Petition of Thomas Meades, 1715/1716 Feb. 2.
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ffebry ye: 2nd: 1715/6 Essex County Sct To The Honrble Alexander Spotswood His Majtys Lieut Governr and Commander In Chief of Virginia The Petition of Thomas Meades Humbly Sheweth That Whereas your petitioner being Summonsd: by the Sherriff of ye Said County to appear and Serve as a Juryman to Lay of ye Land In Difference between Mr Thos. Corbin & James Walker: your petitioner at ye Same Time Infformed ye Sd: Sherriff yt he was willing to Serve provided he was able at ye Time appointed but much Doubting yt he Should by reason your petitioner has for these Several years been afflicted with a very Lame Legg wch: is Reduced to yt Weakness that a very Litle Thing puts my knee out of joynt which hapned ye Very Day before ye jury was to meet: Which Rendered your petitioner Wholy uncapable of any Such Sevice. Notwithstanding ye Sherriff Returned your petitioner Summonsd: and ye Honrble General Court has Fined your petitioner Two Hundd: and forty pound: of Tobb: and your petitionr Very unable to pay the Same Most Humbly begg that your honr: will be pleasd: out of your Clemency to Remit ye Said fine and your petitioner Shall In Duty bound Ever pray Thomas Meades