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Carey, Archy: Petition, Lynchburg

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To the Honorable the General Assembly of Virginia the Petition of Archy Carey a free man of color of the Town of Lynchburg, humbly sheweth: That he has been recently emancipated by a certain William Davis Jr. of the Town of Lynchburg by a Deed executed for that purpose and duly of record in the Corporation Court of Lynchburg; which Deed is herewith exhibited as a part of this petition. That in the performance of this act the said Davis was actuated solely by motives of Humanity, and the merits, and good character of your Petitioner. Your Petitioner further represents, that he has a wife, and several children to whom he is sincerely, and tenderly attached, who are held in slavery in the Town of Lynchburg, and from whom it would exceedingly distress him to be separated. Yet painful as such separation would be, it will be unavoidable under the existing Laws of the commonwealth on the subject, and your Petitioner will shortly be compelled to remove out of this state, unless your Honorable Body will interpose in his behalf and exercise your humane, and merciful jurisdiction of releiving against the rigor of the Law. Your Petitioner therefore prays, that your Honorable Body will take his Case into serious consideration, and will pass a Law authorizing him to reside within the Commonwealth of Virginia. For in duty bound your petitioner will ever pray &c. Archy Carey 3rd December 1822