Sydnor, Henry & Lucy: Petition, Lynchburg
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3 The undersigned, sitting members of the court, when the foregoing application of Henry Sydnor & wife was considered & adjudged (an office copy of which proceeding is hereby annexed) understanding that an application will be made to the legislature of Virginia to grant the application which was refused by the court, beg leave, in order to prevent any misapprehension to state the grounds on which the application was rejected. The principle decided by the Court in the above case was, that, under the Laws as they now exist & especially the Act of the 22nd of March 1837 the county & corporation courts were the legal & appropriate tribunals for the consideration & decision of all applications of the kind in question, upon the merits of each individual case. This last act is regarded as a nisi & solutary provision on the subject. The court did not decide that, in no case should such an application be granted; but it did decide that in the said case of Henry Sydnor & wife, in the exercise of a sound discretion, upon the Law the testimony and the circumstances, it was bound to reject the application. Maurice Langhorne Jr Henry O. Schoolfield Henry M. Didlake Timothy Fletcher Mic'l Hart Edwin Matthews T. A. Bransford Wm. B. Browne