Ball, Moses: Petition, Lee County
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[pay]ment of his money, untill the said Tidence Shall have an opportunity to redeem them. Yet from the laws of this State prohibiting the introduction of slaves therein. Your Petitioner is restrained from granting this reasonable indulgence to his unfortunate Debtor; unless your honorable body will in mercy, interpose your Legislative Aid. The prayer of your Petitioner therefore is, that he may be permitted by an Act of your Honorable body to remove the aforesaid slaves from the County of Claiborne & State of Tennessee to his residence & farm in this County of Lee, & hold them therein, for the purpose previously expressed, free from any penalty, or forfeiture under existing laws. And your Petitioner, as in duty will ever pray &c [etc.]. Moses Ball. Lee County. Nov. 18th. 1815.