 106.]
REPRESENTATION FROM SEVERAL MERCHANTS TRADING TO VIRGINIA AGAINST AN ACT PASSED THERE RELATING TO FOREIGN DEBTS. REC'd 17 APRIL READ 6 MAY 1717.

A Representation of sundry Merchants trading to Virginia for repealing the Act of Assembly concerning Foreign debts

My Lords,

About the year 1663 there was an Act of Assembly passed in Virginia intitul'd an Act concerning Foreign debts the purport of which is to bar

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all creditors living in Great Britain from recovering debts justly due to them from any person that goes over to that Colony unless such Debtor had carried over thither effects to the value of such debts.

Now we humbly conceive that this Act is notoriously unjust in itself unequal to his Maj. subjects of Great Britain and very infamous to that Colony and therefore since to this day it stands unrepealed by any subsequent Act and has been pleaded not long since in the Courts there in bar of very just actions, we humbly beg that your Lordship will be pleased to lay it before his Majesty in order to its being repealed

HUMPHREY BELL.
HENRY DEE.
MICAJAH PERRY.
THO. SANDFORD
BENJ. BRADLY.
WM. DAWKINS.
SAM. HASWELL.
JOHN HYDE.
W. BYRD.
Wm HUNT.
RICHARD PERRY.
JAM. BRADLY.
JOHN MAYNARD.