Sydnor, Henry & Lucy: Petition, Lynchburg
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At a court of hustings held for the Corporation of Lynchburg at the county house on the 5th day of January 1842 Present Ammon Hancock Mayor[,] Henry M. Didlake Recorder[,] Edwin Matthews Senior Alderman[,] Thomas A. Bransford[,] Michael Hart[,] Pleasant Labby[,] David W. Burton[,] Maurice Langhorne Jr [,] Timothy Fletcher[,] William B. Brown[,] Henry O Schoolfield[,] and David R. Lyman[,] Gentlemen Justices. The application of Henry Sydnor and Lucy his wife free persons of colour for leave to reside within this corporation came on this day to be heard and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the justices of the peace of this corporation have been summoned pursuant to the order made in this Cause at November Term last to attend at this time for the purpose of considering said application and a majority of them being now present and the attorney for the commonwealth feeling an interest in the success of said application declined acting in this case and David R. Edley Esq. was appointed to represent the interests of the commonwealth and the court being satisfied that every other preliminary steps required by law in such cases has been taken and pursued by said applicants and it further appearing to the court by satisfactory evidence that the said applicants have been emancipated since the 1st day of May 1806 and the said Henry Sydnor and Lucy his wife being fully heard in their own behalf. The Court upon consideration thereof doth reject their said application seven being opposed to their application and five in favor of it. A copy teste J. Benagh Clk