Address of Philip Ludwell, 1695 May 6.
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May it Please yo'r Excellency and [*Council*] It haveing been Represented to this Assem[*bly by the I*]nhabitants of the Respective Counties which are adjacent to the Blackwater Swamp on the South side of James River, that the takeing up of great quantities of Land on the other Side of the said Blackwater Swamp, when liberty shall be given to take up and patent lands in those parts, will not only be very injurious and prejuditiall to divers Inhabitants who are Seated on this Side of ye Swamp, if by that meanes they have not liberty to take up some Land on the other Side for the Range of their Stockes but also cause at least two hundred families to desert the Country for want of conveniences to live. The house of Burgesses takeing the Same into consideration, doe humbly beg your Excellency and hono'rs that assoon as liberty shall be given to take up and patent Lands on the South Side of the Blackwater Swamp, no grants be made of any more than four hundred acres to one person by which method they humbly conceive that part of this Country will be well peopled, great Stockes of provision raised and the dayly repaireing of the Inhabitants of this Colony to the Southward prevented.
May the 6th 1695 By order of the House of Burgesses:
[signed] Phill Ludwell Speaker