(NU»® 34 ) AN GENERA V E R T I S E R. W E D N E S D A Y, November 12, 1788. T Per C E N T I N E L. Meflil!; PRINTERS, SUPPOSE a memorial, like the fol-^ lowing, Oiould be fent to the affern- bly, by a perfon in the fituation therein defcribcd, I (hould think it would confider itfelf bound to re- dicf> the grievances there ftated, either by applying a remedy to the particular cafe, or elle (more con- fiilent with dignity) by deviling Inch a plan for the adminiftration of juftice, as to prevent our annaU being ftained in future with fuch reprefentations. To th^ionorable the General Aflem- bly, &c. &c. The Memorial of Humbly Sheweth, HAT your memorialjfti^’s native of the county of— polTell'ed of a wife and nine children, with an eftate of 400 acres of land and four working Haves—that in the year ^1778 he became entitled to a property ill Haves and Ipecie of the value of two thoufand five hundred pounds, at the lowell computation ; whicli property having fallen into the hands of , is withheld by him from your memo- rialifi: cn fundry pretences— that your memorialift, from his averfion to dif- putes, fuffered himfelf to be amufed for two years, by promifes of an ami' cable fettlement and other artifices of the faid , when he found himfelf at length under the neceflity of infii- tuting a fuit, to recover by the interpo- fition of the law what he ceuld not otherwife obtain—that he brought the faid fuit in the court of his county at the term of November, 1780, and ob tained a verdi6l: and judgment in his favour, at the term of Auguft, from which the faid appealed to the fuperior court of the diftridf, where the caufe was continued to the term of ■ , in the year 1786, when the judg ment of the county court was fully confirmed, eftablifhing vour memo rialift’ s right concIufively,as he hoped ; hut hoped, it feems, in vain ; for the faid hath carried the fuit into the court of equity, where it is now refted, and appears (from the quantity Bof bufineis in courfe before it) likely to reft in peace during ihe^emainder of his life-—that your memorialift is a. i^man of fmall property, whofe conftant attention is necefl'ary to the fupport of his family, with too poor an income to fupport the charges he hath been drawn into, without the greateft dif- trt’fs to his affairs—that he hath with extieme difficulty, found means to fuf- tain them and the lofs of time, in at tending at eleven county and ten fupc- l ior courts upon this fuit, jill at length he now finds himfelf tit^ly exhaufted of all further lefources Tor purfoing his juft, and to him important cfaim, while in addition to the cruelty of his lituation, he happen^ to be oppoTcd to a crafty man, who at ^this time pof- lefling property fufficie^t to enable liim to dilchaige expence? which over- wdielm your memorialift, is univerlal- Iy Jlchcycd to be fo involved and de clining in his circnmTlanccs, that, un- iclsjufticeis fpeedily obtained againft hiiTi, he will be without effects wherc- fion* to procure it. Vv liereupoii, the whole taken toge ther, the condition of your memorial ift is this:—He hath been ten years* deprived of his property by a villain who diverts himfelf with his diftrefies ; he hath fought redrefs at law for eight years, during which the food, cloathing, and education of his family have been facrificed to the profecution of it ; and he is at length likely to be turned out of doors by the demands of his witneffes, with the expeftation that he will, in fome few years, be re- compenced for all this, by hearing his competitor read the 40s. oath. That your memorialift thus having rcafon to complain of an evil of the firft magnitude exifting in the govern ment, viz. the amazing delay of juftice, he is induced to apply with the greateft deference to your honourable body for relief in his diftrefs, becaufe it is from your wifdom and juftice that every citi zen has a right to expe6t: good govern ment. A plain labouring man, un- verfed in politics, he prefumes not to attempt at pointing out the caufe of this evil, but he reprefents to you, that* he is an indifputable good citizen of the ftatc—that he hath paid due alle giance to it, and performed all the du ties of his ftaticn with alacrity, and is TT therefore entitled to proteflion ; that the chief article of the protedfion he claims, the great point for which irien enter into fociety, and fabmit to ifs reftraints, is the certainty for fupport againft oppreflion, and redrefs for injuries, not dilatory diftant redreft, but that which is fpeedy and effectu al. He acknowledges that juftice is as attainable by him as by others ; for he is not ignorant* of the incredible number of honeft families, who are pining in want, doubt, and wretched- riefs, from the effeCts of the mifehief he complains of; but he is forced to apply to the legiflature, becaufe he hath fought for juftice in the ordinary way and cannot acquire it ; he hatfi not been denied it, but it is delayed, which for many 3^ears has, and for as many more may be to him, the fame as a denial. Yisur memorialift, therefore, having made his grievous fituation known to you, and begging leave to remind you that it is only a fingle inftanceof fimi- lar calamities, fo great and numerous as to have become a fubjeCf of general -complaint, irremediable without your interpofition ; and confidering that iz is a common praftice to apply to the legifiature in fuch cafes as require their affiftance, even in concerns trifling to the laft degree, when compared to this, and that theaffembly pay due regard to fuch applications—he humbly pray s that you will be pleafed to take his cafe into immediate confideration, and grant fuch relief as to your wifdom (hall feem proper—and your memo rialift, &c. Education. I N order to render himfelf more extenfively ufeful to Wilmington and its Vicinity,—the Reverend Mr. STEWART propofes opening School,* as foon as a competent Number of Scholars offer. He will inftruft the Youth that may be committed to his Care, in the learned Languages, tl.e Englilh, grammatically, and the pri;i- cipics of Religion, natural, and re-"^ vealed. Wilmington, Sept. 30th, 1788.