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Spiller, William: Petition, King William County

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To the Honorable Speaker and members of the house of Delegates, the petition of William Spiller humbly sheweth - That some time ago a free negroe man of the county of King William depart this life, leaving your petitioner the management of his estate; and requested that he would execute several directions by him given. Among others, that a negroe man named Abraham (then the property of Colonel Benjamin Temple) son of the deceased [might be?] purchased and liberated. Your petitioner has accordingly purchased the sd [said] negro and given a satisfactory consideration to his former proprietor; but being advised that no act of his to emancipate the sd negro man Abraham will be valid with the [sanction?] of the legislature he prays that an law may pass for that purpose[.] And Your petitioner as duty bound, will pray &c [etc.].