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Richeson, John B.: Petition, King William County

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The Petition of John B. Richeson, acting executor of the last will and testament of Edmund Littlepage, decd. [deceased] of the county of King William and State of Virginia, To the honorable Legislature thereof; Humbly sheweth, that your petitioner by the last will of the said Edmund Littlepage, decd. was appointed one of his executors and by that will, he the said Testator has Emancipated, two negroes, to wit: Sophia and her daughter Lucy, so far as the law of this Commonwealth would admit, and your petitioner knowing that slaves emancipated (unless for some meritorious act) were not allowed to remain therein after a limited time, without being subject to the penalties of the law, does petition your honorable body, for leave for the said Sophia and Lucy to remain in this state on the same terms that other free negroes do. Your honors may see by the last will and testament, of the said Edmund Littlepage, decd. an attested extract of which your petitioner prays to be made a part of this petition, that he has amply provided for the maintenance of the said Sophia and Lucy and their increase. Sophia is about forty years of age, and served her master most faithfully till his death, and as a reward for her faithful services and integrity, he emancipated her and her daughter Lucy, who is twelve years old. But they not having been the performers of such distinguished merit as to bring their case within the view of the county courts on that subject, your petitioner supposing the law authorizing those courts to emancipate, does not embrace their case, he does most cordially unite his wishes with these of the distressed Sophia and Lucy, that you will pass an act allowing them to remain in this State, on the same terms and conditions with other free negroes - And your petitioner as in duly bound will ever pray, &c [etc.]. John B. Richeson, acting executor of Edmund Littlepage, decd.