Petition of Mary Webley to the General Assembly.
1776. Legislative Petitions, Norfolk Borough, 1776-1802. The Library
To the Honourable the Speaker and
Gentlemen of the House of Delegates
The Petition of the unfortunate Mary Webley late a Resident of the
Borough of Norfolk humbly sheweth.
That your Petitioner on new Years Day last, while suckling her Child
the youngest of three now dependent on her, had her leg broken by a
Cannon Ball from the Liverpool Man of War.
That her Husband from the Loss of his tight arm upwards of twenty
Years since is scarcely able to maintain himself.
That She hath at present no Ways or Means to procure Shelter or
acquire Subsistence for herself and miserable little children, her
Husband and Self having had all their effects totally destroyed in
the Flames of Norfolk from whence they have been drove in most
Therefore prays this honourable House will on Consideration of the
Premises grant her such Aid and relief as in their justice and mercy
shall seem right.