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Petition of John Simmons, 1711 Aug. 16.

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[in pencil] AUG 16, 1711

[original document] To The honble Alexander Spotswood Her Majtys Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia John Simmons of Surry County Humbly Sheweth That at the desire of the Nattoway [Nottoway] Indians, and for the conveniency of the Inhabitants on the South side Nattoway River Your petr is willing to build a Mill on the Buckhorne Swamp within the Tract of land of six Miles Square laid out for the said Indians. That the said Indians having already before Your Honr Signifyed their consent that the petr should have as much land in that place as may be convenient for his purpose. Yor petr humbly prays Yor Honr will be pleased to allow yor Petr to take up One acre of ground on each side the said Swamp for the conveniency of building the said Mill and that ye Surveyor of the County may be directed to mark out the same that there may not hereafter be any dispute with ye sd Indians And likewise that this Yor Honrs approbation may be Signifyed on the Council books or on some other Record so as the petr may be protected in the peaceable enjoyment of the said Land and Mill for the benefit of himself and his posterity in consideration of the Charge he must now be at for erecting ye Same. And he shal pray &c

[in pencil] 407 F23 10