Petition of John CUNNINGHAM, 1842
Compiled by Paul W. Lemasters
Note: This petition can be found on the microfilm,
"Legislative Petitions," Roll 16,
Petition No. 17-1842-1, 2. The petition was read and "transmitted" to the House of Representatives. Someone had written on the outside of the petition that
John CUNNINGHAM was of Knox County, Tennessee, but he was of Roane County.
To the Honorable the Senate and house of Representatives of the State of
Your petitioner would most humbly & most respectfully represent to you
honorable body that
from Severe afflictions in infancy he has been rendered incapable of attending to business
which requires much bodily exertion you petitioner cannot remember the period when he
could walk without the assistance of crutches your petitioner would further represent that he
has a wife and two children dependent upon him for Support In View of the Severe affliction
which devine providence has been proper to impose upon your petitioner doubtless for a wise
purpose and not by imprudent conduct of the petitioner doubtless for ardently and Generaly
trusts that his case will so far excit your commiseration action as to induce your honorable
body to pass a Special act for his benefit authorising him free of license to Hawk and Peddle
in the State of Tennessee during life and as in duty bound your petitioner will ever pray.
6th Jany 1842
We the undersigned neighbours of Mr. John CUNNINGHAM do certify that petitioner
Stated his Situation truly that they believe him a proper object for Legislative aid, and as
such recommend him to your honorable body this 6th Jan 1842.
Henry W. BREAZEALE
William LITTLETON, Jr.
James W. MILLER
Wm. L. WALKER
David R. BREAZEAL
Charles O'Neill BOYLE
Robert H. BREAZEALL