Griffith, Forest: Petition, Loudoun County
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To the General Assembly of Virginia. The undersigned Forrest Griffith, a free man of colour, of the County of Loudoun respectfully represents that by [dirt?] of his own exertions he has been enabled to purchase his own freedom and also that of one of his children. That he is the possession of some fifteen acres of land and other property acquired alone by his industry. That he is man about fifty five years of age and humbly requests permission to remain in this state during good behaviour. January 18, 1849 Forrest Griffith X his mark.
The undersigned, citizens of the County of Loudoun have known Forest Griffith, a free man of colour, for a number of years. ,His reputation for honesty industry, sobriety and correctness of deportment is unsurpassed by that of any coloured man within our knowledge; and we know of none, to whom the privilege of remaining in the state in could with more propriety be extended. Oscar F. Reed David P. Conrad William T. Hough Saml [Samuel] A. Gover Nathan Walker Noble S. Braden Sanford I. Ramey Howard Hough
Thomas Phillips Griffith W. [Parson? Paxson?] Henry T. Goves Asa M. Bond Charles Hammer Hugh McNulty Wm. Carroll John F. Sappington Jonah Steer Wm. McIntook George Henry [Divian?]