Godwin, Benjamin: Petition, Nansemond County
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Portsmouth Novemr. 1814 Sir The undersigned feeling a deep interest in the success of Benjamin Godwins application to the Legislature, to be permitted to reside within the State as a free man, believing that a further statement of facts will conduce to that object, respectfully submit the following -- 1st That Ben has always been (since we have known him) an obedient and faithful servant to his master 2d That he has been a most profitable servant, having paid his master during his lifetime the sum of $2:346 3dly That during his whole residence in Portsmouth he has demeaned himself as an honest upright character, and as a moral and decent man 5thly That he has been long established in the Town of Portsmouth as a Barber, and has as by his skill and attention engrossed the whole custom of the place. 5th That it is most earnestly believed, his emancipation and residence within the State