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Adams, Thomas & Jack: Petition, King William County

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To the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia Your Petitioners Thomas Adams & Jack Adams take the liberty most respectfully to set forth. That at the October Session of the Superior Court of Law of King Wm [William] County in the year 1809, one Wm Hoomes a free man of colour was arraigned & convicted of felony. That on the 9th of the same month the prisoner suggested errors in arrest of Judgt & the Court allowed him to give bail for his appearance on the first day of the next Court which was to be held by Law on the 6th of May ensuing. That at this time the feelings of all were much inlisted [enlisted] for the situation of the prisoner from the reflection that it was doubtful whether he could command bail; that he was poor & unable to provide himself with comforts during an imprisonment of seven months imbracing [embracing] all the rigor of the Winter & in a Jail too which during that time would probably have distroyed [destroyed] his life & moreover that he had a family that were dependent on him for their support. That your Petitioners being much persuaded by many of their acquaintences [acquaintances] & stimulated by the sentiments of humanity commiseration & pity for the