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Catlett, Samuel Jones: Petition, King William County

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hopes that, that, policy will not be considered as applicable to his case; inasmuch as the before named Slave Slaves are all of them natives of the State of Virginia, removed from thence for a temporary purpose and so circumstanced at the time of the passage of the law that your Memorialist could not avail himself of the opportunity afforded between the passage and commencement of the law to bring them back into this State: And in as much as He was then restrained by a contract entered into prior to the passage of the law He submits to your wisdom whether that act will not have an "ex post facto" tendency as it affects his case, and if so, He humbly conceives, time at least equal to that which lapsed between the passage and commencement of the "Act to amend the Several laws concerning Slaves" should now be allowed him to bring the said Slaves back. Your Memorialist farther begs leave to state, that He has no power to dispose of the said Slaves but for his life and as He has determined to reside permanently in this State, the use of the said Slaves wou[l]d be entirely lost to him unless he should be authorized to bring them back: It will also be seen by the will herein before referred to, that He is appointed a [illegible]