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Lucy; Rose, Ottey; Rose, Alexander; & Rose, Polly: Petition, Nelson County

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We the undersigned Citizens of the County of Nelson have been for many years well acquainted with [the] foregoing petitioners and take great pleasure in [illegible], that they are persons of honest characters, industrious habits and sober habits, and remarkable for the [pro]priety and humility of their deportment; and while we approve the general policy of the law in relation to free negroes, slaves, and mulattoes, so exemplary so quiet and so faithful has been the conduct of the petitioners, that we should be gratified to see that [illegible] rela[illegible] in relation to them. Elis Arieklin Zeblin N. Shieklin

Will Jossling H. Bridgwater Nathan Lofftus Sp: Garland Wm Loving Wm P. Perkins George F. [illegible] Winston Purvis Wm. H. Tyler Ro: C: Cutler Jefferson S. Mills Joseph Shelton Willis Harris James [illegible] Geo W. Bibb Chas W Townsend Chas. [illegible]

Arthur Hopkins Floyd L. Whitehead Roderick L. Suliafin [?] Alex Fitzpatrick Jno H. Loving Hiram W. Dawson Saml Loving J. Garland Wilson Peters Royal M. Caul B. Fitzpatrick David Pitt Wm. C. Roberts John J. Knight Winston Sanders C. T: Estes