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Crenshaw, John: Petition, Mecklenburg County

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To the Speaker, and other Members of the Virginia Assembly. Your Petitioner John Crenshaw, of the County of Mecklenburg, beg leave to state to your Honorable Body, that in the fall of the last year to wit 1809, he visited his Father Robert Crenshaw, living in the State of South Carolina that when your petitioner was about leaving him he Loan'd your petitioner a Negro Man Slave, named Moses during his the said Robert Crenshaw's natural life, giving your petitioner at the same time to understand that he did not expect he would at any future period be call'd on for the said Slave, and made this express condition with the Loan, that your Petitioner, was not in any manner to part with the said Slave, but to keep him in his possession, during his your petitioners Fathers life time, alledging this as a reason that as he had raised the said Slave he should not go out of his Family. Your petitioner not knowing there was any existing Law prohibiting him from bringing the said Slave in this State, bought him with him on his return, Your petitioner further States that as soon as he understood after his return Home that such a Law did exist, he conveyed the said