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Mason, William T. T.: Petition, Loudoun County

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To the Honorable the General Assembly of Virginia. The petition of William T.T. Mason of Loudoun county respectfully sheweth that your petitioner about a twelvemonth ago removed into his native state the commonwealth of Virginia. That he is possessed of a female mulatto slave about forty years of age, named Mary, that she belonged to the estate of his wife's father, and that although your petitioner has had her in possession more than two years, yet as upon the partition of the said estate, she was allocated to his wife's brother, of whom your petitioner immediately purchased her, not quite two years had elapsed from the time of the said purchase until your petitioner's removal into Virginia, so that he could not avail himself of the law passed 9th January 1813 [ch.101?] to bring the said Mary into this state to reside. Your petitioner further states that the said Mary is his cook. that the deprivation of her services subjects him to extreme inconvenience, and that in all human probability the said Mary will have no more children, her last child being now ten years old. Your petitioner therefore prays your Honorable body to pass a law permitting him to bring the said Mary into the state of Virginia to reside and your petitioner as in duty bound will pray &c [etc.]. William T.T. Mason