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Petition of Stephen Russey


The Petition of Stephen Hussey, Richard Mitchell, Josiah Coffin, and Andrew Myrick, humbly sheweth: That your petitioners have at Nantucket, a number of vessels that are fitted for a whale voyage, excepting provisions; but as your petitioners are restrained by a resolve of the General Court, forbidding any ship or vessel sailing out of any port in this Colony on any whale voyage, without first leave had and obtained, your petitioners humbly pray your Honours would in your great wisdom, point out some way whereby your petitioners may obtain leave to send said vessels to sea. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.