1818.130: Petition seeking Turnpike between Roanoke and Appomattox Rivers.

Published: 1818

Full Title: To the General Assembly ... petition of ... citizens of the counties between Roanoke and Appomattox Rivers ...

Author: Citizens of the Counties Between Roanoke & Appomattox Rivers

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 32 cm. x 22 cm. (broadside).


One of two petition efforts presented to the Assembly to help redirect trade on the Roanoke River away from the problematic ports of Albemarle Sound in North Carolina to Petersburg; this was received by the House on December 16, 1818; the other the next day (1818.131). As noted in the House journal, these petitioners asked "that a company be incorporated for opening a turnpike road, from Petersburg, in the general direction along the stage roads to the State of North Carolina, near Roanoke river; and an additional one, leading to some desirable station above, on the same river." The Assembly agreed to this request with a law enacted February 5, 1819 (Chap. LXXVI of the Acts of the December 1818 Assembly). Sheet lacks colophon; given the petitioners' intent, and that the resulting law incorporated the "Petersburg Turnpike Company," this title undoubtedly issued there; but the multiplicity of presses there makes assigning this to any one of them speculative, so the indeterminacy reported here.

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