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Bear, Joseph: Petition, Loudoun County

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To the Honble. [Honorable] the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The petition of Joseph Beard a resident of the County of Loudoun humbly sheweth, that your petitioner has by intermarriage with a citess of the State of Maryland, become entitled to the following negroes, viz, Nelly, Polly, Charles and Peter, which said negros, under existing laws of this commonwealth, he is not at liberty to import into this State. Your petitioner having been a resident of the commonwealth for a number of years and being still a resident, prays that by a special act of the Legislature, he may be authorized to import the said slaves into this Commonwealth and that his title, thereto may not be impaired by any extending statute. Your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c [etc.]. Joseph Beard Dec. 1st. 1810