Richards, Thomas: Petition, Lee County
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him about twelve years. That this affiant was acquainted with him during the whole of his servitude as a slave, And states with confidence that he has never, known a more honest, orderly, or well behaved man, of any color in his life. He has never known him, from a boy, to be guilty of telling a lie: or to behave with insolence or disrespect to any white person. And in his whole life, being now about forty five years of age, he has never seen him out of temper with any of the family of either this Affiants father or his own. That this affiant was led to the emancipation of the petitioner, on account of his long and faithful servitude in the two families, And that he has lived in less than a mile of the petitioner ever since he was emancipated. That the circumstance of his obtaining his freedom has in no respect altered his character for sobriety, order & uprightness, but that he still maintains the conduct of an humble, honest, industrious & upright man. This Affiant further states that during the service of the petitioner as a slave & since he has always endeavored to suppress disorderly and unbecoming conduct in people of his own color & situation. This Affiant also stated that the petitioner has a wife & several children in the county of Lee, who are slaves, with whom the petitioner wants to live. That no objection is made by any person to the petitioner remaining in the state, to the knowledge of this Affiant and further says not. Given under my hand this 13th day of November 1821. Stephen T. Mill
Lee County to wit, This day James N. Hill Clerk of the County Court of Lee & William H Carter deputy Clerk & late Lieutenant Colonel in the 94th Regt. Came before the undersigned a justice of the peace for said county, and made oath that they have been well acquainted with Thomas Richards the foregoing petitioner for several years, and from their acquaintance with him they are of opinion that the statement contained in the foregoing affidavits of Thomas Blakemore &c. [etc.] are true. Given under my hand this 20th day of November 1821. Danl. Dickinson