1802.065: Petition for a Ferry on the Potomac River in Berkeley County.
Full Title: To the honourable the General Assembly … petition of the …citizens for the most part of the county of Berkeley …
Author: Citizens of Berkeley County.
Place Issued: Virginia
Issuing Press: Uncertain
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 35 cm. x 21 cm. (broadside).
Petitioners ask a ferry be authorized for a Potomac crossing at Falling Waters, northwest of Martinsburg, creating a more direct link with Hagerstown, Maryland; the Assembly granted one Thomas Shearer the right to operate such a ferry in January 1803 via an act "establishing several new ferries" (Chap. XXXII of the Acts of December 1803 Assembly). Sheet lacks colophon; this petition was presented to the House of Delegates on December 20, 1802, by residents of Berkeley County, indicating its likely origin in Martinsburg; but the connection to Hagerstown raises the possibility that it was printed there, so the location and printer cannot be attributed with further evidence.