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Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Tisbury

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Petition of a number of the Inhabitants of the Town of Tisbury humbly sheweth: That on Monday, the 21st of August, Anno Domini 1775, in consideration of our present unhappy situation at this crisis, and resolving to act in conformity to and with the rest of our brethren of said Colony, it was therefore voted to prefer a petition on the following particulars, viz: In consideration of our dangerous situation, being daily exposed to the invasions of His Majesty' s fleet and armed vessels, they having already commenced hostilities upon this County, not only by firing upon us, but by carrying off stock, to the great prejudice of sundry inhabitants of this County. It was therefore voted in said meeting, to petition your Honours to take our situation under your serious consideration, and supply us with such a number of men, either by sea or land, or both, as you in your wisdom shall think meet for our defence. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.

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