Williams, Frederick: Petition, Lynchburg
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in the state of Virginia. with such conditions & limitations as to them may seem just & proper & as in duty bound & will ever pray &c.
The undersigned, citizens of Lynchburg and of the counties of Amherst & Campbell are well acquainted with the petitioner Frederick Williams and have been for many years they state with pleasure, that he is industrious, prudent, honest and economical and they believe the facts stated in his petition, as to a bona fide intention and wish to leave this state of Virginia and of his expectation of buying his wife & children to be true and we are of the opinion that if the Legislature would suffer him to remain in the Commonwealth for a limited time he would be enabled to accomplish his purpose of buying his family removing to another state. We know him to skillful in his trade harmless and in offensive in his conduct & place entire confidence in his statements. We will verily further state, that we feel interested in the success of his application to the Legislature, and entertain no doubt, that if suffered to remain in the state a few years, he will be enabled to purchase his wife & children & then to remove to some other.
Joseph E. Royall Henry M. Didlake, Mayor S. H. Davis, PCC. Pleasant Labby Sr. [Alderman] Jesse S. Perry [Miale?] Recorette Daniel A. Choatwode Jno. W. Bagwell [Alderman] Martin W. Davenport [Alderman] F. S. Miller [Alderman] Ammon Hancock [Gorn?], R. North John W. Broadus Bluford Morriss Thos. Stanfield John Bagley, Jr. Leroy A. [Guild?] Wm. Black Thos. E. Royall John H. Goodwin John L. Goodwin Zachfield Wade Wealle PettyJohn G. Wells E. Fletcher Archelus Cox A.B. Davies Robt. Adams C. A. Withers C. Crow John W. Dream Christopher McIver B. G. Martison Alfred M. Rucker John G. Meem J. S. Meem John P. Wilson Wm. Sumpter Henry Sumpter Wm. A. Bennett Mark McGrow Benjamin Sumpter Wm. Oakey George W. Valentine Richd. S. Tilden Wm. Bailey Hill McCrow Andrew C. Elliott Alex C. Davis J.C. Shackkford R. H. [Mciall?] James T. S. Covent, MD. David R. Seyman William M. Hamlet James F. Johnson F. F. Bowen Wm. B. Averett Peter E. Booker Matt [Morrisskerr?] Ira Carpenter Jacob Pennbough?] Sam. H. Taylor Wm. Wilson Thos. O. Acne D. B. Payne [Irma?] [Normmank?]