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Johnson, Cato: Petition, Lynchburg

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clemency, take his case into consideration, and permit him to remain in this Commonwealth, and your petitioner, as in duty bound, will ever pray &c. Cato Johnson

We whose names are hereto subscribed believe the facts stated in the foregoing petition to be true, and that the petitioner presents a fit occasion for a relaxation from the policy of the law respecting free persons of colour. Lynchburg, Nov. 23. 1822

George Tucker Wm. S. Reid John Miller Joseph Echols Thomas Wiatt John M. Gordon Alan Tompkins Thos [illegible] John Hancock John Thurman J. W. Divrell James Warwick John Wiatt Chas. Hoyle Jno. C. Reid William Beard [illegible] Geo W. Nelson Rich'd Pollard

John Robinson Wm. Edenfield Henry Moorman John Williams Dan Davis Ralph Smith Jr. Rich'd R. Phelps Norborne M. Taliaferro Abram R. North William Harrison John. B. Dabney Wm. Davis Jr. [illegible] Wm. B. Lynch Seth Ward