Citizens: Petition, Nicholas County
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To the Legislature of Virginia
Your petitioners humbly represent that James Sims of the County of Nicholas has recently emancipated Issac a black man who is desirous of remaining in the Commonwealth. Your Petitioners represent that there are but very few slaves in the County of Nicholas not exceeding sixty -- nor is there more than one other coloured person in the County who is free -- Your Petitioners further state the said black man Isaac is an exceedingly honest industrious and useful man. Addicted to no vicious habits whatsoever, but peaceful & inoffensive & meek in all his intercourse & business with the country -- Your petitioners would be truly gratified, should the Legislature in its wisdom think proper to grant his application-- Your Petitioners are well convinced that no mischief can result to the country by doing so and as a precedent in this part of the state nothing of evil is to be apprehended.
Names of Petitioners Saul Prico John N. Robinson E.S. Duncan Johnson Reynolds Benj'n. H. Smith P. B. Wethered John McWhorter Ro. Hamilton L [illegible] Wilson Addison McLaughlin John McLormott Thomas Miller Jacob D. McClain