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Declaration by John Culpeper concerning his position as Customs Collector in Albemarle County
Culpeper, John
February 25, 1679
Volume 01, Page 242

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[B. P. R. O. Colonial Papers.]
TO ALL THE INHABITANTS OR ANY THAT MAY ARRIVE IN THE COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE.

This is to certify that I have seene a proclamation signed by Capt. Tymothy Biggs wherein he declared himselfe Depty to the Earle of Craven and Comptroller & Surveyor Generall of his Maties Customes and that he is ready to enter & cleare any vessell or vessells that may here arrive and to the intent that noe person whatsoever may be deluded or run into danger by meanes of the said proclamation I doe hereby declare that as to his being Depty as aforesaid I dispute not but never understood that a Comptroller or Surveyor of the Customes had the prerogative of entring or clearing any vessell but that it belongs to the Collector which I am till another appeare & therefore whoever shall enter or cleare with him thinking they have done their duty therein he or they may be hereby informed that I will make seizure of them & bring them to tryall according to Act of Parliament.


Dated Febry 25th 1678-9
JOHN CULPEPER Collector

[Indorsed]

Culpeper's Declaration
agst T. B. when T. B.
was pulled downe
Read the 7th Febry 1679-80.