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Petition from Dr. Archibald Campbell,: Denies the charge against him


A Petition of Doctor Archibald Campbell, of the Borough of Norfolk, was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that at a meeting of the Magistrates, and other principal Inhabitants of the said Borough, he was deputed, with several others, to wait on Colonel Woodford, commander of the Forces of this Colony, then at the Great Bridge, in Norfolk County, to know his intentions in respect to the treatment the Inhabitants of the said Borough were to expect from the Army under his command, as it had been currently reported that the Town was to be plundered, and then burnt, and also to know what part they were to act to avoid such calamities; that he accordingly made application to Colonel Woodford, who directed him to apply to this Convention, to whom he should submit the matter; that he hath been informed that some unfriendly person had represented to Colonel Woodford, that he had taken an active part, under Lord Dunmore, relative to the late transactions in the said Borough, which charge he denies, so far as it relates to matters inimical to the Colony; and that he never acted under Lord Dunmore further than he was constrained by his Lordship' s establishing


martial law; and praying the protection of this Convention in behalf of the Inhabitants of the said Borough; and that if any inquiry into his conduct should be thought necessary, a Committee might be appointed for that purpose.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to Mr˙ Holt, Mr˙ Newton, Mr˙ Meade, Mr˙ Murdaugh, Mr˙ Wills, Mr˙ Adams, Mr˙ Andrew Lewis, Mr˙ Meredith, Mr˙ Rootes, and Mr˙ Mercer; and they are to report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Ordered, That the said Archibald Campbell be confined to his room in the City of Williamsburgh, under a proper Guard, till the further order of the Convention, or Committee of Safety.