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Davis, William: Petition, Kanawha County

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Washington Jany 20. 1844 Dear Sir The negro man Bill who is now in your service at Richmond, as you are aware, was the personal servant of my Brother, the late Judge Summers, who manumitted him by his will. I give you herewith a copy of the clause of the will by which he was emancipated, that you may be in possession of the best evidence of the good opinion, which the testator held towards him[.] "This [timith?] In consideration of the long attendance upon my person, and general fidelity of my servant William, who calls himself William Davis, I bequeath him his freedom, and twenty five dollars, hereby manumitting him in full force of law, but I currently recommend his remaining in the service of my brother, to whom he is attached, and by whom he will be fairly and [kindly?] treated and who I hope, will be able to procure leave for him to remain in the state"