Sydnor, Henry & Lucy: Petition, Lynchburg
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all times, endeavored to conduct themselves, in an orderly, respectable & useful manner, and to make themselves useful members of society. How far they have succeeded, may be been by the testimony, which accompanies this petition & which they ask, may be read, in their behalf. Your petitioners submit their case to the legislature, & humbly pray a law to be passed, giving them leave to remain in the commonwealth of Virginia. And as in duty &c [etc.]. Henry Sydnor, Lucy Sydnor Lynchburg Jan: P. 1842. 2 Memo I, Charles L. Mosby was present in the corporation court of Lynchburg, when the application was made by Henry Sydnor & Lucy his wife, for leave to remain in the Commonwealth. The grounds on which the court refused the application, are correctly set out, in the foregoing petition. I believe, the unanimous sentiment of the court was, that, if any freed persons were worthy to remain in the state, they were Henry & his wife. and I have no doubt, but the court would have given the leave unanimously, but that they had formed a determination, not to be bound by any circumstance, that no emancipated slave with their consent, should stay in the state of Virginia. Indeed this determination was intimated, before the case was heard, & the court invited the [slave?] to bring forward at once, the strongest case, that could be presented. that, by refusing such an one, the bar would understand it to be in vain, ever to make another application. I state further, that I well know Henry & his wife - they were emancipated by myself. They are persons of the most irreproachable character - industrious, careful, modest in their deportment, and exceedingly useful citizens. Indeed such is my estimate of their worth, that I feel reluctant to say as much as I think they deserve lest it might seem excessive praise. As was remarked by the court, if any freed persons in the state are entitled, from their character and standing, to enjoy the privilege of remaining, I verily believe, they are Henry & his wife. I therefore most respectfully unite with them, in the petition for leave to remain in the Commonwealth. C. L. Mosby Lynchburg January 6, 1842.