1803.071: Petition asking Relocation of Petersburg District Court.

Published: 1803

Full Title: To the honorable the representatives of the state of Virginia, in General Assembly met. The petition of the inhabitants of the county of [blank] respectfully sheweth: That the court for the district in which they live, is held in the town of Petersburg, some considerable distance from the center of the district ...

Author: Inhabitants of Petersburg Judicial District.

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 33 cm. x 20 cm. (broadside).


Only known copies are held in the state archives at the Library of Virginia; petitioners ask for a relocation of the district court from Petersburg to the Dinwiddie County Court House; copy filmed by the Early American Imprint Series has blank in the opening sentience completed in manuscript in name of Prince George County; the House journal shows that copies of this petition were received by the Assembly from Dinwiddie, Amelia, Prince George, Sussex, and Nottoway counties on December 11, 1803; only legislation resulting from this petition, and an opposing one (1803.070), was to move the meeting-place of court sessions in Petersburg from a privately-owned tavern to the publicly-owned town hall (Chap. CIV, Acts of December 1803 Assembly). Sheet lacks colophon; topic suggests the urban/rural divide between Federalist Petersburg and the town's Republican hinterland; if so, then this title likely issued from the Petersburg press of Thomas Field, but the item itself provides no evidence in support of that possibility, so the indeterminacy here.

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