1803.074: Petition seeking Turnpike from Manchester to Petersburg.

Published: 1803

Full Title: To the honorable the speaker and members of the Virginia legislature. We your petitioners view with pleasure the rapid progress of agriculture, mechanicks and commerce, throughout our happy country ... establishing of a turnpike-road from the streets in Manchester to the toll-bridge on Appomattox at Petersburg; …

Author: Inhabitants of the Petersburg Area.

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 34 cm. x 21 cm. (broadside).


Only known copy, held in the state archives at the Library of Virginia, carries a second sheet of signatures; the House journal shows that this petition was committed to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances on December 22, 1803; a petition opposing the proposed road was similarly committed on December 28th, leading to the tabling both without action. Sheet lacks colophon; topic suggests the known merchant/planter divide between Federalist Petersburg and the town's Republican hinterland; if so, then this title likely issued from the Petersburg press of William Prentis, but the item provides no evidence in support of that possibility, so the indeterminacy here.

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