He moved with his family to Houston in 1838, shortly after Texas won its independence, and began to study law under the direction of his father, William Fairfax Gray.In 1840, he began practicing law with his father and a local judge, John Scott, in Houston, Texas.and cheerful undertaking of this imployment not onlie by the growing power of the Turks of Algeir and of those of Sally who now increase their strength (haveinge as said all of the pettners are informed) fourteone? of the Rebells in Ireland but alsoe from the want of such severe and readie course against Papish hert at the present condicon of the kingdome requirith and the honoble house of commons have earnestlie endeavoured but have hitherto beene hindred by the votes of the Popish Lordes and Bippps in the right honoble house of Peeres to or great griefe, from the grounds the pettners , cannott omitt, to represent the great terror fear and distracment they lye under of a suddane surprise by theire bloody hands, by meanes whereof the trading of this place and kingdome, is much now of late decayed than it had beene, noe man following his trade there failed whiles the lives of himselfe and familie, and the publike saftie of the kingdome are in danger, whilest he knoweth not how soone he maie feele the like crueltie and inhumanities from the Popish and their adherents at home, as those in Ireland have done, whos not onlie felt & feared by the pettnrs , but also by the citizens of London, to theire great terror and destracced?shipps set to sea this last yeare in warfare from the said port of Sallye, by meanes whereof all of the pettnrs shippes & goods to great value have been surprised and their neighbours & friends put in cruell slaverie to the great dishonor of this Kingdome and unrevokeable losse of these westeren parts and utter undoeinge of manie of the pettnes . who are the cheefest merchants for the takinge off, of or ffishe in the Newfoundland and theire cessager?Peter personally posted the money for her bond, allowing her to go free while the case was pending.He won the case, before an all-white jury, using the discovery techniques (like depositions on written questions) that were provided for in the Practice Act.Dartmouth1642 It is likely this petition was circulated among the ships' crews in Dartmouth Harbour rather than to the various parishes.
Peter Gray was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1819.
By this trade not onlie this county but the whole realme receive great benefit & advantage by advauncing the stocke or principle of this kingdome to a great value (meerlie out of their industry & labours) and most especellie the kings majre by advauncing of customes on the retournes & proceeds of or fish and by the importaced?
of great sumes of boullion to his mats mint, it alsoe beinge the greatest nursery of marryners in the whole world the decaye & reffared?
annoyance must prove the ruine of many of the pettnes , if theire fish should lye in theire handes, alsoe the losse of the trade of this place wh Ireland & what is greatlie to be feared: whout present succour be speedily sent over, will be a maybe hindrance of or ffishing trade or wages of a want of supplies of hogshead staves, beefs, tallow & other necessaries; but w we farr more th name of the English & Protestant Religion there wilbe routed out, by those rebelles, the foundacun of whose religion is written in lost or of blood.
To the end thereof that the destructive plots of the papish and theire adherents maie be defeated the groundes of their hopes and insoleunies removed considerable forces whall expedites sent to subdue those abominable and bloodie rebelles in Ireland that place and kingdome for the pe---eneed of the like –ish—and servinge the peace thereof putt into a posture of defense, the pettnns freed from theire great fears, and incouraged to goe cheerfullie on in their trade.
pp in yors shall not ffaile tp putt up daylie prayers to Allmighty God for Yr godd successe. Putt or handes do give full power unto such as the Rt Worll the maior and his brethren of the Burrough of Dartmouth shall appoint to present this or peticon & to transmit or to anie other copie or coppies agreeable to this, and to present and further it as they shall thinck necessarie for the more speedier redresse of or fore said grevances.