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Vaughan, Bolling: Petition, New Kent County

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We the undersignd Having Been for many years well aqauainted [acquainted] with, Ben, alias Ben Vaughan do [illegible] that the said Ben, has as far as we have Ever [illegible] and fully Believe conducted himself with the strictest propriety - His behaviour being such as to obtain the Favourable oppinion [opinion] of all who know him - we are informed his master from His particular merits and long servitude is desirous of Giving his emancipation - The said slave has long Had a wife in the family of Mr. Rich[ar]d H. Meux, and we are inform[e]d has many children the proprity of Mr. Meux and Great as his desire is to obtain his liberty The separation from his children & wife - at his advanced age would be worse to him than Slavery - we Therefore Knowing the disposition and conduct of said Salve for many years and considering that He has now arrived to an advanced age - are fully of opponion [opinion] that no Injury Would result To the Commonwealth by Said Ben being allow[e]d after his emancipation to remain with his family and as citizens of Virg[ini]a Should be Gratified by the legislature passing a Law to allow him that privilege - Given under our hands the 14th of Sept 1815. Bolling Vaughan Ballard Sherman Thomas Moriss Anderson Crump John A. Smith Thos. H. Tinell Robt W. Christian B Crump Wyatt Walker

Jno L. Poindexter Saml Moss Sam Kerningham Robt Perkins Beverly Crump [illegible] Harman Parkes Ball John Smith James H. Wilkinson William Vaughan Wm. R. Crowly