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Davis, William: Petition, Kanawha County

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In conformity with the wish herein expressed, I must beg that you present a petition for William to remain in the state, and that you use your best exertions to procure the passage of an act to that effect. I am aware, that by the existing Law, the county courts have power to authorize free negros to remain within the county. But this leave, in the first place, is quite troublesome to procure, the law requiring every justice in the county, to be summoned before the applications can be acted upon, and in the second, circumscribes the [party? purity?} by the limits of the county. William will ony [only?] probably find it to his interest to spend the sum[m]ers at the Spring living and [executive?] dining room servant, and suited in every way for employment there. He has been a faithful and good servant to his master. His master was long a faithful servant of the state, and I do hope, that the wish expressed in his Will, that the legislature should grant leave for William to remain in the Commonwealth, may be carried out, by an enactment to that effect.