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Petition of Henry Holdcraft, 1715 Oct.

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To the Honoble: Alexander Spotswood his Maties Leiut. Governor of Virginia and the Honoble. Council of State.

The Petition of Henry Holdcraft humbly Sheweth —

That your Petitioner hath Observed your Honors. Order Whereby all persons are forbidden the practice of the Law as Attornys untill they obtain your Honrs. approbaton And Whereas your Petitioner hath for this tenn or twelve Years last past practiced as an Attorny not only in the Honoble. Generall Court but in divers other County Courts of this Colony And gotten the Cheif part of his Maintenance Thereby And Whereas the Honoble. Leiut. Governor hath lately been pleased to direct his Comission to your Petitioner to Impower him in the Absence of the Kings Attorny Generall to prosecute All Suits in his Maties behalf in the Courts of James City and New=Kent And your petitioner hath accordingly appeared and prosecuted

Wherefore and for that your Petitioner hath discharged himself with Integrity to all for whome he hath been concern'd According to the best of his Skill & knowledge And for that your Petitioner hath a large ffamily & little besides his practice to maintain them Your Petitioner humbly begs your Honors. will approve of your petitioner to practice as formerly

And your Petitioner as in duty bound shall pray &c