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Briggs, Edmund: Petition, Monroe County

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To the General Assembly of Virginia The petition of Edmund Briggs, a man of color, respectfully represents, that, in the summer of 1849 he was emancipated by the Last Will and testament of his late master Thomas Beirne Esq of the County of Monroe, on account of the services and attention rendered by him to his said Master during his old age and particularly during his last illness. Your petitioner is now an old man of 69 years of age, 22 years of which have been spent by him in the County of Monroe, and he hopes that during the whole of that time he has sustained a good character for honesty, humility and sobriety. Your petitioner has an aged wife the slave of a gentleman of said County, who has always been a faithful servant, and from whom your petitioner cannot now think of seperating. Your petitioner therefore most humbly prays the General Assembly of Va to grant to him leave to spend the small remnant of his days in this his native State, among those who have always been and will continue to be his friends & protectors, and save him from the dreadful alternative of severing the ties of kindred and seeking an asylum at his advanced age amongst strangers and Your petitioner will ever pray &c [etc.]. Edmund Briggs