Godwin, Benjamin: Petition, Nansemond County
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perpetual abandonment of such dear and valuable objects. Your petitioner believes, and confidently expects he shall be able to satisfy your honorable body by sufficient proof, that his whole past life has been exemplary, and his deportment correct, that he is sincerely attached to the Country in which he was born, and where he and where he has passed his whole life, and that he can furnish any kind of guarantee which many be judged proper, (if any such shall be required) of his future good conduct, fidelity, and honest demeanour. He therefore most humbly prays, that you will be pleased to enact a law, that when emancipated by the Trustees aforesaid, he may be permitted to remain in this state, either unconditionally, or upon complying with any such reasonable conditions, as your honorable body may see fit to annex to the grant of this signal favour, which he most humbly supplicates at your hands. And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c [etc.]. Benja. Godwin X his Mark Portsmouth 10th September 1814