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James (alias James Lafayette): Petition, New Kent County

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To the Hone. the legislation of Virga. The petition of James (alias, James Layfaette) Humbly sheweth that during the pendency of the revolutionary war, he was a slave the property of the late Wm. Armistead of New Kent County, that contrary to the disposition of many in his situation, he felt an ardant desire to render to the American cause, all the service, of which he was capable, and for that purpose solicited and obtained the consent of his said master to join in the service under he commander of the French forces, General Delafayette. Hazardous indeed were the offices which your partioner was appointed to perform. Having many times at the peril of his own life entered the British Camp, and conveyd. to his General, such information as was deemed highly beneficial to the American cause, infact so highly were the services of your patitioner estimated by the Genl. under whom he served and Many others, that a petition was presented to the Genl. assembly of Virga. in the year 1786 praying for his emancpation, which his country granted without opposition as your petitioner was informd.,