Briggs, Edmund: Petition, Monroe County
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To the General Assembly of Va The undersigned, citizens of the County of Monroe, understanding that Edmund Briggs, a man of color, intends applying to your body for the passage of a law authorizing him to remain in the Commonwealth, take great pleasure in testifying as to the good character of the petitioner. He is now an old man, and has always been remarkable for his honesty and sobriety and most especially for his devotion to his old master Thomas Beirne late a respectable citizen of this County. By the last will of the said Thomas Beirne, Edmund was Emancipated and the Testator at the same time expressed an earnest wish that the County Court of the County would permit his old servant to remain within the Commonwealth; this however the said Court by a small majority refused to do, as most of the justices of said Court, so the undersigned have understood, had declared that they would oppose the grant of such a privilege to any Emancipated slave, however [illegible] this conduct & life might have been. The undersigned hope that it may be allowed to this old man to stay in their midst, Where he is known & respected and where his friends and the friends of his late master will always see that he is properly provided for. Monroe County January 5th 1850 Jno Echols J. H. Alexander Joseph Zoll Lewis E. Caperton James L Meban George W Lowe Christopher C. Campbell