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Title: McGee, Ruth to justices at court, 1774
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderMcGee, Ruth
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationindentured servant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChester Co., Penn, USA
DestinationCourt at Chester Co., Penn, USA
Recipientjustices at court
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipnot acquainted
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TranscriptRuth McGee, 21 May 1774
To the worshipful the justices of the court of Quarter Sessions held at chester the last tuesday in may
The Humble Petition of Ruth M Gee Humbly sheweth that your petitioner is poor and not Sufficient to Earn her living by reason of achild she hath to maintain your Petitioners Master Josiah Hibberd refuseing to Let your Petitioner have her freedom Dues Which is mentioned in apair of Indentures (Viz) A new Suit of clothes for freedoms and five Pounds in Money and Eight months schooling of which schooling I received but four months and twenty two Days Likewise your Petitioners Said Master Josiah Hibbard detains your Petitioners cloths that she had whilst she your Petitioner Lived with Said Master that is to say one quil<t>ed peticoat Short Gown and Apron Likewise your Petitioner had seven years and six weeks to serve and your Petitioner had but two months to serve her Said Master Josiah Hibbard When your Petitioner was Sent to the Goal of this county furthermore your petitioner having Suffered the rigour of the Law your Petitioner apprehends she should not be detained from her said freedoms Dues but that your Petitioner should [have them] for her Support in this your Petitioner<’s> Poor condition So your Petitioner Layeth this her Humble Petition before your worships for redress of said Grievances and your
Petitioner in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray
May the 21st Anno Domini 1774