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Jeremiah: Petition, Monroe County

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To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives in the Legislature of Virginia assembled. Agreeably to a Notice previously given by advertisement on the front door of the Court House of Monroe County. Your petitioner humbly prayeth that whereas] your petitioner is entitled to his freedom at any time when he may wish or desire the same under the Last Will and Testament of William Vawter decd. [deceased] which is of record in the Clerks office of the County Court of Monroe and not being willing to leave this Commonwealth wherein all his friends and relations live has chosen rather to remain in slavery than to take his freedom and leave this State but now being desirous to take his freedom provided he can obtain permission to reside in this Commonwealth thereafter. Therefore your petitioner humbly prayeth that permission be granted to your petitioner to remain in this State after he shall have accepted his freedom. under the Last Will and Testament aforesaid. and that an Act be passed to that effect. and your petitioner will ever pray &c [etc]. Jeremiah We the undersigned do hereby Certify that we have for a number of years been acquainted with the above petitioner both during the lifetime of William Vawter his late Master and