Thrasher, Elias: Petition, Loudoun County
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of the State of Virginia on the 25th day of Jan'y 1806 and for a long time before but your petitioner is now advised that it is some what doubtful whether his case is fully embraced by the letter of that Law and in as much as it was not the intention of your petitioner to violate either the spirit or letter of the Law, he humbly prays that your Honorable body will pass a Law authorising him to retain said slaves within this Commonwealth and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray. Elias Thrasher