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From: Robert Webb <>
Subject: [PACE] John Pace signature, Ten-thousand name petition, 1776
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 06:54:13 -0500


I was searching for a Webb ancestor and stumbled across this entry.
This signer may have been the John Pace who lived in Brunswick County,
Virginia at the time. He was married to Ann Russell. It is difficult to
determine which county the signers lived in, so this is only a guess.

Library of Congress, Early Virginia Religious Petitions
October 16, 1776, Miscellaneous, "Ten-thousand name" petition by
Dissenters from whole state, for ending established church, and for
institution of religious equality.

Image 111 of 250

Middle column, fourth name

http://rs6.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=relpet&fileName=000/013/
013page.db&recNum=110


More about this petition:
The Church and State Debate
In the years following the Revolution, petitions played a vital role in
registering widespread political opinion on important questions of
public policy and religion. The ultimate stakes were the
disestablishment of the Church of England and the possibility of a
newfound commitment to full religious freedom for all citizens of the
independent commonwealth. The most notable example is the famous
"Ten-thousand Name" petition, presented during the first General
Assembly session on October 16, 1776. Asking for disestablishment of
the Church of England as well as religious equality, this document
consisted of 125 pages sewn or joined together with wax seals, and was
signed by an unprecedented ten thousand Virginia citizens. With other
petitions, this enormous manuscript began the debate over the
relationship of church and state in Virginia. (For more see link)

http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/collections/petitions/rpessay3.html


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