Docket 1827-0028-B1, 182 June 12,City Council proceedings (Collection #0100.001)
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To his Honor the Mayor and the Honourable Board of Aldermen of the City of Boston, the Petition of Aaron Dow, respectfully sheweth,
That the health of your petitioner, now and long since an inhabitant of this city, being weak and impaired, and rendering him unable to perform offices of hard and active labour abroad, and his capacity to gain a livelihood here, being thereby greatly diminished and benig poor and needy and likely to become a burden to his friends unless he can be enabled by the permission and allowance of this honourable board to pursue the business, which he had commenced; said Aaron being reduced to this necessity, prays this hounorable board to grant him license to keep an Intelligence Office in this City for males and not for females. For the purpose of ascertaining what employment may, from time to time, be affected to the poor and unpatronized as well as to supply those in want of clerks, mechanicks, domesticks, and labourers of all sorts being males, with persons able and willing to work and known to your petitioner.
Your petitioner herewith offers to your examination testimonials of his character in the places where he was born and brought up and also recommendations from inhabitants of this city and humbly represents to your honours that being well and generally acquainted with the class of persons in this city who at times are in want of useful occupation and being by them thought capable of performing well the business, for leave of which he now makes this solicitation, he can thus and thus only sustain himself in the community in the way of life to which he always has been used. He therefore prays your honours to consider this his petition and as in duty bound will ever be …. A Dow
Boston June 12, 1827