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Petition from inhabitants of Orange County concerning fees for lawsuits against debtors
Mebane, Alexander; Et Al.
1768
Volume 07, Pages 874-875

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

To His Excellency William Tryon Esqre Captain General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of North Carolina with his Majesties Honorable Council and General Assembly now sitting.

Whereas we your Humble Petitioners the Inhabitants of Orange County for the great confidence reposed in you and Being well convinced by many striking proofs especially by the Act of the last General Assembly that your Grand Design and Chief motive is to promote the Tranquility and secure the Interest and property of the whole Community and that your Chief aim is not to promote private but Publick good.

We your Humble Petitioners are therefore emboldened to set forth to your considerations by way of Petition our Humble Desires touching the passing a law whereby every single Justice of the peace may be Impowered to Grant a warrant and give Judgment for the sum of Five pounds Proclamation Money of this Province with Stay of Execution for three months, the Defendant giving Sufficient Security

By virtue of such a Law we humbly conceive that each creditor may as effectually obtain his Right and with much less trouble and cost to himself and Debtor than by Law as now Established and forasmuch as a multiplicity of Business will Consequently lie before

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each Justice in this Province we Humbly Submit to your wisdoms to Tax small fees on every proceeding on such warrant as well as for the Justice as Cunstable which may in some Degree be Equivalent to their trouble

And now in Humble Confidence we Rest satisfied knowing that whatsoever appears to you to make most for the Publick good will be done and we your Humble Petitioners as in Duty Bound will ever Pray

Alexdr Mebane
John Hennen
William Phillips
John Butler
William Jackson
William Trousdale
John Holt
Samuel Parks
John Armstrong
Wm Raney
Jas Allison
Jas Wilkins
Thos Kennady
William Brakin
John Davidson
Christopher Holt
William Wiley
David Hopkins
David Philips
William Forbis
Wm Hopkins
Jas Hix
John Murray
James Fruit
James McCaul
James Morrow
David Phillips
Peter Holt
Conway Flail
Samuel Means
William Davis
William Galbreath
William Neill
William Oneal
William Peney
Thomas Anderson
Henry Soner
Andn Galbreath
Robt Marley
Lewis Simmons
John Rainey
Philip Goodbread
John Richards
Jas Harbison
Wm Roasbrock
John Powitt
Hue McConwell
John Dennis
Isaac Low
Pritchard Tropel